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Quake 2 (PC) review

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Quake 2 (PC)

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Quake II is a first person shooter developed by id Software and published by Activision. The game was released on multiple platforms, with the windows version getting released on December 9th, 1997. While the story isn’t a direct sequel to Quake, it’s not a spin-off either. The story follows a marine named Bitterman who is involved in Operation Alien Overlord, where the marines are taking the fight to the Strogg on their home planet in order to protect Earth.

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Graphics-As expected, the graphics have now been updated to the idTech2 engine. This now includes colored lighting effects, skyboxes, and smoother looking character models, and the results really did pay off.

Sound-While there is a soundtrack to this game, it is better not having it because having ambient sounds adds to the atmosphere and makes the environment more inviting. The radio chatter can get annoying.

Gameplay-The gameplay as a whole remains the same, but the game isn’t a linear as the first Quake. You now have objectives to complete, and instead of going from point A to point B to advance to the next level, you may have to go from point A to point B to Point C (and on infrequent occasion, point D). To sum this whole thing up, you will be backtracking to a previous level in order to move on. This may sound confusing, buy once you play the game, it’ll make more sense. You also now have an inventory to keep track of your items, and the items now need to be manually activated in order for the effect to take place.

Title-When you look at the title, you’re expecting a sequel, correct? The developers decided to make this a “sequel that doesn’t quite follow the series” format. That’s a red flag there. A good example would be if you were writing a series of books (i.e. The Fisherman), and your second book is called The Fisherman II, but when a reader starts reading, they get something different. The point: if you plan on making sequels, keep the continuity intact. This will avoid confusion from your consumers.

Overall-Quake II is a very solid game, and with the new engine in effect, there’s only good vibes coming from the Quake series. If you haven’t played this game, do so. It’s worth it.

Score: 5/5

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