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Doom 3 BFG Edition (Video Game Review)

Doom 3 originally released for PC and the original Xbox back in 2004, and while the game was met with plenty of harsh criticism and well deserved praise in equal shares, there was no denying that it was a new look and feel for the Doom franchise that was way ahead of its time. It's now been over eight years since the game's release, and despite the plethora of HD ports and remakes hitting the marketplace in today's gaming industry, Doom 3 BFG Edition is a new release that is definitely deserving of a new release. Players who enjoyed the original release on Xbox will have plenty of new features to enjoy in Doom 3 BFG Edition and a shiny new makeover in the game's graphics. So sit back, strap-in and get ready to have the crap scared out of you all over again.

The story of Doom 3 BFG Edition is just as its predecessor; you play as an average marine who must battle against demons, zombies and all sorts of terrifying creatures in and around Mars City after a science experiment goes horribly wrong. While attempting to set up and master the advanced technologies of a teleportation rig, a scientist accidentally opens a portal to Hell from which hundreds of demons spawn and invade the planet while altering the genetic makeup of the few survivors and turning them into zombie versions of their former selves. It will be your job to close the portal, rescue any survivors and do all you can to escape the doomed planet alive. Doom 3 BFG Edition also includes the Resurrection of Evil expansion and the much talked about The Lost Mission expansion that few gamers have ever got to try out. In addition, the new release includes the classic titles Doom and Doom 2 just to sweeten the pot even more. There's a whole lot of content packed into this collection, and if you're a fan of survival horror or first-person shooter titles (and who isn't?), you'd be silly to pass up the chance to own these three titles and additional content with all new features.

Of course, the classic titles in Doom 3 BFG Edition offer up the classic run and gun mechanics that were popular during the late 90s of the shooting genre, but surprisingly, Doom 3 was ahead of its time and offered up plenty of glaring differences from its predecessors. While it won't be mistaken for a sandbox title, Doom 3 encouraged exploration of the game's environments for additional ammo, more health packs and secret hidden weapons. In the same breath, Doom 3 is a terrifying experience that makes you feel constantly uneasy about what lies around the corner or even behind you, so stumbling your way through a dark corridor in search of a new weapon is a totally different thrill from other shooters. the enemy types vary in Doom 3 from disembodied heads, to zombies, to massive behemoths that are sure to give you nightmares for days after playing the game for the first time. The game also does wonders with lighting, voice acting and eerie sound effects that ensure you're immersed in the game and enjoying every minute of it. Doom 3 BFG Edition has many new features, but some of the cumbersome hindrances from the original release still linger such as slow loading times and poor weapon management inventories, but it's nothing that causes too much annoyance.

Among the new features in Doom 3 BFG Edition are an auto-save system, Trophy and Achievement Support, online leaderboards, and most importantly, reworked, high definition graphics. The game supports 3D display, and Doom 3 has never looked better than it does this time around. The game will look especially terrifying for the majority of gamers who weren't running a top of the line PC rig at the time of the release of Doom 3 back in the day, and the game's new graphics actually look better than many of the new releases today. Other minor improvements for the game includes the ability to hold a flashlight while equipped with a gun and new online multiplayer features for two players and up. Doom 3 came from a generation when developers knew how to make a survival horror game the correct way, and there are definitely still plenty of scares to experience in Doom 3 BFG Edition. Blasting away a demon with your shotgun before it gets close enough to devour your flesh is still as fun as it ever was, so pick up Doom 3 BFG Edition today and go to Hell!

Doom 3 BFG Edition is now available from all major retailers for the MSRP of $39.99 and can be purchased for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. Doom 3 BFG Edition is rated M by the ESRB for Blood and Gore & Intense Violence. For more information Doom 3 BFG Edition, check out the official Bethesda website.

Game Features:
  • Online Multiplayer 1-4
  • Survival Horror Classic Reimagined
  • Online Leaderboards
  • DLC Support
  • Trophy/Achievement Support

  • Game Information:
    Developer: id Software
    Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
    Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 (reviewed) & PC
    Release Date: October 16, 2012

    Score: 8 out of 10
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