Doom! The very sound of this word sends us back to the good o'l days of gaming, when everything was much simpler and easier. If you call yourself a 'gamer' and haven't heard of doom, you should stop, just stop.
Doom did not just change the face of gaming once, but twice! Doom led to the transition of 2D gaming to the 3D fps era, and then again in 2004, with the release of doom 3 which opened the world to the future of gaming, with mind blowing lighting,sound,atmosphere and so on and so forth.
So while all the developers decided to release remakes of their masterpieces, I.D. got in on the action too and decided to release Doom 3 BFG Edition. For those who are wondering what BFG stands for, it's BIG F**KING GUNS.
Doom 3 BFG Edition is a total of 3 games and 2 expansions. It comes with:
-Doom 3:Resurrection of Evil
-The Lost Mission(a whole new chapter in doom 3 with seven new levels featuring a new storyline)
All that for a small price tag of $30? Its a pretty good deal, if you ask me.
So, "What's so great about this remake?" you ask, "Why should i spend $30 on it?" you ask. Well these are a few reasons why:
-Optimized for Consoles: Doom 3 BFG Edition features 5.1 surround sound, Xbox 360 Achievements, PS3 trophies, improved rendering and lighting, and a new check point save system allowing for smoother progression through the game
- All of the games have been remade in Stereoscopic 3D, so that you can finally be happy that your $2000 worth 3D TV wasn't a complete waste, and of course in FULL HD.
- Because its the freaking DOOM series. Seriously, who doesn't like doom?
You play as a marine stationed on Mars City, soon you find out Dr. Malcolm Betruger is experimenting on portal technology and had opened the gates of hell. You fight your way through Mars City, trying to survive while the forces of evil consume the desolate planet.
The game does have some significant changes to its mechanics which is good and disappointing at the same time. But mostly disappointing.
Good news is, with the remake the game now runs extremely smoothly with higher visuals and uses less resources at the same time, so if you could not crank up your old pc to run this on ultra, you most probably can now.
Bad news is, they added a lot more lighting to the environment, and the old dark,gloomy feel of doom 3 is gone, always feels like the rooms are brightly lit up.
But the most disappointing thing is, they removed the flashlight as a weapon and attached it to your suit, so you can now just turn it on, and keep it on all the time while you shoot zombies in the face. Sure, it has a battery and it drains, but it recharges so fast, it feels like you can keep it on all the time. It absolutely ruined the nerve-racking moments when the lights went out, and you had to equip your torch to see your enemies and then switch back to your assault rifle to blow their head off.
Apart from that, the game is pretty much the same, it still does not fail to make you jump out of seat now and then with the sudden spawn of an enemy, the atmosphere stills gives you creeps as you traverse through it gunning down the forces of evil. Sound design and quality is better than ever, and the story is still great and with the addition of 'The Lost Mission' campaign, it let's you look forward to something new and untold about the dark world of Mars City.
Doom 3 BFG Edition is a very good remake, and definitely worth the buy. Especially for console junkies who missed out on playing this masterpiece when it was originally released on 2004 and also for the ones who never got to run this game on its max settings, hopefully can now with its improved resource management.
Even though the changes in the game play mechanics have altered the feel of the original game, it is definitely not a bad buy. The Lost Mission storyline is a good addition to the storyline and it sparks back life to the Doom fans who are thirsty for more.