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07-01-2012, 07:08 PM #1
Quarantine II: Road Warrior! Anyone Remember this?
So I've been trying to recall the name of a game I played as a kid sometime in the early or mid 1990s. I only ever played the demo, but it was a huge demo and I remember it completely blowing my mind at the time. Anyhow, I eventually discovered that it was "Quarantine 2: Road Warrior."
It's a bit like GTA or Carmageddon in that it involves vehicular combat as well as driving around cities and doing missions (plus you can run over pedestrians!), but I think it actually came out before Carmageddon and GTA (which is probably why it made such an impression on me at the time as I hadn't seen anything like it before). I think I remember that it starts out in a "Twisted Metal" style arena, but then you break out and drive through the country side to a city (which, I think, is pretty impressive for a game of its time).
Anyhow, I wish I could say more about it but I can't find a copy of it anywhere. It doesn't even have a wikipedia page, which is strange.
Anyone played it? Is it as good as I remember, or did it suck? Also, anyone know where I could find a copy to download? (I assume it's abandonware at this point). I'd like to play it again for nostalgia reasons.
Last edited by Juan Carlo; 07-01-2012 at 07:12 PM.
07-01-2012, 08:12 PM #2
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Oh boy I do remember that game. Used to head to a friends house and play it.
No idea if it's actually any good. I simply remember the idea of it being fantastic as a child. The idea of running people over while shooting them in the face was too much to handle.
07-01-2012, 09:52 PM #3
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I have it. I bought it because I loved the original Quarantine to death and beyond.
Road Warrior is FUCKING TERRIBLE.
The graphics engine was 'enhanced' but all that did was make it chug. The freeform play of the original, in which you'd drive around earning money by dropping off passengers to buy weapons and equipment to let you take on the story missions, was removed. In its place you'd collect a mission giver who'd give you mission-specific weapons and you'd basically do just their missions, then immediately go and do someone else's missions, etc etc.
The 'countryside' bits you're thinking of were to join the cities up, and were just a long, straight corridor that was best traversed at top speed. I saw all sorts of tanks and armoured vehicles out there but I just blew past them at full throttle.
It came out 1996/7, the original would have been 1995.
I strongly recommend you seek out the original instead as it's a far superior game. I could spend hours cruising around to my own CDs (still a novelty in those days, in fact most new CDs I bought got serious Quarantine playtime) just enjoying the sights, learning faster routes around the levels (1, 3 and 5 are the best ones in the original) and loving every minute. The sequel... well, imagine if Frontier: First Encounters had just been the story missions? No trading or exploration? It's not unlike the recent removal of the freeform world from Postal 3 over Postal 2.
I have no idea where to find either, apart from on my CD rack, sorry.
07-01-2012, 10:30 PM #4
Thanks for the link, now I just need to figure out how to get it to run with dosbox.
I found this video, though, of the first few sections of the game if anyone is curious:
Last edited by Juan Carlo; 07-01-2012 at 10:32 PM.
07-01-2012, 09:49 PM #5
It's on the Home of the Underdogs site, including the original game - http://www.hotud.org/component/searc...archphrase=all
I remember playing the demo version of the first game as was included on a magazine floppy back in the day. It was quite fun at the time but I'd always seem to die after awhile for no reason. At the time this just gave me the impression it was really buggy and I never purchased it. Thinking back now it was probably just an expiration for the demo (so you couldn't play too much since it was fairly open world if I recall correctly). If that was the case let that be a lesson for poorly signposting your game!
Get the impression it may be one of those memories that may be best left where they are, though.
08-01-2012, 05:57 PM #6
I've still got the disc, box, manual and copy-protection sheet for the original game, but didn't even hear about the sequel until recently.
Loved the original to death.weekendwarrio.rs - We've got more games than time...
08-01-2012, 10:46 PM #7