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Quake 3 makes for an exhilarating single-player game, but to truly discover what makes this game great, try out the mulitplayer mode for up to 32 players in one-on-one matches or group conquests.
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The final game, however, is fantastic. The bots are great fun - they play with a variety of different styles and "personalities" that make them very life-like. As mentioned above, the graphics are mind-blowing. Q3 is the first and presently the only 3D game that I'm aware of that uses curved surfaces, and they vastly improve the visual appeal of the various environments. The levels are a bit monotonous from a "decorative" point of view, but for actual playability they offer a great deal of variety and are very fast-paced. The jump pads increase the flexibility of the maps to a great extent, allowing players to quickly move vertically.
While the Quake series has been traditionally enjoyed most by the "hard-core" gamers, id software did a good job of providing a few introductory levels in Quake 3 to let the newbies practice their skills a little bit before being thrown into the fire. And Quake is by far the reigning king of Internet play - according to id's statistics, 500-1700 people worldwide join Q3 Internet games every 5 minutes.
Before purchasing, pay close attention to the system requirements. Most mid- to high-end computers purchased in the last 18 months will run Q3 just fine, but some will require upgraded video cards (cards based on NVidia's TNT/GeForce or 3DFX's Voodoo technology are best).
This game requires a lot of energy to play. If you want to sit and relax in front of your computer, then don't try to play Quake 3. Save it for the times when you have lots of pent up aggression and energy. With hard-hitting sound effects, slick graphics and over-the-top gore, Quake 3 is a very satisfying way to release it.
Quake 3 is a fighting game, like Mortal Kombat -- you progress through the game by killing all your opponents. There is also a Capture The Flag option, which is a more strategic, team-based style of play. Both of these modes are playable over the internet or local network against other humans, by yourself with computer-controlled teammates and opponents, or a combination of the two.
Quake 3 *requires* a 3D video accelerator, such as a Voodoo 3 or TNT2. Make sure you have one of these in your computer before trying this game.
I would highly recommend this game to anyone who loves fast-paced action, gore, and state-of-the-art graphics.
The weapon balance is very good and gameplay is fast and furious. It's a lot more like Q1 than Q2, really. Q2 was a very slow game and allowed for people to dominate without ever being killed by carrying a ton of armor. It's not like that in Q3.
The single player mode is simply amazing. The way the bots move is very convincing -- you can easily forget that you aren't playing other people. Their taunts are pretty funny, too, and give them personalities. I think that they did a great job with the difficulty levels, because the easy bots don't just stand still and the hard bots don't just rail you out of the air.
The levels look really good, but a lot of them aren't all that much fun. The outside, bounce pad levels are a riot! Some of the new power ups are great fun and remove the boredom and cheesiness of the Quad. They have Haste, Regen, Invul, Invis and Flight (I may have left one out). The teleporter adds a lot to the game, too: teleporting yourself to safety after someone knocks you off the level really frustrates the other guy!
Things I don't like. As I said, some of the levels are kind of boring. They look like Rocket Arena levels, but you still have to scrounge for weapons. The grenade launcher (my favorite in Q1 & Q2) is a bit off. The delay is too long on it, so it isn't nearly as useful. Basically, shooting behind yourself when you're being followed doesn't work.
Minor nuisances. They seem to have taken out the option to save your config, unless I'm just an idiot, and the default for multiplayer games is not rotate maps.
Graphics: I will start with graphics because they are usually the first thing to jump out and get the gamer's attention. Graphics will be broken into two categories level design and player skins
Level Design: this category has to go to UT. Where the are about even the inginuity goes to UT. UT offers levels such as castles, space stations, wooden ships, etc., where as Quake 3 mainly limits the player to levels that resemble only castles.
Player Skins: This is the category that Quake 3 really shines in. Unlike UT, who's player skins are mainy bland humans, Quake offers around thirty different skins which range from demons to bikers to eyeballs with legs.
Sound: For the most part the enviromental sounds on both games but UT wins out for offering excellant voice-overs which the bots use when they taunt other player/bots during the match.
Weapons: Both games offer an assortment of well balanced weapons; however UT offers more. Not only do they offer the usual machinegun and shotgun they also offer a flak gun and biogun.Read more ›
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