Excerpt: I never really enjoyed first person shooters. Racing and fighting games are more my forte, but considering I wanted moreaction from the Dreamcast and that the graphics look downright incredible, I decided to shell out some bucks and take a chance. Like my proposal to my wife years ago, it was a chance I will never regret. --Fragging: is that what the kids call it nowdays?
Pros: Many maps and characters, excellent visuals, intense mulitplayer action
Excerpt: As far as First Person Shooter (FPS) go I'm a bit of a novice (as I've explained before), and as such an area that I'm not keen to jump into. I've got Quake 2 on my PC. "Is Quake, is good" is the cry from many FPS fans, so it was on a spending splurge that I bought four games for my beloved DC and Quake 3 was snapped up for the bargain price of about $60AUS.
Pros: Graphics, fast, challenging, very solid game
Cons: A keyboard and mouse are pretty much neccessary
Excerpt: Quake II arena is a very good game. Although my major glitch with it is that I found it very difficult to pick up the controls. So i switched the controls so the analogue stick 'moves' and two of the other buttons let you look up and down. This is the control style I am used to from games such as goldeneye on the N64.
Pros: Excellent multiplayer modes
Cons: Difficult controls, expensive online gaming, same old genre?
Excerpt: If you’re a PC owner then it’s highly unlikely that you have never heard of the likes of Unreal, Half Life or Doom. Apart from these there is also the Quake series from ID software. Quake and Quake 2 were very good games in their own right but after years of very little progress, this wonder of a game turned up. Quake 3 Arena. It wasn’t just ‘another Quake game’. Quite the opposite in fact. This was a major step forward in first person shoot em up gaming.
Excerpt: I've just been reading how Unreal on the ps2 looks a little rough and has severe slowdown on splitscreen mode. Quake 3 as far as I can tell has no slowdown and split screen multiplayer works really well. The main complaint with this game is they haven't really allowed for how much more difficult to play with a pad it is. They could have done some slight autoaim feature or something for pad users.
Pros: A totally brilliant port that truly does the game and dc justice .
Cons: hard with a pad and controller settings not saved .
Excerpt: Everyone has said how great the online version of Quake 3 arena is, with very little slowdown and pretty good connection times, but the single player game has been slated from day one...why? I hated the single player mode when I first picked it up, boring, very difficult and it seemed that the computer would cheat just to beat you,then I realised that it was me, not the game.
Excerpt: I'd like to concentrate on the online gaming aspect of Quake 3 Arena. Basically this ported PC first person shooter is the first major online gaming release for the console market. Q3 represents the easiest online playing experience yet available in the UK. Boot your disc as normal and select Internet Play, the UK disc automatically and usefully dials through to the Dreamarena servers.
Excerpt: Even if you don't know anything about games, as soon as you start playing this you know it is made for a PC. The controller is pretty bad on this game, i haven't tried it but i know that a keyboard and mouse would work better. The graphics are above average for this console and the gameplay isn't bad (Excellent online but a steaming pile of poo but itself). When playing online it runs very smoothly and only rarely does it slowdown.
Excerpt: Spectacular! I had to begin with a adjective because its that... GOOD. I've played a lot of first person shooters and this is a great one. Visulize the first time you played golden-eye in four player mode and multiply it by 3 and 2/3rds. The only people who will not like this are dead or have the reflexes of a 19 year old cat. Bottomline, play it and have fun, or do not play it and have less fun doing something else.
Excerpt: Quake 3 Arena, as everybody probably knows, was originally created for the PC. And I am afraid to say, that it should have stayed like that. Even though ID did a brilliant conversion of the game to the Dreamcast, and it's compatibility with the DC Mouse and Keyboard is a good idea. The online play is brilliant, and the lag is hardly noticable. Players do not have to worry about lock-ups or crashes, and there are always fast and active servers.
Pros: Enjoyable, lasts a while with the multiplayer . Low lag in online play .
Cons: A limit of 4 PEOPLE ! Hard to play with controller .