2. Quake II General hints and tips

Quick Plot

Quake II is a First-Person Shooter originally released by ID Software back in 1997 for the PC. In the game you play as a marine and you are currently in a war against an enemy force known as the Stroggos. You crash land somewhere on the Strogg's Planet and in order to survive you must take on the fight against the Stroggos. In the end you are then ordered by command to penetrate the Strogg capital city alone and kill the Strogg leader - Makron.

At the time of its release, Quake II got very high positive reviews and known to be a landmark in the First Person Shooter genre. It has been given 2 additional Mission Packs for the PC, The Reckoning and Ground Zero, and two unofficial Mission Packs - Zaero and Juggernaut. It has also been ported to the PlayStation 1 and Nintendo 64. This version of Quake II for the XBox 360 has high definition, enhanced graphics, multiplayer for up to 16 players, co-op campaign with up to 4 people at the same time on your TV screen and achievements.

My Hints & Tips

You can customize the controls in the game to make things easier for yourself. This can be accessed in the Options Menu of the game.

The Computer Button (Default cn_Y), will give you a box telling you what your Primary and Secondary Objectives are, how many secrets there are in the level your playing and the number of enemies and objectives there are in the level your in. If you get lost you can use this to help guide you. It won't however point you in the direction you need to go, so you'll have to figure that out yourself.

Your Inventory Button (Default cn_left), gives you a list of all the items you collect. You can press cn_up and cn_down to scroll through them and choose an item. Press cn_right to select them. The number on the left side of the Inventory List tells you how many items you have. For instance if you have 2 Quad Damages, it will be presented saying you have collected 2 Quad Damages.

Be aware that if you open the Computer/Inventory Button you are still vulnerable to being attacked. Ensure you are in a quiet area if you decide to use them.

The difficulty in this game alters the amount of features in the game. Choosing the Easy Difficulty will allow you to carry unlimited power-ups and have fewer enemies. Choosing the Hard Difficulty will only allow you to carry one of every type of power-up and you will have more enemies. Some enemies in various levels will also be replaced by stronger ones.

Quake II features Secret Areas. These areas contain items which can aid in your quest, such as power-up's and weapons. Your Computer Field will tell you how many there are in a level and once you've found a secret, the computer will notify you on your screen.

You will find that if you are fully healed in health, or if you have too much armor or ammo, your character will just walk over the items without picking them up. If you get hurt and lose a lot of health/armor, an idea is to backtrack and pick up whatever you left behind. Doing this could help save your life. You can also use the same method if you have run out of ammo on a particular gun you have been using.

You don't have to have a Grenade Launcher to launch Grenades. Quake II contains a unique feature that allows you throw Hand Grenades as well. You can cook Hand Grenades to allow them to explode quicker near/on enemies. Simply hold down your fire button on your Grenade (default cn_RT) and it will start ticking. Be aware that after the 3rd tick it will explode, thrown or not!

Like other famous ID Software titles, Quake II has a feature in which if an enemy sees you, they will attack you. If a different enemy however shoots another enemy by mistake, they will attack each other. Feel free to watch the duel and see which one wins or continue fighting as you we're to claim yourself the ultimate victor!

Note: If one enemy is in the air and attacks an enemy on the ground by mistake. Or if it's an enemy that's identical such as 2x Enforcers, they will not duel against each other.

The save feature in Quake II can store up to 10 unique saves. Make sure you save often to prevent any regrets or problems. Quake II also has an Auto-Save, but only saves when you start another level in the game.

When playing in local co-op, the amount of enemies, objectives and features in the levels are exactly the same as playing single player. The differences in co-op includes weapons that do not disappear as soon as you pick them up (powerup's still do, so be sure to share) and if you die you will just respawn at the starting point of the level.

Co-Op & Multiplayer in Quake II can only be done via Split-Screen with up to 4 players, or System Link where up to 16 players can participate if you link up multiple XBox 360's with each other. There's no XBox Live feature in this game sadly.

Note: If you decide to play the game in co-op, none of the achievements will unlock after completing a full mission. They will only unlock in single player.

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