Play Quake II with Berserker@Quake2

Quake 2 on Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, XP with high resolutionQuake 2 was created for Windows 95/98 systems. Installation onto a 64 bits version of Windows 10, 8 and Windows 7 seems to be possible and the game also starts properly. However, getting the game going in full screen is a challenge. Resolutions higher than 1600x1200 are not available. And you can only look around with your mouse by pressing a key. All in all pretty 90s!

So you can head over to GOG.com and download the complete Quake II: Quad Damage game. It includes Quake II, The Reckoning and Ground Zero mission packs, AND the Extremities Netpack. Awesome.

But, as with almost all games on this website, there's also a source port available for Quake 2. And it's a good one. Only downside is that it's hosted on a Russian website. So you have to look carefully between all the Russian characters. Visit the project website at http://berserker.quakegate.ru if you like. Thankfully, you can also download full packages from moddb.com.

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So, what do you need to get this thing going?

Stuff you need

  • A decent graphics card
  • The original Quake 2 game
  • The Berserker@Quake2 program files (see below)

Install Quake 2

  • Install Quake 2, in this example the game is installed in c:\games\quake2
  • Choose full installation!

Download and install Berserker@Quake2 files

  • Quake 2 on Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, XP with high resolutionDownload the 1.46 package at ModDB
  • Copy the contents to the Quake 2 game folder, in this case c:\games\quake2
  • If you want to use the high resolution pack (highly recommended!) you have to download an additional file of 500+ MB. Download the _BersPak1.pk2 file from the berserker website (scroll down) and copy it to the baseq2 folder of the Quake 2 installation folder, in this case c:\games\quake2\baseq2

Start and configure the game

  • Start Quake 2 by double clicking the Berserker.exe file in the Quake 2 installation folder, in this case c:\games\quake2\Berserker.exe
  • Initial startup may take some time, because cache files need to be created. Be patient!
  • Enter the menu by pressing the esc key
  • Choose the video option
    • Choose the appropriate video mode, wide screen variants start after the last 4:3 mode (2048x1536), press enter to do a video restart
    • Set fullscreen to yes if you want to play the game in fullscreen mode
    • Set anisotrophy to level 16
    • Choose more options... and check if the settings are ok
    • Press esc twice to return to the main menu
  • Choose the options option
    • Set crosshair to something more convenient
    • Customize controls by checking settings at custom controls 1 and 2
    • Press esc once or twice to return the main menu
  • Choose the game option
    • Choose the options option
    • Choose the game flags option
    • Set infinite ammo to no for a more intense game experience :-)
    • Press esc twice and choose one of the difficulty levels to start the game!

Screen brightness

The Berserker@Quake2 application tends to increase the brightness of the screen. When the application is closed, these settings stay enabled. After a system restart with Windows 7, default brightness will be restored. In Windows 8, the brightness remains increased even after a restart until you set them to default with your video driver software. In Windows 10, brightness goes back to normal after the application closes.

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