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.
User reviews: Very Positive (313 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 11, 1997

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"Fast paced, hardcore shooter action with fantastic levels and enemy variety."

About This Game

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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43 of 45 people (96%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
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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40 of 46 people (87%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
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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35 of 49 people (71%) found this review helpful
18.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Just 10/10.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
54.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
When I played Quake 4, I discovered a second disc in the game, which featured Quake 2. Out of curiousity of trying, I have to say I loved Quake 2 more than Quake 4!

As a person who's been playing old school first-person shooters since Duke Nukem 3D. It is horribly addicting, fast paced, intense, and overall fun! Like a Typical FPS before Half-Life 1, it was a satisfyingly ultra-violent game where you take down cyborg aliens know as the strogg, and given lots of weapons and kill them however you want. Each weapon has a pros and cons. For example, the BFG 10k is a devastating weapon, but could hurt you if you are too close and consumes lots of ammunition.

In the story, you are BItterman, a soldier from earth invading Stroggos to destroy the Stroggs invading humanity and prevent them from turning humanity into cybernetic slaves. While landing with the army, you got hit by a cowboy, and you land somewhere else. Thankfully getting hit saved you when all the soldiers were pinned KIA or MIA.

Also, thanks to steam, we still have a dedicated audience of multiplayer to this game! Like the single player game. Super addicting! All I can say about the Multiplayer, it is a total blast with deathmatch, team deathmatch, Capture The Flag, and so many other modes! Especially Co-Op!

Also, try to find the Ultimate Quake Patch for the soundtrack! Sonic Mayhem has made the best soundtrack for the Quake series.

Amazing game, get it!
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
Heyyo, a classic fast-paced FPS game... Quake II had a really large campaign that could be played coop. Lots of fun.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
What an awesome game. Put it on your flash drive and play it at school or your grandma's house, 100% of all PCs will run this game perfectly. You have nothing to lose, play this
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Quake II Is honestly one of the best games I've played.
It is a classic Fast Paced Sci-fi Shooter, Released in 11 November 1997, Which haves Stunning unique levels for its time, The game provides mouse support, a Variety of weapons to blast the faces off anyone who tends to get in your way, such as Shotguns, SMGs, Grenade Launchers, Pistols, and Of course, Rocket Launchers.
Quake II has got to be one of the best things I have bought for $10.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
There's no doubt in my mind that Quake II is the king of arena FPS'. With new weapons, faster combat, a great soundtrack, and lots of maps to have carnage on, Quake II is the kind of game that newer arena shooters try to be and just can't quite make it.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
You get a railgun.
10/10
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
A 15 year old classic!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
While not what people were expecting from a sequel to Quake, it still keeps to the Quake roots, and I enjoyed it very much.

Quake II adds an actual storyline to the Quake series. In this game, you're fighting against the Strogg, once again all by yourself. The levels are objective-based, however they still play pretty much the same as original Quake levels, but less maze-like for the most part. This may put some people off.

The game has been given a complete graphical overhaul; more or less every texture and model in the game has been completely remade to fit the look of Quake II.

I would write more, but I haven't played this game in a long time and my memory of it isn't too good. What I will say, though, is that it's still a fantastic shooter well worth your time. It's not what you were expecting, but it's a good game in it's own right.
Oh, and yes, multiplayer is still there in all it's glory, but it still uses the direct IP method of the original so you must scavenge the internet once more for servers that are still alive
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Quake 2 is simply a classic, and one of few games I've personally mastered. Quite literally, the moment achievements come out on the game, if they ever do, I'll be among the first to get them all.

Quake 2 is basically a game where you infiltrate and alien world in order to kil their leader and make way for a larger-scale attack, while deactivating defense grids and blowing up a giant gun battery. You also kill things.

The game has very little story, delivered in the manual of the game (which i don't think comes with the game), but basically you're a soldier who deploys in a drop pod to the world named Stroggos. Your pod gets hit hugely off-course, and you land in an outpost of not much consequence.
You are totally alone. No buddies, no air-support, all you have is your blaster, and your PDA which give you stat readouts on the area (like how many people are still waiting to die, or how many secrets) but more importantly, your objectives beamed down from the capital ship in orbit into said PDA.

The game is essentially as good as FPS adventure action games get witohut going into arena FPS territory, and is (in my opinion) the only one to do this to date.

The game has level stats exactly like in Duke Nukem 3D, Quake 1 and even Doom 1, and the secrets are always really good and memorizing their locations can become second-nature and are even instrumental on Hard+ difficulty.

Quake 2 is an FPS that can be played mainly as a singleplayer game, but has Multiplayer and even Co-op, and lived in the days when Balancing wasn't even a matter that was at all important in the eyes of Developers.

Multiplayer is essentialy arena-FPS and that's awesome.

The game has 3 mission packs, 2 of which are on Steam (and i think the 3rd is too).

For anyone who likes FPS games that doesn't easy-mode the experience by giving you regeneration, checkpoints, and newly refreshed ammo and weapons at the beginning of every new level, Quake 2 is a must have.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
69.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
This is the best game on Steam, belive it or not.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
Quake gets hightech in this bigger outerspace version with huge levels and many objectives. A more conventional industrial rock soundtrack sets the new pace of this heart-pounding sequel for many hours of stressful fun.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
Oculus Rift owners, try Quake 2 VR. One of the best Oculus experiences.

I have fond memories of this game. While Quake had good multi-player, Quake 2 had good single player and multi-player. Still to this day one of my favorite games.

When this game came out, graphically it was amazing. But it reigning as "King" of graphics was very short lived. 6 months later, Unreal came out. But it's multi-player and mods kept it one of my favorite games. I played this A LOT. I fondly remember people always accusing me of cheating thinking 'Nobody could be THAT good'.

This game had so many mods that you could play this for months and not get tired. Like Half-Life 1/2, it was a great game, but the mods is what make it one of the greatest games of all time.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
awsome game, even better than the first one. most sequels arent better than the original, and quake 1 was amazing by itself. 10/10 would replay multiple times
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 9
its like Quake 1 only infinitely better but still not as fun as Doom
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 15
Wish the soundtrack accompanied the purchase. Still, a legendary game. 10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 24
what do you mean there's a quake 4????????
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
The original classic.
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