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. As of 2015 causes some graphical glitches with new Nvidia drivers. 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.soulstudios.co.nz/epsilon).

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Well, it's that time of year again and 2016 being what it was, I was feeling the need to shoot something.
Enter DOPA (Dimensions of the Past), MachineGame's 20th-anniversary celebratory quake episode release.
But of course the path to getting these things running well is never smooth; so I made an expansion, ie suffered so that you don't have to (as per usual), figured it out, gave it it's own soundtrack, tied it up in a pretty blue ribbon, cast spells on it, etcetera.


The soundtrack is Nine Inch Nails, which I feel is appropriate given he did the original game's soundtrack, and is a composite of his two free releases, Ghosts I and The Slip (both of which were released under a non-commercial, attribution, sharealike creative commons license). I just selected the appropriate tracks for each level, mixed/looped/volumed them properly together, and set up each level so it had an individual pair of songs - the result is a 1.5-hour soundtrack.

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So now in the time I take away from constructing voodoo dolls of certain presidents, I release this into the wild, where it belongs. Run free, little lamb:
Moddb.com

Also I did some updates for the other packages, of minor and major degrees dependent on the package in question: new versions can be found in the downloads section, with additional options on the epsilon website. Summary of changes:

v2.54

DOPA - improvements over original:
1.5-hour soundtrack based on NiN's free albums 'Ghosts I' and 'The Slip'
the usual high-quality texturing, models, effects via epsilon build
better lighting courtesy of BloodVengeance (with some corrections by myself)

Travail:
Massive improvement to lighting
Corrected laser bolts on enforcers
Corrected lumas for enforcers, grunts, knights, hellknights
Corrected some lightmaps
Changed water type for better performance in some areas

Abyss (mission pack 3):
Improved lighting, texturing, blood and flame effects.
Ammo icon corrections.
Improved hellknight skin
Correction to missing hires skins if MP2 not installed

Quake original, mission pack 1 and mission pack 2:
Incorporation of changes from 2.53 into main build (Corrections to linux bash scripts)
MP2: Updated to v1.0 release QRP DOE textures and normal maps

Beyond Belief:
Map6 fix
Map1 fix
Improved textures
Some lighting improvements

The Myths:
Update to lighting on map 3
Improved fiend skin

Lastly, I just wanted to mention that as of the v3.2 (sometime in 2015) Nvidia graphics drivers, Ultra mode in epsilon experiences texture glitches on an nvidia graphics card, due to a bug relating to bump-mapping. The only solution is to complain to nvidia, as this bug affects all versions of the darkplaces engine - be my guest:
Nvidia.com

But to workaround, use 'High' quality mode. Or a really old driver version.
Also the epsilon website has moved.

And now, I bid you adieu; there are many things to do before the new year is upon us.
Peace.

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Guest
Guest

I need some help here. I bought the original Quake off Steam and downloaded this mod, installed it into thw id1 directory like he readme said, .pak files and all, and yet th .bat file says it's not installed.

What do?

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metamorphosis Creator
metamorphosis

You did it the wrong way round.
That's not what the readme says.
Unzip the files to a separate folder, then copy the full version .pak files from the original quake folder into the appropriate epsilon folders.

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zeberdee
zeberdee

I need Help here....
Played this the other day, fine, no problems whatsoever, saved game so I could continue.
Tried today, Major problems....

1. Game starts, displays demo movie, with no sound, till I hit the mouse button, then when I call the main menu up, it bogs right down and takes forever to appear.

2. Once in the main menu, load savegame. Game starts, and within a few seconds, 'SAY:' appears in the top left of the screen. I hit 'Escape' to close it, and then after a few seconds, it appears again in the top left corner. I then proceed to get stuck in a loop of 'Esc' and then 'SAY:'.

Anyone know how to stop this from happening? Really pi**ing me off.
Don't even know the key for calling up the 'SAY:' command anyway.
This happens regardless of which Quake I'm playing, be it the original, the mission packs, or the add-on packs (Travail etc)

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metamorphosis Creator
metamorphosis

Try redownloading and unzipping to a new folder.
Alternatively, sounds like your hard drive could be dying. Run HDDscan or similar, and chkdsk c: /f /r

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BNerd1
BNerd1

sad there is not a mod like this for quake 2

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Avoozl
Avoozl

Berserker Quake 2. ;)

Moddb.com

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BNerd1
BNerd1

but not looking so good

i find bezerk ugly

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Re12DOOM
Re12DOOM

search for QUAKE2XP mod

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Guest
Guest

Has anyone been able to get this to work in 4K. Every time I try to play in 4K, or any resolution above 1440p, it for some reason cuts my screen in half.

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themaniacboy
themaniacboy

Try right-clicking on the executable, then select properties, compatibility, select "Disable Display Scaling On High DPI Settings", apply and done.

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