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Quake 4

Score: 92%
ESRB: Mature
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Raven Software
Media: CD/4
Players: 1 (2 - 16 Online/LAN)
Genre: First Person Shooter/ Online/ Action

Graphics & Sound:

Graphically, there isn’t another game on the market that can compete with Raven Software’s Quake 4, with exception of Doom 3. The reason? Because Quake 4 uses the outstanding Doom 3 engine to show off lighting effects, normal mapping, and all of the bells and whistles of today’s games. In fact, there isn’t a computer even created yet that will handle the top specs of Quake 4.

On the audio front, Quake 4 also delivers an outstanding punch. Character voices in-game are done fairly well, and the sound effects and explosions all around you help the immersion factor tremendously. But it goes beyond these simple things. The true auditory experience comes with not knowing what’s around the next corner and being scared out of your pants when you find out what it is.


If you’ve played Half-Life 2 or Doom 3 then you virtually know what to expect from the single-player experience of Quake 4. You and your fellow soldiers will have to take on a variety of creatures throughout your journeys deep into the heart of all disaster. In the same way that the previously-mentioned games have non-player characters giving advice and pointing you in the correct direction, so do they in this fourth edition of the Quake franchise.

The difference-maker in Quake 4 is that you’ll have squad-mates. While you will typically go through most areas solo, you do have a great backup squad that can truly help you take out baddies. The key is that you need to keep your team alive, because you can use them a lot. In your team (when you have one), you’ll have a medic to heal you of your wounds, and also a technician that can replenish your armor.

Of course, Quake isn’t Quake without the multiplayer experience. And of course, the masters of multiplayer at id Software deliver. Fast-paced action and non-stop thrills keep Quake 4 as one of the elite multiplayer games available.


Quake 4 offers a great variety in difficulty, not only in the difficulty setting, but also in the enemies that you face. Not only that, but when combined with the outstanding environmental effects of dark areas that require a flashlight, or tight spots that require you to keep your wits, Quake 4 offers a great challenge for gamers of all levels. That said, I still feel that the addition of a medic and armor technician make this title a bit easier than the game it borrows its engine from, Doom 3. Another thing that helps ease the pain in Quake 4 is that unlike Doom 3, you have your flashlight attached to a weapon, so you are always prepared, which means faster shooting and less injury to yourself.

Game Mechanics:

As with most PC games (and certainly most PC shooters), you can configure the controls of the game exactly to your liking. By default, the controls are set up pretty well with the standard WASD keys. I would suggest trying the default or setting up the keys similar to your other favorite first-person shooters.

Quake 4 is an excellent shooter that will stand the test of time graphically because nobody has a PC strong enough to max out the settings available. From a gameplay standpoint, Quake 4 also immerses you into the action quickly and frantically. Unfortunately, it’s more or less another clone of Doom 3 with a few tweaks. If you haven’t taken on Hell yet in Doom 3, however, then give Quake 4 a try because it’s an excellent shooter and has a lot of replay value on the multiplayer side of things.

-Woody, GameVortex Communications
AKA Shane Wodele

Minimum System Requirements:

Intel Pentium 4 2.0GHz or AMD Athlon XP 2000+ processor or higher; 512MB RAM; English version of Microsoft Windows 2000/XP; 100% Compatible DirectX 9.0c compatible 64MB 3D Hardware Accelerator video card required; 8x Speed CD-ROM drive with the latest drivers; 2.8GB of uncompressed free hard disk space (plus 400MB for Windows swap file); 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible 16bit sound card with the latest drivers; 100% Windows 2000/XP compatible mouse and keyboard with the latest drivers; DirectX 9.0c (included)

Test System:

AMD Athlon 2700+ CPU; Windows XP; 1 GB (2x 512 MB) PC3200 DDR400 RAM; ATI All-In-Wonder 9700 Pro 8x AGP Video Card; NVIDIA nForce MCP Audio; DirectX 9.0c; 32x DVD-ROM; 6 USB ports; Cable Modem Hi-Speed Internet Connection

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