QUAKE. The word alone should send shivers up the spines of dedicated gamers, as id Software's long classic series literally defined the FPS genre and online multiplayer as we know it today. Steam are now charging £8.49 for the entire id Quake Collection, which includes Quake, Quake II, Quake III and all of the add on packs; providing a saving of over £17. Raven's disappointing Quake IV isn't included- but frankly, who cares.
Personally, I think that the original Quake is one of the finest shooters ever made. Unparalleled level design and a subtle blend of Sci-Fi with Lovecraftian mythology created an atmospheric and genuinely creepy FPS experience. The two add-on packs throw a whole new mess of levels, enemies and weapons with which to reduce said enemies into chunky kibbles. Word of warning, though: it's pretty brown. Remember to type "+mlook" into the console to enable mouse-keyboard control... and watch out for the Shamblers!
Quake II threw the player into an intergalactic war between humanity and the monstrous Strogg empire. Whilst it looks dated by today's standards, Quake II revolutionised the genre with relative non-linearity, enemies that could duck to avoid weapons fire and a seriously awesome arsenal. It's still a blast to play, and its expansion packs increase the value by a fair few hours.
In a suprising move, Quake III was a fully-multiplayer title. I remember the days when gamers were zealously seperated into Quake or Unreal Tournament Fans- and whilst I'm a proud UT veteran, I'm willing to admit that Quake III was a slick, gorgeous online shooter. Expect challenging bots, classic level design and some serious railgun experts to be hanging around online. The Team Arena expansion brought me into the Q3 camp by offering a slew of new levels, game mode and improved team AI.
There's rarely been a better opportunity for FPS fans to catch up on a huge slice of gaming history.
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