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Quake 3 on consoles finally looking imminent, insert "LOL, crappy controllers" comment here

Some games just will not die. Thanks to the wonder of ports, re-releases, download sales and rabid fan communities, certain titles remain part of the gaming landscape long after their original release window. Some deserve it, and some are Mortal Kombat II, but thankfully Quake 3 Arena is one of the former. And now, three years after the 360 port's announcement in 2007, it looks like id's masterful multiplayer shooter will finally be arriving on home consoles.

Which of course prompts old PC Quake snobs like myself to point accusingly at the console controllers I ordinarily love and lambast them with cruel, cruel laughter.

HAHA! STUPID ANALOGUES! HAHAHA! Etc. Ahem.

Above: YOU WILL NEVER DO THIS WITHOUT A KEYBOARD AND MOUSE!  

Anyway, the main point is that one of the finest (hell, probably the finest) multiplayer FPS in history now seems finally set to hit current-gen consoles. Why am I so sure? Why, because the Australian ratings board has told me, of course. A recent certification page on the board's site lists something called Quake Arena Arcade by id Software as a multiformat release. It also references "strong violence", so I reckon we're onto a winner here.

The multiformat thing is a nice surprise too. The previous thinking was that the Quake port was going to be Xbox 360 only, but it seems something has persuaded id to decide otherwise. Probably the PS3's keyboard and mouse support. Though to be fair, both PlayStation Move and the Wii remote could be great too.

So what do you reckon? Would you lap up some console Quake? Or are you happy playing Quake Live for free on PC?

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David Houghton

Long-time GR+ writer Dave has been gaming with immense dedication ever since he failed dismally at some '80s arcade racer on a childhood day at the seaside (due to being too small to reach the controls without help). These days he's an enigmatic blend of beard-striking narrative discussion and hard-hitting Psycho Crushers.