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 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 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 if you like. Thankfully, you can also download full packages from

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.