Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 33
  2. Negative: 3 out of 33
  1. Jan 7, 2011
    The trip to Vietnam leaves us with mixed feelings. On the one hand, the add-on keeps the high standard of the main game, but on the other hand, there are not many new things. Despite the few vehicles and minor changes in the weapon section, there isn't much new to discover.
  2. Dec 22, 2010
    At 1200 Microsoft points, Quake Arena Arcade may not be your ideal first-person shooting experience on Xbox Live – especially since other games run for 800 or even less. But if you're a Quake fan or need a fulfilling multiplayer experience that will keep you busy for hours, you owe it to yourself to enter the Arena.
  3. Mar 1, 2011
    This is undoubtedly Quake as it was in its heyday, and it's as playable as it always was. If a few more of you would just start playing it, we might all be able to enjoy it a bit more.
  4. Feb 12, 2011
    If you don't intend to play online, don't even bother. [Issue#68, p.102]
  5. Deathmatch in pure, concentrated form.
  6. Jan 31, 2011
    The AI can be a bit dense in the team games, though, which end up feeling rather shallow and pointless as a result. Again, the hollow disappointment of finding so few random games to play will rear it's ugly head here and this, as a result, is likely to be the point at which you stop playing it.
  7. 80
    Playing Quake on a console might seem like blasphemy, but this modern Xbox port of the 11 year old Quake III Arena plays much better than you'd expect. In a time where military shooters dominate the online space, playing some oldschool deathmatch is incredibly refreshing. Quake has aged well, and this version offers plenty of content and entertainment without having to rely on nostalgia.
  8. Mar 4, 2011
    At the end of the day, Quake Arena Arcade is a virtual ghost town, but if players are willing to give it a crack, it's one serious shooter that is worthy of your attention.
  9. Jan 10, 2011
    Quake Arena Arcade is filled with a gaming walk down memory lane but more on the bloody gibbs side.
  10. Jan 2, 2011
    It's merely a handful of people in a tiny room trying to blow the hell out of one another. And the sheer visceral simplicity of that experience, regardless of how dated it sometimes feels, is timeless.
  11. Feb 14, 2011
    It's hobbled by the joypad control. [Mar 2011, p.94]
  12. Dec 17, 2010
    If you choose to download Quake Arena Arcade, you need to understand that this won't compete with other multiplayer first person shooters on the Xbox 360 and that expectations need to be honest and reserved.
  13. Feb 25, 2011
    A fun game. There's little to criticize here, save a price on the higher end of the XBLA spectrum, but you really can't compete with free.
  14. 70
    We enjoy QAA, but next to golden oldies(Doom, Duke)and modern epics(Halo, Call of Duty), it's less of a legend. [March 2011, p.81]
  15. Jan 6, 2011
    A wonderful game is available here, but no one cares. Unfortunately, they might not ever care.
  16. Jan 3, 2011
    Quake Arena Arcade is a more than decent adaptation, but it has certain flaws in the online experience that can't be overlooked.
  17. Dec 29, 2010
    Quake Arena Arcade is probably one of the best console porting of the unforgettable id Software's Quake 3 Arena. Good graphics, cool FX and frenetic gameplay: unfortunately, the netcode doesn't work as it should, bringing tons of lag and unexpected disconnections. A huge pity, for a so multiplayer-oriented FPS.
  18. Dec 28, 2010
    Quake arena didn't age very well, but still, if you are an hardcore fan of the original, you may still want to evaluate its purchase.
  19. Dec 26, 2010
    Despite the fact that I'm struggling to remaster the controller-bound action that I was once so fond of on the PC, this is an extremely value-ridden package.
  20. Dec 24, 2010
    Despite the number of maps on offer, 1200 Microsoft Points (£10.20 / €14.40) is too high a price for what has become, sadly, a niche title.
  21. Dec 21, 2010
    Quake Arcade Arena is fun and fast, just like fans will want, but I'm not sure they got the message about its release.
  22. Dec 20, 2010
    Quake Arena Arcade is a revival of the classic FPS Quake III Arena. Fast and frenetic, this XBLA game has a good online multiplayer, but it's so poor in single mode and has some problems like lag and disconnections.
  23. Dec 20, 2010
    The granddaddy of online first person shooters returns and although you could quibble over the price the classic gameplay is as solid as ever.
  24. Jan 1, 2011
    If you want to get back to your FPS roots and have a good time fragging with friends, pick this game up…no really please pick it up. I'd like someone to actually play online.
  25. Dec 20, 2010
    Quake Arena Arcade is Quake III: Arena again, except this time around there is no-one to play against. If you've already played Quake to death, there is no need to pick this edition up, even for the exclusive maps. The lack of players online is a clear sign that Quake fans would really like something new for a change.
  26. Feb 23, 2011
    Quake Arena Arcade may be the best console version of the game out there, but it's doesn't live up to its free PC counterpart. And the PC version already has an active community. Fun for casual shooting, but not for the pros.
  27. Jan 28, 2011
    This old franchise is showing its age and there's a reason the servers are half-empty.
  28. Jan 5, 2011
    Even at $10, the game feels overpriced for the amount of content that comes with the title. Adding in the fact that it's somewhat difficult to play with the controller, the visuals are uninspiring and the community is pretty much absent and we have a FPS that's never going to flourish.
  29. Jan 1, 2011
    Quake Arena isn't going to pull the masses away from other FPS games like Halo: Reach or Call of Duty Black Ops, but it is a nice change of pace to just jump into an arcade game where you know you're going to kill and be killed.
  30. Jan 4, 2011
    It is Quake 3 Arena and Team Arena in one package, and if you absolutely need to be on your couch to play, then it has you covered, otherwise keep in mind that there are cheaper and livelier options available.
  31. Jan 11, 2011
    My impression is that Quake Arena Arcade is a half-hearted reboot of a dying game.
  32. Time hasn't been kind to Quake Arena. [March 2011, p.118]
  33. Jan 17, 2011
    It shouldn't be a gamble for online multiplayer to work though. In the end, Quake Arena Arcade rings its own death knell and doesn't give Quake III Arena the justice it deserves.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. May 30, 2014
    Hands down the best multiplayer first person shooter on the Xbox 360. This game has several modes and maps from the Team Arena expansion, andHands down the best multiplayer first person shooter on the Xbox 360. This game has several modes and maps from the Team Arena expansion, and a few new exclusive maps. This is the exact same Quake 3 Arena you grew up with, but on consoles. Unfortunately there is a few latency issues since there are no dedicated servers. The developers didn't see fit to patch the game or support the community by adding new maps. Also don't be surprised if you can't find any servers, people rarely play. If you'd like to join the community visit the Xbox Quake Arena Arcade forums, add me (JohnnyK98) and lets get our frag on! Full Review »
  2. Sep 2, 2013
    A classic from the Sega Dreamcast, Quake Arena translates very well on the 360. All of the characters, levels and weapons are intact.A classic from the Sega Dreamcast, Quake Arena translates very well on the 360. All of the characters, levels and weapons are intact. Slightly-improved graphics and faster gameplay round out this update. However, compared to other online shooters this game hasn't aged well and can feel a little clunky at times (especially considering that the "aim down sights" button in other games is the "jump" button in this game). And of course, being as this is an multiplayer game, the single-player "campaign" feels tacked-on, merely serving as a warm-up for playing against human players. Despite this, there's no denying the nostalgia and charm Quake Arena Arcade gives. Full Review »
  3. Feb 8, 2013
    Even though the net coding is really bad, QAA is still the best multiplayer first person shooter on the xbox at the moment. It's fast-paced,Even though the net coding is really bad, QAA is still the best multiplayer first person shooter on the xbox at the moment. It's fast-paced, intelligent, and competitive. Full Review »