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 (15 reviews) - 86% of the 15 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Very Positive (668 reviews) - 94% of the 668 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 11, 1997

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Buy QUAKE Collection

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.

System Requirements

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

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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
Quake 2 is where I got the Nick Railer666.I have used it everywhere for a hell of a lot of years.It comes from the awesome Railgun. I used to play Quake 2 with my brother on our local network that we had setup just to kill each other over and over again. When ever I got the Railgun he knew it was all over for that match. Pretty much all the guns in Quake 2 are fantastic. Bouncing granades down a hall way to blow someone up with the Grenade Launcher. That warm fuzzy feeling you get when shredding someone with the Gatling gun. Showing someone how much you care by sending them 10 rockets from the Rocket Launcher. Oh and the one shot kills with the Railgun. If you really want to have some fun download the Chaos mod for Quake 2. It has the best grapple I have ever used in a game and weapons that do everything you could wish for.

When you buy Quake 2 you get a million dollars worth of fun for just $ 4.99
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Quake 2 is so cool I still use it for tactics practice. Sonic mayhem rocks while you run and gun. Yes, use the ultimate quake 2 patch, works on win 10. Grenade lancher, rail gun and BFG sound great. Ready for new quake champions.
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295 of 341 people (87%) found this review helpful
137 people found this review funny
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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228 of 272 people (84%) found this review helpful
51 people found this review funny
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 1, 2014
actually a second quake is just called an aftershock but hey
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285 of 396 people (72%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2013
The steam version doesn't contain Quake 2 music files. If you are looking to buy Quake 2 (which is a great game), don't do it on Steam. You'll miss out on an awesome soundtrack and the game atmosphere won't ever be the same.
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159 of 210 people (76%) found this review helpful
9 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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79 of 92 people (86%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 12, 2015
A true classic of old school FPS still a great game to play even these days 10/10

i remember my dad complete this game years ago on an ancient computer when i was only like 2 or 3 years old :)
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101 of 125 people (81%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
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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76 of 88 people (86%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 19, 2014
Do you really need a review for Quake 2? Just buy the damn game before Carmack comes to your house and Quad damages your teeth in.
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48 of 50 people (96%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 29, 2014
The QUAKE series helped define what video games are today and the second installment is No Exception. Completely different from the original gritty medieval feel of the first QUAKE but nevertheless amazing, with an interesting twist on the staple alien landscape of other sci fi games.

The storyline is fairly simple but strong, giving you one main objective per level leading up to a very epic end battle against the Strogg leader.

The game had impressive graphics for a FPS from the 90’s but still keeps a worthy atmosphere today, being the first game to use modern sky boxes.

Same goes for the AI of all the enemies, it was superior back then but is still comparable to some current games.

The Multiplayer is really good (being a predecessor to QUAKE III as well as everything else) but either the system was too old or Valve and id software did not play nice but at any rate it has not been updated to today’s standards.

It is still possible to connect to a server via manually typing in a IP address but there’s only a few rogue Russian servers left and they will destroy you.

QUAKE I is known for its technological breakthroughs, QUAKE III (ARENA) is known for its vast bot improvement and virtually seamless multiplayer fragging ability so QUAKE II has ended up as a sort of middle child.

It is a fairly underrated game on Steam today due to the similar, slightly higher quality games from the 90’s that overshadow it like the HλLF-LIFE duo.

Which is also ironic because HλLF-LIFE 1 was originally Valve's plan to rival the release of Quake II in the first place but was ultimately released a year later on a separate, "more advanced game engine" which was actually a heavily modified version of the QUAKE I engine........Is that double Irony?

Ultimately if you enjoy Retro games or are a big fan of FPSs this will be a crucial part of your collection.

As a Die-Hard QUAKE fan I have played thousands of hours of the original CD-ROM box set and was delighted when I saw all of the quake series and DLC’s on Steam.
I’m Secretly An Expert On This Game

One last selling point
This game contains one of the most 0rg@$m1c intro cut-scenes in video game history.

I would personally buy an HD version of the cutscene and have it loop on a photo frame by my bed if that was a real option.......but its not......................Buy the game.
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7.3 hrs
Posted: October 13
Windows 10 is not supported. I change my .cfg file, words - set gl_driver "opengl32" to set gl_driver "software" and then it starts, but not fullscreen.
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Darker Light
223.2 hrs
Posted: October 10
Quake II or Quake 4 are great for newcomers of the game to start with, if not starting with the doom games.
And for long-time fans; well, you should already know it's good.
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1.9 hrs
Posted: October 9
What can I say about Quake II that hasn't already been said by a thousand others? Quake II is, quite simply, the finest first-person shooter ever crafted, and quite possibly the greatest game ever made. Deceptively simplistic, the single-player campaign never gets boring or tiring and when that's exhausted, there is the perfectly constructed multiplayer.

And after that? Probably close to ten thousand distinct mods and any of a hundred thousand or so add-on maps, player models, sound packs and so forth.

Quake II is certainly my all time favourite game. It has also stood the test of time: its graphics are still serviceable now and the original executable, programmed in 1997, will still run on a 64-bit Windows 10 machine. But that's not the end of it. Q2 has any number of source ports and high-resolution model and texture packs intended to bring the game's graphics and compatibility up to scratch on modern systems. The game is almost infinitely moddable and extendable, and it having been open sourced some years ago, anybody with some amount of programming skill can adapt it.

But even with all of that, I still find myself returning to vanilla Q2 deathmatch and single player. It really is the finest gaming experience I've ever known, on any platform.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: September 18
For some reason quake 2 wont start properly it says quake2.exe and wont start at all, idk what to do if you have experienced this problem plz respond. Thank you
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Barrfind V.
2.1 hrs
Posted: September 18
Good old Quake. Who don't know this game? This is A king of all FPS. An Ideal son of ID Softwear. A game of the game, etc. You shoot, you kill, you are on planet and kill alien races. What else you need to know?
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11.2 hrs
Posted: September 18
10/10 would buy again.
Excellent gameplay,awesome soundtrack (install Ultimate Quake II Patch for the OST), a nostalgic feel and one of the best LAN games; make sure your friends have this once you finish the singleplayer.
The game is compatible with Windows 10, and doesn't use DOS like the old DOOM games, so that's a huge plus.
More dakka than you can shake an Ork at.
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2.6 hrs
Posted: September 13
When I played this game first over 10 years ago I thought it was great and I still do. I would definately recommend modding this game now to support higher resolutions, updated graphics, music and co-op. Single-player campaign is still great to play through with the kmquake2 engine. A classic.
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9.7 hrs
Posted: September 6

Quake II is a fun game to come to when you want to experience the old-school gameplay again, but frankly it's quite short for games of its time. I'm thinking it's because of the new things introduced with the second iteration of the franchise.

First off let me say that Quake II has probably much more in common to the original Half-Life than the first ever did. From the feel to general looks, let me save you all the detail and sum it up as follows:

* Gameplay (the way the mechanics feel, not the get-bring-key concept we're all familiar with)
* Weapon models
* Lightning

Now it is highly probable that most of these changes originate from Half-Life (and the series, as a whole) using the same, modified engine but the similarities are obvious.

Gameplay-wise it is great, the battles feel great and some of the early weapons which could be considered obsolete after a certain point only become less useful, still allowing the player to take down several weak enemies spread throughout the level. The game doesn't forget what it started from and as soon as a new enemy is introduced it always appears throughout places.

The boss fight however is probably one of the most underwhelming fights I've ever seen. The story is only told through several cutscenes which are at most ambiguous and details which will need to be looked SPECIFICALLY for. It still allows, however, for some context of why you're shooting things up so it doesn't get boring.

I strongly suggest you play this with brightness to medium or as low as possible because the game looks infinitely better, from back in the day to even 2001 at some points, looking in places as better as Half-Life.

Overall Quake II is a fun old-school game though it is quite short and after the fun it's only mods that keep it alive. Other than the message at the end of each unit (I forgot to mention that levels are spread in units, semi-open world type) there's nothing cataloguing for whatever you've collected and it feels a little pointless to return and get the rest unless you plan to replay the whole game again.
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