Doom (2016)

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"They are rage, brutal, without mercy. But you. You will be worse. Rip and tear, until it is done."
Protagonist(s): Doomguy (Doom Slayer)
Genre(s): First-person shooter
Platform(s): Microsoft Windows
Playstation 4
Xbox One
Nintendo Switch
Stadia
Release: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
May 13, 2016
Nintendo Switch
November 10, 2017
Stadia
August 18, 2020
Engine: id Tech 6
Developer(s): id Software
Certain Affinity (multiplayer)
Panic Button (Switch)
Publisher(s): Bethesda Softworks
Country: United States
Series: Doom
Predecessor: Doom 64 (chronologically)[1]

Doom 3 (by release)

Successor: Doom Eternal


"In the first age, in the first battle, when the shadows first lengthened, one stood. Burned by the embers of Armageddon, his soul blistered by the fires of Hell and tainted beyond ascension, he chose the path of perpetual torment. In his ravenous hatred he found no peace; and with boiling blood he scoured the Umbral Plains seeking vengeance against the dark lords who had wronged him. He wore the crown of the Night Sentinels, and those that tasted the bite of his sword named him... the Doom Slayer."

I. Dogma, "Doom" OST


Doom is a first-person shooter video game developed by id Software and published by Bethesda Softworks, with the Nintendo Switch version being developed by Panic Button. A reboot of the Doom series, it is the fourth main installment in the series and the first main Doom game to be released since 2004's Doom 3. The game was released worldwide for Microsoft Windows, Playstation 4, and Xbox One on May 13, 2016 and runs on the id Tech 6 engine. A port for the Nintendo Switch was released on November 10, 2017.

Plot

In the year 2149, the United Aerospace Corporation, or the UAC, has put up a research facility on Mars, where they are experimenting with teleportation technology. They soon find that they can open up a portal to Hell, and learn to harvest the energy from the dimension as well as setting out some investigation teams there as well. However, the experiments go horribly wrong, and it leads to an outbreak of demons on the UAC base. Luckily, a man known as the Doom Slayer is released from a sarcophagus found from an exploration in Hell, and it is up to him to lay waste and to stop the demonic invasion.

Why It Rips and Tears

  1. It is one of the most refreshing modern first-person shooters, completely abandoning the cliches and tropes of other modern shooters like the Call of Duty series and opting for more of a throwback to the original first-person shooter games like the original Doom and Star Wars: Dark Forces with features like no reloads and many secret areas with extra items or fun Easter Eggs.
  2. Beautiful graphics and great world and character design throughout the entire game. The design of the UAC base itself is quite nice and has a very clean look to it overall.
  3. For the first time in the Doom series, the creators of the game decided to give the Doomguy, now known as the Doom Slayer, a real personality rather than being a self-insert of the player character.
  4. Surprisingly well-done story and also expands the lore of the Doom universe.
  5. There is a great variety of weaponry throughout the entire game for the player to utilize, with some weapons returning from the previous Doom games to keep some of the experience familiar, as well a few new weapons that freshen up the experience a bit. They are all incredibly varied and fun to use in their own way, and are a lot more unique to use than a lot of other modern FPS weapons.
  6. Varied amounts of enemies, which expands upon the main gallery of Doom monsters. They are all pretty unique from one another in a lot of ways and they all each create a different combat experience when fought.
  7. While there are not a lot of them and they only appear a few times in the entire campaign, the boss fights are well-designed and are great way to test your skills that you learned throughout the campaign.
  8. This entry in the series brings back the special power-ups that can be found on the game map, a feature that was removed in Doom 3, and only made a partial comeback in that game's Resurrection of Evil expansion in the form of the Artifact.
  9. A new character upgrade system is introduced to enhance the Doom Slayer's abilities. This in itself is already interesting, as this creates a lot more options for the Doom Slayer and makes combat more interesting as a result, as well as enhancing aspects of the experience.
  10. Weapons mods have been introduced to allow the players to add on to and personalize their weaponry to fit their playstyle.
  11. Rune trials have also been introduced and exist within certain levels throughout the entire single-player campaign.
  12. Awesome soundtrack composed by Mick Gordon. The entire soundtrack has a very heavy metal tone to it most of the time that perfectly matches the intense action that is going on, and is practically a ballad of noise and intensity during fights against large enemy forces.
  13. The level design in this game is a great throwback to the design in older shooters and is incredibly fun to play through.
  14. All of the maps have a large amount of secrets and collectibles to uncover to increase the replay value.
  15. While it has its flaws, the multiplayer modes themselves are decent and also increases the main game's replay value.
  16. There are quite a few weapons that are exclusive to the multiplayer modes and are just as fun to use and are as balanced as the main weapons that carry over from the single-player mode.
  17. There are also a few new equipment items that don't appear in the single-player campaign and are worth checking out the multiplayer to see how they work.

Bad Qualities

  1. While there is an incredibly large amount of action in the game, there are some exploration sections to get further through the level that have an over-reliance on platforming sections to continue on some maps, which are incredibly annoying to get through due to the first-person perspective, as it can be hard to gauge your jumps correctly.
  2. Most of the fights are done in specific arena-like parts of the map, and there isn't much combat outside of these sections outside of a few Possessed enemies to path out where the player has to go on some levels. This can slow the game's pacing down quite a bit.
  3. Even if it is technically impressive and runs the game surprisingly well, the Nintendo Switch version has a lot of flaws that do make it somewhat inferior to the other versions of the game.
  4. There are only three bosses in the single player campaign, unfortunately, so there aren't many places to test your in-game skills. In fact, all of the bosses also appear in the second half of the game, and it would have been nice to have more or at least space them out a little bit to make the pacing a little better.
  5. The A.I. in the game is pretty predictable and barely any of the enemies change their tactics to much, even on the Nightmare difficulty.
  6. Despite the story of the game being optional for the player and not required to enjoy the game fully, it does get in the way at times that can be annoying.
  7. Most of the multiplayer modes themselves are nothing really out of the ordinary outside of Freeze Tag and Soul Harvest, and there isn't much difference between it and the multiplayer of similar shooters such as Halo outside of the addition of being able to play as a demon.
  8. There are quite a number of elements from the single-player campaign that were not integrated with the multiplayer, and also adds to the feeling of playing something completely different.
  9. Due to the release of Doom Eternal and the fact that this entry in the series is over five years old, finding an online match can be incredibly hard nowadays and it can sometimes take over an hour to find a game at times. This is especially true for the Switch version, which has much less of a player base than other platforms.
  10. While it's cool that the multiplayer has its own dedicated weapons, this also means that these weapons are inaccessible to some players in the first place.

Reception

Upon release and despite some skepticism from audiences, Doom released to very positive reception from both critics and audiences. The main point of praise was from the single-player campaign, which was universally praised by critics and audiences.

However, the multiplayer aspect of the game got mixed reviews from both groups as well. VideoGamer.com's Simon Miller found the multiplayer of Doom to be just alright; nothing to good is in it, but nothing bad ruins it either.

In the United Kingdom, Doom was the second highest-selling game of 2016 in its week of release behind Uncharted 4: A Thief's End<ref>Pearson, Dan (May 16, 2016).

Game Tips

  • No matter what, you should never stop moving in a fight in both the campaign and in the multiplayer, as it will then expose you to enemy fire and is an easy way to get yourself killed.
  • It is recommended that the shotgun should be used often in battles, as it can be extremely useful for clearing out groups of weaker enemies quickly. For longer range fights, the rapid-fire weapons are more effective, especially considering the heavy machine gun can have a scope on it.
  • It is also highly recommended that you seek out all the Argent Cells in a level, as they are essential for your survival and will make survival and ammo management much easier.

Trivia

  • When the Doom Slayer is killed by lava, he will slowly sink into the lava and put up a thumbs-up in the process as he goes down, a reference to the ending of Terminator II: Judgement Day.
  • If the player is killed by an explosive barrel on one of the Classic Maps, the Doom Slayer's decapitated head will land in front of you, with the face in the helmet's visor showing the face of the Doomguy from the original Doom games.
  • The player can kind the skull of Commander Keen at one point in the game, complete with his helmet, and well as a corpse with an arrow stuck in its right knee, a reference to an NPC comment in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
  • There is some content that was cut from other Doom games that would make an appearance here.
  • This is the first game to run on the id Tech 6 engine.
  • The Hell Knight has a similar appearance to its version from Doom 3, as well as the symbol for the UAC and the appearance of the shotgun also looking similar to their Doom 3 counterparts.

References

  1. Purposely does not explained why until you experienced both 64 (The Lost Levels) and Eternal

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