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Old 10-21-2005, 05:19 AM   #1
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Quake 4 first impressions.

Hi. I just bought and installed it.
It's great to massacre around with a team, after beeing so lonely in the hell of doom 3!

---The cons:
I'm a little disappointed because THERE'S NO RUN BUTTON... I just can't believe it.
I got two weapons, the basic gun and the machine gun. And the sound is poor, even with reinforced basses.

---The pros:
Runs smoothly, even in large spaces.
Good immersion, and less fear than in doom 3 .
The zoom is a very good idea. And the flashlight too (if you played doom 3, you'll understand).
It's really the quake 2 sequel, same sensations.
I want to relaunch it and finish the second level!

So you can buy it and guess what... you can play it natively on your favorite Linux distro!
Enjoy and feel free to add comments.

Last impressions:
I've just finished it and i'm very disappointed. I've seen great things, and pathetic too. The enemy A.I. is below zero, some levels are boring, the scenario could have been so better, some graphic bugs are inexcusable... and the worst thing is that it's a vanilla game. Just a little gore, but nothing like Q2. And i prefer the Q3 multiplayer. Some stages are impressive, but it's not enough. So if you don't have doom 3, then buy doom 3, not Q4.

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Old 10-21-2005, 08:37 AM   #2
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Version Purchase

Do you have to buy a Linux version AND a Windows version? Or can you just buy the one and get the other? - Just for purposes of back-to-back comparison you see.
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You buy the Windows version and follow these instructions for installing it on Linux

Old 10-21-2005, 11:03 AM   #4
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I am serisouly considering buying this, I've heard the first linux release runs a bit slow and a point release is needed. One bloke I talk to actually reckons it runs quicker in Cedega than the linux client...
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As far as speed I am getting about a 10fps drop from Doom 3 in some areas using the native client. Considering the heavier specs it is about where I expected. Enabling show_fps I have seen it drop to as low as 33fps during game play vs about 45fps on D3 (This is at 1280x1024 with high detail & vertical sync on and no AA).
Which is not really noticeable. Much of the drop though maybe due that I can now SEE(tactical light included) what I am shooting at and Q4 is a much faster pace than D3.

I pre-ordered it so I have had Q4 since it released and frankly I think it runs smoother on Linux than Windows(first had it installed on XP because I didn't think the nix installer would be out so soon). But than again it could be insufficient amounts of coffee.

The only thing is; that I can't see Q4 translating to on-line very well being so heavy, it takes it's good old time loading maps.

Otherwise, I really like what I have seen so far: excellent graphics, steady pace, very good audio, and very engrossing overall.

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Old 10-21-2005, 10:50 PM   #6
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Install it natively and it will run great. I tried it under XP but i got a display bug: all is green! The engine runs slower, and loading time increases. Gogogo to zerowing!

Also i'm impressed by some parts of the games, where we can see huge zones with huge 3d objects, larger than the dropship at the very beginning of doom 3.

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Old 10-22-2005, 01:54 PM   #7
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i have it running under linux.... its all great except my sound doesnt work. id just released the patch to get my VIA 7.1 working with quake 3, so im not holding my breath for a patch for quake 4 anytime soon. it just sounds garbled and ugly. if anyone has any comments, im all ears! other than that, i love it, except that my card crashes out at ultra high quality, but thats what i get for running it with a 6600GT guess its time to upgrade!!!
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I solved the sound problem here:


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