AUTHOR: id Software
REVIEW SUMMARY: Best single-player game from id Software, lots of fun, tedious at times
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: This incarnation of id’s first person shooter actually has a plot you care about! You play a marine working for a global company exploiting Mars when all hell breaks loose – literally. You have to find out what is happening and put a stop to it. The game makes use of dark hallways, scripted events including awesome audio cues, and in-game cut scenes to move the story along.
PROS: Solid graphics, excellent use of in-game cut scenes, nice special effects, excellent audio (both music and special effects), some unique scripted events, and in-game computer terminal use are the new features this game brings to computer gaming. The best feature is probably the use of your PDA for video, email, and audio logs – it really makes the world seem alive with characters when, in reality, you don’t really get to interact with anybody. Oh, and did I mention the game was scary? Plenty of bang for the buck, I finished the game after approximately 30 hours of gameplay.
CONS: No interaction with characters, the levels in the first 75% of the game are WAY too repetitive with the formula of: lights go off, enemy jumps you from behind, killing enemy means another spawns behind you being repeated too often. Being scared is fun, being scared continuously is fatiguing. The levels are so dark you don’t really get to see how good the graphics engine is. Doom 3 is in no way an huge advancement of the genre – most of it is cribbed from Half-Life, and Far Cry also already had many of the elements presented here. I personally don’t have a big issues with this, but id has a track record of revolutionizing shooters, and at least in terms of what single-player brings to the table Doom 3 doesn’t do that.
BOTTOM LINE: Fun game, very scary, and interesting sci-fi plot. It certainly isn’t a dissapointment – unless you expect id to hit one out of the park every time (heck even Mr. Steroid doesn’t do that!)