DOOM 3 BFG Edition - Hell Walks Mars Once More.
Originally posted on and copyrighted by Blast Away the Game Review on 8/16/2013
Review by Dustin Murphy
|DOOM 3 BFG Edition original promotional poster.|
Authors Note: This review will be quite long and we will section it so that players know where one begins an the other ends. This title is also ABSOLUTELY not meant for gamer's below the age of 18. Check ESRB listing for more information.
-Very noticeably upgraded graphics
-1080p upscale makes the game more beautiful than the original
-Includes DOOM, DOOM 2, Resurrection of Evil, and Lost Mission
-Welcomed flashlight mechanic change (see review)
-At times confusing moments of finding completion goals.
-Graphics at times get muddy
-Too many flashing lights for epileptics (yes this is a big issue)
-Game on anything, but the hardest difficulty was to easy.
|DOOM 3 Original PC cover art|
In the game players will discover much of the games background through video documentaries, journal logs, and of course cut scenes that will convey and explain much of the story going on around them. Our story for the base game opens with Elliott Swann and Jack Campbell arriving at Mars City, the main access of the UAC's Mars base where players will revisit only to see a much changed scene. Players will get to see their anonymous marine just behind them only to experience in the conference room we pass Swann and Campbell have a heated conference meeting with Doctor Malcom Betruger. As part of the marines job players are quick to head off leaving Swann and Campbell to their meeting, which leads us to meeting up to our first investigation point with Master Sergeant Thomas Kelly for orders. In turn players are given orders to find one of the scientists who has gone missing only to eventually find him in a nearby decommissioned communications facility, where he is about to send a warning to the UAC on Earth about Betruger's teleportation experiments. As players progresses through the beginning areas, they will learn that the employees on the base are unsettled due to a large number of incidents involving hearing voices, unexplained sightings and increasing cases of paranoia and insanity, often leading to fatal accidents with the facility's machinery. Rumors regarding the nature of experiments in the UAC's Delta Labs division are especially continuous among the people inhabiting the UAC Mars Base as players walk past them. Once players are greeted by the scientist from Delta Labs, players will witness on the screens a teleportation test take place only to lose containment and cause demons and of course once living personnel turned zombie become our new forces to fight against.
DOOM 3 BFG Edition - Resurrection of Evil -
|PC Case cover art|
DOOM 3 BFG Edition - The Lost Mission -
|Original Promotion Picture for Doom 3 The Lost Mission|
The Lost Mission was content that had originally been cut from the initial launch of the title due to the content being heavily re-used, according to many critics. However, it gives players another perspective of the events that occurred on the UAC's Mars base as the last remaining member of Bravo Team, which players saw being attacked and chased by demons earlier in the original entry. Our character is contacted by Doctor Richard Meyers, a scientist working in Exis Labs, and we are asked to once more seen out and destroy an experiment, but in this case a teleportation array that was captured by the forces of Hell and is currently being held deep within Hell. The array as we learn is a potentially powerful enough device that it could send the forces of Hell to Earth, and gives us our reason to carry on our fight.
In the three titles we also are greeted with the ability to play DOOM (Ultimate Doom version, included the fourth mission "Thy Flesh Consumed) and Doom 2 fully restored in HD as well as kept to their originality with no changes, which come unfortunate for DOOM 3's entries. In the DOOM 3 titles players will be quick to notice a few things that were shunned away from the original PC title as well as XBox Original title. One that came was the dynamic lighting and shadow effects that were designed to give the player a true light to shadow feeling so that the title would portray a sense of reality, and this was not welcomed with the always on and usable flashlight. In the original titles players would notice rolling fog, dynamic shadow effects, and of course a very limited use of the flashlight utility. In DOOM 3's stand alone expansion Resurrection of Evil players were greeted with a flashlight on their gun in the console version, which did not see existence in the earlier released PC version. DOOM 3 BFG Edition aside from just graphical upgrades and sound upgrades also greeted players who use 3D TV's and glasses and opportunity to experience the space horror masterpiece in HD to give them a more fulfilling experience for the 3D junkies. Players will also be quick to note of the improved controller schemes as well as the ability to toggle their controller set up as well for those who prefer southpaw over north paw. Overall DOOM 3 BFG Edition has remained its masterpiece players saw almost ten years ago.
|A warning we have yet to understand why it exists in the first place since it's all on disc|
|Screenshot from DOOM 3 BFG Edition of a Hell Knight|
Controls: At first the controls will seem clunky, hard to use, and down right frustrating at the beginning. Over time players will be able to adjust and grow used to the familiar FPS overtone that the control settings have
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Replay Value: Moderate.
Over all rating: 7.5 out of 10.
Final Verdict: This game represents a Hell I would not want to see, but also gives me a reason to play it for the very well rounded story, scenery and artistic creativity in a Hell damned universe. For story fans, this game is a must have.
Cost: Available now for PS3, PC, and XBox 360 the DOOM 3 BFG Edition will run most gamer's between 19.99 and 29.99 USD at most major retailers online or off.