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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Very Positive (17 reviews) - 88% of the 17 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (598 reviews) - 94% of the 598 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 11, 1997

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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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Barney Calhoun -HL:BS-
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
**//COMPUTER UPDATED\\**
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octavio
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
this is the game that defined my childhood, absolutely love it
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TDA McBush
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
Quake II is literally the best game of my childhood. 10/10 rating......wait a minute. Whats that you say, Steam? No soundtrack?
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♥♥♥♥ this. You can't play it without the soundtrack. Without it, the game is a less satanic Doom with free aim. But with it, it is an aggressive metal masterpiece. Don't buy it from Steam please. Go buy the hard copy, with CD. If you know what is good for you.
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MacMillan141
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14
The Legend Never Dies!!!
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guy man
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
Hey, that's pretty good
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bagas95141
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
My review about Quake II :

The Good :
+Good and Solid Gameplay
+Well-paced campaign
+Kinda good graphics , I don't care if this game has been 19 years old with old graphics thing , but a good and simple 3D model and a 60fps ..... where can I find some of these nowadays ? two thumbs up for that

The Bad :
-No auto-save , so if you forget to save it manually you will go back to first level you've been through before ...... same old frustating way

I would gave the game 9/10
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fr0zeN^G
( 13.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
2nd best quake game. Has some mouse issues but still great.
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David0vić
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 3
The first game my dad bought me on our windows 98 pc. Replaying this game for the first time since I first played it 14 years ago was just one massive nostalgia trip. The game also still holds up today and doesn’t feel dated. My only problem with the game is that it did get repetitive when I played more than 1 hour because you are doing the same thing throughout the whole game with no variation. I couldn’t marathon through it like I was hoping to, I played 1-2 hours a day to keep myself entertained throughout. More variety visually would have helped I think it’s what keeps games like doom 1 and 2 from being repetitive.
8/10 (Great)
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JD Herrera
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Quake II * 9/10

One of the most badass and scary games I've played in my childhood. Period.

Quake II is a classic FPS, which was famous because at the time it supported 3d Graphic Acceleration (the good old 3dfx), the enemy AI was very improved from the classic "runandshootatyou" (enemies had different kind of attacks and behaviours, and the most dangerous ones will crouch to avoid your projectiles), many of them will still try to shoot you a couple of times before dying and... flies will gather around fresh corpses of enemies you've just killed... XD
At its days this game held a huge amount of innovations and, considering the title, one of them was the completely different setting from the previous chapter. No more dungeon-medieval themed levels and enemies: now there are stroggs, cybernetic aliens that create their army by taking enemies corpses and reviving them with cybernetic improvements. Scary enough? Not until you see the levels with your space marine comrades captured, tortured and gone completely crazy. Definitely on a different level compared to Quake.
The arsenal is more interesting than the previous chapter and even bigger, considering there are 10 weapons, and there's a BFG again.
Another huge innovation is the level structure. It was confusing at the time because in certain areas you had to solve certain puzzles in order to proceed, and they required items or explorations in other "dead end-levels".
As a metalhead I can't help but mention the badass soundtrack, something rare to hear nowadays.
Another interesting thing is the possibility to play in Coop the main campaign.
Long story short, this game is the definition of "Old but Gold".

+++PROs+++
  • ENGINE. The Quake II Engine is quite old now, but it still is enjoyable nowadays.
  • SOUNDTRACK. Very Badass Soundtrack. 'Nuff said...
  • INNOVATION. Nowadays it may look quite a common game but for the time this title was so full of innovation from the Enemy AI to the Level structure.
  • SETTING. The stroggs are quite scary considering their "nature" and the levels we find them in, not to mention the tortured marines we find around in the most advanced levels.
---CONs---
    ....... ehm....
  • OLD. It's old. It's not a DX12 game. Is this a good reason to ignore this game?
  • COMPATIBILITY ISSUES. OK, seriously, as usual this game presents compatibility issues due to its age. Luckily there's the Steam community with various solutions and patches that will make this game run flawlessly, as if your i7 with your GTX 970 was an MMX with a Vodoo 3dfx... And, seriously, if you want to exploit more your hardware you can always look up for some Port that will load the game for you with enhanced graphics.
  • STEAM RELEASE. This is supposed to be the classic garbage steam release, with no particular updates and some compatibility issues, as mentioned before. I am told there's not even the music in this release. I never noticed as I HAD to use the patch to make it run and this patch includes music as well. So no particular harm was done to me... Still there are some Old game bugs that I still remember since its original release, such as missing power cubes, unopened doors holding data spinners or loop levels, where you follow the objectives, go to a level, follow your objectives, then it tells to go back and once you're done there's a barrier blocking you, asking you to do everything again (Reactor and Cooling facility)... Meh... Nothing that a good old noclip can't fix... XD
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Gaz
( 6.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
One of the best old FPS's you will ever play.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
29 of 39 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
Quake II is literally the best game of my childhood. 10/10 rating......wait a minute. Whats that you say, Steam? No soundtrack?
.
..
...
....
♥♥♥♥ this. You can't play it without the soundtrack. Without it, the game is a less satanic Doom with free aim. But with it, it is an aggressive metal masterpiece. Don't buy it from Steam please. Go buy the hard copy, with CD. If you know what is good for you.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Quake II * 9/10

One of the most badass and scary games I've played in my childhood. Period.

Quake II is a classic FPS, which was famous because at the time it supported 3d Graphic Acceleration (the good old 3dfx), the enemy AI was very improved from the classic "runandshootatyou" (enemies had different kind of attacks and behaviours, and the most dangerous ones will crouch to avoid your projectiles), many of them will still try to shoot you a couple of times before dying and... flies will gather around fresh corpses of enemies you've just killed... XD
At its days this game held a huge amount of innovations and, considering the title, one of them was the completely different setting from the previous chapter. No more dungeon-medieval themed levels and enemies: now there are stroggs, cybernetic aliens that create their army by taking enemies corpses and reviving them with cybernetic improvements. Scary enough? Not until you see the levels with your space marine comrades captured, tortured and gone completely crazy. Definitely on a different level compared to Quake.
The arsenal is more interesting than the previous chapter and even bigger, considering there are 10 weapons, and there's a BFG again.
Another huge innovation is the level structure. It was confusing at the time because in certain areas you had to solve certain puzzles in order to proceed, and they required items or explorations in other "dead end-levels".
As a metalhead I can't help but mention the badass soundtrack, something rare to hear nowadays.
Another interesting thing is the possibility to play in Coop the main campaign.
Long story short, this game is the definition of "Old but Gold".

+++PROs+++
  • ENGINE. The Quake II Engine is quite old now, but it still is enjoyable nowadays.
  • SOUNDTRACK. Very Badass Soundtrack. 'Nuff said...
  • INNOVATION. Nowadays it may look quite a common game but for the time this title was so full of innovation from the Enemy AI to the Level structure.
  • SETTING. The stroggs are quite scary considering their "nature" and the levels we find them in, not to mention the tortured marines we find around in the most advanced levels.
---CONs---
    ....... ehm....
  • OLD. It's old. It's not a DX12 game. Is this a good reason to ignore this game?
  • COMPATIBILITY ISSUES. OK, seriously, as usual this game presents compatibility issues due to its age. Luckily there's the Steam community with various solutions and patches that will make this game run flawlessly, as if your i7 with your GTX 970 was an MMX with a Vodoo 3dfx... And, seriously, if you want to exploit more your hardware you can always look up for some Port that will load the game for you with enhanced graphics.
  • STEAM RELEASE. This is supposed to be the classic garbage steam release, with no particular updates and some compatibility issues, as mentioned before. I am told there's not even the music in this release. I never noticed as I HAD to use the patch to make it run and this patch includes music as well. So no particular harm was done to me... Still there are some Old game bugs that I still remember since its original release, such as missing power cubes, unopened doors holding data spinners or loop levels, where you follow the objectives, go to a level, follow your objectives, then it tells to go back and once you're done there's a barrier blocking you, asking you to do everything again (Reactor and Cooling facility)... Meh... Nothing that a good old noclip can't fix... XD
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
One of the best old FPS's you will ever play.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
Hey, that's pretty good
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
The first game my dad bought me on our windows 98 pc. Replaying this game for the first time since I first played it 14 years ago was just one massive nostalgia trip. The game also still holds up today and doesn’t feel dated. My only problem with the game is that it did get repetitive when I played more than 1 hour because you are doing the same thing throughout the whole game with no variation. I couldn’t marathon through it like I was hoping to, I played 1-2 hours a day to keep myself entertained throughout. More variety visually would have helped I think it’s what keeps games like doom 1 and 2 from being repetitive.
8/10 (Great)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
The Legend Never Dies!!!
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
272 of 311 people (87%) found this review helpful
119 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 18, 2015
A legendary military shooter from a time when "military shooter" meant single-handedly mowing down hordes of demons and aliens with overpowered sci-fi weapons (as it should be) and not some spec-ops boy-band murdering entire families of brothers and sons to lower the cost of gasoline by a few cents.
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216 of 254 people (85%) found this review helpful
27 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 1, 2014
actually a second quake is just called an aftershock but hey
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101 of 122 people (83%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 30, 2015
One of the first games I ever played. One of my all time favorites.
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143 of 184 people (78%) found this review helpful
8 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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