DOOM (stylised as DooM or The Ultimate DooM) is a first-person shooter released in 1993 by id Software and spawned a franchise.
An unnamed space marine is shipped to Mars to act as security for the Union Aerospace Corporation. During an experiment involving teleportation, a device creates a portal to Hell and unleashes demons and evil forces on the Mars base, making Deimos disappear and causing the scientists and security guards to die horribly while the evil revives them as zombies. It's up to the Marine to fight off the demons and zombies, before Earth becomes the next to fall.
Why It Rocks
- Many weapons are available to the marine and the strongest are available near the end.
- The main character (also known as "Doomguy") you play is so tough, that even Hell can't handle him!
- Tons of demons to kill.
- The game features a number of secrets that contain a ton of power-ups, armor, weapons and ammunition.
- It has been ported unofficially to numerous bizarre platforms; so many ports exist, including for esoteric devices such as smart thermostats, oscilloscopes, printers, a digital pregnancy stick and even on Doom itself.
- The game also helped to popularize multiplayer deathmatches.
- One of the first violent video games that were meant for adults.
- One of the weapons you can use is the chainsaw, which, despite being a melee weapon, can kill a demon in less than a second.
- Zombies with guns!
- The PlayStation port is filled with new exclusive details like scary ambient music, new clean and realistic gun sounds, new enemy sounds, colored lighting, much darker lighting for atmosphere, and even Doomguy and the monsters have new sounds, and even includes Doom II.
- The soundtrack was inspired by heavy metal and hard rock songs from Metallica, AC/DC, Pantera, Slayer, etc.
- The PC version has source ports which you can use to play DOOM WADS, and you can even easily make your own graphics, sounds levels etc. practically making your own fps games out of Doom!
- Some console ports were very poorly made.
- The Nintendo Switch port required you to make or sign in your Bethesda account before playing. Thankfully, Bethesda fixed that with a patch, as promised.
- For unknown reasons, the PlayStation version uses a password system, however, you can't save on a memory card like you would in the original.
- The SNES version is not that good, as it has a bad draw distance, to the point when, far away, Power-ups are so crumpled that they look like enemies, The enemies are always facing you, making monster infighting impossible, the lag is pretty bad, and depending on the difficulty you play, Episodes are locked (on "I'm Too Young To Die", only Episode 1 is avaliable, on "Hurt Me Plenty", only Episodes 1 & 2, but on "Ultra-Violence" or "Nightmare", all 3 Episodes are avaliable). This could be classified as Artificial Difficulty, as you are being forced to play on Hard or Very Hard mode to progress. To make matters worse, on the Japanese Super Famicom version, all levels are available no matter what difficulty you play on.
- On the GBA Version the music is pretty Bad, However it improved over the SNES Version
DOOM is legendary for being of the earliest first person shooters along with Wolfenstein 3D. It's also famous for, along with Mortal Kombat, helping to create the ESRB rating and launch more mature video games. Since its creation, over 10 million copies of the franchise have been sold.
To this date there's still a modding community that has been going strong since 1994.
GAG: The Impotent Mystery has parodied into VROOM 666 in a laptop with the Doors 97 OS (a parody of Microsoft Windows 98) location.