After Quake IV has become part of the GOG DRM-free family, Doom 3: BFG Edition has been added to the classic FPS action library as well.
The name Doom means so much for gaming as a whole. Despite being rather outdated in terms of technology today, the original was an eye-opener for the FPS genre and also kickstarted a discussion about violence in games. Unlike Quake which has had a similar history but with most of the games not being made available in Germany, the whole Doom series can be enjoyed everywhere, and with Doom 3 including all games and other goodies, it’s certainly the best way to experience it, although there are some concessions to be made.
While there is a story about a Mars colony being overrun by demons, it’s as thin as in former games, as it’s simply a backdrop for jumpscares and all-out action. Part survival horror, part action game, Doom 3 is a bit different from its predecessors, but it’s no less terrifying fun to play. Graphically, it still looks impressive, although the BFG Edition has brightened things up a bit, so it’s not the same as the original release. The same holds true for the use of a flashlight that can now be turned on when wielding a weapon, which wasn’t possible before. In addition to improved rendering and lighting as well as an option to play the game in stereoscopic 3D, a new checkpoint save system is included as well, so it’s probably easier for newcomers but maybe not the experience older fans would have liked, especially since the original version isn’t included.
Doom 3: BFG Edition doesn’t only offer the updated version of Doom 3, but also the add-on Resurrection of Evil and the all-new Lost Mission single-player campaign. If this wasn’t enough, the original Doom and Doom II can be played, too. The whole package has been available for quite some time on Steam and consoles, but it’s great to see it in a DRM-free version which completes the id Software saga. Now if only the newest Doom would make it to that platform…
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