Welcome back my friend… to hell!
My first LAN parties were centered around first-person shooters like Aliens Vs Predator 2, Call of Duty 2, Doom 3 and real time strategies like Warcraft 3 and Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War. At a time in which there weren’t such things like smarthphones or tablets and Xbox and PlayStation 2 were the major consoles you could go to some places that had computers connected to each other and play with your friends; in the same room, without thirteen year olds screaming obscenities they don’t even understand in your ears. You could just high-five the friend next to you or slap him in the neck for his stupidity. Therefore when I heard about this remastered edition I could not wait to dive into old memories.
This edition, better specify, it’s not a complete reconstruction as the one made on Halo: Combat Evolved; there are obviously enhanced textures and improvements in the overall stability but the general intent was to create a collection for old and new players; are in fact also included Doom 1 and 2 and all the expansions, including a new campaign for Doom 3: “Lost Missions”. We all know the story and for those who don’t know just think of any b-movie ever made: just moved to a civilian research center on Mars investigating a newly discovered artifact, things start to go demonically bad very quickly.
This is a brutal and terrifying experience. A return to the days when health is not self-regenerated and ammunitions were not dropped by killed monsters. Besides having to survive and understand what is going on add the search for medipacks and ammunitions. Something that makes you feel even more helpless and at the mercy of an unknown threat. The real difference is the possibility to use the flashlight and a weapon at the same time. Hard times those in which the flashlight had to be equipped in place of a weapon in order to be used. This doesn’t take away the experience, indeed. You’ll find yourself walking in dark corridors waiting for the next ambush with only a couple of shotgun ammo left hoping to find some medipacks in the rooms ahead.
Also this time you’ll have the already released expansion pack “Resurrection of Evil” and a totally new pack called “Lost Missions”. Not to mention Doom 1 and 2 for a complete step into the past. The only flaws are very long loading screens and autosaves that block the gameplay, but I think it was a necessary compromise given that back in 2004 there wasn’t such a thing. 3D support is also included and if you haven’t followed this year’s E3 go check out what John Carmack of Id Software has to say about that.
Doom 3 is a very good game, for a precise review the score is shown below, from a purely critical standpoint. It hasn’t been released to be the best action-FPS of the year but as a way to introduce a little bit of gaming history to new generations and bring back some memories to the older ones. Probably is just a way to test the ground for a new release (I really hope so). Said that, if you played Doom 3 back in 2004, and you liked it, forget everything. Go out and buy it, you won’t regret it; and you will be the protagonists of a pleasant journey back in your history.
+ Enhanced experience of a classic
+ All content ever released and something new
+ Still one of the best horror experiences
– Controller options