Enemy Territory: Quake Wars is a team based strategic shooter game based in the popular world of the Quake series. The placement for this saga of Strogg Aliens vs. the Global Defense Force of humans is meant as a prequel to the game Quake 2. I am reviewing the PS3 version of this FPS style game (except for when you are on a vehicle of course) and the negative hype before the game’s release almost kept me from picking up a copy. Thanks to a convenient coupon due to some complaining to Gamestop on failing to provide me with a booklet for another game, I gave Quake Wars a chance. Forget all the whining about how this PC to console port is lame, most of the whiners have judged it before or without even playing it. They have some points, true, but not points that couldn’t be raised about many other games. Perhaps you can take my positive remarks and blame them on a lack of awesome games for the PS3 at this current date.
The biggest negative thing: load times before matches seem to take forever, as does the set-up load time which ranges 8-10 minutes. The load time before matches is probably less than a minute but it feels like an eternity.
The graphics are the first thing nay-sayers like to pick at and I will agree: the graphics in this game are not the best I have seen. However, gameplay in my opinion always trumps looks and if it is fun, then damn it: it is fun. Enemy Territory: Quake Wars becomes a mindless and repetitive game of completing objectives during battles; up to 16 players or bots. Sometimes this is just what the doctor ordered and sometimes not, however when it is: this game rocks.
The single player game is basically warm up for online play, no real story or cut scenes just rounds of battles that you set up beforehand: you against bots. If you do not have a good internet connection then perhaps you can stop reading here because Quake Wars needs you to have that to really get any satisfaction. Another area of complaint from people is lag during online play or never being able to find a match. That is a load of BS! On the PS3 you can host your own match and even if no one else joins, the game fills things in with bots. Yes, you can play ranked mode against all bots and still earn XP, medals, and other doodads for bragging rights on the leader boards. You are never without a match in this aspect and this also cuts out any lag you may be having jumping into games hosted by other people.
What may at first seem like difficult to learn controls become simple in no time and the only real learning curve is then how to master the differences between playing as a human or as an alien; just slight variations to things. Anyone skilled at FPS games can have this mastered in a couple of days and be on to the repetitive play in no time. The different classes you can play in each race are the equivalent to the following( note the aliens use different names and terms for the same jobs):
Soldier – heavy guns and sometimes in objective you plant bombs.
Medic – Bring your teammates back to life; there is never one around when you need it so forget about calling for him.
Mechanic – You repair things and set up gun turrets.
Field Ops – call in air strikes!
Covert Ops – Sniper and you get to play with either spy cameras or flying drones.
Vehicles range from tanks to jets, to boats, to hummers, to ATV, to weird alien things such as a giant mech called a cyclops. They get you across the spacious maps in good timing and are good fun to drive around on. There are plenty of maps, by the way, and perhaps they will plan out giving us some future download-able ones.
Communication with teammates is best done over a headset, though there are in game commands available, but they tend to be pointless amongst the chaos.
Bottom Line: This game has finally been the one to kill my infatuation with playing the noob filled online matches of Resistance: Fall Of Man. Many shooters came and tried to pull me away from Resistance, but it was Enemy Territory: Quake Wars that has finally done it. The gameplay is much more intelligent and collecting the medals online is fun. More or less I will say this game plays smart, but works as mindless filler not stealing too much of your attention and time and works as filler also as you wait for the next great PS3 game to come out.
Definitely worth a rental, buying it and expecting to have it last forever as a staple of your gaming routine though would not be likely. You cannot play two player at home unless you use LAN and online may or may not stay strong with support, at this time only time will tell. I predict in less than a year when the PS3 actually has more good games this game will look like utter shit. For now though I am stating: I am having fun with it.