I was delighted when a few months ago one of the backwards compatability updaters included Doom3. This has been one of my favourite games on the xbox and being able to play it again on the 360 was something I was looking forward to.
The game got a decent enough reception when it first came out but has never ranked up there with the xbox legends such as Halo. I don’t know why as today, a couple of years after it came out it can still hold its own with the best of them. Graphically, it is still amazing and at times is the equal of many 360 games I’ve played since. When I first got it I thought it was going to be one of these fast paced, shoot em up at every corner type of shooters with little or no time to take a breather but in actuality it is nothing like that. Sure, there are bits when it gets a bit hectic but these are nicely balanced by bits when you can take a breather and need to do a bit of searching to find items to help you on your way.
This nicely balanced pace is one of the game’s great stengths, it seems to know when to push it and also when to ease off. Snooping around levels after the fights is often a good idea as you can find ammo and health hidden below stairs or in various other cubbyholes…just another example of the way the game rewards the more patient gamer as opposed to those who like to get from A to B in the shortest possible time. It has a decent level of replayability too. This time around I have used different weapons, including the rather lethal chainsaw, which adds a different twist to the gameplay and a rather satisfying method of dispensing with those pesky aliens.
This game has some of the features that I consider essential for a pleasurable gaming experience. Number 1 – you can save anywhere you want…Number 2 – good variety of levels with different tasks, weapons, enemies and scenery. It is spooky at times but not overwhelmingly so….I don’t like to be too scared! Some of the levels are quite clausterphobic, dank and unpleasant but feel just right…you never know what might be around the corner. It’s extremely atmospheric and looks just like how you would imagine a space station on Mars to be. Last but not least…it’s quite a long game so you feel you are getting your moneys worth. You’d be able to pick it up for around £20 new now which represents money very well spent.