's series of gritty
, (generally) Cyber Punk
-ish First-Person Shooter 3D eng
... er, games,
noted for their industry leading
graphics, their fast paced multiplayer matches, and their placement firmly on the "unrealistic" end of the Fackler Scale of FPS Realism
is the Spiritual Successor
to the Doom
series, with all that entails.The games which compose the franchise are the following:Quake
was one of the first major franchises to go big with licensing its engine to third parties, creating games like SiN
, Soldier of Fortune
and Half Life 1
, as well as later Medal of Honor
and Dark Forces
titles, and the first two Call of Duty
games (and, on a darker note, Daikatana
and one of the incarnations of Duke Nukem Forever
Tropes found all across the series include:
- Artifact Title: Quake referred to the protagonist in the game's early stages, then to "the enemy" in the supposed final game. In the end, neither the first game (or any game of the series, for that matter) makes reference to any thing in particular.
- Blatant Item Placement: In the first three games.
- Crate Expectations
- Follow the Leader: Quake, with the antecedent of Doom, began the multiplayer experience in the 3D FPS genre, but Quake III: Arena, along with its rival game Unreal Tournament, paved the way for the multiplayer FPS. 10 years later, it's still one of the biggest feuds in the gaming history.
- Have a Nice Death: Courtesy of the in-game console system.
- Hyperspace Arsenal
- In Name Only: Aside from II, IV and Enemy Territory, none of the games' "plots" have anything to do with each other. Indeed, ID originally wanted the "Strogg" arc to be an entirely new franchise, but ultimately decided the game needed the brand recognition which the "Quake" name would bring. (Also, their original idea for a franchise name was already trademarked by someone else.) Quake III Arena's story makes an attempt to unite the different Id universes until that time into a single story arc.
- Killer App: People built new gaming computers to fully experience the first three games, but the most notable instance is GLQuake, which caused the 3dfx Voodoo Graphics accelerator card to become a must-own for every gaming computer at a time when software rendering and 320x240 resolution was the norm.
- Ludicrous Gibs
- Minimalistic Cover Art: The front covers of every primary entry in the series mostly feature the Quad Damage logo.
- Not the Intended Use: The rocket launcher. Its intended use is of course to make Ludicrous Gibs of groups of enemies. Many players instead choose to use it to make massive Sequence Breaking leaps.
- Punk Punk: Mostly Gothic Punk, with a healthy helping of Cyber Punk.
- Real Is Brown
- Rocket Jump: The Trope Codifier.
- Self Plagiarism: The first game was pratically identical to Doom in gameplay and theme, with the only major difference being that it used true 3D instead of sprites. Quake II and III subverted this, the former by having a different theme, the later by focusing solely on the multiplayer aspect.
- Shout Out: The boxes of nailgun ammo have the Nine Inch Nails logo on them (which makes sense, since Trent Reznor composed the music for the game.)
- Slash Command: One of the earliest series examples, if not the earliest.
- Speed Run: The game just can't pose a challenge to modern players.
- Splash Damage: The rocket launcher. Against fast targets, it's actually more effective to aim at the ground near rather than trying to hit directly.
- X Meets Y: Basically Doom meets H.P. Lovecraft.