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Quake Live: The Free & Easily Playable FPS

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Quake Live: An Overview

The greatest thing about Quake Live is that it’s FREE. Yep, all you have to do is download the games plugin and then you can play for free straight from your web browser. There are very few games that you will want to play over and over that you simply visit a webpage to play (and for free).

Quake Live is by no means a new game as it is a revision / variant of the older and very popular Quake III Arena game that came out December 2, 1999 as a multiplayer first person shooter game. Quake Live was released publicly on August 6, 2010 by id Software and was designed to run on x86 computers running Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X or Linux using a web browser (using a web browser plugin).

Quake Live: The Object of the Game:

Play Quake LiveBasically, your main goal in Quake Live is to kill more enemies on the opposing team than on yours to win. If you have ever played any other first person shooter game, then picking up on Quake Live will be a snitch. You will generally start off with basic gun, and a gauntlet (a saw like melee weapon), and then run / jump /strafe around a 3D map finding weapons, health, armour, and power ups.

The way Quake Live is played during a specific game depends on which Game mode you choose to play under as there are several:

  • Duel: A basic one on one game where the object is to kill the other player more than that player kills you in an allotted amount of time.
  • Free For All: Is a timed game where it is every person for themselves. Your goal is to get as many kills than any of the other players before the time ends.
  • Team Deathmatch: Same as free for all, but you are either on the blue or the red team. The team with the most kills after the time runs out wins.
  • Capture the Flag: Each team (blue and red) has a base with a flag. Your goal is to capture the opposing teams flag and bring it back to your base while protecting your own flag.
  • Clan Arena: This is another team match, but each player starts with full armour and weapons. Once you are killed, you must wait until the match is over to re-spawn in a fresh match. The team with the most wins after a specific amount of matches takes the game.
  • Freeze Tag: Is an interesting version of the Team Deathmatch / Clan Arena, where when a player dies they are instead frozen until a team players stand beside them for a few seconds to unthaw them. The team who freezes all the players on the opposing team first wins. (Only accounts that have signed up for a Subscription account can play this).
  • InstaFreeze: Players start without any items except for a Rail Gun to freeze opponents similar to Freeze Tag).

Quake Live: Minimum System Requirements

Operating System: Windows XP
Browser: Internet Explorer 7 or higher, FireFox 2.0 or higher
Computer Processor: 800 MHz Pentium or Athlon, or better
Screen Resolution: 1024×600
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 4 MX or better, ATI Radeon 8500 or better, Intel i915 chipset or better
Internet Connection: ISDN or IDSL Narrowband

Quake Live: Recommended System Requirements

Operating System: Windows XP or Vista
Browser: Internet Explorer 8 or higher, FireFox 3.0 or higher
Computer Processor: 2 GHz Intel Processor or better
Screen Resolution: 1680×1050 or higher
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 7 Series or better, ATI Radeon X 1800 or better
Internet Connection: Cable or DSL Broadband


Quake Live has been a great game to me ever since it came out (even back in the older Quake III days). This is such an easy game to pick up and play whenever you have a few minutes to spare for a quick deathmatch etc. And you can probably play this game on most of any computer nowadays with an internet connection – it’s as easy as create an account, load patch and you’re good to go. Quake Live is an easily playable fast paced FPS game that take no time at all to learn, so if you are are all interested in trying it then I say go ahead, you have nothing to lose! (Except for a few minutes or more!! 😉 )

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