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  • Summary: Rage through 32 single player levels and 6 deathmatch levels of sheer terror and fully immersive sound and lighting. Arm yourself against the cannibalistic Ogre, fiendish Vore and indestructible Schambler using letal nails, fierce Thunderbolts and abominable Rocket and Grenade Launchers. [id Software] Expand
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  1. Satan, your game has arrived. It spits up blood and pisses vinegar. It sprouts horns from its head like the proud minion of evil that it is. It shoots lightning bolts, for cripes' sake. It's a game of pure evil. And even purer entertainment. It's also the best action game on the planet.
  2. After "DOOM" revolutionized first-person shooters, Quake raised the bar and set standards featuring improved visuals in a 3D environment, excellent controls, numerous monsters and a vast online experience.
  3. 100
    The essential 3D first person multiplayer experience of our time.
  4. Quake is not just another 3D shoot-em-up game. It's a whole new level of gaming. The amazing performance and features of Quake are the future of gaming. Whether you are new to this type of game or you are an old "Doom" hack, you will fall in love with Quake.
  5. Quake is fun. Quake is cool. Quake is the best game of its type I have ever seen. Quake won't let me sleep at night. However, Quake could be better.
  6. Quake isn't destined to revolutionize action games, but it's a very good first-person shooter from the guys who invented the genre. [October 1996, p.150]
  7. The shareware version before you buy this. Good, but it doesn't quite live up to the hype.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 62
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  1. rzr
    Oct 1, 2007
    There is no more classic FPS than Quake 1. With modern graphics clients still being developed by the community for this game, it's still very playable, and a lot of fun. Expand
  2. Nov 6, 2013
    This is by far the best FPS to ever be released. Ever. It's probably also the best overall game of all time. Great job id. you made a fast paced, kick ass experience of a game. Expand
  3. ScribbleS
    Mar 30, 2010
    To this day, I still think Quake 1 is the best online FPS gameplay (balance and fun) that has ever existed and compared to all other online FPS both current and old. Quake 1 is old, but other FPS owe more to Quake 1 than people think. Expand
  4. _KaszpiR_
    Sep 13, 2009
    Played Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Duke Nukem, Hexen and so on. All of them had 3D map model with flat 2D enemy/items models. And then Quake showed up and it was just blowing your mind with fully three dimensional enviroment. Single player - dark places enlighted with the flames on walls, explosing grenades of the Ogres. While in the shadow you could hear the groan of the Fiend that was attacking really fast. But the biggest shiver was giving the Shambler - white monster that was shooting lightings to the enemies. Multiplayer.... ah, the deathmatch essence that later on was expanded with teamplay, CTF and other modifications. What else to say - the fundaments of the current multiplayer games. I've retournd to Quake after over 10 years. Running ezQuake (nQuake) - game totally refreshed by the vast amount of fans by adding better netcode, nice textures and effects. The result - game looks really nice now, and playing single player maps in cooperative mode with friends is just great fun in the evening :) Games that made me to come back to them to play again I can cont on my right hand fingers. And that is the core of the real game. Expand
  5. SDM
    Jun 21, 2011
    Fifteen years after installing the original Quake on my Pentium 166MHz for the first time, the game is still one of my three favourite first person shooters. Expand
  6. Jun 25, 2011
    This game is amazing! I tried not to factor in the nostalgia of the best game of my childhood, but then I realized that I've played this game recently and still love it. Quake 1 is still the king of shooters in my mind, and I'd give it 15/10 if I could. Expand
  7. LilDude
    Aug 5, 2007
    This game is now a decade old... And its a classic.

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