Today on 365 days of gaming OSUBoarder covers the browser-based, free-to-play, Quake Live.

Quake has been around for along time and has gathered many veterans to the online scene but is Quake Live suitable for anyone and everyone? Lets see what our man has to say about this...

Hello friends! I don’t have much today in term of announcements so I’ll just jump right in. Today I bring you a modern update to a classic game that will now allow everyone to experience the awesome, action packed chaos that is…

                                 

                That’s right; you can now relive Quake and all of the hours of fun and frustration that goes along with this chaotic series. This online game is a version of the game that came before it, Quake 3 Arena. Now you can frag people from all over the world from the comfort of your own computer desk with this creation from id Software, released in 2010.

Gameplay

                I feel like this section is pretty self-explanatory. It’s just like Q3A but with a few changes. The designers removed the blood and gore (sorry guys, we can only be so violent) as well as some of the dark or demonic references and remarks within the game in order to make it more internet friendly. As such, the game is the first in the series to have an ESRB rating of only T. In order to accommodate for the massive amount of people that would being playing this game, there is also a matchmaking process to put you against players of similar skill level. This is accomplished by having you play a certain amount of games and then scoring you based on how well you do. This way you will not be placed in matches with people that are incredibly better than you; but you also will probably not be dominating anyone in your match as well. Besides those relatively small changes, the game remains the same. You can still try to out frag your friends in a Duel, compete in Team Deathmatches, capture the flag, and or course a free for all modes for you chaos junkies. There are also a few other game modes that you can play if you subscribe (what else is new) but I am told these various modes become free at certain points in the year.

                I must make a confession; Quake as a series is a little behind my time in terms of computer gaming. I was too young to play the game when it came out and I didn’t start computer gaming until just in the past 5 or so years. That being said, my experience with Quake was almost nonexistent and limited to a few rounds played here and there. I was going into this online version blind and I soon found out that there is a bit of a learning curve, especially if you are not used to fast pace fps games. I was doing poorly so I swallowed my pride and did some of the training and practice modes which helped a lot. I still get fragged all of the time but, hey it’s better than nothing. After a while I got the hang of it and really started to enjoy it, despite my lack of kill.

Graphics

                It’s Quake.

Final Thoughts

                For someone with limited exposure to the rest of the series, I found this game to be incredibly enjoyable. I’m curious to see what you Quake veterans think of it. The game offers a nice change of pace from the contemporary fps game and in my opinion is more challenging and thus more satisfying as well. This game is free to play and you can find it here on their website. It is actually a browser plugin so you can play right there in your browser.

I proposed the idea yesterday of maybe doing a week of games that you guys think are less than good. If you guys would like to see that, comment them below. They could be games that were poorly designed, devloped, etc. or even games that you thought were incredibly hard or difficult to beat. Or you can always list games that you would just like to see in general. If it is something I think I can get access to, I'll be more than happy to check it out. Thanks for reading!