spoken in the same breath as Doom, Quake shares many
Quake 4 utilizes the Doom 3 engine and the gameplay
elements are often interchangeable. I suspect that
other words spoken in the same breath concerning both
games will be "awesome," "amazing,"
"ass kickin.'" And those are just listed
adjectives under "A."
4 gives us exactly what we want in such a first-person
shooter. It's not loaded with gameplay variety or
depth because the developers have really focused on
the shooting aspect and have delivered a game that's
full of action with no filler. Get involved immediately
in the gameplay and start killing those alien bastards.
If you can whack-a-mole you've already navigated the
learning curve but it doesn't mean the game is easy.
won't believe how well developed the single-player
mode is. Considering that the multi-player aspect
of Quake is the most popular element of the series,
the single-player mode is basically considered an
afterthought, or at the very least a training mode.
The single-player experience in Quake 4 is nothing
short of astounding, (another adjective brought to
you by the letter "A".)
the storyline to the gameplay and all production elements
in between including the technical aspects of gameplay
mechanics, framerate and control systems, Quake 4
is a shooting masterpiece. Even though the multi-player
modes are still up to par the single-player mode outshines
them, thanks in part to the abovementioned features
- but I have to mention the AI which really displays
a sense of random realism.
a corporal of the Space Marines you will lead your
team in battle against the aliens known as the Stroggs.
This time the war takes place on their home turf which
includes many outdoor areas eschewing the repetitive-looking,
sterile corridors of many a shooter, including old
Quake and Doom games. The aliens have different attack
patterns and respond to your style of attack by strafing,
hiding, running and retreating. Some do come right
at you but others will prove sneakier. Some of these
guys will require plenty of dead-on hits to kill.
They aren't wimps and they will give as good as they
get. Unlike Doom 3 these freaks don't pop out of nowhere
and they don't swarm you. They approach like warriors,
knowing where you are and that they too are vulnerable
range from rescue to search and destroy. A great storyline
will keep you motivated and immersed in the action.
It's not detached from the action but actually explains
developing situations as well as setting mysterious
tones that begs for resolution. Some missions require
AI accompaniment. These guys can handle themselves
and seldom get in the way. They don't just stand around
waiting for you to make the first move, although there
are some instances of that, but for the most part
they will take the initiative and start gunning down
as many aliens as you. There's another good reason
to have these guys around; they will help heal you
and/or repair your armor. It's like having your own
personal power-up in human form.
armor and weapons are plentiful. The weapons deal
a significant amount of damage and they are very accurate
- almost arcade-like if you will. Expect a shotgun,
assault rifle, nail gun, hyper blaster and grenade
and rocket launchers. There are no secondary weapons,
only a zoom. Vehicles make an appearance in this version
since there are plenty of outdoor locations. They
are very easy to use and come with unlimited ammo.
gamers may be disappointed by the multi-player modes
which can only accommodate 16 players. Sure the map
is smaller but it's tighter and leads to more overall
action. Some of the locations tend to be somewhat
generic, including the outer-space map that has you
jumping from various floating platforms.
4 is easily one of the best looking shooters on the
market. It's easily the best Quake and it even rivals
Doom in production values. The characters models are
rich, colorful and finely detailed, as are some of
the environments but there are some maps that suffer
from dreary textures and sparse terrain. The voiceacting
is Hollywood professional as are the music and sound
effects. The soundtrack is almost more chilling than
4 is not pretentious. It's a hardcore shooter in which
you don't have to be a hardcore gamer to experience.
The single-player mode is great but it's relatively
short. You will definitely want to get the most out
of this game if you purchase it and that will require
becoming addicted to the multi-player modes. I don't
think you'll find that to be much of a problem.