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Unreal Tournament 3 Arena for Modern Linux

Unreal Tournament 3 Arena , the successor to Unreal Tournament 2004, was intended to have a Linux release, but that was late arriving. The Linux installer is on DISC3. If you want to run the Linux installer, you have some lying to do.

Mount UT3 DISC3 and change to that directory and 'sudo su' to root. Then enter:
# export SETUP_LIBC=glibc-2.1
# linux32 ./

Scroll through the license agreement and agree to it. Since you are running as root, you can install the game in /usr/local. If you want it installed only for your use, change the paths presented to you, like ~/games and ~/bin. Choose the base install and pass on the server install (unless you really want to install the server rather than the client ... but that's another post). Don't go wild and install all the optional drivers (maybe you have a Voodoo video card handy that you want to use, more old-school power to you). Just answer no to that stuff. Why? Why, indeed.

Now you get to read the README. If you have lynx installed, you get to see this. Press q to quit.

Otherwise, you get to read it some other way. Please read it. When you are done, you can launch the game as a regular user via the Desktop icon you just installed, or from a command line by simply typing quake3 in a terminal.

In ~/bin, create a file named restore with the following contents:
xrandr -s 2560x1080

Which is my default screen resolution. You'll need to use your own resolution instead, so when your screen resolution is borked, just execute the restore script and it's all good again.
And it doesn't work. The screen resolution is left in some funky low-res state. What to do?

In Conclusion ...
You can overcome the problems with the obsolete installer, but running the game will not work well due to a rendering issue, and even if it did, the sound won't work.  Please contact me if you have found solutions to these issues. The Linux binaries are just old and crusty. So just use . . .

The game runs quite well in WINE, PlayOnLinux and Crossover. Use them. You will need some files to run the retail version using WINE.

Unreal-Tournament-3---Patch-5 is the more current patch.

Titan Expansion Pack
Unreal-Tournament-3-Titan-Pack-Expansion is a massive overhaul of UT3.

GameSpy Patch
Since GameSpy dropped server support for UT3, you will need to get UT3-PatchGS_21.

Community Bonus Pack Volume 5
CPB3-#5 is full of levels and content from the best in the community.

UT3 Bonus Pack
This is the official downloadable content.

UT3 Tweaking Guide
Tweaks for the Unreal Engine 3.

Just as a curiosity, there are two legendary fan-made files that can no longer be found: FanPack_UT3v1.0 which contains a huge amount of maps, mods and skins (description -- but no file -- here), and, a very nude female skin (link supplied by JEVH -- THANKS!). If you have these files, I'd be glad to host them.

UT3 Linux Install HOWTO

UT3 Linux Server HOWTO

Linux Gamers HOWTO

Unreal Tournament 3 HiDef Remake

UT3 Widescreen Gaming at

Unreal Tournament 3 Mods at ModDB

PC Gaming Wiki


UT3 Tweaking Guide

Gamer's Graphics & Display Settings Guide

ATI Catalyst Tweak Guide

Nvidia Forceware Tweak Guide


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