Next year id Software’s flagship shooter, Doom, is 20 years old and in celebration, id and Bethesda have ventured deep into the vaults, dug out the classics, polished them up and slipped all three zingers onto a single disc.
The thing is, Doom and its sequel have been readily available on more platforms than you can shake a chainsaw at for some time now, so the real draw here is the inclusion of a re-jigged HD edition of Doom III. So what’s been changed in the seven years since we last saw it? Aside from the fresh visual tweaks and stereoscopic 3D, the only real significant alteration is the correction of the original version’s single most crippling gameplay flaw – the inability to simultaneously wield torch and gun while traversing the pitch-black corridors of the infested Martian space station.
Naturally, it isn’t without its share of failings – dated character models, flip-flopping textures and utterly diabolical sound effects tethered to the game’s arsenal mar what is otherwise deliciously dark trip down memory lane. Still, these technical shortcomings are somewhat forgiven by the inclusion of both the Resurrection Of Evil and Lost Mission game packs. In short: the perfect (and relatively cheap) primer for the inevitable arrival of Doom 4.
Reviewed by Sebastian Williamson