Developed By id Software
Published By Bethesda Softworks
*Please Note, This Review is of The PS4 Version*
The Story begins with The Doom Marine awaking from a Sarcophagus during a demonic invasion on The UAC Research Facility on Mars, setting out to stop the Demons, The Doom Marine finds out that one of the head Researchers; Olivia Pierce is trying to fully open a portal to hell, The Doom Marine is tasked with stopping Pierce and sending the Demons back to hell.
Now if Doom sounds as if there isn’t much story, it’s because there really isn’t that much, Doom has never been a series driven by Story and this game is no exception, if you’re looking for a FPS game that is more story driven I’d say look elsewhere however if you are looking for a story about one badass killing the minions of hell, you’re in the right place.
This is what you’re looking for when it comes to Doom, it’s a FPS game at its core but with more of a emphasis of Fast movement around the levels instead of taking cover, this is what makes Doom so fun, you don’t have to worry about regenerating health or anything like that, Doom instead has a traditional health system based off of older generation games, this encourages exploration to find health packs and armor.
Doom also has a sort of levelling system; defeating enemies and finding secrets will give you points to use on the various mods you find for your guns, they mostly give you just small things for example; your handgun has the ability to charge its shots, upgrading it lets it do more damage and increases the charge speed, but as I said above this makes you want to explore to make your weapons better. There are also dead elite guards you can find around the levels in the game, you can take some sort of chip in their armor to give you a point to level up the Doom Marine, for example; upgrading your weapon changing speed or reducing your damage from the environment.
Moving onto the online aspect of the game, I have to say Doom’s multiplayer is very fun, I personally am not an online gamer but moving around the levels is fast and facing off against other players is great, plus becoming a demon and wrecking havoc on all other players is really fun.
Another feature included is SnapMap and it’s a really interesting one, it’s basically a create your own level mechanic, and it’s pretty in depth, I personally can’t do much on it as I’m not that creative but from playing other peoples levels they’ve created, this feature could dramatically expand the games life span.
The sound in the game isn’t anything special for me, The voice acting is just fine, but most of the music is just kind of loud noise, even the remix of E1M1 was near unrecognisable, it’s a shame since the game has the music from Doom 1 and 2 when playing the classic levels. The Sound effects for the guns are nothing special as well, the demons sound as you think they would so that’s nice.
Overall though I think the whole sound section has nothing special, with the only comment that I have being that I really don’t like this games rendition of E1M1.
Doom in my opinion is a very pretty game, of course it isn’t on the level of Uncharted 4 or The Order: 1886 but Doom stands on it’s own in many regards, mainly on how great the demons look, they seriously did an amazing job making the demons look as grotesque as you’d expect them to be, I personally think the Cacodemons look incredible and the Mancubus also looks brilliant. Environments look pretty decent as well, sure they could use some slight polish here and there, but overall I think it looks great.
Dooms campaign seemed to be somewhere in the 10-12 hour range I’d say, there are loads of collectibles to obtain plus weapons to upgrade, multiple difficulties (Including Ultra Nightmare if you’re insane). The multiplayer and snapmap features can take up a good bit of time as well, especially considering just how fun the multiplayer is.
As per usual there are trophies and achievements to obtain, I obtained the Platinum Trophy in this game, and I think it took me 20 or so hours to get, so I’d say you get a fair amount of content.
All in all I’d say Doom is simply Fun, it isn’t anything special in terms of story and the music isn’t too special but what it does have is an incredibly fun combat system, a really good multiplayer feature and some nice throwbacks to old fans on top of that it’s a nice looking game, basically if you like to shoot things and then shoot some more things, while you’re shooting things (Which I’m definitely cool with), then Doom is the game for you.
My Score: 8/10
- Incredibly Fun Gameplay
- Multiplayer is very enjoyable
- Snapmap could be very interesting
- Some nice throwbacks
- Good amount of content
- Soundtrack isn’t the best
- Environments need some slight polish
DOOM is available now on PS4, Xbox One and PC. Thanks go to Bethesda for supplying the game & Assets used in this review. Be sure to let me know what you thought of the review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and remember to follow us on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Reddit & YouTube.
Review By Jonnie Dixon