Firstly I wanted to send a special HAPPY FATHER DAY to all the Dads out there. #dadsolidarity.

I wanted to get my Quake Champs second look review out a couple days ago but you know how things go sometimes. That said, i'll drop the TLDR up at the top.

Quake Champions is a solid and fresh arena shooter that strips back much of the fluff to present a very old school deathmatch shooter that does ample justice to the Quake legacy.

And this is the last day to get Quake Champions on Steam for free until it launches for real sometime this year. You can claim it on Steam right now for free by hitting the link below.

Since people seem hip to note when a PC game contains loot boxes or is free to play I'll do so right away in my review. *Ahem* Quake Champions contains loot boxes and is free to play. That said, if you have the ability to not wildly spend money on stuff you don't need, you can avoid the cosmetics loot box fiesta and just focus on the core gameplay which is a treat. Not to say you can experience every aspect of this game with paying or grinding way more than you'd like, you can't. But one nice thing about Quake Champions is that you can straight up buy all the Champs and be on the same level as everyone else that bought them. Or you can play for free and have access to Ranger, and one other Champ that unlocks after you complete the training mission. There is one rotating Champ that you can play that changes about every week or so and right now it's The Doom Slayer. That said, I only played as Ranger, which everyone gets for free. Oh and one other thing, each Champ has a special ability and that ability changes up how they play. I experienced other non Ranger Champs and no one seem crazy overpowered by the difference in core ability but lots of people are way better at arena shooters than I am.

As I said at the top of my review Quake Champions feels like old school Quake. I think this is a pretty fresh approach because the hottest online shooters right now getting the most attention are team shooters like Team Fortress 2 and Overwatch or the mega huge battle royale games like Fortnite and everything else that wants to be as big as Fortnite. For quite sometime I've wanted an accessible arena shooter that's simple enough to play with friends that is free so it's easy for everyone to play and Quake Champions is it. That said, I have a few irrational fears. Firstly i'm not sure there is a huge demand for Quake Champions. Will the audience for Quake Champions show up to make this game a financial success so it can live on? I'm a bit nervous that if I buy into this it might go the way of many other online only shooters that shutdown after they financially couldn't make it work. Still I worry because I love and I hope my love for Quake Champions can last a long time.

If you dig old school deathmatch shooters and want to come back and try your hand at one of the best around, Quake Champions is free right now on Steam.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 06/17/2018 at 07:01pm

I got this, too, as I noticed it was free (forever) during a limited time. Is it strictly multiplayer or can I fight against the computer?

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 06/18/2018 at 02:01am

Good question, let me check.

If you want to create a custom game you need to purchase the game. Free get's you access to that one training mission (for now), access to solo and team deathmatch and one other thing I forgot and when I tried to get back into the game it made we wait in line.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 06/20/2018 at 11:37pm

The free to play week has been extended and the full Champs pack is on sale right now.

You’ve made our Free to Play week a huge success, and we’re playing it forward by extending Free to Play access through June 25! And once you’re in, you stay in—for free! Don’t let your friends miss out on the opportunity to join our awesome Quake family & share the fun—send them to and start fragging together.

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