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Quake II Remastered shadow dropped, Playable on Steam Deck

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Two years ago, at Quake Con 2021, id Software and Nightdive Studios shadow dropped a remaster of the original Quake which was critically acclaimed for its features and meticulous polish. Two years later, id Software and Nightdive are at it again with an enhanced version of Quake II, available now for all platforms and the best part is that, if you already own Quake II on Steam, it's a free update.

Quake II is currently listed as steam deck playable Playable on Steam Deck, although that rating is from the original version so needs Valve to re-review it.

Here's a brief rundown from Bethesda's own launch page:

  • Includes the original Quake II campaign plus both Mission Packs, The Reckoning, Ground Zero, plus the previously Nintendo 64-exclusive Quake II 64 and the brand-new Call of the Machine episode from MachineGames.
  • Improvements to gameplay, including content restored from the original development, plus visual upgrades such as dynamic shadows, improved lighting, glow maps and more.
  • Play local split-screen and online across four Multiplayer modes with crossplay functionality:
    • Cooperative
    • Deathmatch
    • Team Deathmatch
    • Capture the Flag
  • Add AI opponents in Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch modes, explore the id Vault, enjoy improved co-op play and much more!
  • Various accessibility additions.

Additional Editor note from Liam Dawe: giving it a run on Steam Deck with Proton 8 - it works out of the box. Thanks to Nightdive's upgrades it has the Vulkan API by default, and supports the Steam Deck's native 800p resolution too with controller support working perfectly. Even with the enhancements turned on appears to give really good performance too. Screenshots below:

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Jarmer Aug 10
whoa that's awesome! Never played these old school shooters with a stick, might be difficult. But I'll give it a go on the deck!
scaine Aug 10
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From the screenshots, it looks like the enemy models have been updated too? Or am I just remembering my original play-through at 800x600??
Klaas Aug 10
Quoting: scaineFrom the screenshots, it looks like the enemy models have been updated too?
It's hard to tell since on all screenshots above the enemies are quite a bit away from the player. The German version of the Steam page mentions polished models.
Quoting: scaineFrom the screenshots, it looks like the enemy models have been updated too? Or am I just remembering my original play-through at 800x600??
They were updated from what I understand.
Fragrom Aug 10
Tested it, can confirm it run flawlessly !

Quoting: Smellbringer
Quoting: scaineFrom the screenshots, it looks like the enemy models have been updated too? Or am I just remembering my original play-through at 800x600??
They were updated from what I understand.
Yep, visuals had been updated
Luke_Nukem Aug 10
There's a huge amount of value-add in this. And yes all models were updated from the old vertex animations to skeletal animation - which removes the vertex-jumping you used to see.

Read the linked beths page for more info.
mphuZ Aug 10
Return to Castle Wolfenstein next, please..
Oorah!!!! Time to go back and kick more Strogg arse!!!

Quoting: mphuZReturn to Castle Wolfenstein next, please..
And yes I totally second this!
Consistently crashes here. (X, so gamescope won't work.)

The original works fine but is better played natively.
strycore 10 years Aug 10
Quoting: notmrflibbleX, so gamescope won't work.

You've been living a world of lies. Gamescope works just fine on X.
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