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Ships Ahoy - Quake 4

Activision, id, and Raven announce that Quake 4 is now available in the U.S.:

THE WAR BEGINS QUAKE 4 PC DEPLOYED TO STORES NATIONWIDE

Santa Monica, CA – October 18, 2005 – The Global Defense Force has been given the green light to invade the Strogg home planet as id Software™ and Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) announced today that QUAKE 4™ for the PC has shipped. The long-awaited sequel to QUAKE II®, QUAKE 4 enlists gamers in the role of Matthew Kane, a member of the legendary Rhino Squad, to penetrate deep into the heart of the Strogg war machine and engage in a series of heroic missions to destroy the barbaric alien race. QUAKE 4 for the PC is available at retail outlets nationwide for a suggested retail price of $49.99. Additionally, fans can purchase the QUAKE 4 Special DVD Edition for a suggested retail price of $59.99, which includes QUAKE II, the QUAKE II expansion packs, and exclusive behind-the-scenes content. Both versions carry an “M” (Mature) rating by the ESRB.

“Fans can now buy QUAKE 4 and jump right into the epic battle between mankind and the Strogg,” said Todd Hollenshead, CEO, id Software. “The single-player campaign has the excitement and feel of a blockbuster action movie, complimented by an addicting multiplayer component featuring all the speed and excitement of QUAKE III Arena®.”

Developed by Raven Software and executive produced by id Software, QUAKE 4 begins only moments after the events of QUAKE II, with the Earth’s fleet launching a massive offensive to the planet Stroggos. As Matthew Kane, gamers invade the alien stronghold, fighting alone, along side other Marines, and in mechanized walkers and hover tanks as they encounter the Strogg and their disturbing amalgamations of man and machine. Built on id Software’s revolutionary DOOM 3® technology, QUAKE 4 also features fast-paced multiplayer competition modeled after the speed, style, and feel of QUAKE III Arena®.

For more information on QUAKE 4, please visit www.quake4game.com.

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114. quick impressions Oct 18, 2005, 23:53 tron
 
***no major spoilers in this post***

D3 + Q2 + CoD is an accurate description. i'm 5 or 6 levels in and so far it feels like "rock -n- roll Doom 3", with the chaos of war going on all around you.

the graphics are every bit as good as D3, yet it runs much smoother. i'm getting more FPS than in D3. i'm very early in the game, but already experienced "wow" moments when i saw my ship land, and witnessed the aerial combat.

the main adjective to decribe gameplay so far is *fun*. it moves along very quickly, the action is very frantic (Q2ish in pace), and the squad mates urging you on adds tension and urgency.

it is odd that the blaster and machine gun have a flashlight mounted to them, but the shotgun doesn't...

the weapon sounds are fantastic. the machine gun sounds very crisp and powerful, the blaster has much more "punch" than the Q2 blaster, and the shotgun sounds great. surprising to me is the lack of the "grunt" sound when you jump. that has been in Quake 1 - Quake 3 as well as D3... i don't miss it though - i always thought it sounded a bit funny, especially when you jump repeatedly. the voice acting is solid. not as good as HL2, but as good or better than in D3.

there are "secret" areas, and you are rewarded for exploring the maps throughly.

i wasn't really expecting much from this game. just another version of D3, is what i figured it would be. however, i'm so far very pleased that the gameplay has more in common with Q2 than with D3.

if you are looking for bold innovation, a story on par with "The Matrix", oscar-worthy voice acting, or "the next big thing" - then you will be disappointed.

however, if you are looking for a fast and frantic FPS with great graphics and solid production values, then you're in for a pleasant surprise. if you enjoyed Q2 or D3, then you should love this game.


This comment was edited on Oct 19, 00:05.
 
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