I decided to buy DOOM the moment I saw it unveiled at Bethesda’s Press Conference at E3 in 2015. It’s hard to pinpoint what grabbed me about the game. While I’ve played versions of DOOM, I never immersed myself in its world or lore. Maybe it was the demo’s feeling of isolation that reminded me of Metroid. Or it could have been the horror aspect that reminded me of the original Dead Space (please give us another Dead Space). And finally, maybe it was the speed and chaos that made it all come together in this nice little package. All I can tell you … I watched that E3 Demo a lot in the weeks that followed and it only raised my anticipation.A few weeks ago, we found out that Bethesda would not be sending out review copies to video game news publications prior to release. Now, to the video game press, this raises red flags, and understandably so. A majority of the time it is an indicator that the developer and publisher are not confident in the quality of its own product. It’s also a strategic move that gives the game as much chance to maximize its profits before reviews come out and cut into sales.As the reviews began trickling in I started to breathe a little easier. It wasn’t going to be the hot hunk of garbage that history typically designates. In fact, one has to wonder what the concern was and if this could be a trend for the future.It’s important for me to clarify that this is not a review. Let’s just call it a glowing feature. DOOM is awesome. It is the fast, high octane adventure I was hoping it would be. Perhaps the best thing about it is the fact that it makes no apologies for what it is. You want DOOM? Here is DOOM!The campaign does not waste any time. The game opens up to your character waking on a table with chains holding him down. As a hellish monster creeps toward the table, you immediately begin to break your restraints. You are ready for him as he approaches and gets his sulphur-scented brains bashed into the floor. From there you pick up a pistol and finish off the rest. In the next room, you pick up your suit and helmet, blast your way through a couple of corridors, pick up a shot gun (oh that shotty), pump it one good time and head out to unleash hell. This is all happening while heavy metal music is playing (my wife says blasting!!) in the background. It is one of the most solid openings I’ve experienced in quite a while. It throws you into the action immediately.From that point it never lets up. The beauty of this game is how it forces you to play. You wanna live? You’ve got to keep moving. While most shooters can be played with caution and cover, in DOOM, the way to survive is to jump into danger. When I found myself low on health, I quickly learned that retreating was futile. I sucked it up, cranked up my chainsaw, and took care of business. It was so satisfying to split open a demon’s head and receive the reward of health and ammo. Who knew that a demon’s blood type was lead and shotgun shells?DOOM is not just a mindless run and gun. It also has great environments to explore and secrets to uncover. It touts an interesting upgrade system that is built with many different layers. Most weapons have two different upgrade trees and you have the option of improving certain aspects of your suit, increasing your ammo capacity, or building the stamina of your health.DOOM is a terrific action game that is worth checking out. Now, if you’re on a budget and can only get one game … I get it … enjoy Uncharted 4 (it’s great … really). However, if you only own a Xbox One, this is a no-brainer. Just be sure to check out this game at some point. I think you’ll be glad you did!I hope to be checking out the Multiplayer as soon as I finish the campaign. When that time comes … I’ll see you in Hell!!!We talk more about Doom in the 50th episode of the “Geek Versus Games” podcast. Subscribe in your favorite podcast app, or listen below. We want to hear from you. Did you enjoy Doom? Does it live up to the original?
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