Video Game Preview: DOOM

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) I have experience with the Doom franchise going back to the original PC games from the 1990s. I still remember playing the original at my friends’ house because my father thought it was too violent to get for me. One of the things that always struck me about the games was how cool the weapons felt. It was a big deal when you found a new one, and each had their own advantages.

The new Doom game, which is being pitched as a reboot of the original, seems to try to carry that tradition while still bringing many modern sensibilities to the franchise. From my time trying out the weapons in the multiplayer beta, they all have a unique feel, but are more balanced. Aside from the ‘special weapons’ found on the maps, no weapon feels better than another, just a matter of preference.

I’m not exactly the most seasoned multiplayer gamer, so the speed of the game struck me right off the bat. The game moves very quickly, both in terms of character movement and, for me, speed at which death comes. Once I got used to the rhythm, and learned to not worry too much about dying, I got into a groove and started to figure out how to play. There were several matches I had that came really down to the wire, especially in the Warpath mode, which is a mobile version of King of the Hill.

The two maps presented did a great job of showcasing the aesthetic of the new game. The graphics looked really great, and the frame rate kept up with the frantic pace of the combat. The science fiction meets Hell look of the game has always been a favorite of mine, so to see it rendered in such high quality is very promising.

While the beta didn’t have a look at the single player portion of the game, it was nice to get a sample of how the game controls and feels in general. The feel of Doom is such an essential part of the experience, and based on what I’ve played, this style will be a great pace for the single player campaign.

Doom has some big competition when it releases on May 13 for Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC. The much anticipated Uncharted 4 will be coming to PS4 on May 10, so these two action-heavy games will be going head-to-head for the dollars of many gamers. I was pretty set on getting Uncharted, but the fun I had with Doom, combined with some great footage released by the developers of the single player campaign, has me thinking long and hard about which game to spend my time and money on.

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