Players: 1 to 2 Player Game | Release Date: 03/26/01 | Genre: FPS
This classic PC game has been ported to the Playstation 2 and even though it lacks online play it is still the best first person shooter on the system.
In this version of Quake III the developers decided to add a new campaign mode to make up for the lack of online support. This mode allows the player to earn valuable attribute points as they proceed up the ladder to become the champion. This new mode is exclusive to this version of the game and really adds to the gameplay. Also the campaign mode switches things up by throwing a capture the flag or elimination match into the mix. This helps keep the game from becoming a mindless boring shoot fest.
This version has the best graphics of all the versions. The game moves at 60 frames per second even in four-player mode allowing for blazing fast matches. Also there are all new lighting effects and various new stages that really take advantage of the PS2's power. One of my favorites is a capture the flag stage where you would have to capture the opposing teams flag and jump through Stargate like portals to get back to your base on the other side using very cool effects. The characters are very well modeled and they even evolve as you go up the ladder to gain attribute points to become stronger even cooler looking.
The controls in the game might be an issue with some people because the game lacks mouse and keyboard support. This was a bad move since it is a little more difficult to use the Playstation controller. Thankfully there are enough control settings to satisfy everyone's gaming needs. Personally I go with the advanced setting, which is basically the control scheme for Timesplitters, because the left analog stick moves you forward, backward, and strafes left and right while the right stick controls turning and view. This better emulates the mouse and keyboard and to me was the best option.
The multiplayer aspect of the game is the best part. You may choose from a variety of game modes such as deathmatch, team deathmatch, capture the flag, last man standing and many more. This gives you a lot of variety so you and three other friends can go at it for hours. There are also the additions of weapons that were not found in the Dreamcast version which include a super fast chain gun, a nail gun, and the BFG. If the game had online support then the multiplayer would be perfect but it does fine without.
The only things I didn't like were the lack of mouse and keyboard support and the lack of online support. I don't really blame the developers for the lack of online support because the PS2 doesn't have online capabilities of this writing but the mouse and keyboard support should have been a must as they give the best possible control for this type of game.
This is an excellent conversion of an already great game and well worth the $50 price tag. If you are aching for a great first person shooter for your PS2 then you've found your relief in Quake III.