The unabashedly bloody and violent shooter that has splattered PC screens since its release has come to roost on the PlayStation. Yeah, it’s awfully gratuitous. No, you shouldn’t let the kids play. But darn it if this game isn’t a sure-fire hit that depends on pure, visceral action. For those who haven’t been shaken by this computer megahit, it’s your basic cavernous hallway crawl populated by biotech alien bad guys who want nothing more than to make you expire. For your enjoyment, you are given a virtual armory of ridiculously powerful devices with which to destroy your attackers. Expect gore, and lots of it.
Surprisingly, disc loading times in midlevel are short, and the movement is fluid with fast frame rates. Also, the control using the dual shock game pad is very well implemented, although for the small percentage of PlayStation owners who bought a mouse for the system, this game is compatible. In fact, Quake II makes the purchase of a mouse a worthwhile decision. Multiplayer games excel, even with tedious split screens. Rather than letting you save your progress anywhere, the game has specific saving points within each level, and enough of them so that you won’t be too frustrated. –Jeff Young
- One of the best first-person shooters on the PlayStation
- Vertigo-inducing realism
- Great use of PlayStation controllers and optional mouse
- Incredibly violent