Quake 4 is the latest in the Quake series and doesen't fail to impress however the multiplayer is a different story.
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+ An amazing single player campaign but gets a bit too repetitive towords the end
- It has a completly uninspired multiplayer that is almost an exact duplicate of Quake 3 except it plays worse
+ A very impresive graphical presentation
- Of which is one of the biggest system hogs to date
+ It renders dark and gloomy areas very well and always wanting you to never let go of the flashlight
+ Some of the most detailed enviroments from huge pillars and flesh to the smallest scrath on a pipe
+ Some pretty caotic fights can be found
- Awfully long loading times
+/- A decent story but some of which don't make sense and can be hard to follow
- Game requirs you to restart Quake 4 for every change you make
Quake 4 is an impressive game to say the least. It is the latest installment to the Quake series and is powered by the same engine that DOOM 3 runs on. The game follows a similar plot to Quake 2 but has more explanations and goes into much finer details.
Quake 4 immerses you into the struggle between the humans and the strogg. You are Matthew Kane, a member of an elite squad that are sent to invade the stogg's homeplanet, but its not as easy as it sounds with many twists and turns but the only hero who won't be leaving as a human is you.
The game plays pretty much like most 1st person shooters do. You start of with a weapon, you run around and shoot things, pick up another gun and progress in a linear fasion until you can progress no more. So realy there is nothing about Quakes gameplay that realy stands out but it does do a good job at many things.
For instance, alot of the game is set in dark areas. This forces some stragetic action because you do have a flashlight to see in the dark but the problem is it only works on two weapons, the pistol and the machine gun. The game does do an execlent job of rendering dark areas and gives you that "whats lurking around the corner" feelling so your always wanting to be cuatious because you never know when the enemy will show up.
The game is full of surprises, you never know when something might go wrong. At one minute you could be just trotting along when suddenly a strogg comes from the other side of that fence, jumps onto it and goes to attack you but you have an oportunity to blow it off with a shotgun. At one point you are about to destroy the core of the strogg (the nexus) with a huge emp only to be ambushed by a gaint strogg like machine creature and hanging on for your life.
For the most part in Quake 4, you will be using the machine gun because it carrys the flashlight, its fast, its durable, it carrys alot of ammo and it works good at pretty much any range and for the first half of the game its all you need. But the game does make you think strageticly what weapon to use for the right situation. For example, you could be going across thin corriders so you can just blow your enemies with a shotgun or you may be faced with an onslought of strong strogg ready to be taken out with that rocket launher or to face many of thoose strogg hidding behind crates so you could just take 'em out one at a time with the railgun.
However in Quake 4 quite a few of the weapons feel underpowered, for example the lightning gun is no longer that super awsome distructive weapon you had in Quake 3, now it is just a weapon that requirs 50 ammo or so to destroy a small strogg.
The enemy AI in the game is good and varied, but are a little to predictable to know what enemies will sneak up on you and what enemies (which most of them will do) will charge straight at you. Your teammates don't do pretty well, and they are either indistrucable or weak. They will either follow you (when you are asked to take point like in all games) or run into the open were all the strogg are. But you are often pitted in some frenzic fighting action with that strogg dodging over there whilst another charges right at you.
So all this is packaged into a fantastic single player campaign, tough the action is pretty much the same towords the end. However, the multiplayer leaves alot to be desired. For starters, there is no offline mode for it it may take a while for newcommers of the series to get used to it. It also feels less fun, the machine gun just does not feel right and neither does the grenade launcher. They seem signifiancly underpowered. Not to mention there are far less maps than Quake 3. So if you want to play Quake multiplayer, Get Quake 3.
Besides the bad multiplayer, the game looks absolutly impressive, infact it is one of the best looking games for the PC to date. Consequently, it is also one of the biggest system hogs to date so your not gonna want a graphics card no older than a GeforceFX 5800 and your gonna need quite some RAM to deal with thoose attrocious loading times.
Another bad thing about the game is that any change you make to the game besides setting the controls will requir a game restart for the changes to take effect, that means going trough all thoose long loading times just for your desired rail couler.
Despite the high requirments for the graphics, you wont need much other than a high volume and surrond sound setup to enjoy the thrill of the screams, the blazin' guns and the grunting of strogg plus flesh meets metal effects. Yes the sound is pretty good altough it could of done with some background music, yes most of the time there is no music, occasional some eery music or suspicion music or the music thats sound when you encounter a boss fight.
Speaking of boss fights, they are a real fun point in the game. It may be obvious of the boss that you will be faceing or it may be a surprise. The boss fights are often intense, from when your hidding for dear life to clicking the last few bullets of your machine gun when hes almost dead. However the boss fights are rather unbalenced, boss fights are very, very hard to complete that is unless you know how to defeat the boss. Once you know how then it is a piece of cake and the experiance don't last too long.
So thats Quake 4, it is a solid shooter that also includes two vehicle sequances which are aload of fun to do. This game is hard not to reccomend and anyone who is a fan of the Quake series, shooter or if your just wanting a fast and furious shooter then Quake 4 is the game for you.
I absolutly love this game, It don't just do well in the action but it also does well in the (not egxactly) cutscenes, man I cannot stop wacthing the transformation in the medical facility.