Doom is kind of a guilty pleasure for me. I’m typically not a fan of ultra-violent games or media, and I’m an advocate of content creators self moderating to avoid the need for censorship. That said, I just couldn’t stop playing Doom!
In Doom you are a marine killing demons on Mars and in Hell. I’m fairly certain this is a true statement regardless of which iteration of the game you play. In Id Software’s latest creation however, the developers have gone out of their way to almost parody many of the classic tropes of the series. You are literally referred to in conversations with NPC’s as “The Doom Marine,” and your violent tendencies are so over the top as to frighten the demons, who refer to your previous crusades against them with reverence and terror in audio logs. The generically evil mining corporation you’re tearing through has propaganda holograms and documents everywhere for you to discover, warning employees to try not to fight back if they’re cornered by a demon, so that their bodies will not be so ravaged they can’t be recovered for research purposes. The game is surprisingly clever and twisted, and I found myself enjoying the story a lot, something I never thought I’d say about a Doom game.
Beyond the design of the world, the game is just plain fun to play. Movement is rapid, the weapons are a blast to shoot and upgrade, and the encounters are challenging and engaging. The music deserves special mention, as it so perfectly fits the encounters. The grungy, industrial-metal (or whatever you call this) tracks complement the oppressive atmosphere so well, and when it really kicks into gear as demons swarm the screen, you can literally feel your pulse start to race.
On rare occasions the lulls between battles can grow tedious as you explore for collectibles, but you’re never more than a few seconds away from a demon that needs murdering. If you find one path growing too dull, turn around and go the other way. Before you know it metal will start to pour out of your speakers and the screen will go red with fireballs and demon gore.
As I said though, this game is a guilty pleasure. It’s not something I’d feel good playing in front of family, and I tried to limit my sessions to early mornings before my wife and daughter awoke. If you tend to be squeamish about gore or violence, steer clear. This one is definitely off the list for kids and the tender hearted. However, if you’re a fan of first person shooters and don’t mind a little….lot….ton of blood, then Doom should definitely be on your radar. It’s probably one of the funnest games I’ve played this year, and now that I’ve beaten it, I expect I’ll keep it installed and come back to platinum it later.
How about you? Tried Doom yet? Have any thoughts or opinions to share. Leave a comment below, and as always, thanks for stopping by.