Quake is a horror-themed FPS released by id Software in 1996.
The government has been experimenting with teleportation portals. But now an evil creature from another dimension is sending its murderous armies to earth through them. You are an elite soldier named Ranger, and you must go through horrifying dimensions to collect four magic runes to defeat the monster.
Quake was a technical leap ahead from id's previous titles. Unlike Doom's pseudo-3D environments and sprite monsters, it would go full 3D. Initially, it was also supposed to have third-person melee combat inspired by Virtua Fighter, as well as RPG elements; however, the protracted development of the new engine forced the team to strip the gameplay to a simpler design to save time.
Quake was praised for its impressive graphics, as one of the first shooters with fully polygonal graphics (albeit preceded by Geograph Seal, Descent, and Jumping Flash!). The moody soundtrack by Trent Reznor, and intense gameplay were also well-received. As dial-up internet access was becoming widespread, Quake's multiplayer component soon became hugely popular.