DOOM 3 is a video game made for computer systems in 2004 and ported to the original Xbox in 2005. It was developed by id Software and published by Activision. The game is a prequel of the original DOOM. The game had an expansion pack known as Resurrection of Evil which was not as well received but was still good nonetheless.
The game was expanded as Doom 3: BFG Edition in 2012. This version contained the original DOOM and DOOM II, the Resurrection of Evil expansion and a new expansion pack known as The Lost Mission.
After finding the remains of an ancient civilization on Mars, the UAC develops teleportation technology and begins experimenting with it. However, they end up opening a portal to Hell while a scientist, Dr. Malcom Betruger, finds the Soulcube and sends it to Hell in an effort to aid the demons in conquering Earth. It's up to the new marine to find the SoulCube, seal Hell away and save Earth.
Why It Rocks
- Used an award winning game engine, id Tech 4.
- DOOM 3 brings a story-driven experience, which was originally intended for Doom.
- The Soul Cube can instantly kill any enemy (except the final boss) and restore the marine's health. The weapon only needs five kills to activate it.
- A multitude of weapons to collect and plenty of ammo for demon slaying.
- As you advance your quest, you can collect PDAs. PDAs are necessary to advance through the game because some have access to secure areas, but they also have the codes to cabinets which contain health, armor weapons and ammo. The PDAs also have E-Mails and audio logs which add more story to the game though there is also some spam.
- The dark areas in the game offer a sense of fear to the player, though luckily the marine has a flashlight (attached to weapons in BFG Edition).
- Unarmed zombies can be defeated easily with punches and can help save precious ammo.
- Awesome opening theme by the American alternative rock band Tweaker (Chris Vrenna and Clint Walsh).
- The slow-paced horror atmosphere in the game was met with mixed views from the fanbase. Some said it was well executed due to sending chills down the player's spine while others scolded it for being "a cheap haunted house ride".
- Somehow, despite flashlights and guns being present in Mars, either the main character doesn't seem to think of tapping some flashlights to any of his guns, or the UAC forgot to bring ducktape with them, either way, this makes the game hard for the wrong reasons. Fortunately, mods were quickly created to fix this and it was solved in the BFG Edition, but barely. Still, no one can tape their flashlights on their guns? The Xbox version of Resurrection Of Evil has it's pistol modified to have a flashlight, but you still needed to use it in order to see anything in the game!
- Trent Reznor did the original sound effects for Doom 3 during development and they sound much better than the finished game sounds, but he left the project and his sounds were not included in the final game. Thankfully, there are mods that bring his sounds back in.