Episode 9: Quake

Quake is one of the most influential shooters ever made.  While its contemporaries like Duke Nukem and Blood were dabbling in the illusion heavy 2.5D, Quake chose instead to feature fully 3D models and environments.  It introduced true vertical spaces, encouraged the use of the mouse to aim and forced players to manage distance far more actively. But does its gameplay hold up all these years later, or has it been eclipsed by refinements taken by more modern shooters?

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In this week’s episode, we explore:

  • How does the decision to make most enemies shoot projectiles or attack in melee, instead of hitscan, affect the pace and feel of the gameplay?

  • Is Episode 4 the apex of the Quake experience, with its larger spaces and more abundant power ups?  Or do those very things detract from the more skill-testing, claustrophobic environs?

  • Just how many shades of green and brown can you use in the creation of 23 near identical castles?

Find out if Quake has truly stood the test of time in the 9th episode of the Retro Spectives Podcast!

Intro Music: KieLoBot - Tanzen K
Outro Music: Rockit Maxx - One point to another
Quake’s OST: Trent Reznor

Pat’s Article on Quake