“ Genre: Shooter „
Having been a fan of the Quake games since their inception - and remembering playing Quake across a TCP/IP network against my brother, I had to give Quake Live a go. There were several instant pluses for me, it was free, I love free games, and it was browser based - which meant less things cluttering up my hard drive. Whilst the second one was not entirely as I imagined it, it still works out pretty well. Anyone who knows Quake and especially Quake 3 will recognise so many of the features of Quake Live, from the character setup and choices, to weapons, maps and games modes.
Okay first setup. This requires a download and an update of several plugins etc. depending on your connection speed this may take about ten minutes or longer. I found I had time to make and eat a sandwich before it was done, but trust me it was worth it in the end. Once you've got it up and running you'll start practice sessions. This is basically to place you at a level in the quake 3 world, so that opponents you face and games you join will be about your level. Whilst it may be tempting to play poorly just to lower your start level, its much more fun playing opponents of your own skill.
Now before I get onto actually playing, I will discuss the punkbuster error. Punkbuster is something in place that attempts to stop bots etc. from entering and only allowing real people into games. Off the top of my head I can't remember how to solve this if you have this error, but don't give up, either type in "punkbuster error quake 3" into google, or look at the technical forum, I remembering being fairly simply once I found how to solve this.
So assuming you've solved the above problem now gameplay. Deathmatch is fairly simple, go around and shoot as many people as you can as quickly as you can. You're match should be against people of your level, but if you're new to the game you may find people with more practice who do much better. However practice makes perfect and soon you'll be at the top of the leaderboard with the most kills. Other Game play modes include, Duel, which is basically one on one, Capture the Flag in which teams attempt to do what it is says on the tin, and Team Death Match where your team attempts to get more kills than the other team.
If you've played before you'll recognise all the weapons and boosts, and have fun reminiscing about how you used to use a rocket launcher to climb walls. If you are new to the Quake world have some fun finding your favourite weapon and getting lots of frags with it. The Quake live world is accentuated by new features such as awards, in which you can win things from getting your first kill, to shooting someone in the air with a shotgun, or using the gauntlet to collect 10 frags. The creators put up seasonal maps, the Christmas one is always fun, and run tournaments for the very best of players. If you're friends want to play, find them via the find friends tool, and play the same game together.
Basically I really recommend this game to old stalwarts of Quake and to prospective new players. Downsides include although browser based you do have to download a plugin, but it has a small footprint so don't panic. It can be buggy, generally the forums will have solutions to any technical difficulties you are facing, but be warned, with such a large community there are technical issues. Don't be rude, whilst a game it is also a community, try to follow the etiquette, it just generally helps everyone get alone better.
Most of all...have fun!
I was a huge fan of Quake 3 Arena, one of the best FPS games ever made, and one that remains among my favourites. It was a nice reaction to the rather sluggish and technical Counterstrike; a frenetic and barmy game that broke all of the rules, so when I heard that a free, in-browser version was being released, called Quake Live, I absolutely had to give it a go.
You log onto the site - www.quakelive.com - and quickly make an account, before downloading a 6.4MB file, installing it, then having a quick system update, and then seemingly, you are done. You're then presented with a lobby, where you can pick all of your favourite modes and maps from the original game. However, soon enough it becomes apparent that something isn't right...
After picking a game, you'll wind up in the server for a few seconds before you are unceremoniously kicked out for any given type of error, but on the three computers I have tried it on, it has been the consistent Punkbuster error. Punkbuster is an in-game anti-cheat module, but it seems to disagree with a lot of systems, and you only need to Google "Punkbuster Quake Live" to see this. I was recommended to download varioius updates, none of which worked, and so I am left rather disappointed that I, and many others, have been unable to play the game due to poor programming on the part of the developers.
I was looking forward to this very much, and might give it another try sometime, but frankly I'm too frustrated at present, and until ID fix this glaring issue, they've certainly been scratched off of my Christmas list!