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.soulstudios.co.nz/epsilon).

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No sorry, not another mod/expansion release, this time. But several people have been bugging me about getting a full version of the main game (id1) soundtrack online, so here it is-
you can rip it from the game of course, so this just gives you lossless audio, correct track naming, and downloads in whatever format you want:
Xolve.bandcamp.com

You can pay what you want, or nothing, so it's basically free :)

The soundtrack was originally made variously from some of my old soundtrack work, three of my other albums, and (previously) unreleased material.

Ha, EP-silon, see what I did there? Me so clever


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Violet-n-red
Violet-n-red

hello, i have an issue: if i have "Quake-style particles" ON, i can't see explosion shells or lights. i checked in the console and both of those seems to be enabled already.

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cbolin
cbolin

There isn't much activity here - but The mod "Quake 1.5" is out and it adds so much to the gameplay - there are hacked combination instructions with Epsilon amongst users but so many things are better in Epsilon. Any chance you would update to include what Quake 1.5 is doing so well? Moddb.com

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metamorphosis Creator
metamorphosis

Very unlikely. Though I like the look of a lot of it! :)

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cbolin
cbolin

too bad. I can't play quake anymore without your work. It would be great if you could recommend what PK3s to use that would get us as far to the combo as possible. Anyway, thanks for what you've done.

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calinvolos93
calinvolos93

The mission packs won't launch when I open the .bat file (yes I copied the pak0. files for both mission pack from the original hipnotic and rogue ), and also the original quake won't start through .bat file only through darkplaces.exe . I also tried to open them from darkplaces.exe using gamedir but then the game crashes. Please I need help I really enjoy this mod !!

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metamorphosis Creator
metamorphosis

Unsure sorry :/

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zr0hero83
zr0hero83

Fantastic work!

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theamericanpoetisdea
theamericanpoetisdea

For whatever reason the game doesn't have the hell knight model. How do I fix this?

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metamorphosis Creator
metamorphosis

Probably you haven't copied across the .pak's from the full version of the game. I don't think the shareware version has the hellknight model.

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Guest
Guest

Let me just say, I love you for this. God bless the guys at id for their tradition of GPLing each idtech version when they made a new one, and to hell with Bethesda for abandoning that tradition.

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