X06: Doom Hands-On

Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade surprise for X06 is now available for download.

As part of the lead-up to Microsoft's X06 event, the company announced that we'd be seeing a new Xbox Live Arcade release from a popular franchise. The well-kept secret finally surfaced during the press briefing that kicked off the event, and it's a version of id Software's classic first-person shooter, Doom. A brief look at the game showed that it's a pretty faithful translation.

Strangely enough, the first thing that happened after running Doom was a forced patch download. But after that, we were dumped into the main menu. The game offers all four episodes of the first Doom's "Ultimate Doom" configuration and contains the standard single-player mode with five difficulty settings. On the multiplayer side, you can play in split-screen mode or over Xbox Live with up to four players in all. You can play through the campaign levels cooperatively or get into deathmatch mode and attempt to shoot up your opponents in regular or ranked matches.

Doom has pretty extensive leaderboards that keep track of your deathmatch kills as well as your single-player performance. You can even break the scoreboards down to each individual level, where you can see how your time, kills, items collected, secrets found, and score stack up against other players.

The game looks like it has been cleaned up a bit, but don't expect a graphical or gameplay overhaul on the level of some of the free Doom engine ports that have surfaced in the years following id's release of the Doom source code. The character graphics haven't gone polygonal or anything, and you still can't jump or look up and down. Instead, the game looks and sounds largely like the original and seems to hold up well, right down to the rocking MIDI-style soundtrack of the original game.

Doom uses fairly standard first-person shooter controls, and they can't be remapped. The left stick strafes, the right stick aims, the right trigger fires, and A opens doors. However, we did encounter a problem where a single-player level seemed to load up in a multiplayer mode. Items respawned, and we were unable to press the button at the end of the level to move on. Reloading our save from the beginning of the level set things right again, but that's troubling enough that we expect there will have to be another patch in the game's future.

We'll have a full review of Doom later on in the week.

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Jeff Gerstmann has been professionally covering the video game industry since 1994.

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Mars_Cleric
Mars_Cleric

The_ruller, SHUT UP for god's sake. Doom is the reason we have the games we do today. It revolutionised the first person shooter and it IS still fun to play. And guess what? People will pay to play it because it is one of the best games ever made. So what if it is older, that is what the arcade is for, and no one is making you play it if you don't want to. And you say you don't even have the 360, but people who do have one do want it. So just shut up and stop saying how bad it is because you'll just sound like a loser.

spottoz
spottoz

Can you delete the first comment on here? Why do losers even bother posting a comment if there flaming the topic? We don't care.. Cool they are bringing back doom multiplayer, thank you, i will buy a 360 just for this..! I don't care if it's from the 80's doom = best game ever

The_ruller
The_ruller

This is so stupid: if I had the Xbox 360, I would like to have an HDTV and the superb games that show the true potential of that system, like Gears of War, Forza 2, etc, not to play this (very) old games that, in comparison with the games that we are now used to, don't make any fun to play anymore! And, even knowing that, there are people who say "Wow! Doom on Xbox 360? I'm gonna buy one right now"! Can you imagine a person who spent a lot of money buying an Xbox 360 and a HDTV and play this... "pre-historic" game on it? Again, it's stupid! And we still have to pay for it? No, thanks, even if it was offered to me!

FoodThing00
FoodThing00

Hoorah...Hmm, finally a reson for me to buy a 360 :)

niwom510
niwom510

Its worth the buy because it has internet multiplayer support! Goodbye LAN-only Doom!

_Sam_
_Sam_

seems pretty good

Chaos_Daro
Chaos_Daro

What the hell are you talking about darthsidious? The 360 has games with AMAZING graphics (GEOW, lost planet ect.). The whole point of xbox live arcade is to allow people to play classic arcade games. If they updated the graphics on these games, then they wouldn't be the same. Do you honestly think that they're going to show the full power of the 360 on such old games?

DarthSidious3
DarthSidious3

disappointing really......not the game, oh no no no. what is disappointing is that they have this new graphics engine and no means of knowing its full potential because THEY KEEP BRINGING BACK OLD GAMES THAT WERE GOOD ON COMPUTERS THAT WE NOW USE AS PAPER WEIGHTS. im sorry all of you who think bringing the original doom on xbox 360 but i gotta b honest with you.....im getting tired of seeing the same crap over and over again on good systems that could have potential.....but they arent showing it.

darklight86
darklight86

Seems even better than I remember - the controls are pretty much perfect.

gothicdragon216
gothicdragon216

I had some lag in multiplayer, but it might've just been the kids I was playing with. I got called into work so I couldn't play a lot, but it is just as fun as when I ran it on my floppy A drive on my windows 3.1

xXHackettXx
xXHackettXx

I just got it last night, its an amazing game, and shows you how far games have come. This is by far the best xbox arcade game.

Gunitsoldier91
Gunitsoldier91

too bad its not really worth it, hen u can play it free on the pc anytime

maximo1
maximo1

I tried out the demo. It seems worthy of a buy.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

i remember playing this on snes what a great game it was then im not so sure after testing the demo the controls are too responsive

-Twilight-
-Twilight-

Ha. That's great. Xbox Live is just becoming a better and better feature on the Xbox, this is a gamer's system.

fonzieahmed
fonzieahmed

Dude i almost have tears in my eyes.... Doom!!!! This is going to be sooo good!!!!!!

Shingo
Shingo

HOLY S****!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11!!!!!1! wHAT AN AWESOME AND BRILLIANT MOVE BY M$! YAY!

WESLY_SNYPES
WESLY_SNYPES

Wait, did they say you can have up to 4 players online in co-op? Nightmare setting here I come!

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

Meh...could've been better.

Coolgamer
Coolgamer

Way to go microsoft doom is a very loved game.

AFWorm
AFWorm

It's nice that they are giving Doom a facelift. Now if they would do that with all classics.

DarthTraxis
DarthTraxis

And Remember too: Quake IV comes with Quake II!

zux2000
zux2000

Doom rox! But only to PC and PS1!

adijan
adijan

Doom is a great game, MS made a cool dicision.,

Metalnoid
Metalnoid

I love this game :D tadada dada dada, tadada dada dada...

macacd
macacd

DOOM!! Rock on. Still not getting an XBOX360

Zifhael
Zifhael

if they keep adding GOOD games at this rate, the live arcade could possibly be a VERY strong reason for people to buy the 360 in upcoming years, especially considering its price will probably drop a bit in a short while, maybe a year or so

-HCMF-
-HCMF-

I am going to be broke

gamerdude27
gamerdude27

Great news. This is the one game that MS needed to truly fortify the Live Arcade as an asset for the 360.

shasam712
shasam712

DOOM is probably the ultimate annoucement that MS could have had.

arab_prince
arab_prince

aww i wish it was free for 48-hours :( oh weel, still freaking sweet :D

notTheOracle
notTheOracle

I was hoping for Geometry Wars: Revolutions but I guess DOOM is allright...

Bansheesdie
Bansheesdie

DAMN IT! I CAN'T GET IT! I ONLY HAVE 120 MS POINTS!!!!!!

highlandhotshot
highlandhotshot

Doom + Achievement Points = The greatest thing evetr.

mc_snap
mc_snap

how much does it cost?

Newnab
Newnab

THAT was fast! Props, Jeff! Glad to see DOOM on XBLA!