This is a free TOTAL CONVERSION game running on the Quake 3 engine. It is now a stand-alone release, so you can download it for free right here!
I am hosting a server at "mbii.ath.cx" but it will also show up on the server list as "The Underground Quakers".
The Underground Quakers
220.127.116.11 (mbii.ath.cx also resolves to this)
Server status: UP!!!
Here is a manual to get you started: http://www.smokin-guns.net/manual/index.html
This is my favorite Wild West FPS: http://www.smokin-guns.net/
It started as a mod for Quake 3 called "Western Quake", but they've just recently released a standalone version that is completely free and requires nothing except their zip package or installer. You can get that here: http://www.smokin-guns.net/template.php?page=8&sid=cb28b5bbf75707a47ff5a1885a678665
It stresses realism to some extent, but goes for more of a spaghetti Western feel (which is evident with the music). The maps are fun to mess with and there's a great variety of them.
You buy weapons from a menu at the start of the round like Counterstrike, earning money for kills or completing robberies. Then you can spend it on rifles, shotguns, pistols, or various accessories (like Clint Eastwood's famous "bulletproof" boiler plate or molotov cocktails). There are also gatling guns you can purchase, which are fun to mount and fire.
The game modes are fantastic, you have:
- These are one on one duels, although with odd amount of players on a server you'll sometimes end up with three people. You play on random mini-maps that rotate during the duel rounds, and your weapons are limited to pistols and knives. Your accuracy is horrible at the beginning of the round and you start with pistols holstered, giving people time to situate themselves for a duel and choose their cover. You ascend in a tournament fashion until somebody earns enough notches on their belt to be considered the winner of the duel round and earn a point towards your total (usually 10 to win).
- The main course. You assemble two teams, one of outlaws and one of lawmen. Hidden on the various bank robbery maps (there's quite a few) are sacks of money which you can retrieve to secure your fistful of dollars. This is kind of a one-sided capture the flag, and if the outlaws successfully rob a bank then they'll become the defenders. This is easily the most atmospheric mode, and it's a total blast with enough friends.
- This plays out similarly to "Bank Robbery" in the sense that you only get one life per round and you're assembled on teams. The difference is there's no money to defend or rob, just a good old tactical shoot out. There's a few extra maps especially for this kind of play, which also function with deathmatch and team deathmatch (described below).
Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch
- This is your total mayhem mode, a basic fragfest where players can buy weapons and items at any time and any place (in other modes you have to be at your spawn and buying periods last for 60 seconds). Plenty of dynamite chucking fun to be had here, a great break from the more paced play of the other modes. Team Deathmatch just splits the chaos into teams, nothing more.
The music is fantastic for what there is but unfortunately there's not all that much of it. If it wears thin I'd suggest some Ennio Morricone scores, although I know a lot of players prefer to keep music to a minimum so they can be aware of their surroundings.
The only unfortunate thing is that it looks really dated nowadays, being on the Quake 3 engine. If you can get past that and assemble some friends though, you're in for a helluva ride. I'd love to construct a "Play On" thread for this some day, although I'm not sure if there's enough interest.
Here's the new intro video:
And here's some action. Couldn't find a pure gameplay video with big teams, but this gives a pretty good idea of some of the weapons at least: