Urban Terror: A Hollywood-Style First Person Shooter

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We all know that there is no shortage of first person shooters, so we have to make our choice of which ones we want to play. However, we’ve been accustomed to the fact that most first person shooters have a price, and run on either Windows or a game console.

Yes, the “best” first person shooters will probably be available on only those platforms (with exceptions, mainly through tricks and hacks), but today I’m featuring a first person shooter that breaks away from that stereotype.

About the Game

Urban Terror is self-described as a Hollywood tactical shooter, and values a fun experience over realism (although its realism is quite alright with default settings). Playing Urban Terror over other games such as Call of Duty has a couple of  advantages. The game engine (though not the game data built around the engine) is open source. Urban Terror is natively available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The game maintains very high frame rates while offering great graphics, though some maps are better than others. It also offers other features that you expect, such as multiplayer (which is the game’s speciality, as there is no single player mode), and a decent array of weapons to choose from.


Installation should go as normal. Linux users may have to add additional repositories to get a package for their respective distributions, otherwise you can download the game from the game’s website and run the executable. Windows Vista and Windows 7 users may need to change a few things by right-clicking on the new shortcut, and choosing options like “disable desktop compositing” and “run as administrator” for the game to work.

First Launch

When you launch the game for the first time, you’ll be prompted to enter in a name, which will identify you in all games you take part in. In case you’re new to first person shooters, it’s recommended to use usernames, not actual names. You can also take part in a tutorial to learn the basics of the game.

Before you jump onto a server and play a round, you should probably look through the settings to make sure that you have everything set as you want it. This especially holds true for the graphics settings, where you may still want to lower the settings if you’re not running on good hardware. When everything’s set, you can click on “Play Online” to choose a server (whether over the Internet or via LAN, where you can start a LAN server by choosing “Start Server” instead) and start play.

Different Gameplay

Note that there are different types of gameplay. They are Free For All, Team Deathmatch, Team Survivor, Follow The Leader, Capture And Hold, Capture The Flag, and Bomb Mode. These different styles of gameplay do make a difference in how you should proceed in the game as they each have different goals for winning, so please be aware of this.

If you or a friend ever run a custom, dedicated server (separate from the basic server you can start with the client game), you can tweak almost all aspects of the way the game can be played. Private servers often play around with gravity values, allowing you to jump over great distances. There are also public “Zombie” servers, where it is customized so that one team has no weapons except the mandatory knives, while the other team is well-prepared by default with heavy artillery. On those servers, normal bullets induce very little damage on a “Zombie”, while snipers do slightly more. Provided you have the accuracy, grenades and knives usually do the most damage (their values are unchanged).

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Looking Towards the Future

Urban Terror’s future looks fairly bright. Although new development still seems slow, developers are working on a new version that will bring a load of new features. This new version is currently available as an alpha for Windows only.


Urban Terror is a great, fun game that virtually anyone can enjoy. Many people will find joy in the fact that the game values fun over accurate realism for this kind of game. I’ve been playing it for many months by now, and I still look forward to playing it when I have some free time. Any questions will most likely be answered in the documentation. If you have some free space on your hard drive, why not install it? It’ll be there when you have the urge to try it.

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Comments (28)
  • kn0w-b1nary

    UrT is a great game, I usually check out the unofficial map servers. Those tend to be decent.

  • Sij_killo

    what is this for a game

  • Ohnoyoudidnt

    i have some friends in oK but damn, that server is horrible, 99% of the players there dont know how to play and/or just sit there shitting their pants trying to take a kill mostly by luck, ppl actually trying to avoid this game should go somewhere else, pugbot.com is a good option.

  • thizzle

    The only failure no one mentioned about UrT is. NO ANTI CHEAT? You guys are bad.

  • Pinky1908

    Terrible game, the players are rude and admins can be even worse.

    I suggested this game to people before and they uninstalled after days because of the rude, infantile children attempting to play this game.

    Those hardcore CS players that refer to Urban Terror as a game for no skillers aren’t far wrong. Also 90% Of the time this game is not run-n-gun at all.

    Development is slow as hell, they lie about mac and linux builds knowing they wont be ready then after apologising for 5 (almost 7 months and still nothing now) months the dev/admin “Bladekiller” thinks its funny to use any loophole and tell people to pretty much stfu and make out the alpha releases was never intended to be released the same time, after 5 months of apologising and promises.. total BS.

    The dev team are also a bunch of nazi’s wirth superiority complex that spend more then half their work time actually just having a tongues tonsil deep in each others assholes, bring up any little thing and they will do their best to ban/silence/mute/discredit you and avoid any facts they don’t like.

    Game: 8/10
    People behind the game: -7/10
    People playing the game: 4/10

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