Quake Champions: A laggy and frustrating experience

Hey everybody. I thought that instead of doing another apologetics blog like I've been doing, I decided to take a little break by reviewing another video game instead.

Anyone who knows me well knows that one of my favorite genres of gaming is multiplayer shooters. Games like Halo, Destiny, Doom, and Overwatch are just a few examples of games I really enjoy playing from time to time. The single player campaigns have very intriguing storylines and a whole lore and timeline to take in. And in multiplayer, it is an all out fast paced war to see who is the best marksman. And I think that's why FPS games are so popular.

However, it's too bad that I can't say the same for Quake Champions. Quake Champions is the newest game in the Quake series published by Bethesda. It is exclusively on PC and it is a multiplayer only arena shooter. The gameplay is very simple. Like all other arena shooters, you go around looking for other players to shoot down. But in this game it's also every man for himself, where you have to find good weapons along with armor to keep yourself alive. Kind of like Fortnite in a way. if it took place in space. Sounds like fun, right?

Well, I wish I could say it was fun. Because whenever I try to play this game, it was either unplayable or laggy and not as smooth as I'd like it to be. When trying to play in full screen on the recommended settings, the game would not load at all, or if it did it would be unplayable because of severe lag. So what I did was play in windowed mode and played around with the resolution until the game became at least playable. I'm not the only one that has this problem. Other people seem to have it too. But their solutions seemed just too complicated for me as I am not the most tech savvy when it comes to configuring computer games. Even then, it would take a while to find a match, and then it would take a while for the match to load, which feels like waiting in purgatory. Then in the match, every now and then it lags a little bit. and sometimes a moving input gets stuck, like always moving forwards, always moving backwards, or always moving sideways. and it isn't until I respawn again that the bug goes away. Even when I do have fun in matches, the lag and loading times ruin it for me, and it makes me not want to play it very often.

So, unless  you know something I don't and can make this game run smoothly for you, I can't really recommend this game. The game has been in early access ever since it launched in 2017, and there are still bug and glitches that have yet to be fine tuned. I hope that one of these days we can see a smooth final product. Until then, unless you want to frustrate yourself, I wouldn't touch this one. I would play better and more smooth shooting games that are more fun than this one.

Now for my scores. I give it a quality rating of 2 out of 5. In terms of family friendliness, this is not really a family friendly game, since this is an M rated game with some heavy violence. As far as faith is concerned though, it seems neutral. It doesn't seem to be for or against the Christian faith. It's just a space shooter and nothing more. God bless, everyone!


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