Quake III: Arena Reviews (Dreamcast)

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Cincinnati Enquirer (Dec 13, 2000)
Flaws in Quake III Arena are few but real. Unlike the PC version, only four players can be in an online arena at once. And the gamehas some lag problems. Because of its straightahead shooter mentality, Quake III Arena is a mindlessly rewarding adventure whether you play it for two minutes or two hours. The game also has a single-player mode and a quad-screen setting so four friends can play simultaneously. But let's be honest: Most players won't touch these modes. Quake III Arena is about getting online so you can share the battle with other human beings.
Controlling your characters in Quake III Arena is a bit tricky to get used to at first. Default controls will actually be set up so that you move your character with the four action buttons, and make your character look around with the analog stick. Although this does seem and feel weird, I assure you it is the best way to play the game with the DC controllers. By doing so, the stick is simulating the functionality and freedom of using a mouse. Still, the very best way to play is to go out and spend the extra dough for the optional keyboard and mouse (and it greatly improves gameplay). Plus, by buying the keyboard/mouse, you will make your Internet surfing and communicating with other players easier online. Quake III Arena is an excellent game and for anyone who is a fan of first person shooter games, a definite must buy!!!
Game Chronicles (Oct 25, 2000)
If you don't have a PC or video card capable of running Q3A adequately then by all means run right out and purchase this game. Quake 3 Arena is an experience everyone should partake of, and now you can enjoy this legendary game on your Dreamcast complete with online play and some great exclusive levels that will make you the envy of all your PC-Quake friends.
GameSpot (Oct 24, 2000)
Quake III Arena for the Dreamcast, along with Unreal Tournament for the PlayStation 2, marks one of the few times that a PC first-person shooter has moved over to a console system without sacrificing much of its playability or options - something that hasn't really happened since Wolfenstein 3D came out on the Atari Jaguar. All things considered, Quake III Arena is a must-have for Dreamcast owners - provided that they also purchase a mouse and keyboard.
IGN (Oct 24, 2000)
When you think about it, having our one major knock outside the need for a keyboard and mouse (subliminal message: go buy them now) be a wish for more of the same, Q3A competes quite nicely. With its faced-paced, violent brand of action, Quake III Arena is the game Senator Lieberman warned your parents about, even if he is too out of touch to know it. If you've been following our coverage of this game at all, you'd know that we were billing this title as the first-person shooter that would change the way console gamers look at the genre. While it will also need to change the way you play the genre, the Dreamcast's first attempt at Quake should easily manage to do just that, and certainly gives the DC version of Unreal Tournament something to live up to. Go grab a copy, and be sure to look out for stray rockets when you see me online!
Gaming Age (Nov 06, 2000)
I've been waiting many years for this day, and Sega has granted my wish of playing a great FPS over the 'net, and not having to sit in front of a monitor to do so. To close, I just beg developers to not stop here; keep'em coming and I'll keep giving you my money.
Game Revolution (Nov 01, 2000)
Quake 3 Arena is a great game; it brings to the table strong online gaming for dedicated console gamers. The sharp graphics and fast-paced gameplay will keep your thumbs busy for hours on end. While PC owners will probably stick with their PCs, it's brilliant of Sega to offer this kind of experience to console gamers... we have waited long enough.
HonestGamers (Aug 31, 2008)
There was a time, when the working day was done, I already knew what my plans for the evening would involve; there would be a desperate foot-race to reach either of the two Dreamcasts my little social circle owned, because, after a hard day of working for The Man, there was nothing more relaxing than blowing your closest chums to giblets. Seeing as I live outside America and fully-automatic assault rifles are not sold from vending machines, we made do with Quake III: Arena.
Game Critics (Jan 04, 2001)
Though it may not be everything the PC version is, the Dreamcast port of Quake III Arena has succeeded in fully capturing the speed and insanity which make the game such a joy ride. Plenty of options and some addicting online play will extend the life of the game for quite a while. PC players may not be jealous, but I'll take a couch over a desk any day.
Da Gameboyz (Jul 08, 2004)
Sega has surprised all the naysayers with their release of Quake 3 Arena on the Dreamcast. The graphics are incredible, the frame rate is stellar, the addictiveness is unmeasured and most of all there is the ability to play this game online. Fragging opponents all over North America has never been this fun, and all from the enjoyment of your own living room. Sega is to be commended again and earns a joystick up from this reviewer. Now, give me my broadband adapter and prepare for my wrath.
Gaming Target (Nov 16, 2000)
But keep this is mind - I love this game even without the benefits of online play, even without the use of a mouse and keyboard. It's a fantastic game as is, and online is just gravy. I look forward to a day when I can actually play it online, but I don't have time to complain - I'm too busy having fun. You should be too.
Jeuxvideo.com (Dec 04, 2000)
Le premier quake-like digne de ce nom sur console et c'est la Dreamcast qui nous fait cet honneur avec un jeu haletant et magnifique !
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Dec 15, 2000)
So there we have it; a brilliant conversion of a fantastic game. There are a couple of levels absent that I really have missed, but aside from that, it's the best first person shooter in the world at the moment, and it's available on your Dreamcast. Deduct one mark because you really need to have a keyboard and mouse to enjoy it.
SegaFan.com (Dec 15, 2001)
Quake 3 es un juego, que lo debería tener todo el mundo, ya que es de esas joyas que salen cada cierto tiempo para una consola, pero si lo que buscas es tener un shooter para jugar solo, en Quake 3 no lo vas a encontrar, es el unico defecto que tiene, no incorporar un modo para un jugador suficientemente independiente. Aún asi, Quake 3 lo tiene todo: gráficos, sonido y diversión.
Planet Dreamcast (Oct 22, 2000)
Despite the niggling flaws (mostly carried over from the PC version), Quake III Arena is a first-rate title for the Dreamcast, and probably the best PC-to-console FPS port yet. While all of the lucky PS2 owners are fighting bots in their sad mockery of Unreal Tournament, why not go online for a few hours with Quake III and kick some virtual booty? You'll likely find it quite addictive, and gain a newfound appreciation of that tiny little modem that was included with your Dreamcast. If this is any indication, online console gaming is here to stay.
Gamezilla (Dec 14, 2000)
Quake III Arena is close enough in quality and composition to the PC title to be considered a very faithful transition. The graphics, audio, and gameplay stack up to the original version, with the only flaws being evident in the control style, and lack of variety in gameplay (unlike games such as Unreal Tournament). With the added element of multiplayer support, Quake III Arena is one of the best first person shooters I’ve seen on a console system. If you’re a first person shooter fan, it is definitely worth buying, and even if you're not, it's worth renting a few dozen times.
Power Unlimited (Jan, 2001)
Quake III: Arena is een hele vette game, zeker nu SegaNet online is. Zonder meer waard om te checken, al heb je eigenlijk wel een muis en keyboard nodig.
The Video Game Critic (Jan 15, 2004)
The game looks terrific, although my friends steadfastly maintain that the PC version looks far better (whatever!). The only stages I didn't care for were the platform-laden outer space ones. The music consists of some grinding, high-octane guitar stuff - not great by any means, but appropriate enough. If you like first-person shooters and you have a Dreamcast keyboard and mouse, you can't go wrong with this.
Det är tydligt att Sega alltmer suddar ut gränserna. Med introduktionen av onlinespel breddas det gränslösa slagfältet alltmer, samtidigt som konkurrenterna inväntar och beskådar Segas storsatsning. Men det är inte bara gränser som suddas ut, utan även plattformar. Quake III: Arena är snart kompatibelt med PC-versionen av spele, så fort Sega är klara med sitt Quake III: Arena-komplement som bundlas med PC-spelet. Det är inte bara Sega som har insett potentialerna. Just nu håller flertalet speltillverkare på med liknande applikationer till sina onlinespel. Och för första gången i spelhistorien kan två konsumentgrupper och plattformar korsas. Jag är kort sagt imponerad.
GamesFirst! (Nov 07, 2000)
While Quake III Arena is a big deal on the PC, it shouldn’t be so big on the console. It can only be a matter of time (we hope) before somebody rips off Perfect Dark and PD clones are available for every system. That would be the humane thing for developers and publishers to do. As it is, Quake III Arena is the best we have so far. Don’t get me wrong – this is still a fun game. It’s just sad when I think of how much fun it could have been. I’ve been wracking my brain, trying to figure out why QIIIA was such a big success on the PC and why it’s so underwhelming on the DC. Maybe it’s the fact that we can’t customize maps, make our own skins, or invoke any number of mods that turn QIIIA into almost entirely different games. Whatever the reason, don’t get your hopes up too much. But do go try it out. Online play is the future of gaming; it’s just a hard road to get down.
In the end, I have found myself playing this version of Quake 3 Arena more than the PC one. Now that I can finally play on even ground, the fragging can really add up, all the way to a 4 Gem rating (but add one more Gem if you use the keyboard and mouse like you're supposed to.)
Gamekult (Dec 09, 2000)
Avec une réalisation réussie, la totalité des options de la version PC conservée, Quake 3 Arena sur Dreamcast constitue un bel exploit. Celui de fournir aux joueurs console le premier Quake-like digne de ce nom. Par contre, les utilisateurs du rail gun n'apprécieront pas trop les lags sur internet. Reste un mode quatre joueurs très agréable à condition de passer outre les quelques ralentissements et d'avoir un grand écran.
Defunct Games (May 01, 2005)
After my experience with Phantasy Star Online, and had my taste for sweet, sweet online play, I had to find something else to go online with! Even though I'm not a big first person shooter fan, I still found Quake 3 Arena well worth the time. It's by no means a replacement for Phantasy Star Online, but if you really love that little phone jack in the back of your Dreamcast, I'd recommend giving it a try.