Review by Boxman_1990
"A quake with no magnitude."
Gameplay (7 out of 10): Good, not excellent, but it gets the job done. Intense firefights suffer from some nasty lag, but what do you really expect from a first-generation game? The game has some awesome WOW!! moments, like when you force-feed a helpless creature until it explodes, that really make you want to keep on playing to see more. Casual gamers may find the lag and high difficulty to be frustrating, but FPS purists will find solid gameplay and a competent narrative.
Story (7 out of 10): A crash similar to the one in the opening of Quake 2 sends you careening into the hellhole known as Stroggos to take part in a decade long war between humans and the alien Strogg. After one two many backfiring plans, you undergo a startling transformation that gives you an extreme advantage against the Strogg and that's all I'm going to say on the subject.
Graphics (8 out of 10): Quake 4 is of those few games whose graphics actually deserve to be called Next-gen. The Strogg and their weapons look amazing, but as I said earlier, the lag is consistent and highly annoying. If you can handle that, then you'll have no problem with Quake 4's graphics.
Multiplayer (9 out of 10): A truly awesome twitch fest that will appeal to the type of person who likes Halo and Mountain Dew, at the same time. If you like fast games that require little to no conscious thought, then you've found Cloud Nine.
Audio (7 out of 10): It's sad but true that a game's audio is only noticed when a game is really good or really bad. For better or for worse I didn't notice it, take that however you want to, chap.
Achievements (9 out of 10): Nearly impossible achievements, like getting to the top of the online Leaderboards haunt the online-achievements, but the single player achievements are much more manageable, like finishing an entire level with one specific weapon. One caveat, when you complete the storyline on a higher difficulty, you don't get the achievements for the lower difficulties.
Buy or Rent?: Buy, if you want to get the difficult achievements that take a long time to, for lack of a better word, achieve. If not, rent.
Overall (7 out of 10): For hardcore gamers only, a mediocre game that finds a niche in the small market of 360 shooters, should be enjoyable to FPS fans, but if you played either of the first two Quake games, then you're missing out on a whole lot.
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 03/09/07
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