Shortly after landing on an alien surface, you learn that hundreds of your men have been reduced to just a few. Now you must fight your way through heavily fortified military installations, lower the city's defenses and shut down the enemy's war machine. Only then will the fate of humanity be known.
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Positive (28 reviews) - 96% of the 28 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (570 reviews) - 94% of the 570 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 11, 1997

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Includes 8 items: QUAKE, QUAKE II, QUAKE II Mission Pack: Ground Zero, QUAKE II Mission Pack: The Reckoning, Quake III Arena, QUAKE III: Team Arena, QUAKE Mission Pack 1: Scourge of Armagon, QUAKE Mission Pack 2: Dissolution of Eternity

 

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Shortly after landing on an alien surface, you learn that hundreds of your men have been reduced to just a few. Now you must fight your way through heavily fortified military installations, lower the city's defenses and shut down the enemy's war machine. Only then will the fate of humanity be known.

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    Minimum: A 100% Windows XP/Vista-compatible computer system

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(THF) BaK
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
This is where I learnt my FPS skills. Quake II: Weapons Factory is strangely similar to Team Fortress 2!
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Bill, The Goat Monster
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
What Else Can You Say? It's a classic and probably one of my favorites I have played. I prefer this game much over The original not because of improved graphics but because of gameplay and level design. It's a blast. Get it.

P.S Ignore the Steam Time, I played it a long time ago and just got it on Steam.
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Mean Mr. Mustard
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 19
Mean Mr. Mustard's short Quake II review

1) Essential - buy it NOW
2) Recommended - buy it on sale
3) Avoid

Time to complete – 5 hours
Played multiplayer? Yes (not on Steam version)
Worth revisiting? Yes, although not as good as Quake, still a fun FPS from the golden age of shooters

Best part – The campaign is great with a wide variety of enemies, weapons and huge bosses to kill.
Worst part – Pretty damn short
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Shaefurr
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 16
Quake II is, needless to say, just amazing. Back in the day this was THE game for lan parties. Excellent multiplayer, tons of mods, fun gameplay. Yeah its a bit dated now, but the kmquake2 mod relly brings it back to life. If you never tried it, I recommend you pick it up even just for single player, though there are surpsingly still multiplayer servers going.
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Edward Skipper McGee
( 17.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 12
This game is a classic and it still holds up today in gameplay.
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TED-209
( 8.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 11
this game is not age appropriate for muz
however for a true bad boy such as myself, only the toughest will do
wimps and posers leave the hall

0/10 muzs allowed
10/10 teds approve
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Zombie Pickle Man #ripMcMurray
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 7
even better fps simulator
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Phunbaba89
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 6
Quake 2 when it first came out disapointed me.. hear me out on this..
so i loved quake 1 and its dark gothic medievil setting.. when i saw this game for the first time it was on n64
and i wasnt keen on the new technology and time in which this game took place.. quake 1 was like zombies undead etc
and now we have the strog, an advanced race of cyborgs.. needless to say i never played it much

however thats where this version and the n64 are differnt
this one has the modding community behind it and this game is great with mods... like all ID games
i currently have beserker booter for this game and it makes it look so modern and impressive with hi res tex , great lighting and new shaders etc. all while running at great fps i might add... it has made me a fan out of a 15 year old game i originally didnt like and makes this game just as relevant as any other moderen day shooter.
Grab this one for sure... just like quake it has more episodes 2 it
8 out of 10 (must own for fast fps fans)
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sibule
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 31
Quake 2 has nothing to do with Quake 1 nope its not a sequal or prequal so get that idea out ur head, in Quake 2 you are a space marine who has gone into battle with the strogg an alien race that uses cyborgs made from all types of speices (see nothing to do with q1 :L ) you land on the planet only to find your one of the only remaining marines left so you make your way alone to destroy the strogg. In the game you use weapons like machine guns, lazer guns, and the BFG :D :D :D (Big F*cking gun) most of these weapons will take care of the lower class enemies but when you get onto the more terrifying creatures your gonna need a bett - BFG :D. Every fps fan should play this 10/10.
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Smug Salts
( 9.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 29
Caught Right In The Asscrack Between Old And New, Quake Is An Odd Hybrid Of Quake 1 And Half-Life Style Gameplay. A Lot Slower Paced Game, With The Lovecraftian Monsters Replaced With Borg Wannabe's, And Weird Dimensions Swapped Out For Orange Tech Bases. While The Gameplay is Still Solid, You Can Feel The Lack Of John Romero.

COOP SUPPORTED
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BOWERNATOR
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 28
It's Quake II. Spent countless hours beating this game again and again, and even nowadays if the textures look terrible (and if the music is missing?) you can always download patches and graphical enhancement mods to make it look 10 years newer while maintaining that metal soundtrack and gameplay we all love.
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Apollo0515
( 7.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 27
A fun game I've played for years and will continue to play for years. Still a fun game after 14 years !
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James
( 6.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 27
One of the greatest games ever made 14/15
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Uberdine
( 14.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 27
Great game, even without the music. if you want to fix the music issue there is an Ultimate Quake 2 patch you can download.
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koridor
( 13.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 21
Classic!
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Jr786 Neil Watts/Eva Rosalene
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 9
It's one of the Best Classic First-Person Shooer that I grew up on since Childhood. I remember playing the Demo Version on my PC Gamer Final Fantasy 7 Demo Disc. It's got more Weapons & Armor than Id Software used in their QuakeCon Showcase way back in 1998 when Windows 3.1/95/98SE & MS-DOS Computers were still around.
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STICKY
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 7
QUAKE II. 'Tis a silly game.

It's another game by iDsoft featuring a Super Shotgun, so obviously 10/10
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Owlet VII
( 77.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 27
Most badass soundtrack 10/10 SOUNDTRACK NOT INCLUDED
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
Quake II is, needless to say, just amazing. Back in the day this was THE game for lan parties. Excellent multiplayer, tons of mods, fun gameplay. Yeah its a bit dated now, but the kmquake2 mod relly brings it back to life. If you never tried it, I recommend you pick it up even just for single player, though there are surpsingly still multiplayer servers going.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
This is where I learnt my FPS skills. Quake II: Weapons Factory is strangely similar to Team Fortress 2!
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
87.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 12
A review for this game is long overdue... I'll try to make it short and sweet.

Quake 2 is without a doubt one of the greatest FPS games ever created. It was ahead of its time in so many ways when it was released in 1997 and almost 20 years later it's still a great looking game and fun as hell to play.

This game, along with duke3d, was basically my teenage years (I know, I know, biased review, eh?). Between 1998-2001 I'd say I spent 80% of my gaming time on Quake 2. I was there for the q2_test.exe release, before the deathmatch maps (Q2DM1-8) were released, before player models had viewable weapons (this was created by the modding community), and when LMCTF (the original/first CTF game mode also created by the community) was released. Quake 2 was THE game and you couldn't escape it; it was everywhere and for good reason too!

I have yet to find an FPS game today that has such a great single player campaign and amazing multiplayer with some of the best balanced weapons ever. The movement is fluid and fast. The look, feel and sound of the weapons are top notch. No one can touch the Q2 Railgun, it's THE pimp gun to use and FEELS powerful as it should.

Where the game really shines though is in the maps. I cannot stress enough how amazing and memorable the level design in Quake 2 is. Every single map is a work of art. At the time I craved city style maps and environments like the ones found in Duke Nukem 3D but now the tables have turned; those kind of environments are practically in every FPS currently being released and I long for the sci-fi and gothic based fantasy worlds of Quake.

As I'm writing this review I searched online to find out just who exactly is responsible for creating these amazing maps. I almost gave up until I found one of John Romero's archived .plan files. Apparently Tim Willits created the bulk of the maps in Quake 2. Romero himself praised the level design by saying
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I'm a map designer at heart and the levels in Quake 2 are the most beautifully architected alternate realities i've ever experienced. They are so much better than Quake 1's maps that i'm almost embarassed to see my earlier work and say that it's still good.
So I'm not alone or crazy when I worship these maps :) If you're interested in reading Romero's full thoughts on Quake 2 scroll down to December 11, 1997

I believe this is the game developers should study when aiming to make an old school type of shooter today. Primarily for the level design/layout but also for enemy placement because hordes of enemies coming at you in waves gets boring very fast.

Out of all the Quake games I think this is the best looking one to date. The atmosphere in it is just awesome especially with all the environmental sounds masterfully placed throughout the game.

If you're a fan of the FPS genre you need to play this game. Forget Half Life, this was the game that took the world by storm. This game is a masterpiece.

I would recommend playing Quake 2 as vanilla as possible.

This is the ONLY patch you need to enjoy Quake 2 in all its greatness: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=208440395 --- It enables higher resolutions with widescreen support AND ADDS the original music! Yes, you read that right, THE MUSIC which everyone complains is missing on the Steam version of Quake 2. Just run that patch and the music will automatically be installed and enabled.

The community and multiplayer is very much alive.
A big thank you to quadz and whoever else is responsible for running Tastyspleen -- This is basically the bulk of Q2 community.

For a list of servers check http://q2servers.com
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
Quake 2 has nothing to do with Quake 1 nope its not a sequal or prequal so get that idea out ur head, in Quake 2 you are a space marine who has gone into battle with the strogg an alien race that uses cyborgs made from all types of speices (see nothing to do with q1 :L ) you land on the planet only to find your one of the only remaining marines left so you make your way alone to destroy the strogg. In the game you use weapons like machine guns, lazer guns, and the BFG :D :D :D (Big F*cking gun) most of these weapons will take care of the lower class enemies but when you get onto the more terrifying creatures your gonna need a bett - BFG :D. Every fps fan should play this 10/10.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
77.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
Most badass soundtrack 10/10 SOUNDTRACK NOT INCLUDED
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
486.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
It's teh best. ♥♥♥♥ Quake live!
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
Don't bother with the Steam release and go grab GOG's Quake 2: Quad Damage. It comes with MUSIC and all the mission packs.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.7 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: February 15
10/10 would eat Carmack's head again.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
I got this game back in 1998 for my 13th Birthday and played the hell out of it even on my sluggish PC we had back then, I'm sure I was probably getting 10-15 fps if i was lucky. I remember the amazing level design and the freaky enemies, I'll admit now, they scared the hell out of me. Now 18 years later I purchased this for Steam for a nostalgia trip, and to my surprise, it holds up really well today. I would absolutely advise anyone to follow one of the community modding guides on here to get the original music back and to bump up the visuals/ options unless you are an absolute purist.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
One of the greatest games ever made 14/15
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137 of 167 people (82%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2015
Hey! WTF! Where is the music ?! - steam version doesn't have the OST and without it you feel that the "magic" element is missing :-(
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67 of 86 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2015
AVOID this steam release, as it is missing the CD music. The Good Old Games version DOES have the missing music though!
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2015
Quake II, a masterpiece among FPS and a only a sequel by name. Fantastic soundtrack, fast gameplay, and enemy variety truly makes this a classic. Get the soundtrack patch!
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21 of 30 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
I wish steam NEVER REMOVED THE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACKS!!!! This is a game from my childhood! How dare they do that!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2015
Not the game I thought I'd be running through this Christmas, but it still holds up!!

+Gibs
+Coloured Lighting
+Polygonal explosions
+All the crazed comrades sounds like arnolds knock offs
+Objectives before most other games
+Enemies flinching from damage

-Aged levels and textures

I still love this game!
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
I feel like an outcast when I say this at times. But I don't like the singleplayer to Quake 2.

The original Quake is one of my favorite first person shooters ever. It features a great sense of speed and flow. Levels are completed relatively quickly, the enemies were very original and forced the player to adapt to the levels, and the game had this spooky haunted house aesthetic combined with an excellent OST by Nine Inch Nails.

Quake 2 however always felt to me like a step backwards. A lot of the enemies are much more generic cyborgs with hitscan weapons that mostly just stand as obstacles before you get a keycard to open a door. There's no sense of flow to the levels where you're expected to prioritize enemies by how dangerous they were and how much they required you to dodge their attacks. Here I just go into a room, shoot 3 similar enemies standing still, repeat. It makes the game feel very dull and for many years I never understood why I could never finish Quake 2 until I started to notice that.

However all that being said the biggest thing Quake 2 does well is it's multiplayer. Quake 2's multiplayer in many ways is a lot better than the original. It features great diversity with weapons like rocket launchers and railguns. Complete with a great selection of levels. The high octane heavy metal soundtrack Quake 2 has suits a multiplayer game much more than Quake 1's spooky haunted house music did.

It's one of my more polarizing opinions on the game. I don't really hate Quake 2 since there are things about it I like. But it's easily the Id singleplayer game I've played the least of.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
Oh, where do i start? 1999..
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2015
Was fun when i was 10 yrs old. still fun 10 yrs later.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful