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Quake II (1997) is one of the first fast-paced shooting games, where you rush through dungeons collecting guns and killing enemies. Play involves finding your way through mission levels while dealing with enemies. Years after its release it is still being updated for modern consoles and stands out for its frantic play style that relies on quick reactions and fast aiming.

The single-player game added mission-based objectives that the original didn't have, along with an expanded focus on narrative. Still, the star of the show is still the movement and shooting and in particular the multiplayer mode.

The multiplayer modes include an all-against-all deathmatch, a cooperative version of the single-player game, or a 1-vs-1 tournament. The deathmatch game was expanded after release with specifically designed levels, which are included as part of the modern re-release.

The result is a shooting game that has stood the test of time. Its simple uncomplicated yet challenging gunplay has won over players through the ages. Not only does it stand large in the memory and sentiments of older gamers, the updated versions now take their place as great games in their own right.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Quake II 10 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 2 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Shooting game with Traversal elements. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 16-player online game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 8 hours and 10 hours to complete. Seeing all the content and additional modes can take towards 30 hours, not to mention the almost endless appeal of the multiplayer.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 for graphic and realistic violence. When human characters are struck, using weapons or explosives, blood effects are employed. Close-range attacks cause characters to explode into blood and gore. Enemies can be further dismembered after death and there is sight of dismembered corpses on the ground throughout the game. There is use of bad language, including '*!@?*', 'screw' and the abbreviation 'WTF', as well as rude gestures.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Mature Accompanied (MA 15+) for strong violence.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Although younger players could cope with the game, the retro appeal and need for resilience to keep trying when you fail makes it more of a game for older players. You need good precision and quick relations, particularly in multiplayer.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.


Quake II usually costs £7.99. 

Quake II

There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need Xbox Live Gold to play online with Xbox 360.
    • You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 09/12/1997, updated in 2023

Price: 60% off

Out Now: Amiga, PC, PS1, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1-4 (16 online)

Genres: Action, Shooting and Traversal

Accessibility: 37 features

Components: 3D First-Person and Pixels

Developer: @Nightdive Studio (@NightdiveStudio)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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