QuakeIIxp is a multi-platform (windows, linux and freeBSD (experemental)) graphics port of the game Quake II developed by Id Software. Completely updated rendering takes full advantage of the latest graphics cards to get the perfect picture, preserving the original style of the game.

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  • Real time per-pixel lighting and shadowing (like DooM3) with hi quality parallax mapping (relief mapping technology) with self-shadowing
  • Oren-Nayar Diffuse with GGX Specular BRDF, Phong, Lambert and Sub-Surface Scattering lighting models
  • SLI friendly
  • Cubemaps and caustic light filters
  • Light coronas
  • Editable GLSL shaders
  • 2d lighting for hud digits, console background and menu tags
  • In-game light editor
  • Advanced decal and particle system (infinity decals and soft particles)
  • Md3 model format support (with out tags, no q3 player models support!!!)
  • Reflection (screen space local reflection) and refraction surfaces
  • Radiosity normal mapping with high resolution lightmaps
  • sRGB render buffer
  • Antialiasing - MSAA and FXAA 3.11
  • Postrocessing effects -Bloom, Depth of Field, Radial Blur, Thermal Vision, Film Grain, Gamma/Brightness/Contrast/Saturation/Vibration, Motion Blur, SSAO, Scanline and mediam cinematic filters
  • Raw mouse input (windows only)
  • xBox360 controller support (windows only)
  • OpenAL 3d audio engine with EFX (high-quality environmental audio sound effects both win and linux)
  • Playing OGG and WAV music tracks from the hdd
  • Native support for the Reckoning mp and Rogue. All other addons and mods supported in compatibility mode

Minimum System Requirements:

  • Windows 7 or higher, ubuntu 10 or higher, freeBSD (experemental)
  • 2 core cpu with sse2 1.8ghz
  • 3Gb system RAM
  • 2Gb on Hdd with The Reckoning mission pack
  • Installed Quake2 v3.20
  • Full openGL 4.5 compatible 1GB video card AMD RX series or NVIDIA GF 6XX.
  • Integrated sound card with openAL drivers


  • Install quake2 from Steam, GOG or from original CD-ROM.
  • For cd version install 3.20 patch.
  • Unzip q2xp in to quake2 folder.
  • Install openAL drivers for your audio card.
  • Remove previous version of xpconfig.cfg and CACHEXP folder.
  • Play it.

About compatibility with the original game (original multiplayer servers, old demos) and mods:

  • By default, the engine uses gamex86xp.dll (q2xp net protocol)
  • If engine can't find gamex86xp.dll it try load original q2 game dll and set original net protocol version
  • If you have booth game dlls you can use +set net_compatibility 1 for select net protocol version (like dm game on original q2 servers)

Recommended System Requirements:

  • windows 7 or higher, ubuntu 10 or higher, freeBSD (experemental)
  • 4 core cpu with sse2 3.4ghz
  • 4Gb system RAM
  • 2Gb on Hdd with The Reckoning mission pack
  • Full openGL 4.5 compatible 2Gb video card
  • Creative X-Fi sound card

Supported integrated cards:


  • Intel® UHD Graphics 620/630
  • Intel® HD Graphics 610/615/620/630
  • Intel® Iris® Plus Graphics 640/650/655
  • Intel®️ UHD Graphics 610
  • Intel®️ UHD Graphics 605
  • Intel®️ HD Graphics 610
  • Intel®️ HD Graphics 505
  • Intel®️ HD Graphics 510
  • Intel® HD Graphics 500/505
  • Intel® HD Graphics 515/520/530
  • Intel® Iris® Plus Graphics 540/550/580


  • HD 7000 series
  • Radeon 200 series
  • Radeon 300 series
  • Radeon 400 series
  • Radeon Vega series
  • Radeon RX 5000series

How to run any other mods - mission packs:

  • Install mod
  • Run quake2xp as - quake2xp.exe +set net_compatibility 1 +set game MyModFolder

Crash? How to create log file:

  • quake2xp.exe +set developer 1 +set logfile 2
  • Find qconsole.log in baseq2 folder
  • Place content of the file to www.pastebin.com

Be sure to read - The original game has long been tested and works without problems. Departures game glitches shaders - it is a problem with your computer, not a port. If you have a prehistoric garbage - it's your problem. I have no desire to maintain the old system.

Bug reports without the game log will be ignored

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i installed the mod properly as well as the openal drivers but the sounds doesn't work, any tips ?

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KirkBarnes Creator

The log? Where is the log file? Telepaths on vacation.

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Ran into a glitch where I pick up a stimpack and my weapon disappears only to be fixed be reloading and if I try to go to another level after it happens it automatically crashes the game. Also are there any more HD textures in the making to replace all of the original textures? Thank ya.

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KirkBarnes Creator

stimpack? all work fine

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Can u help me. I´m using the steam version. I downloaded and extracted the full version and the steam launcher to the quake 2 steam folder. When I try to launch, it says its missing OpenAL32.dll =[

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KirkBarnes Creator

Install openal lol)))))

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Yeah Ive done it but didn'd work I tried several ways, like putting the file in the windows system folder. KmQuake 2 worked well for some reason. But I really wanted to try this

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KirkBarnes Creator

Actually, OPENAL is included, and everything works out of the box. And do not compare my project with kmq2. It's like comparing a donkey cart with a heavy truck.

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Can I install this without the HD textures? I like all the graphical enhancements but prefer the original textures.

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KirkBarnes Creator

remove q2xpTex0.pkx

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It works! Thank you!

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