Doom (Old Review)

It’s October, meaning it’s the spooky time of the month and what better way to celebrate this month by playing some horror filled games…hmm, Resident Evil…maybe but the controls are a pain…Silent Hill 2…haven’t got it yet…Castlevania 2 & 3…maybe…yeah I don’t really play horror games, I’m not scared of them but I want to avoid the Pew Die games, the games made solely to be made popular by some screaming lunatic who does the same thing every day, so you can make millions by being repititious.

Well, Doom it is for now, developed and published by id Software and ported to a number of consoles and computers but started its life as a shareware game for DOS computers. Shareware games are basically demos that you could get from places and you’d play a bit of it and the game would ask you to order the rest of the game…hasn’t changed has it. It became popular and you go find all the controversies that ‘apparently’ Doom caused because ain’t nobody got time for that.
The unnamed space marine (“Doomguy”) has been sent to Mars after killing his commanding officer, who ordered his unit to fire on civilians. The Martian space marine base is security for the Union Aerospace Corporation, a multi-planetary conglomerate, that are performing secret experiments with teleportation, creating gateways between the two moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos. However, the experiments went wrong. Computer systems on Phobos malfunction, Deimos disappears entirely, and something starts pouring out of the gateway, either killing or possessing all UAC personnel. You are left to guard the perimeter with only a mere pistol while the rest of the group go inside…they die and you live. Since you can’t simply exit you need to fight through the Phobos complex, then on to Deimos, then into the depths of Hell.

It’s a first-person shooter, like Wolfenstein 3D, however, it’s an improvement of that in many ways. The weapons are some of the best I’ve used, you start off with a pistol and even that is pretty good for a default weapon, then the other weapons like the shotgun, a chainsaw, a chaingun, a rocket launcher, a plasma gun and the most infamous gun ever in a video game the BFG 9000 (probably indorsed by Roald Dahl). These weapons are awesome but the best thing about them is that you will use ALL of them, you see in most FPSes even today you can only use a certain amount of weapons, but then again you’ll use the ones you’re good at using, if you’re a camper, you’ll use a sniper, in this game, you’ll use everything, if you run out of ammo on one gun, you’ll have another, this is the definition of a fast-paced game, mow down everyone with whatever you have, though you can go about at your own pace, it’s up to you and it gives the game a lot of replay value.

The levels are very creative, gone are the maze levels of Wolfenstein 3D, now we have a believable game world with amazing architecture, though everything is still blocky and there are maze levels but not to the point of complete frustration. The enemies are just creative, there are the possessed soldiers and demons big and small, for the time they’re monstrous and demonic, and do they fit the game world to a tee. The music is surprisingly memorable and they’re spooky at times, especially when you’re alone, only to find a demon trying to kill you. And who can’t love the first level’s track, it’s just awesome. Any negatives? Well in my opinion, whilst the level design holds up, some parts seem dated, especially the bosses, they look like something out of Mortal Kombat, you can get lost in some levels or get stuck in a level or run around in circles, trying to find keys are difficult especially in later levels and (a nit-pick here) usually a shotgun is a short-range weapon, not in this game, shoot an enemy from 10 feet, as long as you can see it, it will die, though it is funny so yeah, some weapons aren’t too realistic but that’s the fun of it.

Overall…Doom might be my childhood…kind of. I don’t want to end this game saying how great it is because it’s very special to me. I have good experiences with Doom, when I was at high school, I’d either play the GBA port (GBA emulation was a fad at my school, yeah, keep your loom bands, we had emulators…you still play with loom bands right?) or the 32X port or the flash game on Newgrounds, it was a part of my high school childhood, I’ve had fun with Doom all my life and when I feel like it I’ll play it…but Team Fortress 2 has taken over my life, but even that game is fun to play.

And you know what, this game (and all games that involve brutal violence) didn’t make me want to kill people, or shoot down a whole load of students before offing myself, why, because it’s a game, make-believe, entering a world where you can shoot your troubles away without harming anyone else, why, because why would you want to kill innocent people. It’s a violent game, it’s a shooting game, part of a genre I nearly got bored of, but again there are some games that go beyond the conventions of the genre and do something different, while this is an old FPS, it’s a simple FPS and it holds up pretty well for me. Thanks for the memories and counting.

You can get it for MS-DOS, Mac-OS, Linux, Windows, Atari Jaguar, Sega 32X, 3DO, SNES, PlayStation, Sega Saturn, Game Boy Advance, Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and iOS.



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