Quake Arena Arcade Review (XBLA)

Game Review: Quake Arena Arcade
Release: December 15th 2010
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Developer: id/Pi Studios
Platform: Xbox 360 (XBLA)
Players: 1-16
MSRP: 1200 Microsoft Points
ESRB: Mature

Quake Arena Arcade is a remake of the classic multiplayer from Quake 3. Setting a standard for competitive shooters and gaining a loyal cult following, Quake Arena is one of the grandfathers of the multiplayer FPS.

The basic concept of the game is simple and straightforward: Frag anything that moves.

In Quake Arena Arcade you compete in frantic games of Free-For-All, Team Death Match, Harvester and Capture The Flag. The combat is fast paced, fun and gory. Its a simple nod back to the old school, a school which is never out of session. Along with multiplayer the game boasts a massive single player campaign, spanning as many as 75 different matches in a quest to become the ultimate arena master.

Everything looks great now that Quake Arena has been remastered for High Definition and the game moves at blazing speeds. Even with 16 combatants shooting it out, the game maintains a smooth frame-rate.

There are a few blemishes on this otherwise pristine XBLA title, the first being a lack of dedicated servers. Any Xbox Live game joined is player hosted and there aren’t many games to be had. The biggest Team Death Match game I was able to enter was 2v2 and I have yet to see a Harvester game that I wasn’t hosting. Another issue falls in the single player campaign. At one point after a Harvester match the game froze. I tried to return to the dashboard but the whole Xbox was frozen and I was forced to reset. When I rebooted the game I was greeted by a message telling me my save file had become corrupted and that my 7+ hours invested in single player had been lost. I did beat the campaign, lowering the difficulty and only doing the primary missions, but it was disappointed since I had previously invested my time in doing all the challenge matches and now had nothing to show for it.

Explain your corrupted save file or be tased!

In conclusion, Quake Arena Arcade is a slick, old school shooter. There is plenty of fun to be had for veterans of the arena and newbies alike, but while I enjoyed my time in the arena, I’m not sure the 1200 point price tag is justified. With the holidays bearing down and with so many great games vying for the contents of your wallet, it might be wise to wait for a sale price. Hopefully the game will see more players in the near future, and then Live matches won’t become such a lengthy waiting process, but if you love the Quake series and don’t mind being patient when it comes to Live play, then maybe you won’t mind 1200 point price tag either. Whether you pick up this XBLA title now, or later when the price goes down, be sure not to miss out on this remastered fps classic.

  • Fast, simple fun.
  • Looks great.
  • Needs more players
  • High cost

Final Score: 7 out of 10

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