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The Top 7... Bitter rivalries

Unreal (Epic) versus Quake (id)



Choosing sides: Neither Quake nor Unreal defined the first person shooter, but together they changed the genre forever. Both games prioritized online multiplayer above the single player experience, setting a precedent that can still be felt today. The influence of both can still be seen, too, as their graphics engines have been outsourced to dozens of other titles over the years. Which franchise you personally prefer, meanwhile, is simply decided by which one you suck at less.

Highlights: By the time the first Unreal hit shelves, Quake and Quake II had already had plenty of time to build a devout audience. When the two series made their historical moves into multiplayer-only territory, however, they were neck and neck. In fact, Quake III Arena and Unreal Tournament were released during the exact same week. PC frag addicts have been divided ever since.

The war between engines has continued to rage as well. Unreal's is currently showcased in mega hits like Gears of War and Rainbow Six Vegas, while Quake's is powering the Medal of Honor and Call of Duty games.

Outcome: Ironically, the next Quake game - Enemy Territory: Quake Wars - doesn't even use its own engine, but an adapted version of Doom 3's. And, based on interviews, the developers are more interested in competing with the team-based gameplay of Battlefield than anything from the upcoming Unreal Tournament 3. Is this the end of the rivalry? Will Unreal dominate over deathmatch unopposed? If id Software's demonstration of their latest and greatest tech engine last month is any indication, we doubt it...

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34 comments

  • TheHungryLemur - June 1, 2011 1:07 p.m.

    It had to end with Mario VS Sonic. Sega does what Nintendon't!
  • TR4rules - October 11, 2010 5:23 p.m.

    I love all theses games, except madden, unreal and quake. I can't stand multiplayer focused only games. However the game i hate the most aand the saw fit to cement the feelinf was madden. I loved the 2K football series, it was always better and then ea decided that couldn't make a better game so they decided that they would make the only one
  • AlexMercer1337 - November 9, 2009 10:31 a.m.

    I CANNOT believe that Halo and Call of Duty weren't included in this article.
  • pyro9393 - December 7, 2008 10:44 p.m.

    sonic and mario rule but only the orginals and id take re over sh any day
  • ryno - December 2, 2008 3:02 p.m.

    i like resident evil better than silent hill
  • Monkeylink - November 30, 2008 11:40 p.m.

    Mario And Sonic Have been competing since they were made And they both SUCK
  • ShadowOps117 - May 18, 2013 7:51 p.m.

    Shut up.
  • cultofbananas - October 10, 2008 8:03 a.m.

    Wow. I hate EA more than ever... I knew they had some sort of corrupt hand in buying out the NFL, but 15 YEARS?!?!
  • AA95mp - September 8, 2009 2:06 p.m.

    i haven't played quake 2 but i love unreal tournament so it's ut for me.
  • ShadesofGrey - June 27, 2009 4:19 a.m.

    FF IX... I could just never take it seriously. How was it ever an attempt to "hearken to the old school"? The FF IV, V, and VI casts were all serious, grownup characters. As great as the gameplay was, IX is the only FF game I've never WANTED to replay. Steiner is to blame. The coolest/strongest playable character... and he has a look and demeanor that absolutely refused to be taken seriously. Take FF X, replace Auron with Steiner. That game would suck, too.
  • KillerPotato - June 4, 2009 3:25 a.m.

    Sony freaking made final fantasy awesomer, nintendo was good but Sony is better
  • 4everbored - June 1, 2009 8:49 p.m.

    you forgot pro evo and fifa
  • reroxas - March 20, 2009 4:31 a.m.

    I think (no offense) to RE fans which I am though Resident Evil 4 was NOT scary it was amzing don't get me wrong but it didn't give me the thrill. While Silent Hill is scarier, But on the whole equal. But to tell you the truth I expected the Final Fantasy one to be about FF against Dragonquest not Nintendo FF vs. Sony FF. The sony FF is ALOT better than nintendo FF. Every Final Fantasy from 7-12 (not counting 13 ain't out yet) except for 9 and give or take 11 proves that but the remakes of 3 and 4 were good but Sony's was alot better.
  • CoD_22 - March 17, 2009 7:53 p.m.

    @skstorm, it wouldnt be cod4 vs halo it would be cod vs moh. i cant wait for the next moh even though i love cod. moh:european assault on ps2 was the first shooter i played. i decided not to get airborne when i got my ps3 xmas 08
  • Toprockerturner94 - February 7, 2009 2:37 p.m.

    ive never played final fantasy nintendo so i'll have to go for sony
  • Toprockerturner94 - February 7, 2009 2:35 p.m.

    tekken rocks its definately the best fighter ever.ive only ever played virtua fighter on the sega master system and i didnt enjoy it
  • Toprockerturner94 - February 7, 2009 2:32 p.m.

    street fighter is the best. though mortal kombat is good for its fatality's and fighting humor street fighter for me has the edge over mortal kombat
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - February 5, 2009 10:33 p.m.

    Just keep in mind this was posted in July 2007, months before either CoD4 or Halo 3 were out. Still had a lot of fun with it though. It's also from the old site design, hence the many pages instead the now-standard four.
  • gutlessVADER - February 4, 2009 11:16 p.m.

    wat u like sucks wat i like rules i hate u adn wat u like
  • noobeater - February 4, 2009 7:02 p.m.

    im sorry but i think mario hands down beats sonic be it then or now (certainly now) oh and i by far prefer mortal combat however with resi v silent hill ...silent hills which i have only recently played its more tough....silent hill is terrifing but i think resident evil is more fun good article

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