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Quake 2 was created by id Software, and released on November 11th, 1997. It’s a first-person shooter, and was a pioneer of the genre at its release. Many games today still use some of the multiplayer functions that were founded in Quake 2.

Quake 2 was the first first-person shooter that I played more than any other. It was the first online multiplayer game that I played, it was the first time I used the handle “KoreRat”, and the first time I downloaded extra content for a game. Quake 2 was a lot of firsts for me, so I’d be lying if I said I’m not a bit partial to it.

To start, there are mods for Q2 that bump up the graphics to look more in the area of Quake 3 Arena, along with many other additions.

The game starts; you are part of a massive invasion force attacking the Strogg home planet, Stroggos. After getting hit by one of your comrades, you find yourself heading in a different direction. But luck is with you, when an unknown gun opens up on your unit and you are the only solider left in the force. Crash landing in a base outpost, you are quickly given orders to rendezvous with other squads.

Playing through Q2 again for the first time in a few years was a very reminiscent experience for me. I found that I still remember where all the secrets were, and all the spots where the Strogg’s jump out at as you pass. Along with remembering all the times I had played online deathmatch and capture the flag. A lot of good memories with this game, and perhaps that is why I score Q2 so high. It’s not just a great game on its own but, for me at least, it brings about a lot of memories of late night gaming. This is one of the foundation games that really brought about online multiplayer to what it is today. Without Quake, Doom, Quake 2, and Unreal the entire gaming landscape would be different.

Two mission packs were made for Quake 2, The Reckoning and Ground Zero. I played these next. They both add some new weapons and enemies. They both have a similar story to the main game, wherein you get separated from your squad on entry, they die, and it’s up to you. Between the two I prefer Ground Zero more. The Reckoning feels too rushed and almost tries to hard to be as good. It also reuses The Makron for the final fight. Ground Zero on the other hand switches it up on you a bit, with a new final boss, The Black Widow, and having you go in disguise for a short while.

Over all, I would say that even after fifteen plus years Quake 2 still holds it’s own with many games out today. If your looking for a great frag fest or a taste of where modern games started, you definitely want to check out Quake 2.

I recently went and recorded my entire playthrough of all the Quake 2 games, here are the first videos of each one.

Quake II

Quake II Mission Pack: The Reckoning

Quake II Mission Pack: Ground Zero
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I felt as though this was a lost piece of the game, since not many people look around in game files, and few knew that this existed.

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