DOOM is a first-person shooter video game developed by id Software and published by Bethesda Softworks. 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.
Why It Rocks
- A single-player campaign that captures the spirit of the older DOOM games and refines them using modern elements.
- Doomguy is back and is even more badass than ever before. Even though he doesn't speak, the game does a good job to convey what he's thinking and how he's enraged and ticked off at practically all times.
- It abandons many generic cliches that plague modern shooter games, making it a very refreshing game. In fact, it actually mocks a lot of those tropes.
- The game is specifically designed around closed-ranged combat and constant movement, emphasized by the Glory Kill system. Trying to hide and use cover in this game is a near-guaranteed way to get yourself killed!
- The Glory Kill is a system in which enemies become stunned when low on health, if you melee attack them while stunned Doomguy can literally tear them to pieces with his bare hands. This not only kills enemies in savage ways but also gives you back health and ammo, encouraging you to keep fighting and never hide from enemies.
- Tons of secrets and collectables that reward exploration in the levels.
- An excellent story, although Doomguy doesn't give a crap about any of it and just wants to blow up demons (and get back at the UAC for summoning them).
- Powerful gunplay and fast-paced combat makes encounters with enemies a blast.
- New and improved weapons such as the Pistol having infinite ammo and having a charged attack, thus making it more decent and useful than the original counterpart. Also, the attributes of Doomguy can be upgraded with credits acquired from performing actions such as killing enemies in quick succession.
- Gorgeous graphics.
- Intense soundtrack.
- A SnapMap mode in which players can create custom levels by placing objects and enemies using a simple interface.
- The Collector's Edition has a steelbook case for the game and a 12" inch statue of The Revenant. Grust created a blog reviewing the statue. Click here for the review.
- The BFG returns!
- Awesome boss battles.The Cyberdemon and Spider Mastermind are made even tougher than their previous incarnations.
- Decent multiplayer mode with solid content. It also lets you play as a demon.
- The appropriately-named Update 6.66 made all DLC for free.
- SnapMap only allows for indoor levels to be created; there's no way to set levels on Mars or in the depths of Hell.
- The Nintendo Switch port suffers from some technical issues and there is no SnapMap feature for the Switch port due to the console's expensive cartridges.
- The game has some platforming sections but those are rather awkward due to the first-person perspective not letting you see clearly where Doomguy will land after a jump.
Although the multiplayer beta received negative reviews, the game was met with almost universal acclaim upon release and was one of the best-selling games of May 2016. The game was heavily praised for ignoring many of the obnoxious tropes that modern shooter games overuse and bring good features from older shooters so it felt very refreshing for a first-person shooter, a genre that had become very over-saturated in recent years.
The Nintendo Switch port was praised for having most of the features other versions and is commonly used as an example of how the Switch can handle big AAA games, despite at the cost of lower framerate and resolution.
Angry Joe gave this game a 9 out of 10.