Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. This steroid-pumped sequel works well.
  2. DOOM II is legendary, plain and simple. It's required gaming for any action/FPS gamer, and this XBLA release is extra special in that it has a new nine level episodes created by Nerve Software. Highly recommended.
  3. Despite a poor multiplayer, Doom II really is a great game and if you have never played a Doom title before I urge you to try it.
  4. 85
    A must buy for any first person shooter fan - if only to learn a bit of history.
  5. It may not have next-gen graphics or a fantastic plot but it does play well, even after 16-years and once I started playing, I had to finish this game... one more time, in the 21st century.
  6. I still love this game and it's over 15 years old -- if that isn't enough to make you want to try it, I don't know what else would.
  7. Doom 2 remains a superb shooter that even newcomers will appreciate.
  8. Doom II may not have the same visceral impact that it did 15 years ago, but it is still a hellaciously fun game that's worth checking out.
  9. The graphics and sounds brings me back to the 90ies and Id Software's nice little hell. A nice place to spend a few hours. Doom II still rocks and is recommended to both old fans and new ones.
  10. A distant yet thoroughly tangible sense of being "the man." [Issue#61, p.105]
  11. For the 800 MSP price tag, it may seem a little on the high side for a 15 year old PC game, but if you liked it then and haven’t played it since, it would be a good buy especially for the new levels they added.
  12. 80
    Even though the game is unchanged, the personality, the simple style of play and the blowing up demons into a pixilated bloody mess, plus the new episode make this game worth a purchase even though the multiplayer suffers from that inexcusable lag.
  13. Playing through this game after 16 years after playing it for the first time, it still holds up.
  14. Only a bit of lag in the otherwise fun-as-ever multiplayer modes on Xbox Live mellows the buzz. [Aug 2010, p.78]
  15. If you are in the need to go into a game and slaughter creatures in a mindless fashion, then Doom II is definitely for you. Do not expect top of the line graphics or high quality music, but you can expect a lot of killing and being killed as you play your way through the slaughterhouse called Doom II again.
  16. The question is, does this make Doom 2 worth your hard earned? At 800 points, this really depends on how nostalgic you feel.
  17. 75
    It's pretty simple by today's standards but manages to have more personality than many modern shooters.
  18. It’s a shame that the online aspects are so hit and miss, but the new chapter helps to smooth over that complaint. It’s old school and simple, but if you can look past that you’ll definitely have a blast with Doom II on Xbox Live Arcade.
  19. 'Always run' option is a great friend to have.
  20. This is an homage to one of the most famous fps in history. Improvements are only about the coop mode and the joypad adaptation. Ask yourself if you are ready to play Doom II.
  21. It’s certainly not as amazing as it once was sixteen years ago. But, it will scratch that itch if you feel nostalgic or if you have 800 Microsoft Points in your account begging to be spent.
  22. Still quality, but overpriced. [Aug 2010, p.111]
  23. Played in the right spirit Doom II is still a cracking action game. This XBLA re-release, at 800 points, represents good value for money.
  24. 67
    And speaking of kids today, most of them just won't go for Doom II on XBLA.
  25. Doom II is just a nostalgia fix. As charming as the experience can be, it’s just very dated.
  26. Doom II provided a crucial step in the evolution of the first-person shooter, but its outdated level design and gameplay mechanics don't entirely hold up today.
  27. 60
    Doom II will let you experience some nostalgic feelings but the gameplay feels extremely outdated and doesn't hold up compared to today's standards.
  28. It's always fun to see Doom II again, but it doesn't make the big splash that it did seventeen years ago
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Mar 2, 2013
    Played this game when it came with Doom 3. Very challenging and rewarding game just like the first one.
  2. Apr 27, 2013
    As the original Doom it is dated but still awesome a new weapon from Doom and all the classic weapons as well co-op and multiplayer withAs the original Doom it is dated but still awesome a new weapon from Doom and all the classic weapons as well co-op and multiplayer with split-screen and xbox live and a brand new episode Doom II:No Rest For The Living which is fun but not as fun as the original game but still good and achievements as well. All for only 400 MSP Full Review »
  3. Nov 12, 2014
    These days Doom ][ would be considered more of a DLC/expansion pack product than a standalone sequel so it's hard to review it in a vacuum.These days Doom ][ would be considered more of a DLC/expansion pack product than a standalone sequel so it's hard to review it in a vacuum. There's a new shotgun, a slew of formidable additional enemies and some new textures and sprites but it's fundamentally the same game --- same gameplay mechanic and game engine. My main complaint it is that this game is RIDICULOUSLY hard. I've logged probably thousands of hours in this game and since it came out 20 years ago and I'm still astounded at how difficult some of these levels are. But like it's predecessor this game holds up quite well and is well suited to the XBL platform. A couple of years after this game came out I remember feeling this weird feeling of "gosh I've wasted so much of my life playing this gross game". If only I knew how more years I would spend playing this game! Full Review »