Quake 4: Special DVD Edition

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  • Arena-style multiplayer that allows players to play as Strogg or Marine in deathmatch, team deathmatch and capture-the-flag modes
  • Fight alongside other marines in both small squad missions along with large, epic battles
  • Diversity of combat with indoor and outdoor environments along with mechanized walkers and hover tanks to pilot
  • Battle through the early portion of the game as an elite marine, then after your capture as a "Stroggified" marine with enhanced abilities
  • DVD edition includes Quake II plus two expansion packs, Making of Quake 4: Behind the Scenes, developer interview, and concept art

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Platform: PC | Edition: Special

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The ultimate war continues! You are Matthew Kane, a member of the elite Rhino Squad and part of the next massive invasion that spans across the entire Stroggos planet. Equipped with hi-tech weapons and vehicles, and teamed with a top Marine squadron, you soon realize this war is far from over. In fact, your worst nightmare's soon realized when you discover to defeat the Strogg, you must become one of them. The Special DVD Edition includes Quake 4: The Making Of, Quake 2, Quake 2 Expansion Pack: Reckoning and Ground Zero.

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In the mid-21st century, a barbaric alien race called the Strogg launched a massive invasion on Earth. Originally believed to be an attempt to strip the planet of its natural resources, humans soon discover that the Strogg are simply after only the human remains of those they kill. Through a horrific process, the limbs and flesh of the fallen are fused with metal and machinery to create the monstrosities that are the alien Strogg.
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Defeat the Strogg on their own turf

The Strogg and humans battle for years on Earth, but as resources become depleted, Earth mounts a counter-assault on the Strogg homeworld. The first assault force is launched from the fleet and encounters overwhelming resistance--most of the drop-ships are destroyed by the Strogg homeworld's massive defense weapon known as "The Big Gun." However, one surviving Marine breaks through and is able to destroy the big gun and ultimately defeat the Strogg leader, the Makron. But the war did not end there.

You are Matthew Kane, a member of the elite Rhino Squad and part of the next massive invasion that spans across the entire Stroggos planet. Equipped with hi-tech weapons, vehicles and teamed with Earth's top marine squadron you soon realize that this war is far from over. In fact, your worst nightmare is soon realized when you discover that the only way to defeat the Strogg is to become one of them.

This Special Edition package of the game also includes:

  • Concept and Production Art Gallery
  • Quake II plus expansion packs Reckoning and Ground Zero
  • The Making of Quake 4: Behind the Scenes
  • Interviews with id Software and Raven Software

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Platform:PC  |  Edition:Special
ASIN B000AQE79E
Release date October 18, 2005
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Product Dimensions 7.8 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
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Platform for Display: PCEdition: Special
Sometimes, very rarely a 3D shooter playes better on a console than it does on a PC. Well, it's not one of those times. As a matter of fact for those who have played a PC version of Quake 4, playing it on Xbox 360 will be a huge step down. Surely the HDTV graphics are there and overall the game looks similar to the PC version, but controls are again the weakest link here.

Well, since the opening was about the "bad parts" of the game, let's go ahead and get though them before we get to the "good ones".

Having played Quake 4 on PC, and deciding to be a hot shot by start the Xbox 360's verion right away on the "corporal" difficulty, I quickly realized how bad of an idea that was. Aiming is certainly something that takes a good time to get used to with a controller. But even after about 5 hours I was still no where near good at locking into enemies and strafe dodging shots as I was on a PC after only 10 minutes of play.
Surely by switching to the "private" difficulty I was able to get though the game with a relative ease but the excitement wasn't there. All underminded by the fact that 3D shooters are meant to be played with a keyboard and a mouse.

The graphics in this game while not "Half-Life 2" realism like, are certainly pretty. And if you enjoy watching people get cut in half with saws, you will certainly appreciate all the character, textures, particle effects (yes, blood) and lighting quality of this game. (On the same note, if you enjoy it TOO much, you may want to see a doctor *wink*).

The problem, however, lies in the inconsistent FPS (Frames Per Second). Many times FPS plunge into low teen numbers, making the game a slide show for a few seconds.
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The latest in the Quake series is just short of perfect. Quake 4 follows the story from Quake II (which is included in the DVD edition of the game), and, like Quake II, is completely unrelated to Quake I and Quake III.

The story itself is fairly well done, better than most shooters (hard to be worse than nothing, lol). A couple small things here and there are unexplained (like the multiple Makrons...), but they are definitely not story stoppers. Moves pretty well.

Top notch graphics, based off the Doom 3 engine. A little intense for most computers, but once you set it to what your box can handle, it still looks wonderful. I had mine set to near-lowest settings (since my hardware is nearly three years old), and it still looked and moved fluidly.

The gameplay is fantastic, with nearly non-stop action. There's a lot of unit-based action, with the player spending quite a bit of time with other soldiers and even developing a bit of a bond with his own unit, Rhino squad. Enemies are always coming from everywhere, though a cleared area usually stays clear (thank you id). There are a couple pathetic attempts to include puzzles later in the game, though they are easy enough.

There are a few vehicle levels (riding in a troop carrier, driving a tank, driving a mech, and riding in a tram) which are very well done, proving difficult but not impossible. I would've liked to see more tank or mech time, but the game is already pretty long.

The sound is pretty sad. I had to pull some tricks out of nowhere to get it to work, and even then it all sounds really tinny. It gets the point across, though, so it's not a total failure. Honestly, I'm not even sure if there is music in the game. I want to say that there is, but I can't remember any for the life of me.
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Platform for Display: PCEdition: Special
Whoa! Some folks are comparing this to DOOM! No way! Firstly, the AI is much improved. You aren't stuck in constant corridors where the AI doesn't have to have a brain. It just has to 'be' right in front of you, and come at you.

Not so here. I have actually watched the enemy AI step away and hide behind a pole until i passed the pole and shoot me in the back! You gotta keep your eyes on this one.

Of course, it can be a system hog. I have a P4 3200 + 1 GIG DDR RAM + 256 MB DDR PCI EXPRESS ATI VIDEO + SOUND BLASTER AUDIO. With those specs, i got a REALLY sweet framerate that hardly dropped under 75 fpm. That with a 1024X768 screen setting and *MOST* features cranked. I was glad they alowed key binding to be changeable, and that they included the save anytime feature also. NO FREAKIN' CHECKPOINTS! I see minor comparisons to HALO and DOOM and even F.E.A.R. But, not so much that the game feels derivative. I thought the graphics were sweet at the settings i chose. And, the weapons sound incredible. You can almost smell the gunpowder. This is worth every penny.
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Well this is my first real taste of Quake. I played the original shareware Quake 1 back in the day and I also owned Quake 3 Arena for Dreamcast. Now I know Quake 3 was insanely popular but since I didn't own the keyboard attachment, the game was frustrating as heck. Now with Quake 4 here, I have come to realize why everybody loves the Quake series so much.

For starters, the game's graphics are fantastic. Truley some of the best out there and they are improved over Doom 3's as well. The sounds are great too although the machine gun's sound will really start to irritate you especially in multiplayer. As for the singleplayer campaign, its pretty decent. Basically its an old school style of gameplay where you blast the living heck out of anything that walks. My complaint with the single player is that its over way to quickly. The vehicle levels are over before you know it and the story isn't the best either. But the shooting is well done and since thats what you're doing most of the time its fun to play.

Now the multiplayer portion of the game isn't really my favorite style for online FPS games. Its basically a combination of Quake 2 and 3's maps with much improved graphics. Most of the people online are seasoned vets and since I am a noob when it comes to this games multiplayer, I usually end up dead more often than alive. So if you loved the other Quake games online, then you will surely enjoy this one too. If your like me and enjoy games like Day of Defeat, Call of Duty, Ghost Recon, or the Battlefield games, then you won't probably care too much for Quake 4's online aspects unless you put in a great amount of practice.
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