Rage through 32 single player levels and 6 deathmatch levels of sheer terror and fully immersive sound and lighting. Arm yourself against the cannibalistic Ogre, fiendish Vore and indestructible Schambler using lethal nails, fierce Thunderbolts and abominable Rocket and Grenade Launchers.
With just a bare few mods, this game looks pretty good. That, however, is completely irrelevant as this is the single greatest fps of all time. Everything from the movement to the enemy design has been meticulously crafted to create the distinct 'quake experience'. The shooting is incredible. They nailed (pun?) the sound design for every single weapon, and the subtle scaling of difficulty depending on level design, enemy placement, and enemy composition is something that has been completely lost in more modern fps. Everything learnt from quake. From half life to the new Doom game, its influence is unmatched in gaming. However, in all these years, nothing has exceeded the mastery of quake 1. Quake is an easy recommendation. With all the doom clones and shooters before and after, nobody makes an FPS like Carmack and Romero. Usually I would attempt to point out the flaws in a title when writing a review, but in this case, I cannot think of even 1. Buy the damn game, install darkplaces engine (as the default doesn't work on modern systems) and try in vain to get the soundtrack to work (which it won't, because steam doesn't give a s**t). Nothing can detract from how amazing the gameplay is.
This game is ugly, and hell of fun! Also, unforgiving, and really fast paced. Hiding behind cover won't help you, neither any tactics whatsoever that a sane man would use in a real fight. Here, you have to be quick, brutal, and even lucky, to survive the encounter with the many kind of enemies. Since this is the granddaddy of the FPS Genre, don't expect to see anything here you haven't seen copied by others, yet, there is a reason why some people play this game to this day! It's fun....and runs on anything that's stronger then a C64.
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