Quake 2 on Windows in high resolution
Play Quake II with Berserker@Quake2
Quake 2 was created for Windows 95/98 systems. Installation onto a 64 bits version of Windows 11 or Windows 10 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.
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
- Download 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!
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.