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Quake

4 months ago

Feature: Update Night

Has Quake Champions been improved by its updates?

Update Night is a fortnightly column in which Rich McCormick revisits games to find out whether they've been changed for better or worse. If, for some reason, you needed reminding of Quake Champions’ 90s heritage, then you need look no further than Anarki. One of Quake Champions’ 12 playable characters, Anarki (1) rides a hovering skateboard, (2) has a pink-dyed mohawk, (3) sports a pair of…

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Quake Champions updates with bots and detailed gibs

The game has hit some bumps along the way, but arena shooter revival Quake Champions has made steady, sure steps towards its goal to revitalise the genre over the past few months. Today's update brings the game just that little bit closer to the ideal, introducing bots for practice play (and to fill empty slots if someone bails from your team), and a gratuitously detailed gore…

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5 months ago

Feature: Listen to these gunshots

Podcast: What are the best shooters?

Wait, didn’t we already answer this question? Never mind, the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show, is not content with our list of the top 50 first-person shooters. Well, they're mostly fine with it (lists are stupid) but they still want to hash out this ageless question the old-fashioned way. By interrogating each other over the internet.

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Feature: The worthiest reticules of all time

The 50 best FPS on PC

The best shooters endure. While the state of the art moves on in other genres and leaves old designs in the dust, it's as fun to fire a well-made shotgun from an early 90s FPS as from one released today. For that reason, this list runs the gamut from genre classics to those released in the last year. There's bound to be something for you…

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Quake Champions adds battle bots and more specific gore

Quake Champions is a delightful return to the origins of the arena shooter, and although the title is in Early Access at this point, there's still a ton of DLC and other add-on content you can buy. That's fun, right? I always find paid content in an unreleased game odd. Anyhow, there's a lot to be actually excited about here, as the game is getting…

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8 months ago

QC:DE brings modern-style arena FPS thrills to Doom 2

It should almost go without saying now that Doom 2 is all things to all people, in the most literal sense. Thanks to 25 years of evolution in modding tools, it's Donkey Kong, Resident Evil and even Heroes of Might & Magic now, among other things. The latest game to be swallowed by the all-consuming vortex of creativity that is the GZDoom-powered mod scene is…

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10 months ago

Ring in 2018 with 11 concentrated shots of Quake

We've previously covered Quake mega-mod Arcane Dimensions, which has become a cornerstone of modern Quake mapping thanks to its slew of new gameplay features, enemy types and weapons going a long way to refresh the formula of Id's cyber-gothic classic without diluting its breakneck pacing and drum-tight combat loops. Xmas Jam: 1024^3 is the latest group project to come from the quietly industrious func_msgboard mapping community.…

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New Quake tourism mod mixes in NIN’s Ghosts I-IV

Sitting at the intersection of several of my interests is Ghosts I-IV for Quake, a new mod which turns id Software's gibtastic first-person shooter into a quiet walking simulator and couples it with a calmer soundtrack. While Quake's original 1996 soundtrack is an industrial dirge by the popular beat combo Trent Reznor & The Nine Inchnails, this mod replaces it with tunes from their chilled-out…

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11 months ago

Feature: The Loose Canon

Best PC games of all time

There are more wonderful games being released on PC each month than ever before. In such a time of plenty, it's important that you spend your time as wisely as possible. Thankfully, we're here to help. What follows are our picks for the best PC games ever made.

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12 months ago

Feature: Like getting a whole new Quake

Have You Played… Quake: Arcane Dimensions?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. I wrote about this stonkingly beautiful and enormous mega-mod for the original Quake last year, recommending that y'all should play it, but it didn't quite turn out as planned when fans and creators alike (politely) argued that the screenshots I'd used did not suitably sell the…

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1 year ago

Slidekick through Quake with Qore

My wishlist for first-person shooters is simple: A pump-action shotgun A revolver that's longer than my forearm and chunkier than a fridge A slow but deadly and ch-chank-chik bolt-action rifle Skillful movement A grappling hook A slide move (ideally with a kick) Well, campers, I'm delighted to see that last one in Quake with new mod Qore [official site]. It's still early days for Qore,…

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Feature: Merry mutant murder

Have You Played… X-Men: Ravages Of Apocalypse?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. I went to the games shop and stared at the box several times a week for the best part of a year. It was the 90s, I read X-Men comics and watched the X-Men Saturday morning cartoon and there was a PC in my house. An…

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Feature: Send your brain to these other dimensions

The 23 best VR games for PC

Here they are then - the best games to play in virtual reality...and those games are "watching football," "drinking", "a nice cup of tea", "fleeting emotional connection to another human being" and all those other everyday activities you believe to be real, as opposed than a simulation you have been experiencing since you first plugged your frail, mollusc-like form into a headset 19 years ago.…

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Feature: Past Imperfect

Throwback shooter Strafe doesn’t manage to replicate Quake’s oddball cool

Strafe [official site] is steeped in love for Quake 1 & 2 (and to a lesser extent the original Doom), there's no question about that. But it's also saddled with a desperate desire to evoke retro-cool no matter the cost, clad as it is in ironic faux-'90s videogame advertising terminology, lascivious talk of gore and a widdly-widdly-woo soundtrack. Strafe tries far too hard, and it…

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2 years ago

Feature: Tracing back Tracer, among others

The History Of Overwatch’s Hero Abilities

Developers imitate each other, as do writers, musicians and artists, and Blizzard are the best in the business at it. No other company is so good at distilling the sweat of another’s brow and refining it into pure, unadulterated joy. Yet, while it’s easy to see in Overwatch the objective-based gameplay of Team Fortress 2, the team dynamics of League of Legends or the creative…

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Feature: We were all awful once

Have You Played… My First Quake Map?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. You must have played my first Quake map. You'd know it if you saw it. Two cubic rooms, yeah? Only used three textures, right? One irritating obstacle, remember? I never released my first Quake map or showed it to anyone but I'm sure…

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Feature: Feel huge

Have You Played… Zerstörer?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. I'm going to keep doing mods for a while because: 1) I struggle to remember what happened yesterday; 2) Unable to afford many new games, for about a decade I mostly played mods - many, many mods. Of the many mods I played…

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Have You Played… Future Vs. Fantasy Quake?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Every FPS with skills and characters is being caught up in the ineffectual backlash against MOBAs but heck, the idea's hardly new. Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory from is a cracking class-o-XP-a-shooter and that came out 13 years ago. The first I remember enjoying, though,…

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Have You Played… Slide?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Slide [archived official site] is what made me realise mods could be almost brand new games, could be whatever they wanted - and could be games I'd never see 'proper' developers make. Slide turns Quake into a downhill hoverboard racing game, sending players…

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Feature: Massive and beautiful singleplayer mod

Arcane Dimensions Is Quake Rethought For 2016

Not that I'm saying Quake is not suitable for 21st century play - quite the opposite. It's just that enormous and beautiful mod campaign Arcane Dimensions applies some of the design values we are accustomed to from later, flashier games to the ancient Quake structure. From flow to geometry to sheer size, it's taking Quake to places id possibly could not have imagined when they…

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