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This review is from: Doom 3 (PC) (Video Game)
Having played a thousand first-person shooters from the utterly awful (Kingpin) to the truly great (Half-Life 2), I actually came to Doom 3 late, being put off by the mixed reviews.
So, upon loading the game, I guess my expectations were lowered somewhat. Following a long load-up, fairly standard fare a la Half-Life ensued in the early stages of the game, where you are allowed to wander and explore the base you have just been assigned to. The predictable start inevitably leads you to the crunch point where everything for the people of the base goes right down the toilet, following the opening of the gateway to hell (tch, not again).
However, from the moment the first scientist claims that 'the Devil is real' (and promptly attempts to nibble your ear), you are trust into what I can only describe as a completely interactive horror experience. The graphics are immense, with excellent set pieces and neat touches like shadows being thrown across the screen from the (recently deceased) hanging bodies. The creatures that lunge from every shadow also feel terrifying, even if you secretly know that you'll probably take them out easier than your weekly rubbish on collection day.
But it's the sound that had me wanting to turn the evil thing off, simply to calm down. The clangs, scrapes, villianious laughter, screams and echoes are expertly placed and executed. Coupled with the graphical genius, the atmosphere alone makes the thing so damn playable.
And then you get the chaingun. I could go on describing just how much fun it is cutting things in two (ditto the chainsaw); but I'll leave it. Instead, I'll just urge you to go and try it out yourself.
Like a nightmarish cross between Theif, Half-Life, Aliens and Event Horizon, Doom 3 gave me faith in the first-person shooter again.
Avoid at your peril.
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Initial post: 26 Sep 2009 14:00:13 BDT
S. U. Larsen says:
ha ha, yes. Well said.
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