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Doom (2016)

  1. May 11, 2016 #1


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    The next version of the video game Doom is to be released within the next day (roughly)!

    I'm sure I know at least a few PFers will likely be playing it.
    (@Drakkith for one)
    By the way, Drakkith's avatar is the protagonist from Doom. Not a power ranger, transformer or robot, but rather a human marine. He's just a human (albeit a bad-ass human) wearing a helmet (safety first!). The protagonist doesn't have a name, but is often referred to as "Doom marine," or "Space marine" or just "Doom guy."

    When the original Doom was released back in 1993, it took computer gaming by storm (on the MS DOS platform). As a matter of fact, anybody who was lucky enough to have a 386 based computer or more powerful, or have access to one, was probably playing it. Before end of 1995, it was assessed that the game was installed on more computers around the world than the newly released Microsoft’s operating system Windows 95.

    If you are unfamilar with the game, here is the original backstory taken from the original shareware README.TXT file (the game was originally released as a free shareware program that contained perhaps a whole quarter of the entire game. If you liked it, and wanted to play more, you could purchase the full game):
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    You're a marine, one of Earth's toughest, hardened in
    combat and trained for action. Three years ago you assaulted
    a superior officer for ordering his soldiers to fire upon
    civilians. He and his body cast were shipped to Pearl
    Harbor, while you were transferred to Mars, home of the
    Union Aerospace Corporation.

    The UAC is a multi-planetary conglomerate with radioactive
    waste facilities on Mars and its two moons, Phobos and
    Deimos. With no action for fifty million miles, your day
    consisted of suckin' dust and watchin' restricted flicks in
    the rec room.

    For the last four years the military, UAC's biggest
    supplier, has used the remote facilities on Phobos and
    Deimos to conduct various secret projects, including
    research on inter-dimensional space travel. So far they have
    been able to open gateways between Phobos and Deimos,
    throwing a few gadgets into one and watching them come out
    the other. Recently however, the Gateways have grown
    dangerously unstable. Military "volunteers" entering them
    have either disappeared or been stricken with a strange form
    of insanity--babbling vulgarities, bludgeoning anything that
    breathes, and finally suffering an untimely death of full-
    body explosion. Matching heads with torsos to send home to
    the folks became a full-time job. Latest military reports
    state that the research is suffering a small set-back, but
    everything is under control.

    A few hours ago, Mars received a garbled message from
    Phobos. "We require immediate military support. Something
    fraggin' evil is coming out of the Gateways! Computer
    systems have gone berserk!" The rest was incoherent. Soon
    afterwards, Deimos simply vanished from the sky. Since then,
    attempts to establish contact with either moon have been

    You and your buddies, the only combat troop for fifty
    million miles were sent up pronto to Phobos. You were
    ordered to secure the perimeter of the base while the rest
    of the team went inside. For several hours, your radio
    picked up the sounds of combat: guns firing, men yelling
    orders, screams, bones cracking, then finally, silence.
    Seems your buddies are dead.

    It's Up To You
    Things aren't looking too good. You'll never navigate off
    the planet on your own. Plus, all the heavy weapons have
    been taken by the assault team leaving you with only a
    pistol. If only you could get your hands around a plasma
    rifle or even a shotgun you could take a few down on your
    way out. Whatever killed your buddies deserves a couple of
    pellets in the forehead. Securing your helmet, you exit the
    landing pod. Hopefully you can find more substantial
    firepower somewhere within the station.

    As you walk through the main entrance of the base, you hear
    animal-like growls echoing throughout the distant corridors.
    They know you're here. There's no turning back now.

    The Doom series (more on Doom 2 in a moment), together with its predecessor, Castle Wolfenstein 3D, defined and laid the groundwork for first person shooters (FPSs). They were known for fast paced, shoot everything that moves, and run around like mad gameplay.

    Doom 2: Hell On Earth, released in 1994, was also incredibly popular (although the development studio, id Software, abandoned the shareware model for this game). The game engine was essentially the same engine as the original Doom (some minor improvements); the game's additions were new monsters, a new gun, and incredibly fantastic level design.

    And with a downloadable patch (downloaded from a bulletin board service [BBS] back in those days) you could play Doom and/or Doom 2 in multiplayer mode! Although technically not the first to introduce first-person, multiplayer play over a network or modem, the Doom series was without question the first to firmly popularize it.

    After that there were many new titles and games, including id's own Quake, that gave gamers a large choice of competing titles. Doom's graphics became quite antiquated pretty quickly thereafter. Sure, Doom's influence of course was always recognizable, but technological advancements and competition in the market abounded faster than even Doom's gameplay.

    Doom 3 was released in 2004. It was not a continuation of the series, but rather a "reboot" of the original. Graphics were greatly improved and the storyline enhanced (it was more than just shoot everything that moves [and it gives a handwaving explanation as to why chainsaws are on Mars]), but the gameplay was notably different. Doom 3 was a very dark, cramped and spooky corridor shooter. The player relies on his flashlight for much of the game (switching between the flashlight and guns) and moved around much slower. Gone were the days of the Doom and Doom 2 open spaces with guns blazing, strafing back and forth to avoid enemy projectiles. You could strafe in Doom 3, but only very slowly, and it felt like hands and legs were constrained, comparatively speaking. Doom 3 consisted of mainly of slowly sneaking around, finding cover when possible, and quickly switching from you flashlight to the appropriate gun when necessary. It wasn't a bad game in my opinion. I rather liked it. But one thing everybody agreed on is that it was different. It wasn't the Doom or Doom 2 that everybody fell in love with, even ignoring the vastly better graphics.

    It should be noted that about this time, the entire FPS genre was changing. "Aiming down the sights," with penalties for not doing so, had become the norm. Finding and hiding behind cover had become essential for survival. Only a limited number of weapons could be carried at any given time. Sure, these new features in FPS games might make them more "realistic" (and there's nothing wrong with that in-and-of-itself), but they also left of vacuum among single player oriented video games where the player runs around like a freaker, shooting anything and everything, as was the case with Doom and Doom 2.

    Oh, the good ol' days.

    At long last it appears that the brand new Doom (2016) -- the one that is to be released tomorrow (roughly) -- will fill that void. The developers, after working on the project for years, then scrapping everything and starting over from scratch (presumably to avoid making just another Call of Duty clone), claim to have created a Doom game that maintains the open spaces, fast paced action, weaving and strafing all over like a crazed puppy with a gun, like the originals. That, of course, together with state of the art sound and graphics of a modern shooter.

    I for one am looking forward to playing. In preparation, I've played through Doom, Doom 2 and Doom 3 from beginning to end over the last couple of weeks. I'm ready to compare the new one.

    For those fans of the previous games (like me), the designers have offered many easter eggs commemorating the originals.
    ******** Spoiler Alert *********** Don't watch this video if you don't want any spoilers whatsoever:
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  3. May 11, 2016 #2


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    The question is, am I also wearing a mouth-guard? Or pants?
  4. May 12, 2016 #3
    I won't play Doom, it looks so violent and the main character doesn't look cute.
    You've played games a lot and are not addicted to them at all ? I've played only one game, the only one I've ever played, but its owner has taken so much money from me.

    ?:) :DD
  5. May 12, 2016 #4


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    Yep, in 1993 DOOM took the gaming world by storm, I remember it quite well. That was at the time playing games was my job.

    It is so ridiculously unplayable by now (no WASD and mouse, introduced silently in QUAKE) :frown:

    Still, I know a guy who in the last few days recorded himself finishing DOOM on nightmare settings, just because of the DOOM 3 release. Comments in Polish, he starts playing at 2:00.

  6. May 12, 2016 #5


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    Back in the day (I'm not a young pup anymore) I think I can say with confidence that I was sort of addicted to Doom (carried over from Wolfenstein 3D) there for awhile. I played a lot of Doom.

    But then I gradually moved away from video games, only playing them occasionally, and even then I never took them as seriously. I had important things to accomplish in life. Video games took a back seat (somewhat). Accomplishing my dreams in real life was more important, and that became my outlook on life. Until Kerbal Space Program.

    I think I can sum up the stages of my life as follows:
    • Childhood
    • Bulk of higher education
    • Doom
    • Post Doom*
    • Some sort of life (debatable)
    • Kerbal Space Program**
    • Present (which may or may not involve Kerbal Space Program and/or Doom)
    So I'm kind of looking forward to the new Doom, if for no other reason for sentimental purposes. It was a big influence on my more impressionable years, after all.

    *(I think Half Life and Portal might fit in there somewhere)
    **(In all fairness to video games, I learned an incredible amount of useful [tangible] physics concepts from Kerbal Space Program and the game inspired me to learn more).
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  7. May 12, 2016 #6
    I believe that in Germany, Doom is controlled rather as is pornography. It may not be advertised and is sold in adults-only stores. But the list of regulated games is secret. It was feared that the list would entice business.
  8. May 12, 2016 #7
    I recall playing Doom, as well as the original Grand Theft Auto, as a child for the first time while I was visiting my father in prison (good behaviour inmates got to spend a weekend with family in a trailer home). Thought that to be rather ironic. I remember Doom being so hard..
  9. May 12, 2016 #8
    Nice graphics engine, I may just have to pick this one up. (If I can get out of Diablo 3 long enough:smile:). I assume the good ol' days of waiting for the next wad release (remember Barney Doom?) are long gone.
    <Disclaimer: Kids remember to respect the rating on this trailer. :wink:>

  10. May 12, 2016 #9


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    Yes, that is apparently correct. Or at least those older games were restricted until just recently.

    You might be pleased to know that fortunately (for whatever reasons or lack thereof) the new Doom will be released, uncut, in Germany.

    Here is an article explaining it:
  11. May 13, 2016 #10
    Meh, after beating the boss monster in castle Wolfenstein, Doom seemed a bit naff to me.
    I just have a habit of playing civ 5 with a few mods these days
  12. May 13, 2016 #11


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    I've played several hours so far of the new Doom (2016 version), and so far, my first impressions are positive. The developer's did very well at keeping the action faced paced, very reminiscent of the original Doom and Doom 2. Of course now you can jump, crawl atop higher structures, and even look up and down (in the original Doom and Doom 2, you could only look straight forward). The graphics are incredible, if I may say. They did a good job with the music so far too.

    They didn't ignore Doom 3 either! The look and feel of the computer screens are straight out of Doom 3 -- that was one of the really good things about Doom 3. Thankfully though, in this Doom the player moves much faster and is not dependent on the flashlight (as a matter of fact there is no flashlight), doesn't take much fall damage, and doesn't need to reload. It seems the best parts of each game are all in this version, and the worst parts gone.

    Of course I have a long way to go in the game. I'm just getting started. As a summary: very positive experience so far!
  13. May 15, 2016 #12


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    The fact Doom 3 was so dark and dependent on a flashlight is what made me love it so much actually. The blood looked like blood. It was scary as hell. Now it looks like a bland version of it, in my opinion. I really don't like it. But that's a bias on my part I think. I'm living in nostalgia when it comes to games. Political correctness and more of a drive to sell than to make a great game.
  14. May 15, 2016 #13


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    I'm going to disagree with everything here. I hated much of Doom 3 and from what I've seen so far, the new game appears to be much better than its predecessor (that's all subjective of course. What's better for me isn't necessarily better for you). All I will say is, "thank god there's no flashlight..."

    Also, I don't see where political correctness comes into this.
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    I take the PC thing back, too quick to judge. Looked at some more gameplay, sorry.

    As for the rest it's indeed subjective, that's why I said it's a bias on my part. Doom 3 just makes me feel terrified, Doom does not.
    Multiplayer looks awesome though, way better than Doom 3 in that aspect.
  16. May 16, 2016 #15


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    Honestly I felt that the Doom 3 experience was entirely based on how good of a computer, monitor and sound system you had. I played it on my poor machine and it just felt slow and clunky, but when i played it on a friends rig in his basement with a nice surround system and top-of-the-line everything my heart was racing and the fear was more real.

    I still think that I had more hours playing Quake 1/2/3 with friends than anything else, back on a ring network at a friends office, 3dfx cards, etc. Probably 10 years of playing that together. Now they're really excited about Doom2016 but I don't have a good machine anymore so we'll see.
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