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Doom Review Wrap-Up: Is It A Worthwhile Game?

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The Doom reviews has finally surfaced.

Get to know what the game critics think about Doom as well as their overall experience while playing the game. Most of the critics do applaud the SnapMap as well as the game’s Single Player mode but have varied comments about the multiplayer mode. Metacritic has an 83/100 score for Doom as of this writing.

In the summary below, you will see that we’ve complied some of the reviews of the highly regarded gaming websites around. We’ve also provided a quick summary of their pros and cons.

DOOM REVIEWS

Site: Attack of the Fanboy

Reviewer: William Schwarts
Rating: 4/5

Doom is 2/3 really good and 1/3 really mediocre. The single player campaign is an absolute blast and if you like shooting action from that you can get all you can eat via SnapMap. Doom competitive multiplayer is really unfortunate, however. If it could have captured even some of the magic from the campaign it might be tolerable, but as it stands, it feels like it should’ve been aborted and nobody would likely have missed it.

Pros:

  • Amazing Single Player experience which offers a mix of old and new and has style and substance.
  • Campaign is just okay.
  • Very fun gameplay.
  • The game is silky smooth and fast, like the modern FPS.
  • Glory Kill
  • SnapMap

Cons:

  • The Doom multiplayer is not that good.
  • There are no varying strategies to take down an enemy.
  • In the Multiplayer mode, the weapons feel weak and the speed is lacking making it quite boring.

Site: Bloody Disgusting

Reviewer: Adam Dodd
Rating: 9/10

Id Software has successfully reinvented the classic Doom experience for a modern audience without actually having to reinvent anything. It’s not a reboot, it’s a revival. If you ever wondered what Doom might look like in 2016, this is it.

Pros:

  • “Glory Kills”
  • There is no stamina bar to monitor.
  • The reboot of the game is the most impressive ever.
  • The arsenal is traditional.
  • The level design has great verticality.

Cons:

  • Very little storyline.
  • Multiplayer is not for everybody.
  • Digitally Downloaded.

Site: Digitally Downloaded

Reviewer: Matt S.
Rating: 2.5/5

At the start of the review I mentioned that i have noticed that people are generally quite positive on Doom, and therefore it looks like i’ll be an outlier here, but perhaps that’s not the extent of it. Most of the positivity that I have been seeing is that the game “plays well” and “isn’t as bad as expected,” I’m not really denying that in this review. Rather I think of it like this; people will be talking about the first two Doom games for decades more. Those two games may well be remembered as true classics of the gaming medium a century down the track. This Doom won’t.

Pros:

  • Satisfyingly okay for the gunplay.
  • Sat goodbye to hunting for keys.

Cons:

  • Not a very convincing storyline.
  • The protagonist doesn’t have a personality.
  • The game doesn’t seem to shock.
  • The game violence lacks focus.
  • Easy hell stage.
  • No improvement can be found in the multiplayer.

Site: Gaming Bolt

Reviewer: Rashid Sayed
Rating: 9/10

Doom is by far the best first person shooter you will play this generation. It is not something you will expect. Just go in without any unusual expectations and you will be pleasantly surprised by the depth the game offers.

Pros:

  • The generation’s best FPS.
  • The game is insanely fast.
  • Great pacing, never a dull moment.
  • The game looks amazing.
  • Huge maps.
  • The characteristics of enemies vary.
  • Innovative customization system.
  • The multiplayer mode was a lot of fun.

Cons:

  • A feeling of deja vu when playing.
  • Some dropped frames.
  • Load times is high.
  • Game’s plot is so-so.
  • Not a fan of the weapon sounds.

Site: IGN

Reviewer: Joab Gilroy
Rating: 7.1/10

Doom is a tale of two very different shooters (and one quirky creation tool.) The single layer campaign’s reverent worship of the series roots results in an old school run-and-gun shooter which feels like imitation Doom, a cover of an old hit which nails all the right power cords but isn’t exactly transformative. The multiplayers attempts to borrow from the new to reinvigorate the old results in an experience which won’t satisfy either school of thought. SnapMap, meanwhile is a blend of weird and simple endearing.

Pros:

  • Upgrade system for armor and weapons awesome.
  • Great SnapMap experience.

Cons:

  • There were some error crashes and odd clipping issues.
  • Unmemorable multiplayer mode.

Site: Metro Game Central

Reviewer: GameCentral
Rating: 7/10

Doom is gory, but never in any shocking or interesting ways. And unlike Doom 3 it never even tries to be scary, which is fine – the original wasn’t either – but it still need some sort of extra flavor; something to elevate it from merely a successful comeback to a great game in its own right.

Pros:

  • Very interesting weapon and armor upgrades.
  • User friendly SnapMap.
  • Campaign is very entertaining.
  • Excellent action.
  • Good soundtrack.

Cons:

  • You cannot find any modern style set pieces or puzzles.
  • AI is not very present in the game.
  • Multiplayer mode is  very different from the original game.
  • Mediocre art design.

Site: Playstation Lifestyle

Reviewer: Tyler Treese
Rating: 8/10

Defying the odds, id Software has made Doom not only a relevant series in 2016, but a great one. They’ve also managed to create three distinct modes that all have their own appeal and feel to them. It’s an amazing package, and one that i’ll continue to come back to.

Pros:

  • Amazing reboot of the game.
  • Very quick movements.
  • Combat loop is very satisfying.
  • The kill system is brutal and fun.
  • Great campaign mode exploration.
  • Very impressed with SnapMap’s potential.

Cons:

  • Platforming in the first person mode is tedious.
  • Maneuvering in the first person sometimes leads to death.
  • Load times when you die sometimes take long.
  • Lacks polishing.
  • Low quality game texture that seem out of place.
  • Some issues with the audio.
  • In SnapMap, there is no sorting of tools also there isn’t an option to follow a creator.
  • Multiplayer mode will limit you to only two weapons.

Site: The Sixth Axis

Reviewer: Dave Irwin
Rating: 9/10

Doom is a truly spectacular bit of ultraviolence, but it’s deceptively smart in how it gets about it. It knows that all you want to do is blow stuff up in increasingly more brutal ways, leading to a single player that is probably the best FPS campaign since Wolfenstein: The New Order. While multiplayer is almost a damp squib, SnapMap allows for those with creative minds to unleash their creativity with an easy to learn map editor. To describe Doom in two words: Bloody brilliant.

Pros:

  • Single  Player campaign is great.
  • Enemy design does look great and the levels look brilliant.
  • Amazing weapons.
  • “Glory Kills”
  • The SnapMap.

Cons:

  • Lacking in storylines.
  • Expected too much for multiplayer.

Did you enjoy the reviews? Have you played the game as well? If you did, share with us what you think about the game in the comments below.

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