Bethesda Revamps a Classic: The Return of "Quake II"

In the dynamic world of video gaming, it's often the classics that leave gamers feeling most nostalgic.

by Faruk Imamovic
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Bethesda Revamps a Classic: The Return of "Quake II"

In the dynamic world of video gaming, it's often the classics that leave gamers feeling most nostalgic. Bethesda Softworks has capitalized on this sentiment, confirming what was previously just a rumor: an enhanced edition of the iconic first-person shooter, "Quake II".

A Modern Take on a Gaming Icon

The revamped "Quake II" is now accessible to an expansive audience, with compatibility spanning across the PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and the Nintendo Switch.

For those subscribed to the Game Pass for PC, consoles, and Xbox Cloud Gaming, this game is immediately available. What's more, if you're an owner of the original game on platforms like GOG or Steam, this upgrade won't cost you a dime.

Collaborating on this endeavor, Nightdive Studios teamed up with Bethesda to breathe new life into id Software's legendary title from 1997. This remastered version ensures a richer visual experience, accommodating widescreen, a lightning-fast 120Hz refresh rate, and crystal-clear 4K resolution.

But it's not just about the visuals.

Rediscover Old and Dive into the New

The reimagined "Quake II" reinstates content that was previously shelved, including a throwback to the Nintendo 64 port. For the veterans, nostalgia strikes again with the inclusion of beloved expansions like "Mission Pack: The Reckoning" and "Mission Pack: Ground Zero".

Together, these packs unlock over 30 single-player levels and 20 unique deathmatch arenas. But Bethesda isn't merely relying on the game's past glory. They've introduced a fresh expansion aptly titled "Call of the Machine". Produced by Studio MachineGames, it adds another 28 levels and a brand-new deathmatch landscape to the game's already vast universe.

For those who thrive on multiplayer combat, "Quake II" has you covered. The game now supports split-screen, both locally and online, accommodating up to four players. Players can square off in deathmatch, team deathmatch, and even a spirited game of "capture the flag" with as many as 16 players.

Crossplay ensures a more unified gaming community across all platforms. However, there's a catch for PC users hoping to compete with console enthusiasts: they'll need to swap out their keyboard and mouse for a controller. A calculated move by Bethesda to level the playing field, this decision neutralizes the aiming advantage PC users often have.

In essence, whether you're reliving old memories or creating new ones, the rebirth of "Quake II" is bound to be a game-changer in the modern era.

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