Quake Champions Review
Quake Champions is the latest game in the Quake series, and it was released in 2017. It continued with some aspects of the series and also changed some parts of the game. These changes received a mixed reception with some Quake fans liking them and others not so much. Change often does receive a mixture of support and dislike, more details of the changes will follow.
It’s Quake but not as we know it
Quake Champions was the first official game in the series since Quake 4 way back in 2004. In the meantime there have been unofficial MODS and other games that are really similar. The developers id Software had
previously stated that Quake Champions would not be a MOBA game and this concerned some fans that the game would be won by the players with the biggest weapons and the thickest armor instead of the the ones with the most most skills.
The bigger they are, the harder they fall
Quake Champions does give players different weapons and amounts of armor. In theory the players that have the biggest weapons and the strongest armor have the best chance of winning. However the changes are not as one sided as you belief they are at first. For the players with the most armor and the most weapons also have the largest hit boxes. In other words a good player with an accurate aim can score more hits on a more powerful foe.
There are some surprises
The thing with Quake Champions is that some of the characters have new or secret weapons, which means that you can think that you are doing well against Sorlag when a surprise acid attack kills you. Once you have been killed by weapons or tactics you were not expecting the game becomes more of an even contest, as it is your skill and speed pitted against those of your opponent. The problem is that you may get killed several times in two or three hours while you get used to the game.
Take time to get used to the changes
Typically if you have been used to playing any of the earlier Quake games over a number of years you are less likely to like Quake Champions than if you never played any of the others. For old hands at Quake it was the purity of it’s MOBA that placed it among the best of the first person shooter games. Champions has changed the game yet it has not completely ruined it.
Old hands at this game should have patience with this game, and once they get used to it then they should be able to show how skilled they are. Just allow time to learn the new controls.
New players, especially those with experience of playing other games like Overwatch will probably like the game more from the first time that they play it.
The graphics, animation and gameplay are of the high standards you would expect from the Quake series as is the multiplayer mode.