I loved playing Quake and Quake II, those were great games that were lots of fun to play introducing all the essential parts of modern 3D shooters.
I enjoyed playing the games with friends using serial connections back then even though it was a heck of work to establish all connections. To my great surprise someone created an update of the original Quake II using today's visual standards.
The graphics look extremely good already. Take a look at their website and download version 0.40 to get a first glimpse at the game.
If you don't want to wait that long, check out the following video that shows Quake II Evolved gameplay footage.
Using advanced effects such as Per Pixel Lighting and Shadowing, Fragment And Vertex Programs, High Resolution textures and models, and an advanced version of the Doom 3 Shader System, Quake II Evolved's goal is a simple one: to take Quake 2, and pump up the details to tomorrows standards.
Update: The files are still available but not on the original hosting site. While the site itself is still there, no files are offered on Sourceforge anymore.
Instructions have been posted on the site to install the high resolution texture package for Quake 2.
Install Quake II Mission Pack: The Reckoning
Install Quake II Mission Pack: Ground Zero
update to the latest version
Copy the \Quake2 directory to a temporary location
Rename \Quake2 to something like \Quake2_Baseline
Copy the \Video directories from the original CD-disks into \baseq2, \xatrix and \rogue
Zip this directory and keep Quake2_Baseline.zip in a safe place
Unistall MP2, MP1 and Quake2
Use Quake2_Baseline.zip to "install" a Full Updated copy of Quake2
Update 2: The latest version makes things a lot easier. All you need to do is download the latest version of Quake II Evolved. Once downloaded, extract the contents of the archive to the Quake 2 folder on your computer system, e.g. c:\games\Quake II.
All that is left to do then is to run q2e.exe to start this particular version of Quake II.
You may want to check the video preferences on first start as you can make lots of modifications on the screen.
This includes setting custom graphics settings, video resolution and detail levels. Basically, go through all the different sections added by Quake II Evolved and set everything to the highest possible value that is supported by your video card and computer.
Check the Quake 2 Evolved download links on the page and install them to play this advanced version of Quake II on your computer.
If you like Quake II and are still playing it you certainly want to install Quake II Evolved for much better visuals and a better gaming experience.
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