DOOM Eternal takes place eight months after the events of 2016's DOOM. During these eight months, the demonic forces teleport Doom Slayer/Doomguy to Hell so they can take over Earth, which Khan Maykr is using human souls as energy to save Urdak, the home world of the Maykrs, and she has plans to awaken the Icon of Sin. The Slayer/Doomguy eventually returns to Earth and sets out to drive the demons out of the Earth, stop Khan Maykr from awakening the Icon of Sin, and save humanity.
Why It Rocks
- Most of the good qualities in 2016's DOOM return here, and have been improved upon.
- Great story that expands on the Doom lore.
- Much longer length than its predecessor.
- It was revealed that the protagonist is the same person from the original game and DOOM II: Hell on Earth.
- Khan Maykr is a great antagonist that is a massive threat to the Doom Slayer/Doomguy.
- Daisy the Rabbit has a cameo appearance.
- The Glory Kill system returns, and has more kill animations than before.
- A new attack called the "Blood Punch" is introduced, where players can deal massive damage to enemies once they perform enough Glory Kills.
- The difficulty is much more challenging than the previous game, with players having to fight more demons than before.
- Ammo is also much scarcer, encouraging the player to use different tactics to kill enemies such as using the Glory Kill system more often.
- There's around twice as much monsters to fight here than in 2016's DOOM. A bunch of the new enemies have interesting and challenging tactics they use against the player, such as one of them using shields to either block the player or to protect other enemies.
- In addition to weapon and armor upgrades returning, a new type of upgrade called "Sentinel Crystals" are introduced, where they can upgrade health, armor, or ammo, with it being six perks being in if upgrading two of the three on to one to unlock a perk
- Doomguy is now equipped with a shoulder cannon, which can shoot grenades, ice grenades or be used as a flamethrower.
- Movement is more focused on, as Doomguy now has a grappling hook attached to the Super Shotgun, can swing from poles, and gains the ability to perform two boosts, which can be done in the air or on the ground to either make long jumps or to dodge enemy attacks.
- Platforming sections return, and they are handled better than in the previous game because of the improved movement.
- Bigger and stronger types of demons have weak points, and they are quite challenging to hit.
- Exploration is more emphasized than in past Doom games, as Runes are hidden within levels rather than having to complete Rune Trials, unlike the first game.
- Secrets and collectibles return, with there now being a wider variety of collectibles.
- Cheats make a apperance, and they are very fun to play around.
- For the first time in the franchise, there is a hub area known as the "Fortress of Doom". There, you can listen to the soundtrack from previous DOOM games, Quake games, and even two of the tracks from Wolfenstein 3D, play the full games of DOOM (1993) (which unlocks when you find all of the cheats) and DOOM II (See tips) and choose which mission you want to play.
- Extraordinarily stunning photo-realistic graphics with magnificently lush visuals, lavishly rich production values, outstanding technical achievements and exceptional levels of attention to detail, especially with the weapon effects, map designs, the designs for both new and returning enemies and Glory Kill animations, all of which are thanks to the capabilities of the new id Tech 7 engine.
- The soundtrack composed by Mick Gordon is dark, intense, and action-packed.
- Excellent and extremely well-done sound effects, with improved weapon sounds and improved surround sound that makes it easier to tell where nearby enemies are.
- Although there are a few small frame-rate drops here and there, the game for the most part runs very smooth, even on higher graphical settings.
- Incredible boss fights, especially Khan Maykr and the Icon of Sin. Each one of them has an intense difficulty that tests the player's skills
- Multiplayer returns, and has a new mode called "Battlemode", where one and two other try to win three rounds whre players with two players play as demons to kill Doom Slayer, while the third player plays as The Slayer to kill the two demons.
- The game even includes DOOM 64 if you pre-order the game.
- There is no (at least not greedy) monetization present in the game. Furthermore, Bethesda stated that they have no plans to add said feature.
- Although it might look awkward with the modern graphics, you can pose your weapon in the center of the screen, just like the older titles.
- The DLC expansion The Ancient Gods is really good as well, and serves as a satisfying conclusion for the game.
- When starting the game up, an error message will often pop up telling the players that they were unable to log into Bethesda.net, thankfully logging in isn't mandatory for playing the game.
- Sometimes the textures will not be fully loaded.
- Some enemy spawns can be unfair, such as when enemies spawn everywhere, including right behind the player, and quickly overwhelm them.
- On PC, the DRM was broken, which resulted in the game getting pirated easily.
- Unlike 2016's Doom, the soundtrack's dynamic range is mixed so every instrument has the same volume, which can cause some parts of tracks to sound poor as a result.
- Composer Mick Gordan revealed that he mixed only a few tracks while someone else mixed all the other tracks. Because of this, he stated that he will likely not work with id Software again.
- The platforming sections are really difficult due to the fact that you have to time your jumps perfectly while shooting at a target that opens the door in mid-air.
- The difficulty and AI are unfair and unbalanced, even on "I'm Too Young To Die", the easiest difficulty of the game.
- For some reason, the game constantly flickers every 30 seconds, which can interrupt your playthrough, especially while fighting demons.
- You need a Bethesda Account in order to play the game at all, even when you're playing the single-player mode.
Doom Eternal was met with very positive reviews from critics and fans alike. On Metacritic, the game has a Metascore of 90/100 for the PC version, an 89/100 for the Xbox One version, and an 87/100 for the PlayStation 4 version. Meanwhile the game has a user score of 7.7/10 for the PC version, an 8.0/10 for the PlayStation 4 version, and an 7.8 for the Xbox One version.
Angry Joe gave the game a 10/10.
An update added Denuvo Anti-Cheat, resulting a huge backlash and review bombing. Fortunately, it was removed in Update 1.1 after the backlash.
- To unlock Doom II, you need to enter the the secret code. Go underneth the room where you go to missions, and enter the code to unlock Doom II:FLYNNTAGGART
- If you're used to modern FPS games, check the "classic weapon pose" box so you won't have the urge to aim down your sights, since you can't do that in Doom.
- Since this game came out along with Animal Crossing: New Horizons, a meme spawned of DOOM Eternal and Animal Crossing being fused together, which resulted in Doomguy being friends with Isabelle canon.
- Since October 22, 2020, there was an easter egg referring to Japanese Hololive VTuber, Inugami Korone, which was a dog girl. It happened when you pressed the X button three times, a special DOOM logo appeared, though it read "DOOG". Unfortunately, two days later, the easter egg has been removed.
- The Nintendo Switch version was developed by Panic Button