Doom is perhaps the archetypal first person shooter. It’s been off the scene for many years but the newest installment – originally Doom 4 – is an action packed gore fest that throws you right back into it. The game starts without a cut scene, having you tied down on a table and then breaking free and having to fight your way through the demonically possessed creatures around you. The next room gives you your exoskeleton armor and the next a gun.
Modern FPS’s at least try to be realistic and make you feel like a real person – the Doom franchise never did – it makes you feel like an invincible bad-ass gliding through and shooting the world around you. Doom 2016 captures this feeling and is one of the fastest paced games I’ve ever played – stop moving and chances are you’ll not be able to start again.
The weapons we all remember are there starting with the Shotgun and going up to the BFG but there’s a couple of new mechanics added. The Chainsaw isn’t unlimited any more – it runs on gas – but use it on a demon and they drop a lot of ammo. This is added to Glory kills – finishing moves that make demons drop health packs – and its another set of reasons to not stop or slow down.
Doom takes you from maze like corridors with enemies that jump out on you to open areas filled with enemies who most unsporting spawn out of the the air and then right back into the corridors. Then it does it again and again with bigger monsters, explosions and booms.
There is a storyline here but it’s quite tentative and even the unnamed ‘doomguy’ character you play doesn’t seem very interested in it but just in getting through everything being thrown at him.
Included in the box: Full game, with single player campaign, multiplayer and level designer
Paid Extras: DLC – currently season pass is £29.99
About id Software
id was founded in 1991 and with Wolfenstein, Doom and Quake went on to invent and dominate the First Person shooter genre. In the 2000s the company foundered and were acquired in 2009. They produced the FPS Rage in 2011 but Doom is the first game they’ve produced that mines the back catalog since aquisition although there have been two games in the Wolfenstein world made by subcontractors Machine Games.
The impact that they had on the industry is hard to quantify exactly but it’s very significant and a list of people who have worked at id is a genuine who’s who of the gaming industry.
- Genre: First Person shooter
- Layout: corridor-cave to open room map-based puzzles
- Length of game: Single player 12 hours approx
- Recommended length of play sessions: 15 to 20 minutes – checkpoint save only
- PEGI/ESRB rating – 18
- Platforms: Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
- Difficulty settings: 5 settings
- Noteworthy features: ultraviolent, controversial and seminal.
Doom has had a lot of controversy over the years, particularly in its earlier incarnations and it’s kept and expanded on everything that’s ever bothered someone. Blood and gore – check. Demons, satanic influences and ultra violence – check. Hard 80’s rock – check.
Environment & People
Doom is available at £40 which is a standard price for a AAA title. The single player campaign took around 12 hours to play through on a medium level of difficulty, but I missed a lot of secret areas and there’s a lot of replayability there.
There are two other aspects to the game – multiplayer and level design which in combination should add a lot more play time, particularly if the community takes the new Doom to heart.
id have said that there will be DLC’s – there’s a season pass already available for £30. They will be focused on the multiplayer, each DLC containing three new maps, new weapons, demons, armor and cosmetic options. There is no set date or individual prices yet.
OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions)
Processor: Intel Core i5-2400/AMD FX-8320 or better
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 670 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or better
Storage: 55 GB available space
Additional Notes: Requires Steam activation and broadband internet connection for Multiplayer and SnapMap
Processor: Intel Core i7-3770/AMD FX-8350 or better
Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970 4GB/AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB or better
The best remakes take something that is close to people’s heart and builds on it without taking away the magic that made it special to start off with. Doom was for me one of the two or three defining games growing up and playing Doom 2016 is in a lot of ways like playing the game that I wanted then and it feels and plays great. The disadvantage of the reboot it that the game is very old school – the demon AI’s are not that smart and while it’s a faithfully updated remake it doesn’t break any new ground.
If you’re a FPS player or an original Doom player you should be getting this game. It won’t have the same impact as the original but the single player is damn good game. Recommended.
The review is based on the PC version kindly provided by Bethesda.
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