Q3A 1.27g In Depth
10:32 AM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story
GameSpy has produced an article which takes an in-depth look at id Software's recent revision of their instant-classic shooter Quake 3 Arena. Version 1.27g introduced a large number of surprisingly revolutionary changes for a year-old game -- but this update was also designed to pave the way for id's Quake 3: Team Arena expansion pack, which includes aggressive modifications to gameplay as well as an obvious emphasis on team-oriented combat.
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Some of the changes id made to Q3A include better bot AI, in-game movies that can be used as texture maps, new teamplay rules, HUDs and scoring, "chrome" textures and textured skies. The GameSpy article analyzes each addition and speculates on how mod makers for this extensible game -- who have created modifications so in-depth they could stand alone as new titles -- might make use of these new features. If you take your Quake seriously, this article is an excellent look at what the future may hold. Note that Mac Q3A 1.27g and Team Arena are still both in Beta; we greatly anticipate the release of a special Altivec (Velocity Engine)-powered final version in the near future.
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