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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Though not really spelled out, the hero's objective to save humanity is noble...he just uses extreme violence to accomplish it.
Positive Role Models
The main character is a nameless and faceless character that uses extreme violence to achieve his goals.
Ease of Play
The game's controls will be familiar to people who've played similar shooters, but those unfamiliar with ones of this era may need time to adjust to not having certain features that have become standard with modern action titles. The game has four difficulty options ("Easy," "Normal," "Hard," and "Nightmare").
Violence & Scariness
The player uses a variety of guns, explosives, and melee weapons, resulting in large amounts of blood, gore, and dismemberment. Dead bodies are left lying on the ground, and some are also used as decoration.
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Products & Purchases
Though a straight remake of a game from 1996, that original game inspired a long-running franchise that includes numerous other games. It also includes downloadable content (DLC) packs that were previously released.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Quake (2021 Enhanced Re-Release Version) is a downloadable first-person shooter for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS5, PS4, Switch, and PCs. Gameplay is violent and bloody. Using a variety of guns, melee weapons, and explosives, players have to kill numerous enemies -- including humans and humanoid-type people -- all of which results in tons of bloodshed, gore, and dismemberment. There are also dead bodies lying around, and used as decoration. Online play supports communication, but it's unmonitored. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content (though this game is part of a larger franchise that's been ongoing since 1996).
Is It Any Good?
Though mostly just a nicer looking version of an old (though classic) game, this does add something that makes it worth double dipping. The spiritual successor to Doom (the 1993 original, not the 2016 remake), the sci-fi first-person shooter Quake (2021 Enhanced Re-Release Version) has you running and gunning your way through maze-like areas, killing anything and everything that moves. And like Doom, the gunplay in this game is the same: fast, furious, and feeling like you're sliding around on a freshly waxed floor while wearing new socks (with all of the inertia that implies).
As for what's new in this "Enhanced" and "Re-Released Version," while the original's rather blocky visuals are intact, they're now in HD and (if you have the right system and TV) in 4K, which makes the imagery rather sharp. This also restores the original soundtrack by nine inch nails, which has often been absent in previous reissues. It even adds the ability to play online against people on other systems for the first time. More importantly, this not only includes the two add-ons they released back in the day, it also has the one they added in 2016 ("Dimensions of the Past") and, more importantly, a totally new one called "Dimension of the Machine." It's this latter add-on -- which adds a bunch of all-new levels but still has that classic Quake feel -- that makes this worth getting even if you've played this shooter in the 25 years since it originally came out. And if you haven't, well, then Quake (2021 Enhanced Re-Release Version) is your ticket to a rather fun dimension.
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