Quake 2: Lost Marine
A Great Poet once said: 'Never go back. Never go back. Never return to the haunts of your youth...' Well, balls to that. I'm an unashamed, old school freak as happy with Mr Do as I am with Mr Carver, and ain't nobody can tell me otherwise. Which is why I was looking forward to getting my hands on this, the long-awaited, unofficial port of Quake II to the splendiferous Doom 3 engine. Bliss. Or at least it will be when they sort it out At present it runs a bit like a three-legged pig unless you've got a PC faster than any currently invented. And there's no crosshair. And it's a bit dark. And it's got some serious balancing issues. And there's no discernible difference between any of the skill settings (in fact Easy mode seems even harder than Normal, which is already next to impossible), or fully-featured Save and Load modes, which means you can only save through hitting F5. And... The Al's rubbish, the animations stilted and the textures a bit poor. But amazingly, that's all OK.
Futrix, the development team, made a solemn promise that it would have a build ready for the just-gone QuakeCon, and this is it. And it's clearly labelled as a Test Build', which means that this is, for the time being at least, a curiosity, a glimpse of things to come. But not something you're going to enjoy playing. Especially if you encounter some of the more annoying gameplay glitches, which can, in extreme circumstances, render your progress through the game impossible.
It's also worth pointing out that, strictly speaking, this isn't a port but a total conversion. Which means that you're not getting a copy of the Quake II experience, but a sort of director's cut. You might recognise some of the encounters from years gone by, but most of the gameplay is markedly different. Something you might well see in future builds, but not at the moment. In all honesty, in its current form it's just not worth persevering with, unless you're a techno-boffin who wants to be impressed by the programming wizardry. Have a look by all means, but then put it away and wait for a later build. I have.
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- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP