Hell's Back for a Rematch
While DOOM 3 might not hold a candle to some horror games of today (Amnesia comes to mind), it was still a positively brilliant game for its time, and endlessly entertaining. Plus, back in the day, it managed to serve up some pretty decent scares, and the graphics were pretty much state of the art. The fact that it was only available on PC and Xbox put a damper on the experience for quite a few folks (you needed a pretty hefty rig to run the game back then).
Luckily, id Software is bringing the title back, with the name of DOOM 3 BFG Edition. Featuring re-mastered graphics, updated sound effects, auto-save checkpoints, and adding new content plus the Resurrection of Evil expansion pack, it looks to be shaping up to be a mighty fine resurrection indeed.
First and foremost, let's discuss DOOM 3 BFG Edition's new mechanics - specifically, those related to the flashlight. Back in the original game, you had two choices: you could either use a flashlight to see what was coming, or use a gun and actually be capable of defending yourself. With the revamp, id Software's concluded that a battle-hardened marine would probably have worked out how to wield both at the same time, with Creative Director Tim Willits reminiscing that the original mechanic was "not the best call", and pointing to technical limitations as the reason for that decision.
They've also made a few minor tweaks to the game experience, which include upping the brightness, increasing player speed, and leaving more demon-slaying ammunition sitting around the base on Mars. When questioned about it, Willits stated that "one of the big criticisms of the original was that people spent way too much time hunting for ammo, and not enough time shooting demons."
As for the new levels in DOOM 3 BFG Edition, they collectively form something known as The Lost Mission. Guess what, ladies and gentlemen? You're going to be spending more time in hell, and although they're putting more of an emphasis on action than survival, don't think the new content's going to be a walk in the park, because, from the sounds of it, it'll be just the opposite.
For those of you who are looking for a bit more nostalgia in your experience, the BFG Edition will also include both of the other titles in the franchise, DOOM 1 and DOOM 2. Not a bad deal at all, eh? The whole package of DOOM 3 BFG Edition will hit store shelves on October 16, 2012, and it will be available on PC, Xbox 360, and PS3.
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