Headbanging music missing anyone?
No, don't really miss it. The Quake2 music score was cool, but I always played the game without music, because it has great ambient sounds and blaring music just drowns the ambient sound.
Quake4 isn´t terrible, it is actually really good. But I also was disappointed that they didn´t try to take the excellent Q2 Strogg architecture as a base for their level design.
IMO Quake4 only has 2 serious faults:
1. linear level design (without taking any clues from Quake2´s non-linear level design)
2. sloppily designed vehicles
The other things are mainly a matter of taste. Yes, I also was disappointed that for example the Tank enemy didn´t reappear and that eveyrone except the Iron Maiden seemed to be naked...
But Raven didn´t do it all wrong. Some of Q4 the monster designs are even better then their Q2 counterparts, like the Berserker.
Oh, and regarding originality: Most futuristic FPS have either futuristic human super soldiers (Killzone and the like) or beast-like aliens (all the Halo clones) for enemies, so Quake4 still stands out with it´s evil cyborgs theme. And I didn´t wanted "originality" anyways, I wanted a continuation of Quake2 with all the things that made Q2 awsome. And Quake4 at least managed to have some of those.
I'm missing the music. I'm lucky this existshttp://www.moddb.com/members/neurologic ... arth-quake
Didn't tried the new version but the older one bugged me that it had music during story-scenes (cutscenes, dialogs etc.)
Quake 4 is a excellent game IMO. It got boring a while after I got transformed into a strogg and I thought I never reach the MotherShip again. The linear level design didn't bugged me. These days games don't use non-linear level design. The creature design is also pretty good. I like all of the new monsters, tho they shouldnt be redesigned in a direct sequel (it's like they are new kind of stroggs). The weapons same. I miss the DB Shotgun but the Q4 one is amazing too. The alternate fire mods are well implemented there. The vehicle driving is good too. Boss fights couldve been a little more challenging... but whatever... they're good. Anybody that says Q4 sucks doesn't know how to criticize a game.
The friendly AI is good too. It's not everywhere in the game where you meet someone to help you. Going Rambo over the hordes of stroggs has a good feeling but I like sometimes when I get the chance to be assisted by someone, since Q4 isnt a horror game.
Also ETQW is pretty good too
Waiting for the next Quake game to be Q1 sequel.