Developed by id Software and published by Bethesda in 2016, Doom is a reboot of id Software’s iconic Doom series of first-person shooter games originally published in 1993.
Have you ever wanted to go guns blazing into a giant pit filled with demons, racking up gory kills and copious amounts of blood as you hack, slash, shoot, and beat your way through the hordes of the undead monstrosities that reside in the deepest bowels of Hell itself?
What do you mean “we already did that“?
No, I meant in 2016, not 1993.
Welcome back to DOOM, the game that gave the world its aggressive love for First-Person Shooters! You are a marine, Mars has been taken over by the denizens of Hell, here’s a gun, go stop them with all the blood, guts, smoke, and fire you can muster! That’s all the story you need to take on Hell. Seriously. Okay, there’s a little bit more, but it doesn’t matter. You’re here to kill demons, end of story; and boy do you kill demons with extreme prejudice.
Smooth, responsive, and above all else fun, DOOM shows that you don’t necessarily need a story filled with the horrors of war, or even a linear path (hallway) to make a fantastic game. You know you’ve found something special when it’s required to have a map of the surrounding area because it’s so easy to get lost in the level. Weapons are effective and have weight to them, and the demons look equally horrifying and target-like. Tearing them to shreds with one of the best soundtracks of the year behind you, parading through blood and guts whilst head banging to metal is easily one of the great pleasures in life.
DOOM has always been more about the single player experience than the multiplayer, so the multiplayer never grew on me. It isn’t deep or thoughtful by any stretch, and doesn’t have quite the gory thrill of single player, but it’s enjoyable enough to be added on as a bonus for those who are interested in that aspect of FPS.
DOOM, still to this day, is my favorite FPS franchise. Be it the weapons, the levels, the enemies, or the music, I wholeheartedly enjoy every moment I spend playing it. Any of it. All of it. Buy it. It’s worth it.