Generally I'm not a big fan of mods as they come from unofficial sources which is a security risk in its own right, and depending on their content they can potentially be forcibly removed if the copyright owner of a game decides their IP is being infringed upon and demands that it be stopped.
But I have to say I do like the Quake 3 Arena mods that upgrade the textures, UI and gun sounds with the audio mod. The community generated content for this game in my opinion gives you an idea what a remastered version of the game would look and sound like.
Who is to say that a remaster of this game will never get officially done someday? there is already an RTX version of Quake II by Nvidia which is now on Steam. It would be interesting to see Quake 3 get the RTX treatment, although I hope not too many graphical upgrades are added to the game because it would defeat the purpose if expensive hardware struggled to hold 100+fps with them enabled, this is a first person shooter which has a competitive online multiplayer feature. If ID software/Bethesda or whoever else do decide to remaster this game hopefully optimization gets the priority over eye candy. 30fps is bad for shooter games in my opinion and it doesn't work, because it basically ruins the flow of the game and the responsiveness.
Q3 and Q2 big fan here Remastered is a great thing, ty
I'm a fan of the series too, and yeah I agree a remaster of Q3 would be pure awesomeness if handled correctly, and the graphics, UI and audio mods show it is possible as demonstrated in somebody else's video I posted a link to.
Perhaps Quake could have remasters done in a compilation of sorts, and not just be a remaster but a genuine remake.
Quake 4's biggest flaw in my opinion is the lack of online multiplayer but that could easily be fixed in a remake by developers who are willing to do it in my opinion. However the story mode is an underrated gem that barely gets mentioned anymore, it may share some similarities to Doom 3 with the whole Martian territory plot but it is actually an important part of the final battle against the Strogg, also the main character of the story becomes a Strogg cyborg, which is quite graphic which is why I am not going to show it here, however the end result is the main character becomes a much stronger fighter, with slightly more health (25%) if I'm not mistaken.
Quake 3 Arena unlike its successor doesn't have a particularly deep story mode, this game appeared to be more geared toward competitive multiplayer, with a small campaign mode that would teach the players the basics of how the game worked. You could also play Skirmish which had various styles of play including Capture the Flag, Team Deathmatch and Free For All, either against bots or with other people.
Some genius (no sarcasm intended, I just don't know who the person is) also designed a version of Quake 3 Arena that works on the Raspberry Pi using the Vulkan drivers installed which I find that's interesting, and the impressive thing is the Pi 3 can run this game at over 100 frames per second with only occasional dips to the low 60's during gameplay. So the Raspberry Pi can serve as a retro gaming device even for PC games, although there is a lot of work to be done before it becomes an ideal device for retro gaming as a lot of games still won't work on it.