• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Oct 22, 2000

Universal acclaim - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 0 out of 25
Buy On
  1. Daily Radar
    Those who haven't already bought a copy of it should promptly have their heads examined.
  2. QIII's smooth 360-degree graphics and chilling sound effects succeed in completely immersing the player in its bizarre kill-or-be-killed world.
  3. Don't expect depth, merely an ongoing rush of a pure gaming high. Bliss!
  4. 100
    Everything about the Dreamcast port of QIIIA came together supremely well at the end: graphics, ambient BGM, sound effects, control, lag-free internet frag-a-thons (most of the time anyway), everything!
  5. 100
    Internet game play is also the game's biggest plus -- "Unreal Tournament" on the PS2 is still a one-player game.
  6. Game Fan
    Quake 3 Arena is so damn good, scratch that, so damn near perfect, that it makes anybody who believes the future of gaming is not online look like a fool.
  7. A home console first-person shooter has never looked this damn good.
  8. Sega X
    This game will make you shake all over and keep you up at nights.
  9. The speed will amaze you and the gameplay and graphics will blow you away. Go get it. Now.
  10. AllDreamcast
    Four players isn't quite enough to maintain the excitement level of the PC version.
  11. Like the great looking textures, the game's 3D models and special effects are very impressive.
  12. Dreamcast.net
    Possibly the best console FPS to date. Period.
  13. 92
    This game is not at its best with a standard Dreamcast controller. You need a mouse and keyboard.
  14. While many had doubts if something as complex and demanding as the Quake 3 engine could be ported to a hardware-limited console, those fears can be swept aside as Quake 3 Arena features sharp and detailed graphics that run at a solid speed even when the fragging heats up.
  15. Looks almost as good as its PC brother, the only real difference being screen resolution, which can't be helped. The game is playing on your T.V., for God's sake
  16. With over 30 warriors to choose from, and over 30 maps, this game will take a while to get old. No matter how you play this game though, you're sure to have a blast.
  17. CNET Gamecenter
    Without a doubt, the best PC-to-console port ever seen.
  18. Dreamcast HQ
    The only reason I can't give the game a perfect score is the 4 player limitation on online mode.
  19. Antagonist
    Despite its flaws, Quake III on the Dreamcast is probably the best FPS game on any console, with the possible exception of the almighty "Goldeneye."
  20. Da Gameboyz
    The graphics are incredible, the frame rate is stellar, the addictiveness is unmeasured and most of all there is the ability to play this game online.
  21. Spank!
    This is the fastest, smoothest, most graphically sumptuous first person shooter available at the moment. Get used to the control method and you will be riveted; Get a mouse and a keyboard and you'll be unstoppable.
  22. 90
    The game plays great with the standard Dreamcast control pad as long as you switch the "fire" button to the Left shift button and of course you can use the DC keyboard and Mouse for PC-perfect play.
  23. The DC controller's scheme is only adequate, and the number of pauses that occur during online play is too many.
  24. Despite the niggling flaws (mostly carried over from the PC version), Quake III Arena is a first-rate title for the Dreamcast, and probably the best PC-to-console FPS port yet.
  25. Total Video Games
    Overall Quake 3 Arena is just as fun as it was on PC and with the addition of the split screen modes and its support for the upcoming broadband adapter it sets the bare for console deathmatch games.

Awards & Rankings

#20 Most Discussed Dreamcast Game of 2000
#11 Most Shared Dreamcast Game of 2000
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 65
  2. Negative: 5 out of 65
  1. Feb 8, 2014
    Good dumb run and gun fun. Difficult to enjoy online if you haven't mastered some skills and the single player is less fun. I suspect quakeGood dumb run and gun fun. Difficult to enjoy online if you haven't mastered some skills and the single player is less fun. I suspect quake fans would prefer the pc version Full Review »
  2. DeadorAliveFan
    Jul 15, 2004
    Very cool game, the 4 player option makes the game the number 1 when u want to play with your friends XD.
  3. Jun 14, 2018
    Controls sucked. I think I played more with my cousin than alone. I didn't like this game at all.