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Quake II

by Playstation
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • 1 or 2 Players (Multi Tap 1-4 Players)
  • Vibration Function
  • Mouse Compatible
  • Dual Shock Controller Support
  • Incredible Engine Speed and Agility. Mission Based.

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  • ASIN: B00001QED5
  • Item Weight: 5 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,134 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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The unabashedly bloody and violent shooter that has splattered PC screens since its release has come to roost on the PlayStation. Yeah, it's awfully gratuitous. No, you shouldn't let the kids play. But darn it if this game isn't a sure-fire hit that depends on pure, visceral action. For those who haven't been shaken by this computer megahit, it's your basic cavernous hallway crawl populated by biotech alien bad guys who want nothing more than to make you expire. For your enjoyment, you are given a virtual armory of ridiculously powerful devices with which to destroy your attackers. Expect gore, and lots of it.

Surprisingly, disc loading times in midlevel are short, and the movement is fluid with fast frame rates. Also, the control using the dual shock game pad is very well implemented, although for the small percentage of PlayStation owners who bought a mouse for the system, this game is compatible. In fact, Quake II makes the purchase of a mouse a worthwhile decision. Multiplayer games excel, even with tedious split screens. Rather than letting you save your progress anywhere, the game has specific saving points within each level, and enough of them so that you won't be too frustrated. --Jeff Young


  • One of the best first-person shooters on the PlayStation
  • Vertigo-inducing realism
  • Great use of PlayStation controllers and optional mouse
  • Incredibly violent


Yes, Quake II, the game PC owners have been enjoying for a long time, has finally made it to the PlayStation. Being a fan of PC first-person shooters, I was less than excited. I mean, I've already played the single-player to death on the PC, and multiplayer FPS games on a console are usually quite pathetic. The N64 version was pretty good, provided that you could look past the flaws that most fans of the PC version would notice in the first 20 seconds. The PlayStation version has many of these same flaws, but given the PlayStation's rapidly aging hardware, it's easier to overlook these flaws. While you may not remain interested in the single-player mission to see it to its completion, the four-player multiplayer in Quake II will make you glad you had picked up a multitap and three extra Dual Shocks.

The storyline is your typical hostile alien sort of thing. You, as a space marine, land on the planet of Stroggos with the intention of blowing up everything in sight. Unfortunately, you get separated from the rest of the marines and are forced to go it alone. So now you must run all over this planet, collecting keys, opening doors, taking elevators, and wiping out various alien monsters before they tear you in half. To wipe out these aliens, you'll have to find weapons - your wimpy default blaster simply won't cut it. You'll find a couple shotguns, two types of machine guns, a grenade launcher, a rocket launcher, and two types of energy weapons - one of which is the almighty BFG, a gun that spits out a huge power ball and wipes out just about anything that gets near the blast. You'll also find a great deal of ammo, armor, and health scattered about the levels.

A game like this really requires a good control scheme to succeed. Thanks to excellent use of the Dual Shock controller, it has one. In the default setup, you use the left stick to look around and the four buttons on the front of the pad to move in any of four directions. You can also configure the right analog stick so you can use it in much the same way. The R buttons handle firing and jumping, and the L buttons let you cycle through your weaponry. You can play the game on a standard controller, but trust me - you wouldn't want to. The game also supports the PlayStation mouse, but if you're already used to using a mouse to control your first-person shooters, then you probably have a PC and you've been playing the PC version of Quake II for ages, making this game mostly useless.

Graphically, the PlayStation really does a decent job. The textures may look a little washed-out, a few models may have been simplified, and a few frames of animation may have been chopped here and there, but overall, the game runs at a very playable speed. The tradeoff is that the game has much more frequent loads. Most of the level modification between the PC and PlayStation versions is in the addition of many more small, closed-off hallways that serve as little loading areas. At first it's not a big deal, but when you've got to go back and forth between different parts of a level to accomplish various tasks, loading every 20-30 seconds is enough to make you crazy. The game's sound effects and music are taken directly from the PC version, and overall, the sound is great.

The multiplayer mode is where this title picks up most of its value points. Sure, a few of the multiplayer levels are a little on the weak side, but there are enough good ones that it doesn't really matter. The three modes in the game are standard deathmatch, team deathmatch, and versus. Versus mode is a last-man-standing affair, where you and up to three friends duke it out until only one of you remains. The coolest multiplayer option is the gravity slider, which lets you turn gravity way down for some really high-flying action, or turn it way up to keep people from hopping around like lunatics. Sure, it's not as versatile as being able to program your own modifications to the game, but it's a nice touch, and it manages to breathe a bit of life into the game.

In the end, the PlayStation version of Quake II falls under the same disclaimers as most other PC-to-console first-person shooters - if you own the PC version, don't waste your time. But if you're looking for some good split-screen shooting action with a decent single-player mode to back it up, this version will make your day. --Jeff Gerstmann
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great port, great game November 16, 1999
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Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
For anyone who was disappointed by the N64 port of this PC game, do not dismay, it is now here for the playstation and it is great. The graphics are stunning and the gameplay is just as difficult as the origional. Maybe one of the best features is that the whole game seems darker than the PC version, in essence making it scarier. This makes it a lot of fun to play and a lot scarier when you aren't expecting a gernade to the face. Multiplayer is fun as well, but the options that a PC provides just isn't there. Of course, you don't have to pay for internet fees to play on the playstation... Overall, this is a great game, just not for those easily grossed out by blood and whatever else these monsters may excrete. Some of the fun things from the first game are missing: creatures such as the Shambler and weapons such as the super-nail gun, but the basics are still around, and every other aspect has been improved on. This is one great game.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a solid and entertaining version March 16, 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is a review for the Playstation version of Quake II.

Quake was a very popular and influential first-person shooter series on the PC, and I'm happy to report that everything you love about the series there has remained almost exactly the same on the Playstation console.

I can't help but compare Quake II to Medal of Honor because MoH was the very first first-person shooter I ever owned. The controls in Quake II are almost exactly the same, except in Quake II, the L1 and R1 buttons on the Playstation controller are used to move your target up and down. The target is the little white thing that permanently stays in the middle of the screen. It's used to line up the perfect kill shot. Learning to use this target properly will probably take about a half hour because, to be totally honest with you, it's not exactly the easiest way to find and eliminate enemies. If you think this control system is a bit strange, I won't disagree. You'll learn to adjust to it, though. Give the game time to sink in.

First let me mention that, despite what people might say, you CAN in fact use a regular old Playstation controller for this game. That's what I'm using right now, in fact. I don't care about all these Dual Shock and Analog controllers that are supposed to make the gaming experience superior because the reality is that a regular controller works just fine. Sorry, but using a directional pad to play first-person shooters is MUCH easier for me. I need to hit the "Up" button to walk, and the X button to shoot. That's exactly what Quake II allows me to do.

After a good 30 minutes with the game, I think the controls are almost perfect. I have no problem at all controlling the game. Furthermore, the framerate is lightning fast and incredibly smooth.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best FPS December 29, 2010
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This and Doom were the first FPS's I ever played and this Game kicks sooooooooooooooooo much ass on PC so I got it for ps1 and threw it on the PS3 and played it for hours.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Multiplayer Carnage March 20, 2000
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
The first time I ever played this game was at a friends house. After a couple of matches of struggling with the controls I was good to go. Ever since then my friends and I would wire in for 4 player tournaments. Not many other games use the multi-player tap, but this one uses it and that makes the game in my eyes. Amazon carries it for around 25 bucks and if you have at least 3 other friends and 4 controlers between all of is a must. The one player game insn't bad. It's challenging with all of it's hidden rooms. If you can beat the game on hard it gives you a multiplayer unlock which enables you to utilize hidden controls for multiplayer such as unlimited ammo, one shot kill, players start with all weapons, and many more. I gave this game a 4 because I would say that it is an awesome game, but after virtually mastering multiplayer it just dosen't hold the same challenge. Also I would rate the one person player game at a 4 star. Either way this is an awesome game especially if you have the multi-tap and at least 3 friends to plug in with.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST game EVER! August 22, 2001
You gotta play this game ,man! It is the best game ever! It's better than the PC version ,because the controller is easier! The best first person shooting game ever for PSX! This is number 1 yo! All kinds of destructive weapon and enemys. Yo peace out! Number 1 cool guy ,Eugene!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time! Quake 2 rocks on Playstation. November 16, 1999
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Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
After playing aQuake 2 demo on my PC, I couldn't wait to grab the full version for the Playstation. Fortunately, the first person shooter on the PS platform lived up to its reputation. Amazing graphics and immersive gameplay make it my favorite. Makes Duke Nukem look Silly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Death, Destruction and Mayhem January 3, 2002
WOW!!! This game is by far one of the best games I've played for the Playstation! If you enjoy shooting evil creatures (and I don't mean Fred Durst), then this game is for you. Great graphics, awesome gameplay, and a plethora of weapons for releasing the animal inside. No need to worry about the flowers and jumping plumbers in this one, folks...this is a total carnage fest, with a lot of strategy thrown in. BUY IT!!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great bit of fun on the good 'ol PS1 December 12, 2002
When Quake 2 originally hit the PC, it's unabashed violence and surprisingly addictive gameplay not only outshined it's predecessor, it killed it before it hit the ground. The PS1 and N64 conversions took much longer than expected to be released, and fans of the PC game anxiously awaiting the home versions were a little worried about the quality of the home system versions. When Quake 2 hit the PS1, those fears were dead in the dirt. Activision, Hammerhead, and Id all did a fantastic job bringing Quake 2 to the PS1 while keeping a surprisingly smooth frame rate (although the graphics aren't as good as its PC counterpart, but that was expected) and the unabashed violent addictive gameplay remains intact. The game makes excellent use of the PS1's Dual Shock controller; the controls are easy and every button is to be used. While some parts can be frustrating and the game has a rather steep learning curve, Quake 2 is still undeniably fun. Those still holding on to they're PS1's can find this bad boy at a rather cheap price and have a great time with this near classic FPS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy!
Worked perfectly!! Thank you!!
Published 2 months ago by Tracy F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Quake 2 on the PlayStaion? Yeah! and one of the best ports of all...
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Published 6 months ago by C.N.M.
4.0 out of 5 stars It's worth hanging on to
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Published 7 months ago by The Mountaineer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome game
Good Game. Pew pew. Bang bang. Shooting. Fighting. Old Amazingly great. One of my favorite games for my ps1. Cool!
Published 8 months ago by John
4.0 out of 5 stars old school fps fun
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy.
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Published 14 months ago by Edwin Rosario
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Cool
One of the best FPS for PS One. Great graphics with a surround sound option. Comtrols leave a bit to be desired as far as customization goes. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to have this again.
I had this game a long time ago and really missed it. I plug in my old passwords and pick right up where I left off.
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This was a request from my middle son. He likes it and he is happy with it so that is 'okay'.
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