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About the site.
3D Shooter Legends is a site dedicated to collecting info on and
keeping old 3D shooter games alive. Please don't ask us about games
from other genres as our site has that narrow focus and it takes a
lot of work to just compile all the info on this site let alone anything
more. First person shooters (where you view the game with the perspective
of you being inside it) are our main focus. There are other sections:
Third-Person Shooters (where the camera is behind an in-game character) includes
action-adventures which fall between the cracks of the two genres but deserve attention nevertheless.
Also included are Car Combat games, and hoverflyer shooters in the style
of the game Descent.
Simulations are usually slower-paced and recquire higher technical in-game knowledge and involves
games such as Mechs (huge robotic combat machines), Animal Hunting, Tanks, Flight-Sim Planes/Jets,
Helicopters and Space shooters.
Shmups are shoot 'em ups (both 2D and 3D). Before 3D, these type of fixed, scrolling and dual-stick
shooters popularized the action genre. The rapid fire shooting and dodging of bullets still appeals to
dedicated fans with a rich community, especially in Japan, which continues to make games in the genre.
Free Fan-Made Games encompass all of the previous categories but are amateur games offered free to
the public which sometimes even rival commercial games. No uploads of games from
previous 3 years are allowed nor are a few other games "still too
popular in retail". As of Mar/2019 we have over 8300 individual
We also have a page of mods and addons created by the fan community
for many of the popular games. FPS games have created a richer subculture
of fan-made product than almost any other genre and is an important attribute
to the popularity and continuing life of even older FPS games. Ports
of classic games to new systems or game engines, enhancement of graphics,
and completely new content for existing games offer unending replay
value for the best shooters.
During the first 3 years of our site's existence, it was totally in
the German language. You can see archive of the original start of the site
and an old forum.
To attract more visitors and contributors, it
was decided to change it to English so as to be more universally understood.
Thanks go out to loki1985, TheLifeForce and especially Lovely for
the translations. It took us 15 months but as of September/2005 the
site is now totally English. You can see older versions of the site at
In November/2005 the design of the site was revamped to give it a new gui/menu and
to remove the frame setup. This concided with the opening of a similar site
Adventure Legends for the genre
into a database-driven one thanks to the work of loki1985. This is a labor of love for us that work
on the site and we hope it will continue far into the future with
your help. Our special thanks,
on the event of our decade anniversary, go to all previous contributors without whose help we couldn't have
made this site the most comprehensive PC 3D shooter game compendium on the internet.
Download links explanation.
1.) "Level Demo". This means
an actual demo from the developer or shareware usually limited to
1 level or sometimes with a time limit.
2.) "Mod/TCs". These are usually
fan-made additions to a game which can include new levels, graphics,
and gameplay. There are also source ports where a game's code is made
to run on a more sophisticated modern system or even some recreations
of a game on a different game engine.
3.) "Full Demo". This is more
commonly known as a rip meaning that certain elements such as music,
movies or speech were removed or "ripped out" in order to make it
smaller and quicker to download.
4.) "ISO Demo". This means a cd-image
of the complete game on cd which you can burn and get an exact copy.
We use the word demo for all of our game uploads, because it's important
to us that the downloads are really used as a demo . If you like the
game then go and buy it; the developers deserve it.
Full and iso-demos are either our own uploads or lead to Oldgames-
& Abandonware sites (usually from 1991-2000). Direct links to downloads from other
sites/boards are of course not included.
Due to copying of our links to other forums and sites, we now have
a Download Script for most uploads which will work only if links are
clicked from our site and nowhere else.
Dialer/Traffic popups on warez pages can be blocked with options in your browser.
Games listing order.
Games are listed in alphabetical order in each release date year. Note that
at times some are released in non-English
languages first so date may be different than English release date.
The upcoming game section of the current year is also changing all
the time as release dates often change, though it is the most up-to-date
list found on the web as we use various sources to accumulate the
data. We welcome your input and are happy to make corrections.
or new game info on the forum
Broken downloads & resolution.
When using our Download Script, what to do if you get these
1. "You did not get this download from 3D Shooterlegends" /
"Please start this download from the 3DSL Site" : You could
not be validated as a 3D Shooterlegends visitor. This is to prevent copying and pasting of our download links.
The urls of our game entry pages are allowed to be shared.
2. "No valid download mirror specified" : Occurs when someone
supplied a bad link to the script. Please report this error, and tell
which download it occured with on our Broken
3. "Download link not available" : There has been an internal
script error. Please report this error, and tell which download it
occured with on our Broken
4. "The page cannot be displayed" or "HTTP 500 Internal
server error" or if the page does not even load : Your browser
or firewall may be blocking the referrer information as to where the
link originated from. If so, you won't be able to connect at all to
those pages unless you disable that function for our site.
5. "The specified mirror seems to be offline at the moment." :
The download script page was brought offline due to it coming to our
notice that some files were down. If files are not reupped within a few
weeks then download will be completely removed.
For 4shared (host we use the most):
1. Use jDownloader, MiPony, or another download manager to copy each file link
to be queued and downloaded automatically. Multiple files can be downloaded at
the same time as well.
2. You have to be registered and logged into a 4shared account to download them. If you don't want to use a personal email
account to register, simply create another email address with which to use.
3. If you get error message "The file link that you requested is not valid." then click "Add to my account" (at bottom left) and then you can download from folder in your own account.
If that still won't work, then let us know in our Broken
4. If you have uploaded files to be shared with others on our site, please remember to sign in to the 4shared account at least every six months to keep it alive.
5. If you can't download files from one specific account, it may be that you have exceeded the 3GB daily traffic limit on your account. To download again on that account, you have to wait until the next day or use another 4shared account.
To unpack the compressed uploaded files, use the following
programs for their respective types: (note that zip files can also
be opened with either winace or winrar)
*.ecm - ECM to uncompress ecm file, drag it on top of unecm.exe
*.zip - Winzip
*.rar - WinRAR
*.ace - WinACE
*.001 - can be opened with Winrar for mostly 1990 games. They can also be 7-Zip
archives if they are games after 2000.
Passwords for some downloads are "3dsl", "3DSL"
or "3dshooterlegends" or "3dshooterlegends.6x.to".
SFV files - To verify that your downloads aren't incomplete/damaged.
Extract the .sfv to the folder with your downloaded archives and open
it with a program like QuickSFV.
When a CRC error in a file occurs, try to download those files again
first. However, an error could have happened while uploading a file,
so if you can't resolve it yourself, post in our Broken
NFO files - Rips (full demos) usually come with important
installation instructions in a *.nfo file from the release group,
which can be opened in either the installer, Damn
NFO Viewer (recommended), or in simple text format using Windows
Extensive Faqs are available in our forum written by Molitor -
(Uploading A Game)
To use an uploaded image, the simplest way if you don't want to burn the image to a cd or dvdr is usually loading the image
into the CD-Emulator Daemon
Tools or using a virtual drive, installing the game from there, patching it and finally
searching for the right no-cd crack if needed.
Running older DOS-games.
A manual hasn't been written so just these links will have to
PCem (PC emulator that specializes in running old operating systems and software) Flopper (emulator to run booter images) DOSBox
Windows Compatability Tool
(for WinXP) Virtual PC (Emulates older PC operating systems on Windows 7)
Hyper-V (can create virtual machines on x86-64 systems for Windows 8 & 10)
(another free virtual machine to run other o/s) Info; FreeDOS (free DOS-compatible o/s)
(CPU slowdown for Win32, 3.7Kb)
VDMSound (Sound-Emulator for WinNT4.0/2k/XP)
3 (for WindowsME) DOSBox
(Midi-Emulator) Vogons Guide For Old Games
NT Compatible Old Game List
You can try asking other users for help on our Games
Support Forum but we can't guarantee a solution to everyone's
[Last updated on 11.19.19]