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Quake 2


 Background infos

Activision releasing another port of Quake II at this point in time -- especially on a console system -- might seem a little strange with Quake III Arena on the rise, but I believe that this release is long overdue. With the Nintendo 64 port of Quake II being released not too long ago, it's about time that a playstation version of the *king* of first person shooters was released. As for the console part -- tons of maps, mods, skins, mission paks, etc have been developed for PC platform of Quake II. I believe that these additions to the game is what really is keeping it alive. And of course all the additions aren't available on your PSX. However, I think Activision did a wonderful job converting this classic to your playstation.

I had to give it only four B's because of the limitations brought forth by the playstation itself. No addtions to the game are possible, and playing it on a playstation controller is a little weak (I MISS MY MOUSE!). However they let you totally customize your controller, and i'm certainly glad they didn't limit multiplayer to 2 players.

Game motivation



 Graphic rating

Although I've only tried this game on bleem, the graphics are quite impressive for a playstation game. The 3D isn't TOO bad, and it's not TOO slow either. The menu system is pretty nice and easy to navigate through. The FMV is a wonderfully added touch.

Quake II deserves four B's in my opinion, only comparing its graphics to OTHER PLAYSTATION games. Obviously they aren't amazing, superior, ground breaking graphics or anything. But hold up quite well for a psx game.


       

       

Graphics



 Sound rating

Sound eh? If that's what you would call it in this game, i'm not sure. Well. The background music is good -- kinda cock rockish, but it goes along with the game very well. The sound effects however, is where the game suffers. And does it ever suffer. The gun shots sound like someone stomping their foot on the floor. The rocket is virtually silent. And well. The rest is just poor.

Perhaps my sound FX were lacking because of Bleem, but I don't think they would've been as lacking as they were. On a good note, the menu sounds aren't too bad. Although I believe that there is great room for improvement (considering the game only takes up 1/2 of the CD).

Sound rating



 Final word

Surprisingly enough for a brand new game, it plays excellently on Bleem v1.4. It plays the FMV's pretty well with occasional sound skips, and handles the in-game graphics very well. MEMORY CARDS work too! Joy!

Very well done for a playstation game. Sound could've improved, graphics are pretty good, and you got your 4 player deathmatch (assuming you have the addon)! This title is definately worth checking out if you're a Quake II fan, or even if you've never played the game in your life !

Gameplay
b! rating
VGS rating



Quick facts


Quake 2
Order for 19.95$

 Motivation
4
 Graphics
4
 Sound
2
 Gameplay
4
   
 b! rating
4
 VGS rating
?


Pro
FMV's play smooth
Multiplayer (with addon)
Fast gameplay

Contra
Ingame sound sucks
Much space for improvements


Result
Very well for a PSX game. The optional deathmatch mode rocks - Something every Quake fan should check out.

 
      
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