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New Strafe gameplay video celebrates the release of the original Quake

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Exactly 19 years ago yesterday the original Quake was released onto an unsuspecting world, taking the demonic gunplay of the Doom series and cranking it up a notch. To celebrate, the team behind upcoming retro shooter Strafe released a fresh gameplay video showing off new enemies and environments. It's really quite something.

You may remember Strafe from what was previously described here on Polygon as the best game trailer ever. This new video shows off the game's circa 1996 charm, with just a touch of modern conveniences like ragdolling and bloom effects.

There's also a fair amount of fluid in this clip. Quite a lot of fluid, actually. And more than a couple creatures that appear to be mutant sloths.

We'd also like to point out how the ejecting brass looks a lot like Totino's Pizza Rolls.

These features, along with the modem sound effect when you unlock doors, continues to endear us to the game.

After a successful Kickstarter, Strafe is being developed for Mac, Oculus Rift and Windows PC. You can read more about our time spent with Strafe in VR here.

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