Quake 2 - PC

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Quake 2 (PC)
Also for: PlayStation, N64
Viewed: 3D First-person Genre:
Shoot 'Em Up
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: id Software Soft. Co.: id Software
Publishers: Empire Interactive (GB)
Activision (GB/US)
Released: 10 May 2002 (GB)
Nov 1997 (GB)
Unknown (US)
Ratings: 15+, ESRB Mature 17+ (M)
Accessories: Control Pad


The original Quake, which followed landmark first-person shooters such as Doom and Wolfenstein, proved to be one of the most popular games for the PC platform. A little later on, id has produced the highly anticipated sequel, Quake 2.

Welcome to Stroggo... you will not enjoy your stay, but you will enjoy this game.

You play a rough tough marine, despatched to a hostile planet to commence battle with the Strogg, an ugly, vicious bunch of mutants who, instead of asking ‘Are you local?’ prefer to pick a fight instead. The mission levels are played over enormous areas, and the atmosphere is just about the creepiest we’ve seen in a video game, which is helped along by a sinister goth-metal soundtrack. The enemy is a brutal force for sure, but perhaps a little dim, because they do leave weapons and ammunition lying around for you to pick up. Some of these weapons are a joy to work with, such as the chaingun or the BFG (this must be an acronym, it’s big and it’s a gun, use your imagination). There are also hidden areas, which conceal more weapons and secrets. The best way to find these is to keep your eyes peeled for any strange kind of movements from floors and walls. These are usually clues as to where something is concealed.

Game modes include single player against the computer, which is entertaining enough because of the Strogg’s AI, but Quake 2 really shines in multi-player mode. The deathmatch options are a scream, literally, and a great way of letting your closest friends know how you really feel about them when they’ve hacked you off.

Quake 2 is a fantastic update to a classic game. You’ll love it!