We remember the early age of PC FPS games for their griminess and pixelated carnage, but we should also be talking about the soundtracks. Quake in particular had a spectacular soundtrack from Nine Inch Nails, and in the year 2020, it is getting a vinyl remaster.
Announced today, you can head over to the Nine Inch Nails store page and put down $35 for a copy yourself. It includes 10 tracks from the original Quake, remastered and pressed for the first time ever on 180-gram vinyl.
An important note made on the store page is that this reissue was meant to include a booklet, which would've had essays from both id Software's John McCarmack and from American McGee. As the store page notes, "a certain unnamed video game publisher made it impossible" to include these in the package.
In that light, definitely don't click here for extensive and enlightening essays on the topic, from said authors, which divulge information from the creation of Quake all the way to how Nine Inch Nails even got involved with the Quake soundtrack. And definitely don't check out the digital prints of the prospective booklet that the Nine Inch Nails store has hosted, with fascinating pictures and images from the creation of Quake.
Quake's had a strange go of it in the modern era of PC gaming. Quake Champions has been doing okay, and the original Quake was made free for a short time during this year's digital QuakeCon. Other games like Diabotical have tried to hone in on some of that arena FPS action, but if you want that nostalgic blast of original Quake sound, this vinyl remaster sounds pretty dang good.