Alien Arena is a free, stand-alone first-person shooter computer game based on source code released by id Software. Begun by COR Entertainment in 2004, the game combines a 1950s-era sci-fi atmosphere with gameplay similar to the Quake, Doom, and Unreal Tournament series (via Wikipedia).
Alien Arena 2011 (7.50) has been released today, just in time for those who have some free time during the holidays.
The new version includes new ragdoll physics using the Open Dynamics physics engine ("ragdoll physics are a type of procedural animation that is often used as a replacement for traditional static death animations"), revamped in-game IRC client, two new maps (Annihilation and Neptune), one revamped map, new music, true type font support, tweaks and much more. A complete changelog can be found here.
Official Alien Arena 2011 trailer:
The Alien Arena 2011 package no longer comes precompiled so to run it in Linux, you'll have to compile it. In Ubuntu, run the following command:
sudo apt-get build-dep alien-arena
Just to make sure you've installed all the required packages (some might not be installed by "build-dep"):
sudo apt-get install build-essential libode-dev libx11-dev libgl1-mesa-dev libxxf86vm-dev libxxf86dga-dev libopenal-dev libjpeg8-dev libvorbis-dev libcurl4-gnutls-dev libfreetype6-dev
Compile and install it with:
./configure --prefix=/usr make sudo make install
Then press ALT + F2 and enter: "crx" (without the quotes) to run it.
Note that the above instructions are only a rough guide for those who know how to compile packages! If compiling is not your thing, wait for Alien Arena 2011 to be added to PlayDeb.net.
Download Alien Arena 2011 (7.50) (for Windows and Linux)