"Doom 3 BFG Shows Its Age"
DOOM is one of my most favorite franchises in gaming. I first played the original at a very young age, which might not have been the best parenting move, but I wasn't really concerned with that myself. I loved running through dark corridors, blasting away demons with the shotgun, and that looping guitar track that just got your blood pumping. So when I heard that Id Software would be releasing DOOM 3 BFG Edition with all 3 games, I couldn't help but be excited. For the low price of $40, you get a massive amount of content in the box; it's just a shame that this content shows its age.
The story in DOOM has always taken a back seat to the action. The storyline has also always been very simplistic and never really has you on the edge of your seat. In the original DOOM, scientists on Mars accidently open a portal to hell, and it's your job to close it and make everything alright again. DOOM 2 is basically the same concept, except on Earth; apparently the scientists didn't learn their lesson the first time around.
DOOM 3 is basically a reboot of the franchise and acts like the first two games never happened. Scientist open a portal to hell and you have to close it while helping the survivors and blasting demons in the face. DOOM 3 has cutscenes and some writing, but it never really captures you. You're basically running through haunted hallways, killing demons, and briefly interacting with people. Resurrection of evil is the expansion pack that takes place during the events of DOOM 3. You play as an engineer fighting of the demons of hell on one of various satellites of Mars.
The gameplay in DOOM 1 and 2 is very straight forward, you run through hallways killing zombies and trying to survive. DOOM 3 takes it a step further and ads the flashlight. In the original game, you had to switch back and forth between your gun and the flashlight, which made it hard to kill enemies. This time around, however, the flashlight is attached to your suit, which makes it easier to aim. The mounted flashlight also brings back the classic DOOM feeling, taking a lot of the horror aspect out of it.
Unfortunately, as you play the game you realize just how dated DOOM 3 has become. The game is extremely generic compared to the games that are coming out nowadays.
Each of the games included in DOOM 3 BFG Edition includes its own multiplayer modes. DOOM and DOOM 2 both have deathmatch and co-op modes respectively. DOOM 3 does not have a cooperative mode, but it includes the same fully-featured multiplayer mode from the original game. The multiplayer code from Rage has been incorporated into the DOOM 3 engine in order to make it run smother, and it does. Unfortunately, just like the single-player experience, the multiplayer feels very generic. Many of the maps are really small, and the hallways are so small only one person can run down them at a time. The multiplayer mode and map design only prove how far we've come in the last generation as far as design goes.
The first two DOOM games haven't been changed at all in terms of graphics. Since DOOM 3 was upgraded, I assumed that DOOM and DOOM 2 would be configured for widescreen display, but instead we get a box to play in. DOOM 3 has been upgraded for HD and the textures and lighting have been reconfigured. The lighting is a bit brighter, so it is easier to see, but the textures look kind of outdated even with the new resolutions.
Some might argue that the old graphics looked better than the new ones in DOOM 3 BFG Edition, just because of the change in brightness. One can see their point when looking at both games side by side; the newer graphics look as if someone turned up the brightness option on a TV instead of actually redoing the in-game lighting.
If you are a huge fan of the DOOM franchise you'll love all the content you get right out of the box. If you've never played them before, however, you might find them generic. The games in DOOM 3 BFG Edition are very old now and don't hold up like they used to, but the value of everything in the box is unquestionably great.
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