|Part 1 - Basic Control: The Keyboard & Mouse
If youre fortunate enough to already be comfortable
playing Quake 2 with a keyboard and mouse then you can probably skip this part. However if
youre newer to 3D shooters then you probably arent using the keyboard and
mouse for control in the game (maybe youre using just the keyboard or a gamepad or
joystick). Before we configure Quake 2 for the keyboard and mouse let me explain why you
should be using it in the first place.
When you think of playing video games you usually picture
yourself using some sort of video game controller. After all arcade games have joysticks,
your Nintendo had a gamepad, why shouldnt the same be true for your PC? For the most
part your assumption is correct, but when it comes to 3D shooters (such as Quake 2) that
isnt the case.
It turns out that the most natural way to play a 3D shooter
is with the mouse and keyboard. It allows for much quicker, natural, and fluid movements.
Being able to react and move instantly in deathmatch games is critical and one reason why
you must master the keyboard and mouse. The keyboard is used for functions like moving
forwards and back, sidestepping, jumping, and changing weapons. The mouse is used in
tandem with the keyboard for moving left and right, looking up and down, firing, and other
functions like crouching. If youve never used the keyboard and mouse for control
heres how you set it up.
SETTING UP THE MOUSE &
Before you actually setup Quake 2 for
mouse and keyboard control youll need to decide which keys and mouse buttons will do
what. The problem is that theres no universal configuration that everyone can use.
Its really a matter of personal taste. However there are some standard
configurations out there. The table below lists one of the most popular key and mouse
setups (and its the one I use):
CONFIGURING YOUR CONTROLS IN
Now we need to know how to setup Quake 2 for this configuration. This is actually a rather
simple process. First startup Quake 2 and launch a new game. Next hit the escape button
(Esc) and that brings up the main menu. Move the arrow down to options.
Hit enter and a new screen appears. Move the arrow down to customize controls
and hit enter. Another screen appears (like the one pictured below) that lets you
customize the controls in Quake 2:
Using this menu is easy. Use the arrow keys to move your
arrow to the control you wish to change. Lets try changing a key right now. Move the
arrow down to the move forward action. Hit enter and then press W.
Quake 2 now knows that when you press "W" it should move your character forward.
Notice that you can assign each function to two different keys or mouse buttons if you
want. Although I should note that you cannot assign one key to do two different functions.
For example, now that Ive got "W" as move forward I cant then assign
"W" to attack.
Continue to setup your keyboard and mouse for our control
setup. Backpedal is "S", step left is
"A", step right is "D", attack is
"MOUSE 1", jump is "SPACE", down/crouch
is "MOUSE 2", and next-weapon is "C".
Once you have finished configuring your keys and buttons
hit Esc. This takes us back to the options screen. Now
make sure the following options are set to the appropriate values:
|If you play with Always Run
on be aware that people will be able to hear your footsteps. If you want to sneek up on
somebody hold down the Shift key while you move, that will make you walk
at a normal pace.
When youve finished changing those options hit Esc.
Once youre at the main menu you can hit Esc again, that will take
you back to the game and the changes youve made will take effect. Try things out.
Bet it feels weird, right? The main thing to remember is give things time. It takes awhile
to get used to this control setup (but it will payoff later, I guarantee that).
One thing that may seem too erratic at first is being able
to look up and down by moving your mouse forward and back. You can improve this by setting
the sensitivity of the mouse. Go back to the main menu and selecting options.
Go down to mouse speed and move the slider left and right by pressing the
left and right arrow keys. I keep my setting just to the left of the middle. If things
still seem erratic you can turn freelook off by setting it to
"no." Our main goal right now is to become comfortable with using the mouse and
keyboard. If that means turning of some of the special actions then go ahead and do it
(just dont forget to re-enable them when you get better with the mouse and
|If you make a mess of your control keys
just use the reset to defaults command in the customize controls
The golden rule of using the mouse and keyboard:
PRACTICE!!! It may feel weird or uncomfortable at first, but stick with it!!! Play with
this control setup regularly, in fact I recommend you play through the game with it at
least once. The more time you get using it the better off youll be. Dont be
afraid to customize your controls to something other than what I suggest. Whatever makes
you most comfortable is what you should use.
Congratulations on mastering - or at least getting
aquatinted and friendly - with the mouse and keyboard. Before we move on to basic
deathmatch tactics, I'm going to explain how to effectively practice deathmatch skills by
yourself in Quake 2. Click the link below.