Quake, the 26-year-old FPS, gets new accessibility options and maps

It’s not often that 26-year-old video games get updated, but this happened to id Software’s great shooter Earthquake. And it’s a pretty substantial update too, with a slew of new accessibility options, fixes, and three new horde mode maps.

The new accessibility menu will automatically appear the first time you launch Quake after installing the update, presenting a variety of options designed to make the game easier to see and hear. The high contrast mode turns the menu into white text on a black background (instead of the usual overlay style in the game), while the alternate typeface replaces Quake’s blocky Gothic text with large letters.

There are also options to convert incoming multiplayer text chat to a synthesized voice, or to convert incoming voice chat to text, and for those not comfortable with voice chat , an option to convert outgoing multiplayer text chat into a voice, with multiple voice profiles available.

Other new options include adjustable screen flash intensity and duration times for on-screen messages, an increase in the maximum number of lines that can be displayed in corner HUD messages, and user-adjustable display durations of text messages. multiplayer.

I took a look at the new options and they definitely make menus and popup text screens easier to deal with. It’s not what you’d call a world-changing update, but it’s definitely a boon for us elders whose vision may not be as young and strong as when Quake arrived.

Here’s what it looks like in action:

(Image credit: Bethesda Softworks)

The update also includes a trio of new horde maps created by the Wolfenstein Machinegames studio, a mess of balance tweaks in horde mode (Quake only has one horde mode in December 2021mind you, so they’re still tweaking), improvements to the multiplayer bot AI, a dozen bug fixes, and a slew of improvements for modders – not bad for a game that’s not that far from turning 30.

Speaking of Quake, this is nothing new, but Bethesda has released a new Quake add-on called Dear in December, hard work through flooded crypts and underground temples. It’s pretty good and far surpasses the original Quake levels in size, complexity, and challenge – if you’re a Quake fan and haven’t tried it yet, it’s well worth it. (And if you’re not a Quake fan for some reason, it’s it’s not too late to change.)

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