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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.
Quake 3 Arena is a monster of a game. IT admins will fear the added bandwidth the game will put on their servers, CEO's will cringe at the lost productivity of their employees, and university students' grades are bound to plummet, all in the name of some fun. Strap yourself into Quake 3 Arena and be prepared to waste countless hours. What are you waiting for?
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!!!
Зато, несмотря на все недостатки, налицо ultimate deathmatch game. Если я захочу играть с кем-то в традиционный дефматч, чтобы по-быстрому выяснить, кто из нас отец, а кто сынок - я, безусловно, выберу Q3A, забыв даже о DOOM'е. И неважно, будет это локальная сеть или Интернет, вердикт однозначен. И игра эта обоснуется на ваших винчестерах надолго. Как твердыня, столп и оплот вечности, эдакий эталон метра, применяемый в детском саду для измерения длины пиписек. И в этом качестве ей гарантированна слава и, возможно, титулы "Игра года" и даже "Игра века". И спасибо товарищу Кармаку за наше счастливое детство.
WindowsSpel för Alla
Quakeserien förnyas och tar klivet in i multiplayer-spelets alla möjligheter med Quake III. Snygg grafik och högt speltempo gör det till ett suveränt spel som det är svårt att slita sig från.
The first six tiers consist of four levels each. Each level contains a mixture of computer-controlled bots that are sure to give you a run for your money. After you've slaughtered all of the computer-controlled bots, it's time for the main event….frag your friends, and believe me, this is where the fun is.
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.
WindowsSvenska PC Gamer
Är då Arena värt att köpa för singelplayerupplevelsen? Saret är, tack och lov, helt klart positivt. Det är ingen tvekan om att man för att få ut det bästa ur den måste spela på Internet eller LAN, men det är fortfarande en tillräckligt stor utmaning (särskilt CTF) för att de modemlösa ska kunna njuta också.
Grosse claque pour tout le monde. Le duel Unreal-Quake est maintenant commencé et pour moi, c'est Quake qui l'emportera en offrant plus de gameplay, plus de bestialité, des besoins machine moins gourmands et le tout enrobé dans des niveaux bien plus jolis. En bref, un chef d'oeuvre par les maîtres du genre.
Quake 3, one hell of a good game, looks damn pretty when you slap all the features on and plays like a demon. Test your skills vs. those bots and see how you do online, theres only 1 way to improve on a game like this, but I can't tell what it is!
WindowsGame Over Online
This game is very fun and quite addicting. Past that there is not much to say. Little touches are what make this game and keep you coming back for more. I think that the aforementioned awards really added to the fun and I had a great time bragging to my friends after we had finished playing (at 4:00am). The feeling I had when I played this game was the same I had when Quake and Quake 2 first came out. The graphics are smooth and fast, the sound well done and the gameplay outstanding. I can hardly wait to finish this review so that I can return to playing. If you're a Quake nut or love deathmatch, I recommend picking this up, it's a sure win. Well done ID software.
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.
WindowsPC Player (Germany)
Quake 3 lässt den Traum eines jeden Shooter-Fan in Erfüllung gehen und wird noch lange für Schlagzeilen sorgen. Für mich jetzt schon das Spiel des Jahres 2000.
If there's one thing that can be said about Quake III: Arena is that it's incredibly addictive, no matter how shallow and simple the gameplay may be, and no matter how canned the arsenal is. Of course, Quake has never tried to disguise itself as a thinking man's game. Although I would have liked more gameplay types and a larger variety of weapons, there's absolutely nothing that I can fault Quake III: Arena for. It accomplishes exactly what id set out to do when creating the thirds installment. I must admit that even with the massive gameplay options in Unreal Tournament, I'll always come back to Quake III: Arena for my deathmatch fix. There's no other shooter that comes close to the look and feel of Quake III. I've already reserved a permanent area on my hard drive specifically for Quake III, because it's going to be there for a while. It takes a powerful machine to run it correctly, but it's well worth it.
The bottom line with Quake 3 Arena is that Id has delivered an incredibly addicting game. Id set out with one goal in mind: Create the ultimate deathmatch, and they have pretty much succeeded. If you're looking for more than deathmatching, you won't really find it until Quake fans start churning out modifications for the game, but until then, what a deathmatch it is!
All things considered, it isn't a stretch to call Quake III Arena an outstanding game. But whether it's superior to its rival Unreal Tournament is less certain. If you're interested in sophisticated team-play modes like those featured in Unreal Tournament, then Quake III Arena comes up short. However, Quake III Arena provides the ultimate deathmatch experience. If deathmatch is the particular style of play you're interested in, then Arena is your game.
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!
Even with all this polish, Quake 3 Arena isn't the final word in deathmatch gaming. I would be more comfortable to say it is the final word in "old school" deathmatches. Quake 3 Arena is still one of the best titles currently out on the market.
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.
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.
Tremendous deathmatch game, lacking in innovations to gameplay but packing the most beautiful game engine and art we've seen.
Is Quake III Arena the best first-person shooter on the market? Can’t say for certain--I’m sure there are just as many reasons to put Unreal Tournament in that seat as there are Quake. When all is said and done, my bottom-line feelings on the game are as simple and direct as the gameplay itself. If you like first-person shooter action and you own an iMac with at least an 8.6 OS or a Mac G3, you’d be doing yourself a favor to get a hold of Quake III Arena.
WindowsGame industry News (GiN)
Still, with these shortcomings, Q3A is very enjoyable, and comes pretty close to toppling UT's position at the top of multiplayer FPS. Compared to UT's rating of 5/5 Gems, Q3A gets 4 Gems for its single player mode, and gets a perfect 5 gems for its multiplayer capabilities, for an average of 4.5 Gems. Let the fragging commence!
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.
Genom Quake 3 har id Software bevisat att de, tillskillnad från så många andra utvecklare, förstår sin målgrupps behov och lyssnar till dess önskemål.
Quake 3: Arena was truly built for multiplayer online gaming. Soon enough, mods will come out, and the game will last even longer. I really must applaud id Software for their effort to bring Quake 3: Arena to the Mac platform just about on time. Although there wasn't much a of a plot, and the single player was a bit of a disappointment, the game was originally intended as an online fragfest, so we really can't complain about that. Everything else is outstanding, with very few flaws. id Software keeps getting better with each title. As for the question I left you in the overview: "Does Quake 3: Arena improve from its predecessors? And is it worth the dough for a game that is 3rd in its series?" There is no doubt that Quake 3 improves from its predecessors dramatically. And after three Quake installments, the third one delivers the most outstanding and addictive gameplay. My answers are "yes" and "yes"!
QIII: Arena is de beste en mooiste Deathmatch game voorhanden: instant fun en een hardcore frag-feest! Echter, de slordige A.I. van de bots en de beperkte Teamplay modes maken dat deze game 'overall' lager scoort dan Unreal Tournament. Newbies kunnen deze game ook beter laten liggen maar de Quake fans zullen tevreden zijn. De honderden MODS, skins en models die dagelijks op het Internet verschijnen, houden je wel weer zoet tot Quake IV.
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.
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.
WindowsComputer and Video Games (CVG)
Overall we can assure that Q3A is the most amazing game to look at, with a totally honest, in your face appeal you canit deny. Connoisseurs will go for Unreal or Opposing Force to explore new strategies. Firing rockets at people's feet, and jumping to avoid them, has got to get boring sooner or later. UT and OF don't need to worry about that - they're already succeeding in ways Q3A doesn't come close to touching. But as the ultimate incarnation of the idis seminal FPS series, Q3A delivers many times more than we hapless fools were led to believe from the tests. And thatis an understatement.
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.
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 !
Quake 3 is the kind of game that people will run out and upgrade their computers for; James built a dual Celeron system solely to take advantage of Quake 3's SMP support. So the bots aren't that great - no big loss; we didn't get Quake 3 to play by ourselves. If you want single player, skip Quake 3 and pick up a copy of Half Life or System Shock 2. To the naysayers who proclaim that there's nothing innovative or new in Quake 3, we say that you're beating a dead horse. Even id staffers would probably admit to that accusation with a "guilty as charged." So what does Quake 3 give you? It's quite simple: the utter refinement of deathmatch, and the ultimate multiplayer shooter experience - nothing more, nothing less.
I'd like to try sum up Quake III Arena in the same way, but also take a look at how the game shapes up for those folks, like me, that treat FPS games as a way of life rather than 'just another game'. Traditionally I kick off reviews with a bit of background, but I'm sure that everyone is familiar with id's past legendary works, so far so I'll cut to the chase - Quake III Arena is a strange hybrid of supremely polished first-person shooter evolution and a burning desire to have it appeal to the broader gamer. It's a bit odd, but I mean that in a good way...
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.
Très connu pour son moteur 3D, Quake III Arena a souvent été considéré plus comme un benchmark que comme un véritable jeu. S'il est vrai que le jeu s'est rapidement imposé comme une référence pour les tests de cartes 3D, au même titre que 3D Mark 2000, il ne fait toujours pas l'unanimité en multijoueurs. Rapide et défoulant, un peu bourrin sur les bords, Quake III Arena est malgré tout l'un des meilleurs jeux du genre, même si les joueurs plus subtils et moins regardants sur le moteur graphique peuvent lui préfèrer The Tournament.
Quake 3 Arena is the third installment of the Quake series of shooter games. While it's somewhat different than its predecessors, there are plenty of similarities. Of course being the next in the Quake bloodline, gives it a tremendous basis for being a great game, but to really become a hit it must still prove itself on its own merits.
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.
What Quake III Arena boils down to is the beautiful shell of a game, waiting for a suitable host to bring it to life. This is inevitable as we can almost bet on Q3A ports of Team Fortress and Action Quake to save the day. Despite its current lack of a steady pulse, Quake 3 is still a good game. It features the best graphics out there, on top of a rock solid code, with good sound, and typical Quake weapons and levels. One must also acknowledge the fact that there are now a few other big fish out there that can currently provide more fun. As far as gameplay goes I had more fun playing Unreal Tournament, but it can't match up to the beauty of Q3A, and will soon have a hard time matching the quality of gaming once we see those fresh new levels and mods in the baker’s window.
Ik ben er wel zeker van dat we nog lang zullen genieten van de Quake Arena engine wanneer er andere ontwikkelaars games gaan maken gebaseerd hierop. Half-Life 2, gebaseerd op de Quake Arena engine kan er wat mij betreft niet snel genoeg komen! Pas dan zullen er echt brokken gemaakt worden. Voor nu hou ik me bij Half-Life en Opposing Force voor het online spelen, wat niet wil zeggen dat ik tussendoor niet snel eens een one-on-one in Qukae Arena zal spelen, gewoon maar om te genieten van de prachtige graphics.
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.
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.
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.
Videogames have also been considered another plain old recreational activity, but with the release of the much anticipated online multiplayer first-person shooter (FPS), Quake III: Arena (Q3A), that perception may finally change. The activity of Deathmatching (dueling to the death in cyberspace), which was popularized by FPS games like Q3A, may finally be considered a legitimate sport; digital or otherwise.
Un peu partout, on voit émerger ces boutiques étranges que sont les salles réseau, phénomène encore assez marginal qui restait l’apanage de joueurs de RTS. Mais le temps est au changement, et en début d’année le mouvement explose. Déjà un nom traîne sur toutes les lèvres : Counter-Strike, le FPS multijoueur du moment qui a reclassé Quake 2 (l’ancien tenant du titre) au rang de pièce de musée au gameplay fatigué. C’est dans ce contexte qu’Id Software revient avec Quake 3 dernier opus de sa série à succès avec ni plus ni moins que l’intention de donner une nouvelle impulsion au genre…
DreamcastThe Video Game Critic
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.
We hadden de demo al even in ons bezit en de onderlinge competitiegeest hier op de redactie laaide dan ook weer tot ongekende hoogten op. Eindelijk arriveerde de volledige versie van wat ondertussen de Unreal Tournament-killer werd genoemd.
WindowsJust Games Retro
Obviously, single-player aficionados need not apply. Bot matches just feel like something to tide you over while your Internet is down, and online was where the game lived. In that regard, Quake III is everything it needed to be – fast, balanced, and flashy enough. Unfortunately, it feels like it was just refining the multiplayer component of the games that came before, while Unreal Tournament was doing that and innovating at the same time. Everybody had to pick their favorite flavor in 1999, and this one wasn’t mine.
That aside, Arena remains as impressively fast, smooth, and enjoyable as anything from id. As a straight deathmatch it is unsurpassed and will doubtless still be played in three years’ time, thanks to its easy-to-modify codebase. But as an enjoyable singleplayer experience it pales in comparison to Half-Life. The future of gaming or a slight hiccup in id’s otherwise exemplary CV? Time will surely tell.
Gameplay is the mother lode any designer digs for, and in this regard Quake III is solid gold. By the time you tire of the included levels, more will be available free online. As a test of your relative gaming skill, this is peerless stuff. Unreal Tournament may have the edge in options and complexity, but for fun, firepower, and visual splendor, Quake III is the clear leader. But here's the caveat, and it's a biggie: If you're expecting anything new in this version, you'll be disappointed. Quake III is very simply more of the same with better graphics, and that might not be enough to satisfy some.
MacintoshMac Game Gate
I still think UT is a better game but Quake 3 is pretty good. I would recommend that you buy both games. Have Q3 for DM/CTF and UT for the other types of multiplay. (A lot of the TCs that were made for Q2 (Action, Strike Force amongst others) are now being ported to UT instead of Q3, so you might want to keep this in mind when you are buying). Both of these games deserve a place in Mac gamers library of games. If you are a deathmatch junkie then Q3 is the game for you.
Windowsincite PC Gaming
Great looking and playing frag-fest, but not original enough to hold your interest for an extended period.
DreamcastSuper Play (Sweden)
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.
WindowsAll Game Guide
So with that in mind, it's easy to look over Quake III Arena's faults. Though the single-player game is far from substantial with some poorly designed maps, a lack of gameplay options and originality, average weapons and inadequate netcode, the good things will come to those who can wait. With a few modifications and patches, this will have a very long hard-drive life...that is until the next big thing comes along.
WindowsAbsolute Games (AG.ru)
То ли в id слишком спешили, испугавшись конкуренции с UT, то ли просто обленились вконец, но по-моему сейчас уже должно быть стыдно выпускать Quake1, пусть даже более красивый и с кривыми поверхностями, будь они неладны. Я не хочу сказать, что первый Quake — плохая игра, для своего времени он был очень даже ничего. Я хочу сказать, что не стоило выпускать его второй раз... В общем, как ни крути, и ежу ясно, что чемпионатное будущее, как это ни печально — именно за Quake3 Arena.
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.
DreamcastGame industry News (GiN)
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.)
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.
Si vous n'êtes pas encore converti à ce genre, donnez sa chance à Quake 3 ; Il saura vous faire apprécier un univers que des milliers de joueurs continue à fréquenter plusieurs années après sa sortie. Car le point fort de ce titre est bien le fait que plusieurs années après des milliers de personnes continuent de s'adonner aux frags dans des arènes désormais sns secrets.
Mais le succès de Q3 vient également de son support des mods ; Une idée géniale qui permet d'inclure de nouveau modes de jeux avec leurs propres règles et leurs propres univers.
Here’s the bottom line on Quake III: Arena. If you’ve got a hankering for pure deathmatch online and have a fast computer and internet connection, you’ll love it. If you’re looking for a scintillating single player experience, or for something different, look somewhere else. Might I suggest Unreal Tournament?
MacintoshInside Mac Games (IMG)
Quake 3 is at heart, as many critics are quick to point out, a very simple game, which really brings nothing incredibly new to the action or first-person-shooter genres. However, it is a simple game done very well. Id took a huge gamble trying to accomplish something so pure of essence as Quake 3, and thankfully accomplished their goals. Frag away!
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.
Obecnie Quake III już się trochę postarzał, jednak na samym jego enginie wyszło mnóstwo gier, a niektóre są jeszcze w produkcji. Grafika nadal świetnie się prezentuje, a zabawa dalej może być świetna. Jeżeli jeszcze nie miałeś okazji spróbować tej produkcji, to biegnij szybko do najbliższego sklepu. A jeśli jesteś fanem konkurencyjnych produktów, to zmień jak najszybciej banderę i przejdź na naszą stronę :-)
WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Deathmatch fans are going to love Quake III Arena for what it offers, and truth be told, the online deathmatch is fun, if wholly unoriginal. Capture the Flag is also engaging, but there needed to be more unique styles of competition and a stronger Arena Eternal to flesh out the gameplay. While the graphics and animation are outstanding and set a new standard, the title comes up short, especially with the amazingly brief single-player ladder. There is a lot here for fans to build on, but out of the box, Q3A does not offer the ultimate online experience nor come out on top with its single-player deathmatch.
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW)
It's extremely difficult to slap a rating on Q3A, especially in light of UNREAL TOURNAMENT, On one hand, id ended up with what it set out to make: a solid, pure deathmatch game. But in light of UT, that doesn’t seem to be enough; I just want more. I know that deathmatch purists are already eating this game up, and if you crave incredibly last deathmatch in the realm of DOOM or QUAKE, then Q3A is your game. Those of you who want a bit more depth — and a decent single-player mode — should either pass, or buy this title and wait for the online community to make mods for you.
WindowsComputer Games Magazine
It will be interesting to see what kinds of mods the player community will create for this title (and create they will—several mods have already been announced as of the time of this writing). Even if deathmatch isn't your cup of tea, the game is almost worth picking up for that reason alone. If you are a deathmatch fan then you will find a fun game that is well worth playing—it may not be an instant classic, but in the typical id style, it is polished and fun.
Quake 3 måste vara ett av de mest efterlängtade spelen i historien. Då är det ju inte utan att man får höga förväntningar, speciellt efter att ha spelat Unreal tournament. Med facit i hand får man väl säga att John Carmack & co inte riktigt nått ända fram. Visst är Q3 actionfyllt och snabbt, extremt snabbt, men det känns efter ett tag som om man bara springer omkring och skjuter utan någon som helst strategi. Man har helt enkelt inte tid. Som jämförelse får väl sägas att vill man ha ultrasnabb action så satsar man på Q3, men vill man ha lite mer kontroll och chans att utveckla strategi så är Unreal ett bättre val.
Quake 3 is a great way to demo your new, ultra-powered gaming rig, and a decent diversion if taken in small doses. However, overall it fails to impress, invigorate, or even entertain. It does what it sets out to do extremely well, creating a beautiful, high intensity deathmatch game, but it never tries to do very much. Quake 3, for all the praise being lauded on it by the sellouts in the gaming media, is a lightweight contender.