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DOOM Review

| May 14, 2016
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It’s been a while since we’ve had a new id Software shooter.  Their last effort, Rage, released all the way back in 2011 to a mixed critical reception.  There were certainly the core underpinnings of a great shooter there, and it was a great looking game, especially on consoles.  Though when you look at their pedigree id Software isn’t judged by only their most recent offerings.  This is the company responsible for the shooter genre:  Wolfenstein, Quake, and of course, Doom.  The announcement that there would be a new DOOM title coming to next-gen consoles was welcomed with open arms.  Why not?  Bethesda’s recent backing of a new Wolfenstein game yielded a fantastic return of a different type of shooter.  Wolfenstein, although it had been passed on to a new developer, was a hit with old school shooter fans.   Unfortunately, DOOM was a game that Bethesda and id were mostly radio silent on.  Aside from a couple of trailers and a poorly received multiplayer beta, we didn’t know much about the game at all. In fact, all we really had to go on was a multiplayer beta that felt really uninspired.

If you played the recent  multiplayer “beta” for DOOM and were left unimpressed, there was no hail mary development miracle that polished the obvious rough edges that the game seemed to have.  The reality of the situation is that DOOM multiplayer isn’t that good, in fact it’s pretty bad when compared to other recent arena shooter multiplayer games.  Making matters worse the game’s own campaign is leagues ahead of it in terms of both visuals and gameplay leaving it feel like a disjointed sideshow.  That’s the bad news.  The good news is, DOOM’s single player is awesome.  It’s the game we were promised with the impressive trailers at E3.  It’s dripping with style and substance.  It’s raw, unbridled, first person shooting with a touch of tactical melee gameplay added in for good measure.  It’s everything you’d expect from a modern DOOM game with the perfect mixture of old and new.

DOOM’s campaign is impressive, but not by modern AAA standards.  It doesn’t have the narrative of, say, an Uncharted or even that found in a contemporary shooter like Call of Duty.  The fun is in the gameplay.  It’s fast and fluid, brutal and bloody.  You’re not gonna find a lot of filler in DOOM.  It’s all-action, all the time, and you know if you’re the type of shooter player that would enjoy something like this or not.  You don’t have to have played previous games in this series to enjoy the new DOOM, but it will certainly make you appreciate how far it’s come.  It melds old and new pretty well, giving players the constant action and gameplay they expect with some new trappings in regards to upgrade systems and melee combat, as well as a slew of secrets to discover and difficulty settings to tackle.

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DOOM is fast and silky smooth by any standard of measure for modern first person shooters.  It’s beautiful in it’s own demented way.  Maps are open areas that hearken back to a different era with plenty of ammunition, health, and, of course, enemies.  What’s changed the most, and what will probably be remembered as this new game’s biggest feature is the melee system called “Glory Kill.”  Alongside the breakneck pace of shootouts with a wide variety of demons, you’re performing melee attacks that can only occur when you make an enemy vulnerable.  These attacks both allow you to become invulnerable for short time, and pick-up health in the process.  I wasn’t quite sure if they were going to work or not, but after finishing the game and having faced some of its toughest challenges, I can say that I think they add just the right amount of break in the gunplay to keep things interesting.  There are still your traditional health, ammo, and armor pickups strewn throughout each level, but this is a way to pick-up extra while in battle.  While there are plenty of guns to choose from, as well as different mods to use for each, the melee system constantly has you breaking this action, performing these kills, and then repeating until you’ve cleared an area.  You’ll know when a Demonic presence has been eliminated, the rocking soundtrack that eggs you on will grind to a halt.

The melee system is certainly new for a DOOM game, but the shooting and movement feel tried and true.  Couple that with a ton of weapons to discover, which include multiple shotguns, a rocket launcher, chainsaw, and many more… and you’ve got plenty of variety in the gameplay.  Enemies on the other hand, while varied in their aesthetic and attacks, don’t necessarily require different strategies other than point, dump, kill.  Bringing the series into the modern era, there are plenty of unlockables to discover.  Yep, DOOM has a points system that allows you to upgrade both your suit and weapons.  There’s also an over-arching upgrade system that allows you to put extra points into your three main categories of Health, Armor, or Ammunition.  It’s an intriguing system that forces you to explore the sprawling levels if you want to upgrade your character as much as possible.  DOOM comes together in kind of the same way that Wolfenstein: The New Order did.  Maybe even better as DOOM sheds deep story for action, replayability, and exploration.

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Let’s get multiplayer out of the way so we don’t have to talk about it anymore.  It’s not good.  The picture above this is not from DOOM multiplayer.  I couldn’t find any good ones for this review, I think they were all deleted from the internet.  Just take my word for it.  As we said earlier, it hasn’t changed very much since the beta.  Sure, there may be some who play it and enjoy it, but I couldn’t see putting more than a few hours into it before becoming bored.  It feels uninspired and really like a mode that was added in to tick some box.  Like, this is 2016, DOOM has to have multiplayer, said someone making the decisions, and so they went for it because they had to.  There are no new good ideas here, just the stuff that every multiplayer game has in it these days — Unlockables, a variety of weapons, character customization, and loadouts.  To make matters worse it stands at odds with the very things that make the campaign feel so great.  The speed just isn’t there, the weapons feel weak, it’s not nearly as pretty, none of the single player awesomeness makes the jump to multiplayer, leaving you with something that just feels like it doesn’t belong.  Multiplayer should try to capture the essence of the single player.  It’s blatantly obvious that these feel like two separate games.  It only hurts because you look at DOOM as a whole package and wonder what it could’ve been if the multiplayer had been a little better.  There could have been a ton of replay value here, especially when you factor in campaign difficulties and secrets and the new map editing tools.

DOOM’s third part is Snap Map, a feature I wrote off that is actually quite impressive.  You can essentially make anything in Snap Map.  You can make levels, you can make modes, you can create things that have nothing to do with a shooter.  Some have likened it to Little Big Planet, I don’t think it’s quite that robust, but players are only limited to their imaginations.  Community Creations in Snap Map are curated so the good stuff seems pretty easy to find.  Some great things on the home page included a horde-style mode for up to four players to play — complete with an item shop that allowed you buy guns and power-ups between rounds.  There were plenty of recreated levels from previous DOOM games.  There were also quite a few things I would describe as “other,”  like a matching game and music maker.  The good thing is that these games look and play like the single player mode so that’s a bonus. It’s probably too early to call Snap Map a success, as it’s probably going to require the community to get on board.  The tools are fairly easy to use, but it’s going to come down to people using them and making cool things.  Here at launch, there’s no shortage of stuff to try, we’ll just have to wait and see if cool stuff keeps coming from the community.

The Verdict

DOOM is 2/3 really good and 1/3 really mediocre.  The single player campaign is an absolute blast and if you like the shooting action from that you can get all you can eat via Snap Map.  DOOM competitive multiplayer is really unfortunate, however.  If it could’ve captured even some of the magic from the campaign it might be tolerable, but as it stands, it feels like it should’ve been aborted and nobody would likely have missed it.

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  • James

    Funny, I am having more fun with the DOOM multiplayer than I am with the single player. I am really digging the simplicity of it. Instead of being frustrated and/or overwhelmed as I am often in battlefield or COD, I am actually having FUN. Brings back fond memories of my QUAKE 3/ Unreal tournament days. The single player is really good as well though.

    • Rob Sauceda

      I completely agree with u, the multiplayer reminds me of quake 3 which was soo fun back in the day, it’s pretty damn fun I’d say

    • MSD3000

      Played the Multiplayer Beta, and I’d have to agree: for better or worse it’s Quake. The demons and auto-violence-melee add a small amount of freshness, but basically it’s the exact same Quake 3 multiplayer that id has shoe-horned into every one of their releases since…Quake 3.

    • Sexy Mcgee

      I kind of liked the MP beta as well. Things I had an issue with were the slow aiming and acceleration, the power ups that lasted way too long, and the presentation – graphics, unattractive HUD/hitmarkers. But I did have some fun.
      SP on the other hand, I keep trying to get in the mood by watching early access videos and it just looks dull when compared to the originals, which stand up incredibly well, and Brutal Doom.

  • Facts First

    Yeah fuck this game.

    • E Crash

      Wahhhhh… ..

    • Skam Blammo

      It’s total garbage.

      • Liqwid Fewshin

        Garbage comments.

  • Bethesaf

    Bought it and yeah I agree waste of money. Single player mayeb is the best par but other than that awaster of time.

    • Fenris3heads

      Cool story bro.

    • Colin W

      You’re an idiot. You knew what to expect from multi-player. If that’s what you wanted in a game you need to cop something else…

      • Skam Blammo

        He’s an idiot for having an opinion? You sound awfully defensive for no reason. The overall reviews for the game will not be great.

        Enjoy your purchase. Let folks have their opinions, without being a coward.

        • Colin W

          Fuck off.

          • Kyoshilonehearted

            Wow. Extremely hostile much?

          • Colin W

            These are web comments on a video game. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. It’s not that serious; get out of your feelings and go play DOOM

          • Carl Durden

            Or, Colin, you could stop being a pathetic piece of human trash and GO GET A JOB.

          • Colin W

            Very good.

        • Rafael Heria

          REally? How do you figure becasue every website I have been to have had great impressions so far. Even this website gave it a good review, so idk wtf you are talking about.

          • Colin W

            Thank you!

        • James

          How do you figure that? It’s getting pretty favorable user reviews overall already.

        • ultraviolet

          your crystal ball on the game reviews seems to be a little off………

  • Tom

    Should have waited for bargain bin.

  • Tina

    Not A 60 dolllars game maybe 20.

    • James

      It’s easy to find for under $40 USD. By the way, are you Tom and Bethesaf the same person? You all said pretty much the same thing within seconds/minutes of eachother. lol

    • Liqwid Fewshin

      I’m curious, indulge me. What other quality FPS related title would you recommend instead?

  • oliver hayward

    As somebody who generally despises MP (and the irritating racist 12 year olds) I am happy that the single player game sounds so good.

    • Gregory

      The dude I feel the same way I’m 41 years old and I go back to Playing turok on my Nintendo 64 I like a long campaign with the good story. not just shooting and calling each other racist names

      • oliver hayward

        Turock! Jesus ive not played that in years! the cerebral bore was easily the funniest way to kill your mates!

    • drno

      you speak truth oliver. gaming is so ugly now, especially mp.

  • Deathbringerrr

    This game is actually worth my 60 dollars! The idiots in the comments section is why we have shitty games. This game is fucking amazing!! Campaign and Snapmap alone justify my money. Multiplayer is slow, boring, and weak. It’s just something to hop on real quick to take a break from other shit. Then back to the grind of custom level making or campaign annihilation. This game gets me so pumped with its in your face metal soundtrack and brutal melee executions!!! If you’re an old school gamer who likes both new and old, this game will do it! Especially if you’re a DOOM fan.

    • James

      I agree about campaign and snapmap, but you should give multiplayer another try. May not be the best for your taste but it is not in any way slow. Reminds me of quake 3 actually. (which was not “slow”) It’s close to it anyway.

      • DaGreat Doc Timpkins

        I agree it reminds me somewhat of quake 3 arena, doom deff gets 9.5/10
        Music is good but bot as good as it should be

    • E Crash

      It’s awesome. The sound in this game’s campaign is the best I’ve heard in years and honestly sold me, besides the awesome gameplay and story. The MP is fun, but Singleplayer is where the money’s at. They will release updates for MP, so don’t worry about that one. Ignore the sappy trolls on these forums.

  • Kyoshilonehearted

    I am getting rather tired of multiplayer being slapped onto a game for no reason other than to be like other shooters out there. I played the beta and the multiplayer feels so generic and uninspired, like it was trying to be every other shooter at once but it fails to be any of them.

    I definitely want to try out the campaign but it is a shame that the devs decided to put in such a worthless multiplayer mode.

  • Liqwid Fewshin

    Single player without a doubt is everything I expected it to be after waiting for so long. It’s good, simple FPS fun. I’m thankful id finally released it overall. With how good Wolfenstein TNO was, it looks like the development team is really inspired and motivated to push out some great work. I hope they continue on and churn out more titles!

    • Skam Blammo

      Wolfenstein lol … horrible game. Look how fast it ended up at bargain price.

      If you want classic FPS, Get ROTT/Serious Sam.

      • Rafael Heria

        Wolfenstein is an amazing FPS, you are an idiot.

      • oliver hayward

        ROTT didn’t they remake that? The original was amazing fun. Some proper insane weapons.

      • Joshua Smith

        Your fucking opinions and taste in games ended up in the bargain bin the moment you posted your comments.

  • Mike Jackson

    If the multiplayer was good i would have bought the game, not paying 80 bucks for a single player game that last 10 hours at most, even if it is impressive. ill wait for a sale of under 40 bucks.

    • Brownlettuce

      80$?

  • OMUROV

    I wouldn’t be so quick to say ” fuck this game”…. I would agree that the multi player is a bit rough. But the game only just launched two days ago.Give the developers time to fix bugs. And anybody “like myself” who started playing this game when it was still only available on PC can agree that it has come along way from counsel to counsel. From N64 to the ONE or PS4 it has made great strides in its game play. I say CHEERS to ID and Bethesda!!!!

  • drno

    wish they would just do single player, put all resources into that. not everything has to be mp.

  • mike

    Multi-player is brilliant .best pure deathmatch experience in years.

  • Benjj

    Multiplayer is actually far superior than all the other garbage FPS games out right now. (Halo and cod especially) they don’t have gimmicky abilities or movement mechanics to save the idiots who can’t aim. It is certainly not perfect but best mp experience for shooters at the moment.

  • Victorin-Resurrection

    Pues lo adquirí el sábado, llevo unas tres horas jugadas y es bestial!!! Vale que el guión no es para un Óscar. Jejejeje pero aquí importa la acción, lo bien que está implementado el uso de armas, saltos, manejo y control del personaje para que jugar con mando sea una puta delicia.
    Gráficamente es sobresaliente, la optimización cojonuda a pesar de contar con una Asus 780, i7-4770k, va todo en ultra a 1080P,
    Al multiplayer aún no le he dado caña, esta tarde se lo daré, imaginar si mola el modo historia que no lo he puesto ni por curiosidad!!!

    Un apunte, recomiendo poner nivel de dificultad alto!!!! Si no, el juego es fácil. O yo soy súper bueno…jejeje

  • besark

    In a world where games are reviewed only on there story mode this game is top notch , but sadly the MP is Ok at most .

    Also : Doom on PC is 40$ right now http://bit.ly/1TcxXKm

  • Yamaha R2

    Its everything I had hoped for. I did more than just play the original 3, I made dozens of maps and mods for them as well. After worrying that this would never happen, Bethsada delivered. Its amazing to see how far graphics have come along over the last 20 years. In regards to multiplayer, not everyone enjoys dying in two hits, 20 seconds after they respawn, while putting up with the immature babble of tweens. I can’t even stand listening to my 12 year old when he’s on the headset of his PS4. If you feed off that, stick with CoD. I’m sure the game will get updates and tweaks over time to improve things.

  • besark

    In a world where games are reviewed only on there story mode this game is top notch , but sadly the MP is Ok at most .

    Also : Doom on PC is 40$ right now http://bit.ly/1TcxXKm

  • James

    People keep talking about how good the graphics are but they seem really mediocre to me. Some of the character models and the depth of field look like they came out of a game from the previous generation. Graphics comparable to Fallout 4. Not saying the graphics are bad, just that people are way too easily impressed by them. Have some higher standards you deserve it.

  • besark

    In a world where games are reviewed only on there story mode this game is top notch , but sadly the MP is Ok at most .

    Also : Doom on PC is 40$ right now http://bit.ly/1TcxXKm

  • crizz1066

    Think I’ll continue playing uncharted for a bit, wait for this to come down in price

  • besark

    In a world where games are reviewed only on there story mode this game is top notch , but sadly the MP is Ok at most .

    Also : Doom on PC is 40$ right now http://bit.ly/1TcxXKm

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