Doom 1 is the O.G. of first-person shooters. The original gangsta that brought us the best game to play in the dark. If you didn’t play the original Doom in the dark, then you didn’t really play it. I have great memories of turning out the lights for some late night Doom sessions. The 2016 Doom game is the fourth main installment of the series. You play as a marine fighting for survival as you battle monsters and demons. Pack your suitcase as we travel to Mars, and don’t forget to pack your BFG’s! Let’s see if the new game follows in the footsteps of arguably one of the best shooters of all time.
Blue Ball Score: 20.5 out of 25 balls
While the graphics have improved significantly, overall gameplay is generally what you would expect from a Doom game. Demons from hell are trying to kill you and you are at the frontlines to save humanity. Kill them before they kill you, it’s the most basic survival technique. Along the way, you’ll find the usual problems. You want to open that door? Too bad, you need to find the keycard first. Oh, and you’ll have to fight through waves of enemies to get it. Good luck!
Controls are the norm for first-person shooters. Aim, shoot, kill, survive. However, I found combat to be fast-paced and very frantic. It’s often difficult to tell where you’re getting attacked from due to the number of enemies dancing around you. Keep up or you’ll find your face in the dirt. One aspect that I enjoyed was the new Glory Kill system. Enemies will stumble after damage and glow blue/orange. At that time, you can run up and perform a Glory Kill by vanquishing your foes in various violent, gruesome ways. Nothing is better than running up and ripping a demon’s head off. Gameplay gets 4 bloody balls.
You will recognize many of the enemies if you have played previous games. All of your favorites are here with a few new friends. You will find plenty of weapons to keep you busy, including my favorite flesh ripper (a.k.a. the chainsaw). Guaranteed to tear through enemies like a warm knife through butter. And trust me, you’re gonna need all the help you can get. And if you manage to slay through the campaign on normal difficulties, you can up the ante by playing the Nightmare or Ultra Nightmare modes. Death on Ultra Nightmare mode is a true game over, as you have to start back from the beginning.
An immersing story and inspiring campaign earns a perfect 5 balls.
As you level up, you’ll earn more weapons and gear, which you can equip to bore yourself even further. Among the man power-ups, you can find one to transform your character into a demon to unleash hell upon your opponents (if you can find them before it runs out). The normal customization options are here for loadouts and gear, but it doesn’t make it interesting enough for me.
A slow boring experience earns multiplayer a mere 2 balls.
Now on to the next topic, sound. The music and sound will keep you on the edge of your seat as you move through each level. The soundtrack will keep you pumped up when you need to keep pumping lead out. Sound effects are definitely on par to give you goosebumps or adrenaline, depending on the situation.
Great visuals, soundtrack, and sound effects are the trio that you’ve been looking for, and you’ll find all of that and more in Doom. A soild 4.5 balls.
In conclusion, the game offers everything you should want from a Doom game. An awesome campaign and deep SnapMap mode pave the way for a great experience. You can throw out the multiplayer mode, but you shouldn’t have high expectations for Doom multiplayer. It’s just not the focus of the Doom franchise. So get over it. Doom earns a final score of 20.5 balls.