How to Download and Play Quake II on Your Windows PC
Quake II is one of the most iconic first-person shooters of all time, developed by id Software and published by Activision in 1997. It is not a direct sequel to Quake, but rather a standalone game with a new story and setting. Quake II features fast-paced, tactical combat, immersive graphics and sound, and a variety of weapons and enemies to face.
If you want to relive this classic game on your Windows PC, you have two options: you can either buy the official version from Steam or GOG.com, or you can download a free torrent version from the Internet Archive. In this article, we will show you how to do both.
Option 1: Buy Quake II from Steam or GOG.com
This is the easiest and safest way to play Quake II on your Windows PC. You just need to create an account on either Steam or GOG.com, buy the game for a small fee, and download it to your computer. Both platforms offer the original game as well as its two official expansions: The Reckoning and Ground Zero. You can also access online multiplayer modes and community-made mods through Steam Workshop or GOG Galaxy.
To buy Quake II from Steam, follow these steps:
Go to https://store.steampowered.com/app/2320/Quake_II/ and click on "Add to Cart".
If you don't have a Steam account, click on "Join Steam" and follow the instructions to create one.
Log in to your Steam account and complete the purchase process.
Launch the Steam client on your PC and go to your Library.
Find Quake II in your list of games and click on "Install".
Wait for the download and installation to finish.
Click on "Play" to launch the game.
To buy Quake II from GOG.com, follow these steps:
Go to https://www.gog.com/game/quake_ii_quad_damage and click on "Add to Cart".
If you don't have a GOG.com account, click on "Create Account" and follow the instructions to create one.
Log in to your GOG.com account and complete the purchase process.
Go to your Library and find Quake II in your list of games.
Click on "Download" and choose either "GOG Galaxy" or "Offline Backup Game Installer".
If you choose "GOG Galaxy", launch the GOG Galaxy client on your PC and go to your Library. Find Quake II in your list of games and click on "Install". Wait for the download and installation to finish. Click on "Play" to launch the game.
If you choose "Offline Backup Game Installer", save the file to your PC and run it. Follow the instructions to install the game. Go to the folder where you installed the game and run quake2.exe.
Option 2: Download Quake II from the Internet Archive
This is a free but less secure way to play Quake II on your Windows PC. You can download a torrent version of the game from the Internet Archive, which includes not only the original game but also four unofficial expansions: Zaero, Juggernaut: The New Story, Slight Mechanical Destruction, and CTF. It also includes two source ports: Yamagi Quake II and vkQuake2, which enhance the graphics and performance of the game. However, this version may not be compatible with online multiplayer modes or some mods.
To download Quake II from the Internet Archive, follow these steps:
Go to https://archive.org/details/quake-2-complete and click on "Torrent 061ffe29dd