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Quake

2 months ago

Pour one out for Quake’s cancelled 300ft zombie

Have you played Quake? If you have you'll, like me, probably have wondered why Episodes 2 and 3 don't end with a boss fight. This week, former Id designer Sandy Petersen explained some of the hacks he and American McGee tried bashing together to fill those boss-shaped holes, from a tower-block sized rotter to a giant grotesque spiderthing wot would've chased you around the entire…

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This Quake mod lets you fight Sif from Dark Souls

Quake's a gritty fast-paced shooter where you dance around enemies and splatter them with beefy guns. Modder "Redfield" clearly thought, "But what if I inject some Bloodborne into it?", and so Raven Keep was born. It's a mod which throws players into a gothic castle where "Old Ones" (sound familiar?) have left some spooky chalices behind. To uncover their mystery, we'll have to blast knights,…

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John Carmack says Microsoft buying Id Software could let him “reengage” with old titles

Microsoft are buying Bethesda, or rather their parent company ZeniMax Media. Like a nesting doll, Bethesda themselves are the parents of yet other game studios that Microsoft will also own. What of, say, Id Software? One of Id's co-founders John Carmack reckons that the Bethesda buyout is a good thing. He says that the new Microsoft ownership could allow him to "reengage" with his old…

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Microsoft have bought Bethesda

Update: Microsoft say they'll "keep the commitment" to bring Bethesda's Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo to PS5 as timed exclusives. More below.Microsoft just announced they've bought ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda. The developers of games such as Skyrim, Fallout, Dishonored, Prey, Doom, Quake and all those classics are now technically Xbox Game Studios. Xbox boss Phil Spencer made a post welcoming the developers, in…

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3 months ago

Quake’s soundtrack by Nine Inch Nails is out on vinyl now

If you fancy rocking out to a little bit of Quake, the game's original soundtrack by Nine Inch Nails is available to buy on vinyl now. It's the hot record for 2020, featuring aptly named tracks like "Life", "Damnation" and "Aftermath". Oh and "Quake Theme", I guess.When the listing for the record went up yesterday, a cheeky note said that it was supposed to come…

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4 months ago

Grab a whole lotta Quake for free this weekend

Have you played Quake? The eldritch lords at RPS HQ don't let me write HYP posts, of course, but I thought I'd ask anyway. See, it's QuakeCon At Home this weekend, and Bethesda are giving away a seminal piece of shooter history - and every character in its arena-blasting descendant Quake Champions - for free 'til the end of tomorrow.

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Here’s some QuakeCon At Home highlights to tune in to

QuakeCon At Home is live this weekend on Twitch, though it really should be called BethFest when you look at the schedule. The event has moved wholly online thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the rescheduled celebration of id’s and Bethesda’s games has an intriguing schedule. Here are a few of the highlights.

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1 year ago

Tim Willits leaving Id Software after 24 years

One of the last of the Id Software old guard is parting company with the studio soon. Tim Willits wasn't part of the original team of founders, but was there early enough to be credited as level designer on 1995's Ultimate Doom and have a credit in almost everything since. After working as a designer and creative director on the likes of Quake, Doom 3…

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2 years ago

Wrath: Aeon of Ruin is a new retro FPS built on Quake’s bones

There have been some lovely old-school shooters recently, but 3D Realms reason that the only way to get true retro authenticity is to build new games to old standards. Wrath: Aeon Of Ruin bears a strong family resemblance to the original Quake, which makes sense considering it's being produced by KillPixel, a crew of veteran Quake mappers and modders using the tools they're familiar with.…

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Quake 1.5 refreshes an FPS classic with new maps, monsters and mayhem

A raytraced Quake 2 might be a fun retro showcase of shiny new hardware, but Quake 1.5 is what you really want to be playing right now. Assembled by modder "bloodshot12" (although its full credits are extensive), it's a cocktail of mods for Id's original Quake that aims to retain its aesthetic, but upgrade everything else. That means new, detailed weapon models, monsters (some from…

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Total Chaos and The Crimson Deed do unholy things with Doom

We're just shy of Halloween here and the stars are aligning, allowing unholy powers to warp Doom into strange, near-unrecognisable forms through the powerfully dark act of modding. Out tonight is Total Chaos, a survival horror mod so grand in its ambition that it leaves almost nothing recognisable as 'Doom', with detailed 3D environments and modern horror style. More traditional but still impressive is an…

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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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3 years ago

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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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 Quake…

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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. Built using Arcane…

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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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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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4 years ago

Um, There’s A New, Official Quake 1 Episode Out

Depending on to what extent you accept 'Bethesda' as official, of course. This isn't id's work, and it's definitely not Quake-era id's work, but it is the work of neo-id's stablemates Machine Games - they of the improbably good Wolfenstein: The New Order. (And who, according to its credits, pitched in to some extent with this year's even more improbably good DOOM). They've just unexpectedly…

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Quake Champions Announced: PC Only, Multiplayer Arena Combat

Bethesda started big. When the lights and music dropped, the giant screen at the E3 showcase showed a DOS prompt. After fiddling around directories for a moment, the unseen user typed one small word: QUAKE.The game is Quake Champions, an arena-based shooter pitting "diverse warriors with unique attributes and abilities" against one another. It has been designed for "world class esports play at every level"…

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6 years ago

Free-To-Frag: QuakeWorld’s Once-Planned Business Model

When John Carmack started tinkering with Quake's multiplayer code in 1996, his plans for the QuakeWorld client went deeper than TCP and UDP. Its new netcode made playing an FPS online over dialup not total garbage, sparking the multiplayer FPS explosion, but Carmack had also once intended for QW to be what we'd now consider free-to-play. Though the plans changed and this never happened, I…

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