Quarantine is a 1994 racing/first-person shooter computer game for MS-DOS and 3DO, created by Imagexcel and published by GameTek. Versions for the Japanese market were done in 1996 by Asmik for the PlayStation and MediaQuest for the Sega Saturn, renamed as Hard Rock Cab and Death Throttle respectively. In the game the player drives a taxicab through a post-apocalyptic city, picking up customers and killing enemies. Due to the gratuitous violence the game was controversial at the time of release.
The success of Doom by id Software in 1993 led to many other companies attempting to follow Doom’s success. Most ended up making unsuccessful “doom clones”. Quarantine was one of the few games that successfully exploited the features of Doom with its own texture mapped stages, semi-open world maps, and vehicular combat gameplay. The game was later continued with the sequel, Quarantine II: Road Warrior, which largely kept the original gameplay, but introduced a more mission and story-driven gameplay.
Quarantine required a rather powerful system when it was released. One of the original ads in magazines for the game used the slogan “If you’ve got the ram, we’ve got the pedestrians.”
Quarantine, long before Grand Theft Auto III and other similar games, popularized the drive-by shooting tactic found in the game by using the Uzi to shoot out from the side windows. This is available when you purchase the machine gun upgrade from the Weapon King shop, which comes with an Uzi.
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