7 Great Open Source First-Person Shooters / Day #4

If you’re looking for a little variety to your daily shootouts, then it’s definitely worth taking a look at what kind of games the Open Source space has to offer us these days. And we’re doing just that. From Monday through Sunday this week, we’re bringing you this series of what we think are seven great first-person shooters – all open source, all 100% free to download and play. Seven days, seven games. Today is day #4 and the game is:

#4: War§ow


Jump tricks FTW!

If you want to compete with the best of them in War§ow, then you’d better get familiar with wall jumping, sliding, and bunny hopping. All three play a major role in the game and you’re likely to get your butt handed to you if you think you can just show up with a gun and shoot your way to victory. While keeping the gameplay fast and intense, knowing how to pull off ‘jump tricks’ successfully will save your life.

And that’s where the tutorials come in, which is another great thing in the game. Besides taking you through the default movement stuff, the tutorials also show you how to pull off the special jump tricks. And the tutorials show it all to you from the first person perspective, with a voice over and subtitles.

There are plenty of game types to choose from: Duel, Duel Arena, Free for All, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, Race, Clan Arena.

Duel is really just another name for tournament matches from the good old Quake days. Race involves racing other players from one side of the map to another. Clan Arena is more about classes – you have three roles to select from (Grunt, Camper, and Spammer), each having their own different feel in how they perform on the field. As for the rest of the game types, they should be obvious to anyone who’s ever played a multi-player game in their lives. There are also bots included, so you won’t get bored on the road.

Graphically, War§ow has a bit of a Team Fortress 2-type thing going on which it actually pulls off very well. Not bad, considering the game is running on a modified Quake II engine.

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The current version of War§ow is 0.4.2, available for Windows, Mac and Linux users.

Again, if you are looking for something different, something unique and very fast paced – War§ow has it all, free of charge.

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This series is a joint effort between That VideoGame Blog and a gamer who has played Open Source games to an extent where he even set up a bi-weekly online show about them over at SauceTheGame.com