Alien Arena 2010 Released

The latest version of the popular and free of charge first-person shooter, Alien Arena, has been released. Produced by COR Entertainment and powered by the CRX engine (based on id Tech 2, the open source engine once used for Quake II), the latest version, 7.40, is now available for download for Windows, Linux, and FreeBSD.

Some of the new features are: Five new maps, two new weapon models, graphical improvements, bug fixes to decrease lag, and a new menu. There are many other gameplay improvements and tweaks listed in the official changelog.

Alien Arena is a single player and online multi-player first-person shooter, similar to Quake Arena and Unreal Tournament. Its unique appearance is a visual treat of retro-looking aliens and oddly configured weapons. It includes all of the common game modes, such as Deathmatch and Capture the Flag. The game is free for download, and the source code is available under a free software license.

Users can run their own multiplayer servers for matches, and the community has weekly tournaments on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. To top off the fun, users create third-party content, such as maps, models, skins, and mods.

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