Rather like a chinese meal; satisfying whilst playing but in a couple of hours you'll be hungry for something different.
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Quake 4 uses the Doom 3 engine and, in fact, in alot of ways the graphical similarities are so great that they could essentially be the same game. However, Quake 4 has a clear edge mixing in some great outside locations with the creepy dark corridors we're all used to from Doom 3. Oh, and the marines in this universes have finally discovered that you can use duct tape to stick a flash-light to your machine gun so you can shoot and see at the same time! The Strogg have never looked better and there are a great variety of foes for you to send packing. The arsenal of weapons is a familar one to anyone who has played a FPS recently with everything from pistols to rocket launchers and antimatter guns (BFG anyone?).
Some of the other (positive) differences over Doom 3 are that Quake 4 throws many more enemies at you and so fire fights tend to be quite hectic. You also get to fight along side some other marines and this adds a bit more variety to things. Finally, Quake 4 mixes in some vehicle based combat, most of which are essentially rail shooters. These sequences are great fun and break up the normal combat but unfortunately are too easy, too short and not really much of a challenge.
So Quake 4 looks great, has lots of things that go boom and splat (in that order) and is fun to play yet, something is missing. The problem here is that the combat in Quake 4 just has not moved on. Strogg tactics fall into two categories; foes that charge at you and try and hit/shoot you or foes that hide behind something and shoot at you. That's it. More challenging foes are simply tougher with bigger guns. Compare this to the foes in F.E.A.R. and you'll realise that although Quake 4 looks great, as far as the game play is concerned it is still essentially Doom .
In summary, I would recommend Quake 4 to anyone who enjoys letting off a bit of steam by blowing stuff up. There is a lot of fun to be had here but once you put aside the graphics the game play is very familar and probably won't have you coming back asking for more.