So it was with some hesitation that I picked Doom up on the digital store a couple of days ago. For one, there were no early reviews allowed due to Bethesda having an embargo on them. I actually understand why now because the servers were not activated until launch day and there is actually a pretty damn good reason to review the product as a whole.
Rest easy fellow gamers – Doom is a fantastic reboot of the original game that defined the shooter genre. I can’t emphasise just how good the whole package is. I’m only a few missions through the campaign but it is a rip roaring action packed slug fest. This is no hide and wait out until your health regenerates; you actually have to keep attacking to stack up your health. It is a fantastic throw back to the original shooters of the 90s.
It was criticised early for the multiplayer but I find it refreshing to have an equal playing field where you get some great load outs from the get go, including a rocket launcher if you want. What most surprised me though was SnapMap. SnapMap allows you to make your own solo, co-op and competitive multiplayer maps. The variety is staggering already and the game has only just been released.
I know it is early days but I am really impressed with Doom. It looks gorgeous on all platforms (XB1, PS4 and PC), runs up to 60fps. It certainly seems very fluid, even on the XB1 (the platform I’m playing it on). The weapon and creature sound effects sound great. id Software really know how to code. I highly recommend you check it out.