Quake 4 XBox 360 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 9.6
Graphics 9.6
Sound 9.3
Value 9.4
Distributor: Activision
Review Date:
March 2006
Tory Favro


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Quake 4

IN A DESPERATE WAR FOR Earth's survival against an unrelenting alien enemy, the only way to defeat them is to become one of them. Armed with advanced weaponry and vehicles and aided by an elite squad of marines, you take the battle to the heart of the Strogg home planet and become Earth's only hope for victory.

Wolfenstein, Doom and Quake are the founding fathers of the first person shooter genre and when murmurs are heard about sequels, the gaming world turns into a frenzy of anticipation. Although both Wolfenstein and Doom have had 21st century remakes, it's finally time for Quake to have one of the best makeovers of the trinity.


  • Combat diversity: Fight through solo missions as well as co-op and squad-based operations, or pilot heavy walkers and hover tanks through outdoor battles and epic firefights.

  • Character transformation: As you're captured and converted to Strogg, you become Earth's only hope.

  • Massive invasion: You are not alone—you and your squad are part of a massive invasion force.

  • Masterful design: Quake 4 utilizes the industry-leading DOOM 3 technology to create an unparalleled visual and aural experience.

  • Multiplayer features: The arena-style multiplayer allows you to play as Strogg or Marine in Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, and Capture the Flag modes.

The legacy of Quake arrives on the XBox 360 that is titled Quake 4 and is the official sequel to the mythos. Contrasting the previous titles that not only received graphics and gameplay makeovers, they also received story makeovers that ignored many of the original concepts.

Thankfully Quake 4 is created by Raven and it returns gamers to the story of the war between Humans and Strogg and is faithful to all Quake games. Unlike Quake 3 which was purely a multiplayer gamer, Quake 4 contains an awesome single player storyline that really takes this old gamer back to the 1990's when games had REAL storylines.

After the brief victory for the humans in Quake 2, the Strogg have arrived in the Sol system and finally commence the invasion of planet Earth. In a desperate war for Earth's survival, the alliance have decided to counter attack the Strogg homeworld in an attempt for a reprieve for the humans.

Fortunately for the denizens of Earth, the gamer plays Corporal Kane who assists with Earth's counter attack on the homeworld of the Strogg. The storyline is a classic battle between good vs evil and without spoiling too much of the storyline, the game contains dozens of different plot twists that will sure to surprise all gamers.

The single player aspect of Quake 4 throws the gamer straight into the action as the humans desperately try to save their planet. You’ll battle as Matthew Kane, a rough-and-tumble member of the Rhino Squad, which is the equivalent of America’s Big Red One in the invasion of Straggos. But even the valiant Kane can’t escape the grips of the advanced Strogg, who end of capturing the Marine and converting him to their ways.

The developers have done a brilliant job at recreating the savage war between the interstellar races and you really get a sense of feeling to this huge gruesome war. The gameplay of Quake 4 is similar to all first person shooters that has the gamer embarking on a variety of mission objectives with a wide gamut of arsenals to assist them on their journey.

Fans of the Quake 2 and 3 will be pleased to know that all the weapons from these previous titles have returned including an all new improved BFG called the Dark Matter gun that must be seen to be believed. As per the guidelines for first person shooters, ammunition, weapons and health is generally scarce throughout the gaming world that really gives you a sense of urgency when playing this title. Apart from the stock standard Strogg grunts that you will encounter, there are also a variety of different boss fights that really ups the ante of the gameplay. The average gamer should finish this title in around fifteen hours but the more adept gamer in about twelve hours.

Graphically, Quake 4 is easily the best looking first person shooter game on the market at the moment and although the gaming palette is quite dark and dreary, it really suits the theme perfectly. All the characters in the game have been professionally designed and contain some of the most realistic looking texture detail that I've seen in awhile. Match that with a plethora of special effects from bump mapping, particle effects and realistic lighting and Quake 4 is a visual dream. The Dark Matter gun is also pure eye candy, unfortunately as with all BFG type guns, the ammunition is quite sparse.

The soundtrack of Quake 4 features a majestic sounding military musical score that not only gets your adrenaline pumping but also thoroughly immerses you into the gaming environment. The actors have also done a brilliant job at the voice acting and nothing sounds too forced or contrived as the voice acting perfectly mends with the graphics. Quake 4 also contains a variety of awesome sound effects from the savage sounds of war to the futuristic weaponry of the Quake 4 universe.

In conclusion Quake 4 makes a smashing debut on the XBox 360 that is not only a trip down memory lane but also some of the best damn fun I've had... well... since Quake 4 on the PC... only better! A definite buy! 


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