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Return to the newly-remastered classic with these wicked mods.

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Quake's just received a remaster that brings new features, functionality, and quality of life changes into the game, propelling it into the modern day. To kick things off, here's five fantastic mods worth revisiting Quake for, and our thoughts on the remaster.

Slayer's Testaments

By Bloodshot


This mod was featured in our latest Top 5 Promising New Mods article, and it deserves the attention - it's a truly awesome recreation of the new DOOM games within Quake. Featuring all the weapons, enemies, and mechanics introduced by the new games alongside new additions by the team, it's a brilliant total conversion that is every bit as adrenaline pumping as 2016 and Eternal's DOOM outings are.

Quake 1.5

By Bloodshot


A great graphical and gameplay overhaul mod, Quake 1.5 uses the community-made Darkplaces basis to create a greatly engaging revamp of the original game. New weapon models and animations, visual effects, and enemies alongside changes to level progression will give longtime veterans of Quake a fresh new way to experience the campaign.

SUPERHOT Quake

By Zetta


This modification changes the gameplay loop and recreates the more methodical, strategic SUPERHOT gameplay within Quake. Each combat scenario requires precision to succeed, and the visual style is carried over too, providing a superbly unique experience to the original.

Arcane Dimensions

By Quake Community Team


Arcane Dimensions is a huge community project, turning Quake into a projectile-based experience with an emphasis on exploration in a new, dimension-hopping story. Dozens of unique environments join the still-ongoing collaborative community effort to release more content in the form of extra dimensions, and the bar for quality is high with each and every one!

Team Fortress

By Robin Walker (yes, that Robin Walker)


If you're here anyway, why not revisit one of the classics? Yes, Team Fortress has since received remakes on both Goldsrc and Source - but the original release of this incredible mod is still fun, fast-paced, frenetic action. Get a group of friends together or join any of the classic TF communities still alive today, and see where the franchise set down its roots.


Our thoughts on the remake

Quake is a classic FPS, amongst the first fully 3D shooters on the market, and with a legacy that stretches across the industry. From Half-Life to Call of Duty, Quake’s gameplay - and the astounding technology behind the game - have influenced an entire generation of games. When it comes to playing older titles in the modern era, however, games like Quake often fall short - not simply graphically, but technically. The Quake release on steam previously required a number of patches and Steam guides to work around its antiquated UI. Now, thanks to the very recent Remaster update, this is no longer the case.

Quake Remaster

The remaster’s visuals are “old made new again”, with faithful improvements to Quake’s classic style


New graphics, same classic high paced gameplay

The remaster features numerous fixes and compatibility patches to bring the title into the modern age, playing more smoothly and pleasantly than ever before. It comes alongside two new level packs developed by MachineGames; one was released on its own a few years ago during QuakeCon2016, but the second level pack is newly developed especially for the remaster and features some stunning environment design - especially impressive with Quake's classic world assets.

Quake Remaster

No longer concerned with the technical limits of the era, MachineGames’ newest episode

carries astounding visuals alongside Quake’s core gameplay loop


Mods for all platforms - yes!

The update is free to any existing owners of Quake, and also features releases on other consoles like PS4 and Xbox One to allow non-PC players to experience this classic shooter for themselves. Improved multiplayer functionality allows friends and communities to relive the glory days and compete in multiplayer or co-operate in the new campaign levels. On top of that, there’s an addons menu that, in time, could be a one-stop locale for curated content from Quake’s prolific content creators. This would allow even console players to access the vast amounts of Quake UGC on the web.

Quake is a classic game that was worth a go even before the remaster. Now, there's simply another reason to revisit the roots of the FPS genre. See you in the game!

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SweetJuleka
SweetJuleka

It's great when classic games like this get faithfully remastered! 😸

Also, I think Arcane Dimensions is worthy of a shout out on this article too.

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hfm57
hfm57

"...but the second level pack is newly developed especially for the remaster and features some stunning environment design - especially impressive on Quake’s old engine architecture."

I think the remaster is using Nightdive's KEX engine. Not sure exactly how that relates to the original Quake engine. I will say it's super faithful being in a new engine. I haven't read a technical dive on it, but did they take pats of the Quake engine and create plugins for KEX with it?

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Kralich/David Author
Kralich/David

Hey, you're right - there I meant to imply "through the use of old assets", I've made it clearer in the article :)

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Guest
Guest

No worries! It does a fantastic job of mimicking Quake so well I'd be surprised if they didn't use Quake engine source to make plugins.

I think Blood: Fresh Supply and System Shock enhanced use it as well, to great effect.

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keiya
keiya

Kex only really handles the input and output. The actual game logic is all Quake. (Or Blood, or System Shock, or Doom 64, or Turok... Nightdive's been busy!)

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Ripper007
Ripper007

I'm pretty sure Kex Engine is just a wrapper.

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-Ghost-
-Ghost-

Is there a guide on how to install mods with the Enhanced Quake? I noticed there's an Addons part of the menu, but I'm not sure how it works yet.

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Guest
Guest

Make a copy of the 're-release' folder from within your steam quake folder.
Now download quake 1.5 and drop that folder into the re-release along with 'run Quake 1.5.bat'file. You will need to also drag and drop the content from the' dark places'folder straight into the re-release' folder. Double click run quake 1.5 to run it.
You should see a mod section in the settings.
To add more mods, simply drag and drop the mod folder into that re-release folder and active them from the mod section within game after running quake1. 5.bat

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patch_b
patch_b

Make a copy of the 're-release' folder from within your steam quake folder.
Now download quake 1.5 and drop that folder into the re-release folder along with 'run Quake 1.5.bat' file. Do the hotfix and patch updates too. You will need to also drag and drop the content from the 'dark places' folder in the download straight into the re-release' folder. Double click run quake 1.5 to run it.
You should see a mod section in the settings.
To add more mods, simply drag and drop the mod folder into that re-release folder and active them from the mod section within game after running quake1. 5.bat. Any questions? Discord... patch_b#3362

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scythd
scythd

I think we should make a petition to include AD and Xmas Jam as official content in the remastering and any further releases. Just think about those maps getting an Next-gen overhaul.

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SweetJuleka
SweetJuleka

Next-gen overhaul? .-.
No offense but what are you talking about, AD looks fantastic enough as is.

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scythd
scythd

I know but making them official and into next gen would be great for the devs. Like a homage to their effort.

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SweetJuleka
SweetJuleka

Ok, now I understand where you're coming from.
Sorry if I sounded rude or condescending.

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PRinceBhai
PRinceBhai

Man i really wish Blood Shot makes some kinda patch to make Quake 1.5 and Arcane Dimensions Compatible.

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MachoMan89
MachoMan89

Now we need remasters for Heretic, Hexen, Heretic 2, and Hexen 2 along with perhaps more games in the series and/or remakes

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conroy_bumpus
conroy_bumpus

of all these only heretic 2 is stuck in its release stage. the rest is supported by more sourceports than i bother to count. sure, the more options the better, but it ain't nearly as pressing as it's in the case of heretic 2.

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wolfprince1
wolfprince1

But how do you play mods with Quake Remastered? I can't see any options in the menus or anything?

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Kralich/David Author
Kralich/David

Quake can be launched via Steam in classic mode, which is the ideal way to play the mods on this list.

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