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Written by Shigamoto   
Saturday, 15 January 2005
Doom is perhaps one of the most legendary PC Games ever released. It has been the foundation of the very successful ID Software but the game has also made a completely new gaming concept popular.


In Doom you are a lone marine forced to battle your way through several levels of evil and scary monsters. You have been stationed on Mars, which is a pretty boring assignment at least in the future.

On Phobos (one of Mars’s moons) secret military projects are going on, the scientists are trying to find a gateway to another dimension. However the gateway becomes unstable and monsters are flooding out and taking over the planet. You are sent to Phobos to help. John Carmack, one of the developers and founder of ID Software have stated in interviews that Doom was originally based on his own nightmares, the whole game is actually quite nightmarish.

Actually the enemies aren’t really that scary compared to what you are used into today’s first person shooters. However it’s not the monsters themselves that makes Doom scary. It’s the atmosphere and feeling of always being hunted and fired at in claustrophobic levels that makes the game scary.

Fortunately you have a number of weapons at your disposal to defend yourself. For example the super shotgun, a chainsaw, a chain gun and the BFG (Big F****** Gun). All the weapons are pretty well modelled and thankfully ID Software hasn’t done the mistake of other developers that is creating weapons that no one understands.

I also think that the weapon sounds in the game are pretty realistic. However the soundtrack is another story. It repeat itself constantly and isn’t catchy at all so after a while you will want to turn it off.

Doom isn’t that hard to play, anyone can learn. The problem is that it’s very easy to get lost on some of the levels, especially until you get the hang of it. Most of the game play is spent on locating access cards in different colours so that you can open doors. Sometimes you have to press a switch here and there.

There are absolutely no puzzles in Doom, just non-stop action with not much interruption for anything else, I like that. It’s actually one of the strengths of Doom, it’s just plain simple action, no cut scenes, complicated puzzles in which you have to run around forever and so on.

ID Software’s Doom is a very important part of PC gaming history, it’s still a nice game to play especially for those of you who just want some action.

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Related: Doom 2, Duke Nukem 3D, Quake
Developer: ID Software
Publisher: N/A
Related Websites: (for the Alpha Version of the game, can be interesting)
O/S: DOS, Win 3.1/95/98/ME/XP, Linux and MAC.
Cost of Full Game: N/A
Year of Release: 1993

386 33 MHz
Tested on:
Pentium 4 2.4 GHz, 512 MB RAM, ATI Radeon Graphics Card


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