Last week saw the launch of the critically-acclaimed DOOM Eternal, with iD Software managing to expand upon the foundations of the already excellent part-sequel/part-reboot DOOM 2016, in the same way they did with DOOM 2 back in 1994. They represent a return to the days of unabashedly fun arena-shooters, which ditch any pretense of realism and authenticity for pure, mechanically-satisfying fun backed up by stylish visuals and an amazing soundtrack. Despite EA and Activision continuing to churn out by-the-numbers military shooters (which remain inexplicably popular); the new DOOM games – along like MachineGames’ Wolfenstein: The New Order and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (and even Wolfenstein: Youngblood to an extent), Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall 2, and even the less successful Rage 2 (id Software/Avalanche Studios) – remain the most memorable first-person shooter experiences of this generation.
With that in mind – and upon realising the original DOOM is now 27-years-old – I figured it would fun to reinstall them, give them bash, and reminisce. For the first part, I’ll cover what could probably be considered as the “classic-style” DOOM games (in their vanilla forms at least).
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