Thursday, April 05, 2007

Quake3 Total Conversions

It's really great when a company like iD Software release their game engines under a Free license. It means all the hard work by modders (the vast majority of community game development goes into modding commercial games) can be made available to everybody and not just owners of the game. It also means they can improve the engine to suit their games. So, without further ado, here's a few really cool total conversions of Quake 3...

Western Quake 3 is a wild west TC. Accurately simulated classic weapons, new music, obviously models and maps, and various gameplay tweaks mean it should be quite an interesting experience. Still in beta but a new release is imminent.

Urban Terror made a release on April 1st. It's a Counter-Strike-like game. 'Nuff said.

Tremulous, one of the original FPS RTS combo games, recently celebrated the 1 year anniverisary of their 1.1 release - the first standalone version of the game and the one that really got people talking. Since then there has never been a moment when somebody was not playing the game. They posted an interesting graph depicting play activity. A new release (1.2) is imminent.

Bid For Power is a rather cool looking Dragonball Z TC for Quake 3. Unfortunately they only have a Windows version at the moment.

Spiderman: Dynamic Forces looks cool. Sadly they got sent a cease & desist order by Marvel. Fans making games is wrong, apparently?

World of Padman is a Toy Story-like game, whose inaugral release was on April 1st as well. It's no joke either! In fact, it's a rather fun game. :-)

If only other game engines were released as Free Software, then mods like Air Buccaneers (Unreal Tournament 2004 TC) could become standalone free/Free games too.

Are there any other interesting Q3 TCs not mentioned here? I did a little digging (I'm a bit busy today) but came up with not-much.

Music tip:

Absolut feat. V-Tunes - Boxrocker


Anonymous said...

do you know if western quake will work for people who don't own the quake3? i got urban terror to work, but i don't see instructions about western quake on their site. does it work the same way?

Charlie said...

Yes, it will be a standalone game using the ioQuake3 engine (from I don't know about the betas though - you'd have to check that out for yourself.

Anonymous said...

icculus not iccolus :P

Anonymous said...

TrueCombat:Elite is an awesome total conversion mod for free Wolfenstein:Enemy Terrtory (based on quake3 engine)

Anonymous said...

I know what you mean

if the engine used in the Age of Empires series as well as Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds, there's no telling what the possibilities might be.

At the moment people are busy reverse engineering .dat files to make the game behave differently.

And theres loads of willing graphics designers too, just look at the METC project

Anonymous said...

I don't like TC:E or Wolfenstein because every time I've tried to play it, it's had to download 50+ megabyte files. Not worth the wait.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget Warsow! They are about to release a new version. Freegamer, please report them whenever they do they're next release.

Anonymous said...

Someone said these will run on a DEC Alpha. If so, could it also run on my MIPS handheld or a Sun SPARC? cool!

Anonymous said...

Does OpenArena count?

Anonymous said...

I heavily recommend Western Quake 3. Very polished mod.

Charlie said...

I guess I should have mentioned Open Area.

The Quake 3 Fortress guys should get their act together and release a standalone too.

Anonymous said...

Also Q3Pong Arena deserves some highlight. It's fun!

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