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Quake II (Windows)

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Description

A sequel in name only, this follow up to id’s 1996 Quake, is a first-person shooter revolving around the Earth-Strogg war. The Strogg alien race threatens the Earth, but Earth has launched a counter-offensive, Operation Alien Overlord. Overlord takes the battle to the Strogg homeworld with the ultimate objective of securing their capital city and killing their ruler.

As a FPS, Quake II contains a variety of weapons including the fall back Blaster, the Railgun, and the secret BFG10K. Health, armor, and ammunition pick-ups can be found during levels, as can the classic Quake’s Quad Damage power-up. Game play involves mowing down alien opponents as the player progresses through levels, completing in-game objectives. Quake II also comes with multiplayer support for Deathmatches.

Screenshots

Quake II Windows Do yourself a favor and avoid these girls.
Quake II Windows Watch out, that first steps a doozy
Quake II Windows A Strogg roadblock
Quake II Windows Macron is dead!

Alternate Titles

  • "雷神之锤II" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Q2" -- Common abbreviation

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User Reviews

Functional, solid, by-the-book FPS with little inspiration Oleg Roschin (164803) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars
Very solid classic-style FPS Maw (849) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
A bad sequel to Quake? Definitely not! Medicine Man (367) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
Not just an engine! A Real Game!!! *gasp!* Zovni (9384) 3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars
A blitz of near non-stop action, Quake II is an old school classic. Steelysama (106) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
An underrated classic from id Idkbutlike2 (23) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
More of the same. Good, but needed? Geraldo Falci (13) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
A let down D Michael (221) 3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars
Absolutely KILLS Quake 1 and 3... Mr. Me (36) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Eh....Its ok. Scott Monster (919) 2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars

The Press Says

Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Dec 09, 1997 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
GameGenie 1998 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Electric Games 1998 92 out of 100 92
Edge Dec 23, 1997 9 out of 10 90
Reset Feb, 1998 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot Dec 19, 1997 9 out of 10 90
Game Revolution Jun 05, 2004 B+ 83
Computer Games Magazine 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
HonestGamers Dec 30, 2011 7 out of 10 70
Génération 4 Jan, 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67

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Trivia

Action figures

In 1998, Quake II action figures were released to stores by ReSaurus. There was only one series of figures. The series was composed of: Marine (& Barracuda Shark), Jungle Marine (& Strogg Parasite), Iron Maiden (& Strogg Technician), Tank, and a limited edition Psycho Marine.

European version

The UK Windows Version Quake II CD has the following printed on it:
This product is intended for sale outside North America only and will not function on North American operating systems.
Upon testing this seems to be untrue, it works on every North American version of Windows tested. Assumedly this was to prevent people importing the CDs from the EU and selling them in the US.

German index

On December 20, 1997, the PC version of Quake II was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. The Nintendo 64 version followed August 31, 1999.

For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.

Language

This is the second time id Software has invented an alien language for use in their games (the first was in Commander Keen). Like Keen's Simplified Galactian Alphabet, the Strogg language in Quake II is a simple letter-by-letter cipher. Although no-one has ever made a Strogg font pack, you can decipher signs and messages in the game using the Strogg translator at id's Quake 4 site.

Release

The game was rushed to be ready for the very lucrative Christmas 1997. It shipped with a lot of bugs, missing features (no multiplayer maps) and multiplayer was almost unplayable on the net at first, but id fixed all these issues with numerous patches.

Soundtrack

The soundtrack, composed by Sonic Mayhem, features a total of ten tracks in CD-Audio quality. If you listen to the CD be sure to skip the first track, which is the data information.

The rest of the tracks are:

1. Operation Overlord
2. Rage
3. Kill Ratio
4. March of the Stroggs
5. The Underworld
6. Quad Machine
7. Big Gun
8. Descent Into Cerberon
9. Climb
10. Showdown

Source code release

On 22 December 2001, the full source code was released. It can be downloaded from the ID software website.

Zeebo version

On June 15, 2010, both Quake and Quake II were removed from Zeebo's wireless network, the Brazilian Zeebonet. Both games were offered for 10 Z-credits and each Brazilian Zeebo came with 35 Z-credits, so the games were sold virtually for free. They were replaced for Zeebo Extreme Rolimã and Zeebo Extreme Jetboard as free downloads.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • March 1998 (Issue #164) – Action Game of the Year
  • GameSpy
    • 2001 – #47 Top Game of All Time
  • PC Gamer
    • April 2000 - #8 overall in the "All-Time Top 50 Games" poll
Information also contributed by Apogee IV, chirinea, Maw, Mike Quigley, PCGamer77, Sciere, Xoleras and Zovni

Related Web Sites

  • Bill Brown - Music Composer (additional music) (Listen to streaming and MP3 music tracks from this title at the composer's official site including the intro and ambient tracks)
  • Linux Quake HOWTO (This Linux HOWTO describes how to get Quake, Quake World and Quake II running on a Linux Box)
  • PlanetQuake (One of the most comprehensive Quake, Quake II and Quake III: Arena sites, PlanetQuake is multiplayer-oriented and contains huge amounts of information, patches, maps, addons and just about anything Quake-related. )
  • Quake II (Official page on id Software's website)
  • S&F Prod.'s Quake 2 Page (Here you'll find a funny skin and more.)
  • Wikipedia: Quake II (Information about Quake II at Wikipedia)
Brian Hirt (10020) added Quake II (Windows) on Nov 10, 1999
Other platforms contributed by Brian Hirt (10020), Corn Popper (69521), chirinea (33100), Kabushi (116181) and Adam Baratz (1353)