DOOM First Impressions Review

Written by Jacques Waugh on Fri, May 13, 2016 6:00 PM
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It’s been a long time coming, but the latest entry in the DOOM franchise is finally here. It’s always been a bit of a big ask, to translate what made the original DOOM games so fun to play into a 3D AAA experience, and DOOM 3 was a bit too serious for my taste. It felt more like a Dead Space game than a DOOM game, whereas what I’m looking for is fast paced, blood-soaked combat with a little exploration and keycard collecting thrown in.

I’m only an hour or so in, so take these opinions with a few grains of salt but -l for those of you still waiting with bated breath, breathe that sweet sigh of relief because I’m here to tell you that my early impressions of the game are good. Maybe even great, but it is still a little early to tell. It’s a tremendous amount of fun moving around the rooms and areas, blasting demons and ripping off their arms to beat them with. I was initially a bit worried that the glory kills would detract from the pace of the game, but it’s actually a nicely fluid mechanic that adds a sense of woven order to the mindless killing.

The way the enemies have been redesigned to operate in a 3D space feels very natural and is a great step forward for the franchise. The fireball slinging imps now pounce around and cling to pillars to try and gain an angle on you, meaning you’ve always got to be moving and paying attention. Even the explosive barrels feel distinctly familiar - the area of effect is huge and the damage is disgusting. If you’re standing too close, be ready to watch your health bar plummet as the enemies surrounding the barrel get gibbed into clouds of blood and meat.

Each weapon has upgrade paths that allow you to beef up your armoury, which seems to be the standard for AAA games these days and a new addition to the franchise. Whether that’ll detract from the DOOM experience or add a layer of complexity that has been missing for too long, it’s hard to say as I haven’t really gotten anywhere with it.

If you’re a DOOM fan, and you’re even remotely interested in how the new game looks, then I can pretty much guarantee you’ll have an absolute blast. It really does feel directly descended from the classic games, the lack of which was my biggest gripe with DOOM 3. The final say will come down to how the game layers its difficulty and enemy types, which so far have been pretty undemanding, but that’s to be expected. It seems there really is a chance in hell that this DOOM will come remotely close to the golden days of Romero’s bountiful hair. Check back here at GD for our full review next week.

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02:40 May-15-2016

The Game is Awasome In All but one part the SNAPMAP SUCKS They dont give you a lot of props or interactable items the interface and scripting is easy but as far as like you can only have to 2 weapons and you cant really make great story map

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19:33 May-14-2016

Holy moly! This game really kicks a**! kicking it in 2,5k at Ultra at 60fps. Nice!

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15:09 May-14-2016

Just bought it! Downloading right now and can´t wait to start playing it really :)

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14:30 May-14-2016

LOVE the game so far! The movement and combat are so fluid it's just out of this world. I love the easter eggs and the little touches from the first DOOM games (like the colored keycards!).


And doesn't seem demanding at all either - at 1080p I'm hitting my vsync cap at 110fps on max settings. Sexy! :)

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06:17 May-14-2016

guys do you suggest me to buy this considering that i won't be able play this till november due to exams etc etc
don't worry about my rig i will upgrade to 4790 k and 16 gb ram

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07:33 May-14-2016

If your not going to play this game at all until your exams finish dont buy it. I suggest you to wait for christmass discount.

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10:53 May-14-2016

Christmass sales*

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20:28 May-14-2016

Do not buy this game until you done with your finals! This game will consume you

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23:39 May-13-2016

The game sold me right at the beginning, you literally pick up your first weapon in first 5 seconds of the game, all including cutscenes. But that intro sequence when you get into the elevator was just beautiful, and cocking your shotgun at the end was marvelous, I am speechless.

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23:20 May-13-2016

Vulkan support!

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14:32 May-14-2016

Not at launch, but coming pretty soon. Though for you and me it's useless - I'm hitting my 110Hz vsync cap on max settings 1080p and your GPU wouldn't even break sweat at 1080p60 either.

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22:05 May-13-2016

Loving this game! The levels are amazing and BIG as well. As an original DOOM player back in the 90's I was a little skeptical at first. Happy I took the plunge. Screw life, all I want to do is play this game!

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21:54 May-13-2016

So far its exactly what I wanted. Its extremely fast paced and the level design is incredible. Its nearly non stop action, and if you're on the higher difficulties, then you can't stop moving for a sec or they'll take you down. Plus the performance is just perfect. Max settings with no drops. Amazing game so far imo.

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100% Yes [1 votes]
| 30FPS, Medium, 720p
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| 30FPS, High, 1080p
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| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
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100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz GeForce GTX 980 4GB 32GB
100% Yes [3 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 7 5800H 8-Core 3.2GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile 16GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i5-10400F 6-Core 2.90GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Ti MSI Ventus 2X 8GB 16GB
100% Yes [6 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core i7-10700F 8-Core 2.9GHz GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 4GB Edition 16GB
100% Yes [3 votes]