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3.0 out of 5 stars PAL gamers get another kick in the teeth, 10 April 2005
This review is from: Doom 3: Limited Collector's Edition (Xbox) (Video Game)
To cut straight to the chase, the PAL version of Xbox "Doom 3" does NOT support PAL-60 (60Hz mode). Yep, we're looking at yet another PAL version of a top game that's limited to 50Hz because the developer simply couldn't be bothered - and that's especially annoying when your PAL Xbox is built to do 60Hz, and it's a doddle for developers to include support. This applies to the main game as well as the pair of retro Doom games included on the same disc. The whole shebang is 50Hz.
I'm sure most people will say "So what? It's full screen innit?" - but that's not the point. This game undoubtedly pushes the Xbox hardware about as far as it can possibly go and the developer spent months optimising it to run as smoothly as possible on NTSC systems, so the last thing it needs is 17% extra work-load addressing the extra lines on a PAL display. Try side-stepping in a larger room and you'll see the screen update become erratic and choppy - something I bet our cousins across the pond don't have to endure.
On top of that, the fact that the PAL version is 50Hz means that you will NOT be able to play on Xbox LIVE against anyone outside of Europe due to the speed difference - so the other reviewer on this page who was looking forward to playing "Doom 3" against cousin Harry in the USA ... well, sadly, he can forget about it!
It's high time PAL gamers got the same deal as the Americans. While it's great that the PAL Xbox console supports 60Hz and makes this possible, this fact just makes it even more of an insult when developers can't be bothered to use it. In short, those of you who can run import games are advised to go USA with this one.
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