Although it's somewhat tedious, this next bit of information is going to have to be pointed out every time we review something Quake-based: you need a big mutha of a machine to get Quake and all its spin-offs to run satisfactorily.
You need loads of extra RAM, a decent graphics card and an accelerator board for starters, so if you haven't got all that, turn the page and hope there's some neat tricks you can employ from this month's GameBusters.
Have they gone? Good, now the serious gamers who've already upgraded can get down to some Quakery. Quake: Resurrection Pack is the first of the major bundle packs that we're going to be seeing over the coming months. It offers the original Amiga version of Quake (and for those of you who don't know, the Amiga version's got everything the PC version had) as well as Malice and Q!Zone.
Malice adds a lot of extra gizmos and changes the atmosphere of the gameplay in fundamental ways.
Quake we pretty much know everything about (and if you don't then you should turn the page and join those who left earlier) so there's not much that needs to be said here.
Malice, however, is a different story. I reviewed this add-on just a couple of months back (AF112 91%) but here's a refresher.
Malice takes the Quake engine and propels it into the 23th Century, where you play the part of a mercenary. There are a whole bunch of new weapons to play around with, including the Punisher (lurve those forced plasma beams!) and the cute vertical-
Malice adds a lot of extra gizmos and changes the atmosphere of the gameplay in fundamental ways. It's all well and good to be running around underwater in Quake, but in Malice you do the same thing in a mini-sub complete with torpedoes. There's also a parachute to stop you hurting yourself when you jump off really high ledges and there's a hover-board so you can do Michael J. Fox impressions.
However, there isn't any armour. Or Quad Damage. Or Pentagrams of Protection. Malice does away with all of that, which subtly changes all of the gameplay.
You've got to be cautious about getting into fire
Q!Zone is more like the stuff we're used to. There are three new, linked episodes (consisting of a total of 15 levels) giving the player the chance to fight against new enemies (and lots of old favourites) with new weapons, but essentially it's just more of the same. Good, but more of the same nonetheless.
Considering Quake and Malice alone would cost you in the region of £45, the £50 Resurrection Pack offers good value for money. If you're thinking of getting hold of Quake then it's got to be worth considering.