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  • Platform: PC
  • ESRB: Mature
  • Players: 1-4
  • Online: Yes
  • Genre: First-person shooter
  • Developer: ID Software
  • Publisher: Activision
  • Suggested Retail: $49.99
  • Graphics: A+
  • Sound: A
  • Gameplay: A
  • Replay: B+
  • Fun Factor: A
  • Reviewer’s Wild Card: A


It came from hell

By Troy Roberts     August 12, 2004

DOOM 3 for the PC.
© Activision

Not meaning to break up James' Olympic game reviews, but without anything that I can consider relevant to that, I must continue with what I currently have. Although there may be some people out there who believe that playing DOOM qualifies as a sport (see Gamers' Thumb from a few months back), I consider that utter nonsense and will stop wasting your time and mine. Basically, DOOM 3 is here and it is just about everything and more than was expected.

When you first boot up your copy of DOOM 3, you will be amazed to see how far the game has progressed since the shareware days of the original. DOOM 3 is easily one of the best looking games ever made for any platform, whether it be console or PC. Everything about the game looks wonderful. The player models are rendered incredibly well, as are the enemies, and are realistic enough to be frightening. You'll likely jump out of your seat when you first encounter an Imp. While fairly dark throughout the course of the game, DOOM 3 presents itself with an eerie, unsettling feeling right from the beginning.

As a marine, you are dropped off with a scientist to discover what has been going on at a Mars-based colony. Not three feet off the ship you will run into a man warning you to be careful. What oh what could he be talking about? You'll soon find out as you're sent to retrieve a scientist who has vanished. To make matters short, you find him and all hell is unleashed...literally. So, as any character in a first-person shooter would do, you take matters into your own hands and must fight for survival.

Unlike most other DOOM clones, DOOM 3 doesn't focus on complete domination of enemies. In some games, you are required to run through each level as quickly as possible and basically blow everything away, no questions asked. DOOM 3 is a little different. Sure, you still have the ability to blow up anything that gets in your way of escaping, but you need to do it with a little more subtlety. Instead of running into that giant mob of enemies, why not think about how to take them out one by one? Monsters hurt you a lot worse in this game than in some others, so you need to be cautious. The phrase "brains over brawn" really applies here.

Your basic armament of weaponry is back as well. You start off

DOOM 3 for the PC.

with a pistol, progress to a shotgun, machine gun, as well as a few others. Fortunately for us, the BFG 9000 makes its triumphant return to gaming and is as awesome as ever. You also come equipped with a flashlight, something you had better learn to use if you plan on staying alive for long. As I mentioned earlier, DOOM 3 is a dark game. A REALLY dark game. Most of the time you'll need to constantly be walking around with your flashlight, having a finger on a weapon key for when an enemy appears. It really is a very important part of the game.

Multiplayer deathmatch modes work just as you'd imagine them, although I can't be but a bit disappointed. Unlike a game like UNREAL TOURNAMENT 2004, DOOM 3 only comes with the option for four-player deathmatches, and there is no Co-Op mode like there will be in the upcoming Xbox version of the game.

On another note, DOOM 3 requires some fairly high system specs. Requirements start out at a Pentium 4, 1.6 Ghz with 384 RAM, but I'll be honest: I've got a P4, 2.0 Ghz with 512 (the recommend stats) and I had to turn off the shadows and high-res special effects just to get the game to play without stutter-stepping every two seconds. So, be sure you have a fast machine before you think about picking this one up.

Overall, DOOM 3 was really worth the wait. It has been years in the making, probably too many for some people, but it turned out really well. As I previously stated, I'm a bit disappointed with the multiplayer mode, but the single player mode has enough to keep me hooked for a while. And there will always be Mods.

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