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OXCGN’s DOOM 3: BFG Edition Review

OXCGN’s DOOM 3: BFG Edition Review

A Trip Down Memory Lane

by Ben Cad

©2012 Ben Cad

Remember eight years ago when ID Software’s DOOM 3 released on PC’s and it strained computer hardware to its limits?

Remember how DOOM 3 struggled to run on its original Xbox release?

Well, now DOOM 3 is back… in BFG form. And it is awesome.

DOOM 3: BFG Edition is a refined, remastered, and re-tweaked version of Doom 3.

Redo

It is as if the creators have opened up the game-code eight years on and said “I wish we did that differently.”

While not every alteration is for the better, the changes and performance improvements make BFG Edition the definitive and most enjoyable version of DOOM 3 to experience.

DOOM 3′s plot is simple: Marine arrives on Mars, chaos ensues, Marines must fix up the mess. Uniquely for Doom 3, the story never seems overly important; it is the atmosphere and gam play that keeps the player grounded deep into the experience.

While players can choose to listen to PDA voice recordings and emails to gain more insight into the narrative, most players will simply only listen to what is required to discover the secret passwords to unlock supplies and doors.

BFG Edition’s alterations make big changes to how players experience the atmosphere. One of the most controversial game play mechanics introduced in the original DOOM 3 was the flashlight feature and the inability to use a weapon at the same time.

In the past versions of DOOM 3, it led to carefully creeping through halls and jumping out of your seat when you bumped into an horrific enemy in the dark. Surprisingly, in this new edition, players can use their flashlight and a weapon at the same time.

This completely shifts the gameplay to more of a run-and-gun genre of shooter (think Quake 4).

The result is that the BFG Edition dramatically drops the scares and makes the game easier and shorter.

But, it also makes it a lot of fun to play and actually causes the truly scary scenes to be much more intense as you no longer are expecting scares around each corner.

Running and gunning in 60 FPS

What makes the BFG Edition shine is the completely smooth frame rate. It’s essentially locked at 60 frames per second and I rarely saw it drop below.

The smooth animations makes the world seem more believable and makes the shooter experience so much more enjoyable.

For an eight year old game, it looks pretty stunning besides the occasionally hexagonal human heads and a few low resolution textures. The high framerate and amazing anti aliasing provide a crystal clear gaming experience.

Presentation is slick and the audio sounds pretty great on a surround system, even the original version’s awesome heavy metal music is still here. Menus could be improved, as well as the incredibly long load times, and an auto-save system that really interrupts your gaming experience.

The new auto-save system is appreciated; however, I found myself still relying on manual saves more often as sometimes auto-save often took me backwards by over ten minutes which became frustrating.

Furthermore, as an extra bonus Doom 3′s expansion pack Resurrection of Evil is included and a new small-campaign exclusive to the BFG Edition is here.

While neither are as exciting as the main campaign, both do great jobs at extending the already large amount of game play time. And once you bore your way through all the DOOM 3 content there’s even a little multi-player mode you can jump into; however, I doubt many players will use it.

But wait, there’s more!

The original Doom and Doom 2 are also included with the BFG Edition making this package jam-packed full of content for the very low price considering the content included. Let’s just hope you don’t already own these two titles on Xbox Live Arcade.

Verdict

Overall there is plenty of content to experience when playing DOOM 3 all over again, the subtle game play tweaks make it feel fresh and new.

If you are a gamer out there looking to fill the void between now and Dead Space 3 then this will probably be the closest title to play.

If you’re a console gamer or never had the PC to run DOOM 3 eight years ago, this is definitely a worth-while purchase.

But considering DOOM 3 occasionally pops up on Steam for around $3-$5; purchasing the BFG edition for the PC would be a tough decision to make.

Every gamer needs to experience the iconic Doom 3.

8/10

©2012 Bed Cad
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