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Quake 4

MobyRank MobyScore
Macintosh
80
4.7
Windows
78
3.6
Xbox 360
71
3.2

User Reviews

Did we even need a sequel to Quake 2? Windows Medicine Man (367)
This game puts the “whore” in “war-gasm”, because you can't spell “stupid” without “id” Windows lasttoblame (393)
A fun, violent yet dated FPS. Xbox 360 AkibaTechno (228)
Does nothing new, but does it good. Windows Dakota Bob (71)
Can we say "$hit" in mobygames? Windows MichaelPalin (1195)
Meh. The Best is the Enemy of the Good. Windows null-geodesic (235)
It just grows old very fast Windows phorque (141)
This game gives the Quake Series a bad name..Multi-player wasn't too bad.... Windows DudeOfMonson (106)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Linux 3 4.4
Macintosh 3 4.7
Windows 69 3.6
Xbox 360 17 3.2
Combined MobyScore 92 3.6


The Press Says

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100
WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Quake II easily wins 5 stars overall. It is the most incredible game I’ve ever played and is definitely the best game this year. Considering that I generally don’t like 3D shooters because I feel they’re too limited and overall quite boring, I was truly amazed by Quake II. It was able to immerse me into the game in a way no other game has done before. Every detail looked and sounded perfect. The controls were simple and effective and the gameplay totally consuming — definitely an excellent sequel to a popular original. In my opinion, Quake II is the best 3D shooter ever made. One thing is for sure, 3D games just got a whole lot better!
90
Xbox 360Totally Gaming Network
Overall we are impressed with id Software?s latest addition to the Quake universe, the story, and the multiplayer battles make Quake 4 a must buy title for your newly purchased Xbox 360 and is a welcome addition to any first person shooter fans collection, see you on Xbox Live.
89
Xbox 360Game Chronicles
How do you go about creating one of the most anticipated sequels in the history of gaming then launching it on the Xbox 360? Well, if you are id Software and the game is QUAKE 4 the responsibility to the gaming community is unfathomable. But what better concept that to base the single-player, story part of your game off of QUAKE II and the multiplayer game off of what is arguably one of the best multiplayer games (or at least engines) ever made, QUAKE III. Then to seal the deal you get Raven Software, a company that was literally built on the foundation of id’s previous engines and the masters of level design and storytelling.
88
WindowsGame Freaks 365
All in all, the game is great. Imagine Doom 3, but more fun, more diverse, and with more multiplayer, and you have a pretty good idea of what Quake 4 will play like. Raven did a good job of making this game available to a lot of types of gamers, as if has solid single-player and multi-player modes. This game will surely be known in the future as a benchmark for gaming. I highly recommend this game to FPS players of all ages (above the age of 17, of course!).
88
WindowsPC Action
Quake 4 ist ein Hammerspiel. Wer etwas anderes behauptet, den kann ich trösten: Es muss ja nicht jeder Ahnung von Ego-Shootern haben. Was Activision der USK-16-Version angetan hat, sollte allerdings nicht unter 20 Stockschlägen bestraft werden: Nur die deutsche Version von Soldiers of Fortune 2 mit Robotern in einer Parallelwelt war schlimmer. Man hätte besser versuchen sollen, mit weniger großen Einbußen eine 18er-Freigabe zu erwirken. Nichtsdestotrotz ein Ego-Shooter der Extraklasse.
88
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Sowohl die Einzelspieler- als auch die Mehrspielergemeinde wartet gespannt auf das neueste Shooter-Highlight. Was kann die Doom 3-Engine wirklich? Die Kritik an ids Vorzeigeshooter Doom 3 war im Nachhinein groß. Auf Dauer zu monoton und langweilig, hieß es. Zu wenige Außenschauplätze, bemängelten Enttäuschte. Die Endlosgegner nerven, kritisierten manche. Quake 4 (dt.) hingegen könnte als perfektionierte Variante seines Engine-Kollegen angesehen werden.
88
WindowsGame Informer Magazine
The Quake formula has reached a level of refinement and polish in this offering that few series ever do. Old-school FPS fans and gamers looking to get back to the roots of online fragathons will undoubtedly find a lot of love in Quake IV, and the game has perhaps fewer flaws than any I've ever reviewed. On the flip side of the coin, though, this is one of the least innovative titles I've ever played. Now, let's just hope that the soon-to-be-released SDK propels some mod makers into integrating the fantastic core mechanics with some new ideas.
86
WindowsSoftpedia
Being just a sequel, I wasn't expecting a great game. I thought the engine will be limited in outdoor environments and I didn't give it too much credit. Raven Software managed somehow to defeat all these problems and deliver a fast paced game with a lot of fun and great potential. You may consider it "Call of Duty in the future with a Doom 3 engine, Quake 2 characters and a personal flavor".
86
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
De vierde Quake bevat geen verrassingen, maar wel het beste van wat het Quake-universum te bieden heeft.
86
WindowsGamigo
Raven Software und id Software haben mit Quake 4 eigentlich die fast perfekte Mischung der Vorgänger veröffentlicht. Ein spannender und herausfordernder Single-Player im Stile von Quake 2, und ein wieder sehr guter Multiplayer im Stile von Quake III lassen stundenlangen Spaß aufkommen. Einzig die zwischenzeitlich recht dünne Geschichte mag Single-Player Fans ein wenig die Suppe versalzen, aber das tut der Action beleibe keinen Beinbruch, weshalb der Spaß durch das Ballern hier immer gegenwärtig bleibt.
85
WindowsGame Informer Magazine
Quake IV is a solid, extremely sound FPS that delivers exactly what you would expect. Sadly, I hoped for a bit more, but I did enjoy what is here - especially the fast-paced multiplayer. Fans of Quake will not be disappointed, just don't expect anything revolutionary.
85
WindowsPlay Magazine
Ultimately Quake 4 falls a little short of living up to its considerable hype, but that certainly doesn’t preclude it from being a game you should own, and preferably on PC (see system specs) if you have the machine to run it. It certainly doesn’t require a monster SLI rig, and if your machine runs Doom 3 smoothly you’ll be fine here. Unfortunately the frame rate doesn’t fair nearly as well in the Xbox 360 version. As with any FPS, the perspective really demands a perfectly smooth frame rate (whether 30 or 60) to be effective. The X360 Quake 4 stumbles too often and it cuts into the quality of the experience.
84
Xbox 360Kombo.com
Quake 4 may not be the cream of the crop when it comes to 360 launch titles, but it is certainly no push over. The only real problem with Quake 4 is the fact that there it does very little to separate itself apart from all the other FPS titles on the market and is somewhat of a run and gun game, which gets rather old quickly. However Quake 4 knows what it is and makes the best out of it, making it one of the best and prettiest run and gun shooters on the market right now.
83
WindowsStrategy Informer
To conclude; Quake 4 is worthy of its name. Most of this is because of the fun single player campaign, but the multiplayer should not (and will not) go unnoticed. Its biggest downside is the high system requirements, but nothing's stopping you from playing on 640x480, is it? If you're an FPS fan then you can't afford to skip this fine product. Even if you're like me, and play an FPS every decade or so, take a whack at it, you'll probably like it.
83
WindowsPC Powerplay
Grundsätzlich ist die Redaktion in zwei Lager gespalten. Während die eine Fraktion die mangelnde Innovation, die bescheidene Gegner-KI und das Leveldesign bekrittelt, pocht die andere Gruppe darauf, dass es bei Quake nie um diese Punkte ging, und dass der vierte Teil das Prinzip des bombastischen Simpel-Shooters gekonnt umgesetzt und perfektioniert hat.
82
WindowsPlayback
Co jest wartego uwagi w Q4? Niesamowicie wysoka grywalnie radosna rzeźnia. Jak już wcześniej wspominałem, archaizm tej gry wcale nie przeszkadza w czerpaniu z niej przyjemności, oczywiście jeśli nie jesteśmy nastawieni na FPS nowej generacji. Ot, można sobie miło postrzelać w ładnym otoczeniu, do ładnych przeciwników. Zbliżając się ku końcowi tegoż tekstu należy podsumować tę grę raz jeszcze. Radosna wyżynka rodem z zeszłej epoki to nie to, czego moglibyśmy się spodziewać po Ravenie (id owszem, vide DooM 3). Jeśli preferujecie coś innego od strzelania rodem z Serious Sama, radzę zastanowić się nad kupnem F.E.A.R. , tym bardziej, że najnowszy Quake kosztuje 250 złotych...
82
WindowsIGN
It's a curious direction that Quake 4 has taken this time around, with the heavy emphasis on single-player, apparently at the development cost of multiplayer, previously its very selling point. And while the SP production values are certainly expensive-looking and sounding, the actual combat mechanics feel a step behind the evolution of the genre, and not in an intentionally retro way.
81
Xbox 360Quebec Gamers
Si vous aviez aimé Doom 3, Quake 4 est un jeu pour vous. Même s'il utilise l'engin graphique de ce dernier, il a plein de nouveaux environnements intéressants et bien conçus et il y a beaucoup de travail dans le produit final. C'est un pur plaisir d'y jouer. D'accord il a un léger problème de framerate par moment et il aurait dû rouler un peu mieux que ça, mais il en demeure pas moins que si vous n'êtes pas un joueur PC, sur 360 Quake 4 is a lot of fun! La version 360 est comme l'édition spéciale sur PC et vient avec Quake II complet.
81
WindowsGameguru Mania
Overall, Quake 4 is a good game but not revolutionary in any way. The gameplay is just fun, and as classified, Highly Addictive. Wait until you can pick it up for $25-$30, and it will be worth it.
81
WindowsActionTrip
Overall Quake 4 was an enjoyable single player experience. I found that as I got further into the game, the more enjoyable it became, with just a few exceptions. Raven has done a great job of game pacing and fans of the original games (as well as newbies) should be happy with this new chapter in the Quake universe. While the game is not perfect, its good features greatly outweigh the negative. Throw in a multiplayer experience which is essentially a graphically updated version of Quake III Arena and your got a worthwhile purchase. Unfortunately I could not play the online portion of the game because my connection to the internet is still flat as a pancake (Thanks again Comcast!!!). Quake 4 helped me forget that I had no connectivity. So in a way, I should not feel bad I am still shelling out money to a cable provider for an internet connection that is currently not connected. Talk about irony.
81
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Quake 4 ist wahrlich kein schlechtes Spiel. Aber es ist auch kein überragend gutes. Alienvernichtung kann ich verkraften, das gehört zur Serie wie die Butter aufs Brot. ich kann auch Klischees verkraften. Die gehören (leider) zum Genre. Aber dem Programm fehlt einfach die Seele. An keiner Ecke, zu keiner Sekunde spüre ich die Liebe der Programmierer. Es ist, als hätte Raven Software, primär Auftragsentwickler, lediglich eine To-Do-Liste von id stupide abgearbeitet. Ideen? Keine vorhanden. Selbst in den großen Momenten wirkt Quake 4 staubig, abgegriffen und uninspiriert.
81
Xbox 360Gamers.at
Als id-Software vor einiger Zeit DOOM 3 auf die Welt los lies, waren die Zocker eher geteilter Meinung. Manche hielten es für eine geniale und längst überfällige Fortsetzung der kultverdächtigen Serie, und wieder andere taten es als mittelmäßiges Zombiegemetzel ab. Doch wie auch immer man zu DOOM 3 stehen mag, den neuesten Streich aus dem Hause id sollte man sich auf jeden Fall genauer ansehen. Nach Doom wird nun nämlich die nächste Erfolgsserie der Mannen aus den USA fortgesetzt und schickt sich an alles besser zu machen. Der Name: Quake 4! Der beinharte Vergleich der beiden bis dato erschienenen Versionen für PC und Xbox 360: Hier bei uns!
81
Xbox 360IGN
Over the years id Software has grown into the fattest cat in town. Originally a small, hungry Texas developer whose games were first distributed through shareware, id then pioneered the first-person shooter genre and has moved on to become one of the industry's most commanding developmental forces. Anyway you look at it, id now sits real pretty right now.
80
WindowsGameSpy
Whether you should pick up Quake 4 depends on what you're looking for in a shooter. If you're looking for a single-player game that can compare to games like Halo and Half-Life, well, that's never been what Quake has been about. Call it 2005's answer to Unreal 2, another game that mashed together a ton of solid sci-fi shooting but never gelled into anything particularly groundbreaking or memorable. But as a fan of old-school deathmatch and CTF, I'm quickly finding myself hooked on Quake 4's multiplayer, so much that it's arguably worth the price of admission on its own. You're really getting two games in one package with Quake 4, and it's a game I suspect will eventually find its way onto many hard drives over the next year.
80
Xbox 360UOL Jogos
Os antigos fãs de "Quake" ou aqueles que jogaram "Doom 3" no Xbox, no entanto, correm o risco de passar mais tempo se divertindo com a versão de "Quake II", no disco bônus. Isso porque "Quake 4", embora seja um bom jogo, ainda não é a experiência pela qual esperamos em um videogame de nova geração.
80
MacintoshMacLife
Quake 4 is a must-have for gamers looking for traditional first-person shooter action.
80
WindowsTTGamer
The problem with Quake 4 is that, for the most part, the single player mode suffers from the same simplicity as Doom 3 - random shooting through a maze of "appeasing-at-first, but-boring-after-the-100th-time" environments. With traditional Quake style weapons (and a new "Dark Matter Gun"), new enemies and (only slightly) different environments, at times it can feel more like a mod for Doom3 than a brand new game, but the improved squad combat (albeit less than comprehensive) and vehicle control do at least bring some new structural enhancements to the fray, and when you factor in a multiplayer mode in the style of Q3A, in an overall sense you do get a reasonably unique experience with Quake 4, just don't expect it to "wow your world", this is really one for the hardcore Quake fans or gamers who just want some old fashion mindless action.
80
WindowsUOL Jogos
Por isso, nesse caso vale a máxima: "quando se pode ser melhor, ser bom já não é suficiente". Então, a mesma sensação de que faltou algo deixada por "Doom 3", repete-se agora em "Quake 4". Os antigos fãs da série correm um risco maior de se frustrar, principalmente se estiverem esperando por algo à altura dos antecessores, mas quem gosta de atirar, sem muito papo, se divertirá do início ao fim.
80
MacintoshJeuxMac.com
Le jeu, même si il a beaucoup été critiqué du côté obscur de l'informatique, reste un bon divertissement. De plus, quand on regarde la ludothèque disponible sur Mac, on est réellement très content de trouver l'accès à un tel jeu. Avec un moteur graphique et physique aussi pointu, on prend vraiment plaisir à jouer. Le solo est un régal pour ceux qui connaîtraient Doom3 sur le bout des doigts et qui voudraient un peu de "sang" neuf. Le multi, même s'il reste loin de Quake 3 Arena reste amusant pour quelques parties mais n'aura jamais le culte qu'ont voué les joueurs à son prédécesseur. Le solo reste un excellent jeu pour se faire de bonnes frayeurs les jours d'orages. L'ambiance, les mouvements en continu du décor et des personnages non joueurs rendent le jeu vivant et agréable à suivre.
80
WindowsFragland.net
QII-lovers will appreciate the singleplayer part of Q4 since it pays respect to the familiar and straight-forward, though very entertaining gameplay. The multiplayer is a different issue and actually something you won't get enthusiastic about. It is way too standard and if you already own Quake III (: Team Arena) not worth the effort. In spite of the nostalgic feelings nobody can deny that the impact of this fourth Quake-installment is much less than the other games. The graphics keep things fresh and the game still remains decent, but the credit of Raven, and especially of id, is decreasing more and more. It is time for a game which scores in all areas (sp and mp) and that dares to innovate. That doesn't necessarily mean that devs should start going in the HL or Far Cry direction. No, doing your own thing remains important and nobody knows that better than id themselves.
80
Xbox 360Video Game Talk
"Quake 4" succeeds in bringing "Quake" to the next generation of realism and fun. The atmosphere will increase your heart rate, the despicable violence will make you cringe, and the eerily devilish opponents will make you run for your life. "Quake 4" takes the fun factor to a whole new level and will have you smiling or possibly screaming from beginning to end. It's not for the light hearted or children under 17 due to the violence I've mentioned, so please keep that in mind.
80
Windows3DAvenue
The problem with Quake 4 is that, for the most part, the single player mode suffers from the same simplicity as Doom 3 - random shooting through a maze of "appeasing-at-first, but-boring-after-the-100th-time" environments. With traditional Quake style weapons (and a new "Dark Matter Gun"), new enemies and (only slightly) different environments, at times it can feel more like a mod for Doom3 than a brand new game, but the improved squad combat (albeit less than comprehensive) and vehicle control do at least bring some new structural enhancements to the fray, and when you factor in a multiplayer mode in the style of Q3A, in an overall sense you do get a reasonably unique experience with Quake 4, just don't expect it to "wow your world", this is really one for the hardcore Quake fans or gamers who just want some old fashion mindless action.
80
MacintoshInside Mac Games (IMG)
In all, Quake 4 is a blast. Combining top-notch graphics, squad-based tactical gunplay, a dark and engrossing story, and a grosser enemy, Quake 4's singleplayer shines. With the wide selection of interesting weapons (made even more "interesting" with powerful modifications), shootouts are fun to replay over and over again in order to find out how well certain weapon combinations work, or just to pound the crap out of the "squibs" over and over again.
80
MacintoshAppleLinks.Com
Quake 4 doesn't advance the first-person shooter in any way, but that's fine; I believe that part of the continuing popularity in first-person shooters is their familiarity—gamers can install them and start playing without reading a manual or bothering to learn new controls. What Quake 4 does do is take most of the important elements in games of this type and polish them all up to a nice shine. The game is simply well developed, and it plays as if the developers at Raven had gripes about other first-person shooters and set to create one that corrected them. I mean, if they created a bio-mutant zombie Nazi alien first-person shooter that I can enjoy, then I can only imagine what genre fans will think of it.
80
MacintoshMacworld
The Mac conversion of Quake 4 has been a long time coming; if you’re a first-person shooter fan, it’s been well worth the wait. The game has the highest production value of any first-person shooter I’ve seen since Doom 3 and terrific single-player gameplay. Unfortunately, as I noted in my first look at Quake 4, multiplayer modes left me wanting more.
80
Xbox 360GamePro (US)
Hot on the heels of last summer's Doom 3, id Software has returned with a new bloodbath and a new development partner. Does Quake 4 deliver the goods? You bet...just don't expect anything earth-shattering.
80
WindowsGameSpot
While Doom was the game that would make id Software a gaming-household name in the early '90s, over the years, the company shifted its focus away from the Doom games. As PC hardware and 3D acceleration became better and better, id became much more focused on engine development. Those engines were the underlying technology that powered the games in the Quake series, which began in 1996. Quake was among the first PC first-person shooters to let you take your multiplayer matches onto the Internet, and over the years, the series has become synonymous with great technology and exciting multiplayer. Now, in 2005, the roles of id's games have reversed a bit. The company's most recent engine is the one built for Doom 3, and Quake 4 runs on this same engine. Furthermore, Quake 4 wasn't even developed by id internally; it instead outsourced game development to the capable minds at Raven Software, who have turned in a fantastic-looking game with a great single-player campaign.
80
Windows1UP
In the six years since Quake III: Arena established itself as a hardcore favorite in the cutthroat world of online shooters, much of the genre landscape has changed. Graphics, having reached new heights of shiny realism, now coax your rational disbelief; meanwhile, characters and narration provide the backbone for every first-person shooter on the market. In our post-Half-Life and Halo years, ingenious A.I., for either friend or foe, has become a mandatory expectation in single-player campaigns. And then there's the chaos factor for good measure: real-world physics, environmental damage, vehicles, and an open sandbox game design -- all of which combined becomes a full-spectrum FPS in 2005. Six years ago its prequel broke -- and then rewrote -- the rules; now, Quake 4 finds itself fighting to stay relevant in a brave new world.
79
WindowsGameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Quake 4 is een raar geval. Het enkele spel is erg leuk, maar het multiplayerstuk is gewoonweg niet erg geïnspireerd – en dat voor een spel dat het genre op de kaart zette! We houden van de nonsense aanpak en het gebruik van de Doom 3-motor, maar conceptueel zit de meerspelersmodus nog in de vorige eeuw. Als je een beter ogende versie van Quake III Arena zoekt zal je niet teleurgesteld zijn, maar de toekomst van multiplayer shooters is dit niet.
79
Xbox 360XBox Evolved
id Software is well known around the PC community and now wants to make a presence on the Xbox 360. id Software is among the elite FPS developers in the industry and have a long list of creditability to their fame. Working on franchises such as DOOM, Wolfenstein and Quake, they are respectable and no one can deny their success with the FPS genre. They recently developed 2004¡¦s DOOM 3 (released in 2005 for the Xbox) and worked on the expansion, DOOM 3: Resurrection of Evil with Nerve Software. Now it¡¦s finally time for their third FPS franchise, Quake, to be revived once again for the next-generation of consoles.
78
Windows2404.org PC Gaming
The debate of whether something has to be original or innovative to be good I’ll leave for others to talk about, but in case of Quake 4 it just doesn’t feel entirely right to see so much we’ve seen before, only all in one game instead of ten. In that sense, Quake 4 is nothing special, nothing worthy of telling your grandchildren about, nothing you haven’t seen done at least once or twice before, and that is disappointing.
78
Xbox 360XBox Front
Assimilation auf Strogg-Art: Man nehme einen Erdenbürger und ersetze alle wichtigen Teile durch mechanische Elemente. Es entsteht ein willenloser und der Nexus unterworfener Krieger, der nur Zerstörung kennt. Nun ist es Zeit, den Krieg auf den Planeten Stroggos zu tragen und die Wurzel allen Übels zu vernichten. Das Rhino Squad und wir haben uns zur Planetenoberfläche aufgemacht und bringen euch einen Test aus der vordersten Front.
78
Xbox 360Game Informer Magazine
On paper, Quake 4 on the Xbox 360 is an exact port of the recently-released PC version. In practice, it’s readily apparent that the game was designed from the ground up for the precision of mouse-and-keyboard control, and the 360 edition really suffers for it. Both online and off, Quake 4 on 360 is a clear step down from the PC version – which is especially disheartening when compared to fantastic launch titles like Call of Duty 2. You do get to shoot stuff, lots of stuff, but it’s all old hat to anyone who has played a first-person shooter in the last decade or so.
75
Xbox 360JeuxActu
Comme sur PC, QUAKE 4 sur Xbox 360 n’est pas indispensable, c’est une évidence. Il n’en reste pas moins un FPS agréable à jouer, avec une bonne ambiance et de nombreux passages réussis. Si la transformation du héros n’est finalement qu’un épiphénomène sans réelle incidence, le jeu n’est reste pas moins bien supérieur dans tous les domaines à Doom 3, sans que ce dernier soit toutefois une réelle référence du genre. Si vous aimez les FPS à ambiance et ne craignez pas d’être parfois spectateur, QUAKE 4 vous amusera. Il reste un bon jeu même si le prestige de son appellation aurait pu nous faire espérer bien mieux.
75
WindowsJeuxActu
QUAKE 4 n’est pas indispensable, c’est une évidence. Il n’en reste pas moins un FPS agréable à jouer, avec une bonne ambiance et de nombreux passages réussis. Si la transformation du héros n’est finalement qu’un épiphénomène sans réelle incidence, le jeu n’est reste pas moins bien supérieur dans tous les domaines à Doom 3, sans que ce dernier soit toutefois une réelle référence du genre. Si vous aimez les FPS à ambiance et ne craignez pas d’être parfois spectateur, QUAKE 4 vous amusera. Il reste un bon jeu même si le prestige de son appellation aurait pu nous faire espérer bien mieux.
75
Xbox 360Armchair Empire, The
Something the Quake franchise has always had trouble with is a telling a coherent story to connect the games. The original Quake was long on action and short on details -- your nameless soldier blasted his way from entrance to exit and that was about it. (I wouldn't even include the brief text at the end of the game that explains what you just did.) Quake II provided a storyline of sorts (a battle between humanity and the cyborg Strogg) but it too was short on detail or any connection to the original. Quake III didn't bother with a story at all, instead concentrating wholly on multiplayer death and co-op matches. Now comes Quake 4 with a whole-hearted attempt at providing a story to accompany the action by picking up where Quake II left off.
75
Xbox 360Extreme Gamer
Quake 4 is Activision's latest PC port to a console. This time we have the highly anticipated Quake 4 on the equally anticipated Xbox 360 platform. I will take a look at the latest Quake offering to see if it can revolutionize gaming like its predecessors did.
74
WindowsPlayfuls
I can’t really say that I’ve hated the game, but I haven’t felt that great playing it either. Quake 4 is certainly above average, but it’s clearly not The Game everyone’s been expecting. Its first moments are pleasant and push you to go on. Solid weapons, cool sounds (the voices, the enemy’s roars and the gunshots are delightful), the killing frenzy had awakened the beast within me and I thought that I won’t be able to calm it down. Unfortunately, all these pros are nothing compared to the multitude of cons, which I’ve gathered here so that the reader will be able to better understand what I’m talking about.
74
Xbox 3604Players.de
Quake 4 ist ohnehin kein sehr inhaltsreiches Spiel. Aber wenn selbst das wenige noch beschnitten wird, kann man auch gleich zu einem anderen Game greifen. Die Versuchung, genau das bei Quake 4, das auch in der englischen Version keine wesentlich höhere Bewertung kassiert hätte, zu tun, ist ohnehin ziemlich groß: Es spielt sich genau wie ein Doom 3-Add-On, bei dem die Designer die Rot- und Blau-Palette entdeckt haben. Es fühlt sich an wie Doom 3, es sieht aus wie Doom 3, es klingt wie Doom 3 - und es ruckelt bei schnellen Bewegungen auf der Xbox 360! Der einzige wirklich offensichtliche Unterschied ist, dass man hier keine Höllenmonster, sondern diverse Strogg-Varianten umnietet. Das Spiel zieht sich wie ein Kaugummi, von echter Spannung jenseits der altbekannten »Dunkler Raum mit Flackerlicht + Monster, das irgendwo rausbricht«-Routine ist kaum was zu spüren.
70
WindowsEurogamer.net (UK)
It's only when you sit back and run through what's there you actually realise that there's not a lot of substance to Quake 4, beyond being very pretty indeed. We were hoping for rather more than a 'competent', 'fun' shooter out of Raven. Those words just sound insulting when you sit them next to the words 'Quake' and '4', and perhaps that sums up just why we think it only deserves a 7, and a low one at that. Shame.
70
WindowsGamerDad
Quake 4 treads too much familiar ground. By making a game that is graphically excellent and advanced, Raven has only further focused attention on the dated feel of the gameplay. Despite intense action and an engaging story, something is missing. That something is a sense of cohesion and purpose. It's no longer enough to run through a game shooting everything in sight, waiting for the door to turn green so you can move to the next room. The juxtaposition of beautiful graphics, wonderfully done characters and interactions next to old-school run-and-gun 'one against the massing hordes' action is a poor contrast that creates some intense excitement, but ultimately leaves you cold.
70
WindowsCanardPC
Raven Software rend une copie appliquée mais sans trop d'inspiration. Au vu de la concurrence directe, difficile de le conseiller uniquement pour son mode solo, correct mais pas inoubliable. Si le jugement paraît sans appel, Quake 4 demeure incontournable dans le domaine du shoot multijoueur furieux, en espérant que les légers changements attirent suffisamment de joueurs et moddeurs à long terme. À 60 €, la facture est quand même un peu salée et le manque flagrant d'innovations peine à se faire oublier.
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Xbox 360GameCell UK
Quake 4 may not have an original bone in its body (you’ll feel like you’ve done it all before) but its campaign mode was an engaging and thrilling enough sci-fi-pulp shooter to keep me wanting to play it, despite some severe, game-spoiling technical issues. The simple fact that it made the 360’s launch may well indicate that the conversion/optimisation could have been better, and that’s a shame because there’s great potential in the Quake universe, fighting to get out. The Xbox 360 can do a lot better than this, and so can Raven.
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Xbox 360Gamezine
Plutôt que d’innover, Quake IV continue son petit bonhomme de chemin avec des graphismes d’exception. Pour le prochain épisode, on espère un peu plus de nouveautés et un gameplay un peu renouvelé, car ce n’est pas ce qu’il y a de meilleur actuellement sur le marché. Quake reste Quake, mais est-ce suffisant ?
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Xbox 360Video Game Talk
Technically it's the first "new" showing of the Quake series since 1999, so how does it stack up? The story may be better than the rest of the games in the franchise and the multiplayer is on par with the series, but not entirely robust. Unfortunately compared to other shooters on the market today the game comes across as feeling lacking with a mediocre single player experience and sparse options to play on Live with. Out of the three FPS games on the 360 right now, this is probably the weakest of the bunch. The game is strong enough on its own merit, but a little disappointing in the end. Even so I'm still going to recommend it for 360 owners, but would recommend Call of Duty 2 or Perfect Dark Zero even more.
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WindowsJeuxVideoPC.com
Développé par les Texans de Raven , habitués des moteurs d’ID Software (on se souvient de Jedi Knight 2 et Soldier of Fortune 2), ce nouvel épisode de Quake a la lourde tâche de prendre le relais de ses illustres ancêtres. Sur le papier, il a tout d’un grand : le magnifique moteur de Doom 3, l’équipe d’Id Software qui surveille de près le projet, et une exposition médiatique très modérée. On pouvait donc légitimement attendre une belle surprise. Test d’un jeu sans trop d’Id…
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WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW)
If Civilization IV is the gaming equivalent of a bowl of Wheaties--good and good for you!--then Quake 4 is like a big, tooth-decaying bowl of Cap'n Crunch, with maybe an extra helping of sugar and a doughnut on top. You know you should not like this stuff. You know you can do a lot better. And yet, despite the damage you know it must be doing to your insides, and to your moral fiber, you keep on shoveling it down anyway, because it's just so damn good. Such is the case with Quake 4, id Software's latest entry in its blockbuster shooter series, which offers nothing particularly new or innovative, and yet still manages to entertain because sometimes retro and dumb and obvious is exactly what we want--especially when it's done as slickly and professionally as it is here.
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Xbox 360GameSpot
The Quake series of sci-fi first-person shooters has always had a fairly sketchy history on console platforms. It has often represented the pinnacle of PC graphical capabilities, but translating those high-end graphics to affordable, mass-market consoles has usually proved to be a tough process. That trend continues with Quake 4 for the Xbox 360. Despite the 360's stature as the most powerful console on the market, it just can't keep up with this game's demanding visuals (which probably speaks more to the lackluster quality of the game's translation from the PC than to the system's power, judging by how well the 360's two other first-person shooters look by comparison). Quake 4 is a compelling game, but when saddled with an extremely unstable frame rate, it's tough to recommend.
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Xbox 360XboxFrance
Avec sa splendide réalisation graphique et son mode solo prenant, Quake 4 aurait pu être un incontournable de la line-up 360. Malheureusement, son animation chaotique gâche parfois le plaisir de jeu, son classicisme transparaît trop rapidement à travers son enveloppe attrayante et ses options Live sont franchement décevantes. La présence de la version complète de Quake 2, parfaitement jouable, peut toutefois être considérée comme un plus intéressant.
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Xbox 360DreamStation.cc
Overall, I found Quake 4 to be a slightly enjoyable (due to the futuristic weapons, complete with butt-kicking sounds), yet frame rate-plagued game. The score would have been 1-2 points higher if the frame rate was fixed, and a little more thought was put into the multiplayer. I really wanted to like this game, but I just couldn’t get into it as much as I wanted to. I feel like I’ve been playing this same game for the last 10 years, except now is has a brand new coat of “shiny” on it. This is the next generation of gaming? If you are a Quake fan, you may get this just for the Q2 version, as well as a fairly enjoyable 10-20 hours of game play. FPS fans, or non-Quake die-hards, avoid Quake 4 and get Call of Duty 2 or Perfect Dark Zero instead.
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WindowsAbsolute Games (AG.ru)
Tак исчезают легенды. Серия, некогда ставшая синонимом новаторского подхода к созданию экшенов, выродилась в шаблонную «бродилку», далекую от сегодняшних стандартов. Покидая планету киборгов, мы запомним орды деревенских дурачков в роли монстров, коридоры, где нельзя заблудиться, и поток ЦУ от начальства, подсказывающего, куда ступать безмолвному подчиненному.
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WindowsGamereactor (Sweden)
Till slut kan man väl bara säga att om man dyrkar Quake 2, är detta precis rätt spel att införskaffa. Tung action som tar ungefär 8-10 timmar att ta sig igenom, och med ett flerspelarläge som försöker vara Quake 3 Arena utan att lyckas. Jag må låta negativ, men jag är besviken och uttråkad tyvärr, och det kan jag bara beskylla Quake 4 för.
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WindowsVideo Game Talk
The single player game last about 10-12 hours on the default level, so you could add a few hours for the next step up in difficulty. It would have been even quicker if the load times weren't so painful. My 10,000 rpm Raptor took 45 seconds to 2 minutes to load each one of the 31 levels. As for any replay value, the multiplayer is not worth much of a look and the single player game doesn't offer anything new the second time around. Unless you are a Quake addict, wait for this title to hit the $25 - $30 mark to experience the single player game.
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Xbox 360Jeuxvideo.com
On a le droit de faire du classique, si on le fait bien. Or, Quake 4 ne fait qu'assembler des stéréotypes poussiéreux. Le gameplay est basique mais pourrait fonctionner s'il était bien présenté. On fera avec des armes classiques, une progression au rythme chevrotant ou encore une mise en scène de téléfilms. Je ne le cacherai pas, je me suis ennuyé en jouant à Quake 4. Même s'il compte des phases d'action réussies il nous impose surtout trop de longueurs.
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WindowsJeuxvideo.com
On a le droit de faire du classique, si on le fait bien. Or, Quake 4 ne fait qu'assembler des stéréotypes poussiéreux. Le gameplay est basique mais pourrait fonctionner s'il était bien présenté. On fera avec des armes classiques, une progression au rythme chevrotant ou encore une mise en scène de téléfilms. Je ne le cacherai pas, je me suis ennuyé en jouant à Quake 4. Même s'il compte des phases d'action réussies il nous impose surtout trop de longueurs. Allez hop, direction F.E.A.R.
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Xbox 3601UP
Space Marines -- you just gotta love 'em. Whenever humanity faces extinction at the hands of grotesque alien races possessing vastly superior technology these guys (and occasionally the token gal) get called into action. It's a thankless job, and one that 99% of the troops won't survive. But there's always that one guy -- the über-hero -- who single-handedly saves the day. If playing that role sounds like a better way to spend the weekend than a military documentary marathon then Quake 4 may just be your game.
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Xbox 360GameSpy
When discussing the seminal titles of the FPS genre, a few names immediately come to mind, and many of them have id Software's fingerprints all over them. The developer helped to usher in the era of first-person running and gunning with Wolfenstein 3-D, then refined the formula to perfection with the granddaddy of all shooters, DOOM. While both titles (and their sequels) have legions of fans, there's one franchise that stands above the rest: Quake. The series helped to revolutionize multiplayer gaming, ensuring that people would be playing it for years to come. Now, just over a month after releasing the game on PC, id is bringing the latest title in the series, the aptly named Quake 4, to the Xbox 360.
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Xbox 360Game Shark
I guess I’ve been a little hard on Quake 4. I suppose one reason is that I’ve played so much on the 360 in the last couple weeks that I have come to expect a lot. Call of Duty 2 and Perfect Dark Zero are far better games in almost every way. Even King Kong supplies a better FPS single-player experience. If you really have to check out the latest Quake game, I’d suggest a rental. See if it can make you happy and then decide if you want to own it for the $60 it will cost you.
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WindowsGame Revolution
But in typical Strogg fashion, Ravensoft has taken a long-dead game, Quake III, and retrofitted it with the cogs and gears of a new era. The result is more sad than monstrous, a beast you'll put down not with hate, but pity. You'd be far better served dipping into the likes of F.E.A.R. than treading down this overgrown path again.
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Xbox 360Game Freaks 365
Overall, Quake 4 is a big disappointment. What was supposed to be a visually stunning, pulse-pounding shooter ends up being one of the dullest launch titles on the Xbox 360. The story is interesting enough to pull you through 10 hours of generic and brainless action, and the vehicular distractions are a quick and effortless blast, but that's about the furthest Quake 4 goes. If you're a Quake fan, I wouldn't question you if you rented the game but I'd have to frown down on anyone who decides to buy this game. There isn't enough here in terms of depth or new, modern shooter attractions. Pick up Perfect Dark Zero or Call of Duty 2 instead. Believe me, you won't regret it.
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Xbox 360Jeuxvideo.fr
S'il est l'un des premiers FPS de la Xbox 360, Quake 4 ne risque pas de marquer les esprits pour autre chose, c'est en tout cas tout le mal que l'on souhaite à la nouvelle console de Microsoft. Non que le titre de Raven Software soit un mauvais jeu, mais on ne peut s'empêcher d'être déçu, de trouver la mise en route « longuette » et les mécanismes tout de même un peu trop répétitifs. Pourtant, le système de jeu devrait encore une fois permettre aux accrocs du FPS de passer quelques bonnes heures devant leur console. La réalisation est efficace, la bande-son de qualité et les ennemis souvent retords. Seulement voilà, ces qualités aussi importantes soient elles ne suffisent pas à faire un bon jeu et la partie solo souffre terriblement du manque d'inspiration de Raven, le pire étant atteint avec les séquences « motorisées » qui semblent vraiment là pour remplir le cahier des charges fixé par id Software.
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Xbox 360BlogCritics Magazine
For fans of the franchise, they'll make their way through Raven's latest entry hoping for something, anything special to happen. The deeper you travel, the higher the aggravation levels go. Dealing with the myriad of issues pertaining to pushing the release to coincide the launch of the console show. The competition with Call of Duty 2 and Perfect Dark doesn't help either.
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Xbox 360Gamereactor (Sweden)
Spelkontrollen är densamma som i Xbox-versionen av Doom 3 med samma lite sladdriga känsla. Att kontrollera Kane med 360-kontrollen känns helt naturligt för alla som spelat Halo-spelen, eller konverteringen av Doom 3. Den instabila skärmuppdateringen förstör dock den lilla tjusning som fanns i PC-förlagan och gör Quake 4 till det sämsta lanseringsspelet till Xbox 360 tillsammans med King Kong.
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Xbox 360Digital Press - Classic Video Games
For fans of the franchise, they'll make their way through Raven's latest entry hoping for something, anything special to happen. The deeper you travel, the higher the aggravation levels go. Dealing with the myriad of issues pertaining to pushing the release to coincide the launch of the console show. The competition with Call of Duty 2 and Perfect Dark doesn't help either.