Quake 3: Arena
Genre Action -> FPS
Today's Rank 0
USA
Date N/A
Publisher N/A
UK
Date 2000-12-08
Publisher Sega
For those of you unfamiliar with the Quake series, the popular PC game puts players in a violent world where the point is to collect weapons and kill as many opponents as you can. While not without flaws, Quake III Arena goes well beyond just mimicking this experience for Dreamcast users. It is the best PC-to-console port yet. Quake III Arena is the first title to allow multiplayer, real-time networked gaming between Dreamcast and PC players. Hooking up through the Dreamarena servers, players can go online and shoot it out with other people around the world for the first time in console history. We played with a keyboard and a mouse--the only way Quake III should ever be played--and with them we exacted my punishment on more than just a few unsuspecting patrons, although they are a number of difficult levels to glide you into the experience.A full slate of 25 nasty warriors has been rolled out for the Dreamcast game. The weapons, which range from shotguns to rocket launchers to lightning guns and even plasma guns, are also packed in. It also has all the nifty springboards, quad damage, space-age dungeons, everything we loved about our favourite shooter on the PC.The Dreamcast version has a large variety of gameplay options, including: Single Player, Free For All, Tournament, Team Death Match and Capture the Flag, most of which are open for play in two- to four-player split-screen mode. The game's rendering engine achieves smooth and realistic texturing and stunning environmental effects. The environments are particularly great, with dazzling sky textures leading the way. Also, the geometry and large, detailed textures of the character models make them the envy of the console world. --Todd Mowatt
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