We are used to the fact that older games are gradually being delivered to the consoles. The fact that publishers have been taking their time for 21 years to program an implementation is a bit too much of a good thing!
Classic in a “new” look
Joking aside: Pretty much everyone should know the classic shooter Quake. After all, it appeared in 1996 and, after Doom, laid the second foundation stone for id Software’s exceptional position in the early days of the genre. And just in time for the game’s 25th birthday, Bethesda not only announced a remaster edition of the game at QuakeCon in mid-August, but also released it on the same day. Nice surprise!
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But what is it actually about? You embody a soldier named Ranger (no, not the one from Manitou’s shoe) and you have to play the mysterious eponymous Quake (buy now 50.06 € /8,99 € ) stop that threatens the earth. Why? Because the military has been playing around with dimensional portals again and in doing so has roused evil forces. A typical video game Wednesday. But then there is no more story. For this, the game uses the premise to stage varied levels. There are lava-drawn demon levels that are reminiscent of big brother Doom, but also those with a fantasy touch, in which you roam gothic fortresses, fight knights and take on Cthulhu-like boss opponents.
One after another? Nope!
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The starting point for these forays into each of the five included campaigns is a hub in which you select the levels. In addition to the base game, which is divided into four episodes, the remaster also contains the two official, classic add-ons “Scourge of Armagon” and “Dissolution of Eternity”. Added to this is the “Dimension of the Past”, no longer staged by the original developers, which was distributed free to the players in 2016 on the occasion of Quake’s 20th birthday. Its developer MachineGames also sat down again and put together a fourth add-on called “Dimension of the Machine”. In total, you have over 80 missions to choose from – and that is meant literally, because in the remaster you can not only play through them chronologically, but also select them individually right from the start.
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In addition, there is of course the multiplayer part, in which you can play through the campaign with four people in co-op mode, whether via split screen or online. Alternatively, you can jump into classic deathmatches for up to eight players, but the number of open games in our test phase was rather manageable and associated with waiting times – despite crossplay with PC, Playstation and Xbox! If you don’t feel like it, you can also create your own matches and play with friends via P2P. It’s all very exemplary that a large community will form here again, but we think it’s unlikely. We are placing greater hope in the menu item “Add-ons”, under which you can download additional officially supported fan mods and extensions. At the moment you can “only” select Quake 64 – the Nintendo 64 version of the original game – but further free add-ons are to follow in the next few days and weeks.
With all the scope, of course, you shouldn’t expect any miracles from the Quake remaster. In a playful way, you are offered a 25-year-old shooter that still works wonderfully, but also comes across as very old-fashioned. The game is fast and hectic, but not too tactical either. The controls have been adapted well to the controller, the JoyCons and even the gyro sensor, but for today’s conditions it is also quite spongy. And even if the game has been scaled to 1080p (even 4K on the PC!) And upgraded with chic extras such as ambient occlusion or new lighting effects, it still looks very pixelated. If you still feel like an outmoded, but really good shooter, you can access it without hesitation.
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