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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4 comments by metamorphosis on Aug 4th, 2014

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 Build v2.52

Quake Epsilon Build v2.52

Aug 3, 2014 Full Version 17 comments

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

Aug 3, 2014 Full Version 0 comments

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...

Epsilon Mission Pack 2 Addon v2.52

Epsilon Mission Pack 2 Addon v2.52

Aug 3, 2014 Full Version 0 comments

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...

Epsilon Mission Pack 3 Addon v2.52

Epsilon Mission Pack 3 Addon v2.52

Aug 3, 2014 Full Version 0 comments

Abyss of Pandemonium - the 'unofficial' (but still commercially-released) third mission pack for Quake, and most likely my last official addon. A great...

Epsilon Beyond Belief Expansion v2.52

Epsilon Beyond Belief Expansion v2.52

Aug 3, 2014 Full Version 2 comments

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...

Epsilon The Myths Expansion v2.52

Epsilon The Myths Expansion v2.52

Aug 3, 2014 Full Version 0 comments

This excellent expansion/6-map pack is brought to us by the talented vIE888, who has graciously allowed me to adapt it to work with the epsilon packs...

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dickspade1352323364
dickspade1352323364 Sep 9 2014, 8:29pm says:

Thanks m8.
Could you do the same for Shrak, Malice and Zerstorer

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metamorphosis
metamorphosis Sep 15 2014, 6:14pm replied:

Nah, don't have time sorry.

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metamorphosis
metamorphosis Sep 15 2014, 6:15pm replied:

Read the readme file. It tells you everything you need to know.

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D4M4ST3R
D4M4ST3R Aug 21 2014, 6:57pm says:

I don't know why but movement seems stiffy, going forward/backward is way slower than strafing left/right :/

also, what gameplay tweaks does this build use, because it seems more difficult and i don't remember shamblers having ghosts. Is there an option to switch between 100% original and new one? ty

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metamorphosis
metamorphosis Aug 21 2014, 7:03pm replied:

If you want to change strafe movement speed, edit the 'cl_sidespeed' amount in your id1/config.cfg (expansion folder if using an expansion). I specifically configured it so they were roughly equal though- at least when using WASD - not sure what's going on there.

No gameplay tweaks that I'm aware of. If you configure to run at 'low' quality it turns off the vast majority of 'new stuff' and is more or less 'default HD quake'

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Synthetic-Pulse
Synthetic-Pulse Aug 20 2014, 8:55pm says:

Awesome mod, you did a great job. I have one question though, is there a way to show your keys and ammo with this mod? Thanks.

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metamorphosis
metamorphosis Aug 21 2014, 6:59pm replied:

Hit '-' and '+' on the keyboard to change the amount of HUD shown ;)

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huntersoul
huntersoul Aug 10 2014, 8:37am says:

Hi folks can help...i have my paks from steam the mod darkplace + ultimate patch work like a charm but when put this give this error Postimg.org any know what that issue?

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metamorphosis
metamorphosis Aug 11 2014, 8:01pm replied:

Try verifying your game cache?

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