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GAME REVIEW: Doom 3: BFG Edition (2012)

Doom 3: BFG Edition
(PS3, XBOX 360)

By Nick Durham

I usually don't play first person shooters. I've never been one to hop on board the Call of Duty or Halo bandwagons, and I more than likely never will either. For me, it takes a lot for me to dive into an FPS, an awful lot, which is strange because in my youth, I loved these fucking games. Granted the play mechanics of them were much simpler back then compared to how they are now. I played the hell out of Duke Nukem 3D, Quake, Wolfenstein 3D, etc...but there was always one game (and franchise) in particular that spoke to me more than all of them put together.

Mother. Fucking. Doom.

Like many others, I played Doom until my eyes bled, then I'd wipe away the tears, and play some more. This would continue for years, because somehow I'd never get tired of Doom, and I still don't to this very day. In 2004, after what seemed like eons, we finally got Doom 3, which upped the ante in terms of its technical aspects compared to its two predecessors, and is undoubtedly one of the scariest games of its era. In 2012, id Software released Doom 3: BFG Edition, which features a remastered take on the 2004 title, along with its Resurrection of Evil expansion, and throws in the classic Doom and Doom II along with their various expansions for good measure as well.

This remastered take on Doom 3 looks glorious and fucking terrifying. One thing that the game originally had going for it quite a bit was its lighting effects that were optimized to hide enemies, have them jump out at you, and scare the holy living shit out of you to boot. There's very few new elements crafted into the gameplay, such as using your flashlight while still holding a weapon, but that's pretty much it. The game's engine remains the same with no changes/updates, which is fine because there really don't need to be any. The game still ends up being as enjoyable now as it was back then.

There's also a shit load of content thrown in here for good measure. As I mentioned before, other than getting a remastered take on Doom 3, you get the Resurrection of Evil expansion, as well as a new single-player The Lost Mission pack. Combine that with the original Doom (technically the Ultimate Doom version, but whatever) and Doom II (with the No Rest for the Living pack), and you have one hell of an overall package that is more than worth its price tag. Speaking of price tags, since this came out in 2012, you can easily find this for less than 20 bucks, which is a total fucking steal.

All in all, having a remastered take on Doom 3 is one thing, but having it included in this package that features so much great content is a total fucking steal. It's good value for your money if you still have a last-gen console and want to scare yourself shitless, so you really have no excuse to do so. Seriously, stop reading this and go pick up Doom 3: BFG Edition. You won't regret it one bit.

Rating: 5/5

Posted by Alan Smithee

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