Quake Epsilon is a graphically enhanced build of shareware Quake 1 for Windows/Linux/Mac, which can be upgraded to the full version of Quake along with it's mission packs Scourge of Armagon and Dissolution of Eternity by copying the full-version .pak files into the correct folders.

It's made out of the Darkplaces engine and many mods from members of the Quake One forums and elsewhere (these are listed in the readme for each pack) as well as my own work. If it were not for these people, this build would not exist, so consider thanking the authors directly. These builds are legal and do not contain pirated content. Just simple unzip-and-play stuff.

There are four graphics modes, which you can switch between via a batch file ('High' is the default):

  • Ultra - Recommended for the bleeding edge of current (~2011) computers. Recent cpu recommended. Reflecting surfaces, bump-mapping, environmental effects, multiple particle effects, better flames, high-polyon models, effected reflecting water, ultra quality texturing.
  • High - Recommended for most modern machines. For good machines with good graphics cards. Geforce 7800 or upwards, dual-core 3ghz & upwards recommended. Environmental effects, multiple particle effects, better flames, high-polyon models, effected reflecting water, ultra quality texturing.
  • Medium - For medium spec computers and laptops with reasonable onboard 3d chipsets. Transparent water, high quality texturing, graphical options optimised for performance, while still retaining the 'modern' feel of the quake epsilon build.
  • Low - Recommended for older laptops, graphics cards without shader support, and older machines in general. But it's also designed to be similar to the original quake as possible for those who want a nostalgia trip but with higher quality textures. Few/no shader effects, uses the QRP texture pack, which is less gritty and grimy but more like the original quake, and uses less memory.

Please note that it runs much faster on Windows, so that would be my platform of choice if you have the option.
I don't want to clutter this summary, so more details and all credits can be found in the readme for each pack and on the homepage (http://www.xpfree.org/epsilon).

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Welp, it's been fun.


Ultra quality - start mapEpsilon Mission Pack 1 Screenshot 2Epsilon Mission Pack 2 Screenshot 3
Mission Pack 3 demoEpsilon build - Travail Expansion
Epsilon build - The Myths expansionEpsilon build - Beyond belief expansion

At any rate, the v2.52 versions of the build and addons are online, and you can download them at your leisure (or upgrade to them with the handy update patch at the bottom of the downloads page, if you're running v2.5 or v2.51).

Also, the opening map doesn't chug so much CPU now, so you should be alright to run it without getting freaked out by low fps - it's still a heavy-fps count compared to the other maps, but not half as much as it was.

High Quality - Start Map

One thing that makes Quake great is it's simplicity. Here's a video which illustrates that (not epsilon build, but funny):

If Quake was done today - Youtube video

Yup...
There's one last thing to say, and that is: have fun-
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Quake Epsilon is a graphically enhanced build of shareware Quake 1 for Windows/Linux/Mac, which can be upgraded to the full version of Quake along with...

Epsilon Mission Pack 1 Addon v2.52

Epsilon Mission Pack 1 Addon v2.52

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I've done a lot of work to make sure that this and the other mission pack, dissolution of eternity, look different to Quake Vanilla. There's different...

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Epsilon Mission Pack 2 Addon v2.52

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I tried to make this mission pack a completely different experience to Quake Vanilla and Mission Pack 1, with different models and textures for as many...

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Epsilon Mission Pack 3 Addon v2.52

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The talented Matthias Worch has allowed me to port/package Beyond Belief for the epsilon builds. This is a seminal and classic 7-level (8 if you count...

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phl0em
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how do you install this mod? I'm a bit retarded

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And how to get it running with steam

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metamorphosis Creator
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Read the included readme file and follow the instructions. Or look at the description on the download page.

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One more problem, I noticed the your build is using an old version of darkplaced - back from 2011. I installed the current stable build, and now all the smoke particles seem to be off. Put back the old darkplaces files and smoke is back to normal.

Is your mod not compatible with newer builds of darkplaces? Because it would be nice if it was - this way we could benefit from the performance improvements of new version.

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Unfortunately not. The build I use is faster than newer builds, particularly with bump-mapping turned on, though the newer builds do fix some bugs with mission pack 1.

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Pretty cool mod - but huge toll on the system. Most modern games run at full 60fps on my 4.6ghz sandybridge with gtx780 - but this mod dips into teens!

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Yup, that's darkplaces for you.

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