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Quake

4 months ago

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

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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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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2 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…

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4 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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5 years ago

It’s 2013 And I Want To Play Quake: In The Shadows

Time for a confession: I'm not a Quake guy. I'm not a Quake guy to the point where I haven't even played Quake. It was old hat by the time I was all in on video games and I chose the wonderful Unreal Tournament over Arena due to preferring better games. But here I am, intrigued and somewhat astounded by what modder Simon O'Callaghan has…

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Next For id: Maybe Quake, Probably Not RAGE Or New IP

Somewhere in the deep, dark, distant future, there exists a world beyond Doom 4. It is a strange and alien place - one in which id has pried the bolts from its lips and... wait, no, it's never done that. Always "when it's done." Always. But still, there are more id games in this far-flung universe, and also I have cool cybernetic laser nostrils. I…

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6 years ago

Make Quake With TrenchBroom

There's dedication and there's dedication. The second, slantier version means there's been a bit more effort being put in. Let's use Quake as an example: it's the difference between someone still making Quake levels all these years later, and someone who has built a Quake editor for modern sensibilities, making it all wizzy. Handily for this analogy, that second someone exists, and has just released…

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CODBLOPS 2 Has Reznor & Villain With Beard

Trent Reznor, who it's still weird to see referred to as an Academy Award Winning Composer, will be providing the theme tune for Call of Duty Black Ops 2. Both he and the FPS have come a long way from Quake, although I'll leave it to you to decide in which direction each has been travelling. The news comes along with a trailer for the…

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