Will those pesky demons never learn?
Mon, 14 November 2005
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This review will be a fairly brief one, my apologies if it seems a little rushed. I'm going away for a few days and I wanted to get this posted before that. Besides, we've covered Doom quite a bit already with Mugwai's Doom 3 Xbox review and mine for the original PC version.
It still impresses me greatly how well they got the game to run on Xbox. I'm glad they did too because, to my mind, Doom 3 works better as a console game. It is ideal for kicking back on the couch with the lights off. What's more I found Ressurection of Evil (which is really just an expansion pack, so don't go expecting a full blown sequel) to be a definite improvement gameplay wise. The action is more furious now, there are some cool new weapons and the level of interactivity has been increased.
You've now got this funky thing called "The Artifact" which you can use to do some pretty wild stuff. It slows down time (which, essentially, is yet another variant on "bullet-time" but it is cool all the same) so that you can get passed fast moving booby traps and things like that. Later on it can give you massive power too; it is a whole lot of fun to punch straight through any demon that gets in your way while that's going on.
|Does anyone know where I can get one of these? Maybe I should check Ebay. |
You also have a Levitator gun, or "The Grabber" which is something Half Life 2 fans will feel at home with. These two devices are implemented well into the game as several puzzle like situations call for you to use them in some clever ways. A fun way to add a bit more depth to it all.
The pistol has a flashlight attached to it now, which I think is much better (though some folks liked having to switch from gun to torch). The double barrel shotgun makes a welcome return too and who doesn't love that thing?
There a couple of new demons in the game as well. But what's better to me is that there seems to always be more beasties running around here than in Doom 3. It really feels much more like the old-school Doom games now.
Graphically the game is as impressive as ever, a remarkable proximity to the PC version. Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil is easily one of the best looking Xbox games available.
As this is an expansion pack, the fun is short lived compared to the original Doom 3. If you played it flat out you could probably go through the game in a couple of days, or even less. You might give it another run though as there are a few bits worth seeing more than once. The boss fights in particular are very well done.
In order to make up for the game's short lifespan there are some bonus goodies on offer. The classics Ultimate Doom, Doom II and Master Levels for Doom II are all included on the disc. I love that kind of thing myself and wish there was more of it.
|He's a rocket man |
The old Doom games are still awesome fun too. Once you get used to seeing all those pixels (remember when those graphics were the best thing going?!) the gameplay kicks in and it's on. I got sucked in all over again reliving some of the old levels (I was amazed how some of the layouts were still tucked away in my memory) and had great time. In fact, I probably spent more time on those than the actual new game…I dunno if that's due to nostalgia or that I genuinely do still prefer the older versions.
The bottom line for Xbox owners; if you didn't like Doom 3 at all, you won't like it now either. If you loved Doom 3 you ought to give Resurrection of Evil a shot without doubt. If you've never tried Doom 3, this version is better in my opinion, but also a lot shorter, so you're probably still better off getting the original.
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Resurrection of Evil improves the gameplay of Doom 3 nicely. It isn't really a stand alone game and is thus too short. Well worth a look though. If you dig the old-school Doom games, and want to play them on your xbox, snap it up.