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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Originally released in 1993, DOOM introduced millions to the white-knuckle excitement of the First Person Shooter. Relive the classic demon-blasting action, now with up to four players over Xbox Live, 5.1 Surround Sound, and smoother graphics. You're a Marine stationed on[Xbox Live Arcade] Originally released in 1993, DOOM introduced millions to the white-knuckle excitement of the First Person Shooter. Relive the classic demon-blasting action, now with up to four players over Xbox Live, 5.1 Surround Sound, and smoother graphics. You're a Marine stationed on Mars when a military experiment goes wrong. Your mission: Blast your way to freedom through the classic world of DOOM. Face off against Hell's army, including stampeding demons, and lay waste to rooms of monsters with an arsenal of classic weapons. Take the deathmatch online via Xbox Live and battle your friends for dominance of the leaderboards. Gameplay: Experience all the classic DOOM levels, monsters, and weapons. Play the entire single-player game solo or in co-op mode via split screen or over Xbox Live. Multiplayer: Play up to four-player deathmatch, either in split-screen or on Xbox Live. Earn achievements and check the leaderboards for the high scores. Next-generation features: With 1080i HD support, 5.1 Surround Sound, and smooth textures, this is DOOM for the next generation. [Microsoft] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. This would have been a ho-hum port of a game that's already been ported to at least a dozen platforms over the years, but it's DOOM's online action which really makes it soar.
  2. While other faithful ports of have seen their fair share of action on Live already, Doom trumps them all with its intense action and countless secrets.
  3. Doom is the rarest of retro games, in that you can enjoy it just as much as you did when it was first released. Better still, you can appreciate it with the benefit of 20-20 hindsight, and see not only how enormously influential it is, but how perfect its design was from the very beginning.
  4. A must-have classic. If you consider yourself a shooter fan, you simply must get this game.
  5. The revolutionary shooter has been adapted to the Xbox 360 in all its archaic glory and, amazingly, is still as fun and visceral as it was all those years ago.
  6. Doom is still a blast, but it could have been so much more. [Holiday 2006, p.86]
  7. 30
    Online play -- including both co-op and the deathmatches that made Doom such a phenomenon in the first place -- can hardly even be considered "play." The lag is unbearable, the framerate excruciating. Aiming is nearly impossible.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Dec 31, 2011
    10
    The ORIGINAL DOOM! Oh my good, DOOM 1! Without all of these stupid Doom 2, Doom 3, Doom 4, Doom 5, Doom 6... All I am saying is back in theThe ORIGINAL DOOM! Oh my good, DOOM 1! Without all of these stupid Doom 2, Doom 3, Doom 4, Doom 5, Doom 6... All I am saying is back in the day, Doom the original was the bomb. I still love it: I have it on my laptop. Sure the graphics suck, but it is so addicting and fun. Plus, it is probably the first FPS ever made. WITHOUT DOOM, THERE WOULD BE NO COD! NO BATTLEFIELD OR HALO, OR WHATEVER YOU LIKE THESE DAYS!!!! Expand
  2. Nov 12, 2014
    10
    Doom didn't invent the First Person Shooter but it defined it and it's legacy lives on to this day. You therefore have to review thisDoom didn't invent the First Person Shooter but it defined it and it's legacy lives on to this day. You therefore have to review this watershed game from two perspectives: what it was like playing it when it was originally released and how it holds up today. 20 years ago Doom was revolutionary. The (sort of) 3D graphics and level design were like nothing we'd ever seen before, weapons were varied and kickass, the sound design was rock solid and the multiplayer was a revelation. It was also one of the first games that truly had a distinct "atmosphere". It was scary, nailbiting and just plain eerie. For the first time I felt truly immersed in the world of the game. This wasn't just a fun way to kill a few hours, Doom was an experience. But how does it hold up? I can't speak for younger gamers who are playing it for the first time but I still think Doom is a blast to play. I love all of the things modern shooters have brought to the fray both in terms of graphics and gameplay but sometimes I want to just mindlessly strafe through a horde of demons with a shotgun. No stealth, no jumping and rolling, no cover system, no crosshair --- just plain old run-and-gun. People still watch Casablanca and Gone with the Wind after 70 years, why shouldn't people play Doom after 20? It's a classic. Expand
  3. EricS.
    Oct 6, 2006
    10
    There's no question that Doom is underwhelming compared to more modern First Person Shooters. However, there is no denying that it is There's no question that Doom is underwhelming compared to more modern First Person Shooters. However, there is no denying that it is one of the most games ever released. Every FPS, including Halo and Half-Life, owe a tremendous debt to the game that popularized the genre. Is Doom a better gaem than Halo? Hell no. I won't lie and say Doom is "just as fun today," nor is any game released over a decade ago. But judging by its originality and impact on the industry, Doom is worthy of any gamers respect. Expand
  4. HughJ.
    Sep 30, 2006
    10
    DOOM is an all-time classic. Fast, simple gameplay, "good enough" graphics, and now, easy online play, leaderboards, and achievements. Doom 3 DOOM is an all-time classic. Fast, simple gameplay, "good enough" graphics, and now, easy online play, leaderboards, and achievements. Doom 3 may be prettier, but nothing tops the original for innovative, fun blasting action. I hope the other official WAD files (Doom 2, Final Doom) are released as low-priced add-ons. Expand
  5. StevenH
    Sep 24, 2009
    9
    This was a very good port of Doom (probably the best). The original graphics and gameplay are almost completely carried over, although thereThis was a very good port of Doom (probably the best). The original graphics and gameplay are almost completely carried over, although there are some subtle changes in the music and weapon placement in co-operative play that give it a nudge for the worse. To make up for lack of weapon sharing in the original game, the developers set weapon placement in co-op to deathmatch settings, which means you have to walk about 50 feet from the very beginning to pick up the rocket launcher, which was odd. Some of the music sounds a bit different but not any moreso than would be caused through different interpretations of the original MIDI. Lastly, it is now possible to switch between the chainsaw and the fist without picking up a Berserk, which was somewhat pleasing. Overall, a worthy purchase. Expand
  6. Feb 5, 2015
    8
    The best port of a classic game. It doesn't support KB&M and obviously no mod support, but that's all that's holding back this excellent port.The best port of a classic game. It doesn't support KB&M and obviously no mod support, but that's all that's holding back this excellent port. The only better way to play it is using a source port on PC. If you play one FPS in your life, make it DOOM. Expand
  7. MarkC.
    Sep 29, 2006
    6
    It used to seem so cool, but after playing Halo 2, Call of Duty 2, PDZero and Far Cry, it's really hard to go back and not laugh at the It used to seem so cool, but after playing Halo 2, Call of Duty 2, PDZero and Far Cry, it's really hard to go back and not laugh at the graphics. Reminds me of watching The Exorcist a few years ago: back in the day it was scary, but now it just seems a bit silly. Expand

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