Before mankind faced its epic struggle with the Strogg in the Quake games II, IV, and Enemy Territory, before there was the deathmatch arena of Quake III, players fought against a hellish enemy force in the original Quake. Unlike so many games of its time, Quake was true 3D. Its predecessor, the Doom series did not feature a true Z axis (up/down).
Even games such as Duke Nukem 3D and Star Wars: Dark Forces featured only a psuedo-3D ability. No, if someone wanted true 3D in 1996, they turned to Quake. And nothing would make gamers of yesteryear more happy than to see the game that spawned a new series for Id Software make a return on XBLA.
It’s been a long time coming but finally the Xbox Live Arcade version of Quake 3 Arena, in the form of Quake Arena Arcade, will be hitting the Marketplace this week Wednesday December 15th.
You of course can expect the standard Quake modes, Deathmatch, Capture the Flag and Harvester. You’ll be able to play across thirty classic maps and twelve Xbox-exclusive arenas. All of this with updated HD visuals and widescreen support to go with a new single player campaign.
You’ll be able to pick up Quake Arena Arcade for 1200 Microsoft points but while you wait you can check out the screenshots below.