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'Quake Wars' has it all...even giant robots

October 18, 2007

By John Powell - G4 Canada

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Quake WarsWhy can’t we all just get along? Well, the answer is if we all did, the gaming world would sure be one very boring place populated by Nintendogs and Lemmings. It is lucky for us that the humans and alien Strogg of the ‘Quake’ universe still cannot see eye to eye after eleven years of beating the ever lovin’ crap out of each other. The hate lives on and so does the ‘Quake’ series with the multi-player fragfest known as ‘Enemy Territory’.

Borrowing liberally from such classics as the ‘Battlefield’ series, ‘Enemy Territory’ is a first-person, team-based tactical strategy game. As either a member of the invading Strogg or the human GDF (Global Defense Force), you join a team and race to complete ever-changing objectives in many diverse settings ranging from bombed out cities to barren deserts and frigid wastelands

Quake Wars: Where the kills at?Each faction is also broken down into character classes with each serving a particular function in the game. On both sides there are total street soldiers with machine guns and bazookas, technicians who repair damaged vehicles, hack technology and heal wounded combatants, builders who can erect defensive constructs such as turrets and covert ops with sniping capabilities. Depending on the objectives and missions thrown at you during the scenarios, each class has a role to play in obtaining various goals and hampering the opposition. As you assist your team, you gain experience points which can be used to purchase upgrades and the like. You can also earn medals in ranked play.

You are not limited to street fighting either. All around the maps there are an assortment of vehicles to assist you in completing your goals or just blasting the heck out of the competition. There are helicopters, jeeps, tanks, fixed turrets and my favourite…kick ass giant robots. Oh, yeah. Giant robots rock and yes, if you must know, Grandizer still rules.

Those who rely on the voice-based, headset chatter in the team-based shooters found on such platforms as Xbox Live, may not appreciate the fact that they only way you can communicate in ‘Enemy Territory’ is by typing or selecting pre-programmed voice commands or responses. It is old school multi-player and can make organizing your team and developing strategies more complicated.

Quake Wars: Shoot, just shoot!Throwing another wrench into the works is that the vehicle and troop movement controls cannot be altered without affecting one another. For someone like me who would rather use my right hand and the “cursor keys” to drive or fly vehicles around and the standard “AWDX” keys to maneuver my character around, this can be a problem with no real workaround. Why you cannot have two separate control schemes is beyond my understanding.

‘Enemy Territory’ is an unsophisticated title. Virtually anyone with some sort of PC gaming experience can join in and start expending all their clips in the hectic firefights. It is trouble-free fun without a lot of fuss or muss. In this day and age of complex button combos requiring the memory recall of a super computer and the manual dexterity of a rock band keyboardist, there is something really special about a game that is all
about plain, simple fun.

Quake Wars: AmbushEnemy Territory: Quake Wars
Format: PC
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Splash Damage
ESRB Rating: (T) Teen
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Rating: 8.5 / 10

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