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First Person Shooter Games on Linux

What is a First Person Shooter Game?

A First Person Shooter game is one where the main aim of the game is to shoot or destroy the opposition (-which will either be controlled by other, online, players or by the software itself). It differs from a Third Person Shooter only in that you view the action from the perspective of the avatar itself (-as if you are viewing from their eyes) rather than looking down on the character you control (-i.e. being able to see your avatar on-screen).

In this section, we will give you a flavour of the First Person Shooter games currently available for Linux computers. We will concentrate on the ones that are available for free, although we may add some of the commercial ones, to give you an idea of what it possible, should you be minded to splash the cash!


Alien Arena

In Alien Arena, from COR Entertainment, you join one of two teams: red or blue. The object of the game is simple: capture the enemy's flag and kill members of the team: the action is fast-paced and you are playing against other online users, so you will need a decent internet connection.

Negotiate your way around the environment using the keyboard arrow keys and look around (view) using the mouse, whilst the left and right mouse buttons are used to fire in different modes. As you move around, you can pick up new weapons by walking over them.

Installation instructions:

  1. The game is often available from your Software Centre
  2. Alternatively, you can download it from Debian.org (Ubuntu/Debian/Mint/Puppy) or rpmfind.net (Fedora/RHEL)
  3. Run the game by clicking on the icon (e.g. in the Fedora Applications Area or Unity Launcher, etc)

Alien Arena Screenshot


Urban Terror

Urban Terror, from Frozen Sand LLC uses essentially the same rules as Alien Arena (capture the enemy's flag and kill the other team), but in a more familiar (military) setting.

You negotiate your way around the streets (maze) using the keyboard keys (w=Up, z=Down, a=left, s=right) and rotate your character (view) using the mouse. You can also do things like jump (spacebar) and crouch (c). The left mouse button is used to fire and the mouse wheel to change weapons. There is a very good demo mode which shows you all the functions available.

Installation instructions:

  1. Download UrbanTerror.i386 to a local directory
  2. From the Command Line, set the permissions for ioUrbanTerror.i386 as executable (chmod +x ioUrbanTerror.i386)
  3. Run the ioUrbanTerror.i386 file by double-clicking the icon or from the Command Line (./ioUrbanTerror.i386)

Urban Terror  Screenshot


Tremulous

Tremulous , from DarkLegion Development, looks superficially similar to Alien Arena: again, you join one of two teams: this time either aliens or humans. Aliens and humans have different abilities and objectives, but the basic object is to build your own base and destroy that of the opposition. There are also several different types of alien with varying strengths and weaknesses; humans can be similarly divided into builders and defenders. Generally, we find the gameplay is less repetitive that Alien Arena.

Controls for humans and aliens differ, but you can negotiate your way around the environment using the keyboard (arrow keys) and look around (view) using the mouse, whilst the left mouse button is used to fire(humans).

Installation instructions:

  1. The game is often available from your Software Centre
  2. Alternatively, you can follow any of the suggestions on Tremulous.net
  3. Run the game by clicking on the icon (e.g. in the Fedora Applications Area or Unity Launcher, etc)

Alien Arena Screenshot


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