Even with its impressive engine, DOOM III isn't really the type of shooter that delivers a over-the-top FPS game.
Hondje89 wrote this review on .
DOOM III is making use of its own designed engine called the DOOM-engine. Which will be seen in future games a QUAKE 4 and Prey for the PC and Xbox 360. The graphics of the DOOM-engine are over the top indeed, and are almost better than everything else out there.
Now, to start to review this game, I’ll begin with the gameplay. DOOM III is set on Mars ,somewhere in the distance future, on a U.S. marine station where secret scientific operations are about to begin with a big failure. You, the marine with no name, is sent to replace the posts of other marine soldier that left the planet cause of strange things going on. Not much later, you’ll discover that the operation that was going was to make a gate open to, the one and only, world of hell.
So, hell breaks loose and everyone turns into zombies, how original. And for some lame reason you are the only that isn’t having a hard time fighting the zombies or turning into one like your fellow marine soldiers. So, you’ll also figure out that hell sends demons to… well you’ll never know, since the scientists opened a gate to hell. Of course you’ll get loads of guns that are far beyond the weight and size a normal person can carry. But hey, you’re a Arnold Schwarzenegger that can’t talk and doesn’t have a name. Anyway back to the guns. The massive gun fights you have will never get interesting. It’s not cause of the graphics, sound or variety of the weapons, but it’s about the enemies you face. The creators wanted to make you afraid to play this game. Well, it worked for the first 40 mins. Later, it just gets predicting. You hear the sounds in front of you, so that means he’s behind you jumping down a rail etc. Just gets old. The whole campaign will be completed in less than 7 hours.
Then there is the multiplayer. It just doesn’t fit the whole game. The options you’ll have are Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and CTF. The modes are fun to play, but the point is, you can’t play up more than 4 players. Which is really sad. But on the other hand, DOOM III doesn’t have any vehicles or open terrain landscapes to play with. To me, the multiplayer was nothing but useless.
Like I said, the DOOM-Engine is unbelievable good looking in almost every way you can think of. The full use of the DOOM III engine will truly come alive when you’re about in the middle of the game. Here you’ll see lots of different light effects that will shine down upon a wall ,or anything else, and will show you how good looking this game really is. Also, the texture level is pretty well done. Of course, there is no game that doesn’t have repeating textures, but DOOM III does a great job on making that not visible. In overall, the games graphics engine is just amazing to look at. Real beauty.
As for the sounds, it ain’t really some special. It does sound good, but it isn’t as amazing as the graphics that the engine has. Though, the quality might not be very impressive, the way the game developers used it was pretty sweet. The effects of falling bullet shells and screaming demons sounds pretty realistic, but the screaming of demons doesn’t feel very interesting since you can already predict where they come from when you hear them in front of you. Yeah that’s right, then they are behind you and same goes for the opposite position in the game.
The playing value of DOOM III is rather disappointing. The game was way to hyped to become as perfect like the graphics. The campaign will be easily beaten in about 7 hours or even less. And the multiplayer mode doesn’t feel really needed cause of its lack of greater weapons, vehicles and player amount. The game if a great experience in the dark on a stormy night and to beat the game once. But after you’ve done that, you can just throw the game in the box of other used games that you won’t play for another 4 months.
DOOM III is indeed a great experience to play once when you’re all alone at home in the dark on a stormy night. But it doesn’t feel like the great shooter Activision promised us a few years ago. The campaign is only around 7 hours long and isn’t that hard to beat and the multiplayer just feels useless cause of it lack of great options. But, the graphics are really something jaw dropping. But that’s all. In overall, the game is great, and should be played by anyone who loves a FPS game with a horror genre.
+Perfect looking graphics
+Great horror feeling
+Demons might give you a scare
+Lots of zombies to kill!
-Lots of zombies to kill…
-Campaign gets old and is short
-Multiplayer isn’t really needed