Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic 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. Jan 20, 2012
    Doom remained young at heart. (...) Doom´s speed, the simple but highly energetic movement, its wicked and labyrinthine levels are something that no Call of Duty, no Halo, no Killzone, not even a RAGE can offer.
  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. It's one of the most symbolic, enduring and entertaining games of all time and its transition to Xbox Live Arcade is only let down by the occasional lag of online play.
  5. Doom has more personality than "Halo" know it's true. [Issue 13, p.116]
  6. At the time this was released, it blew people's minds and nearly everyone played it. The innovation doesn't hold a candle to today's games, but it carries over nicely as an Arcade title.
  7. 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.
  8. There is no other shooter that could be more exciting to have on Xbox Live Arcade then Doom.
  9. 90
    DOOM is everything you could have hoped for on the Xbox 360. Is it flawless? No, but it is damn close. Easily the best Xbox Live Arcade Marketplace game out there, Geometery Wars included.
  10. Still brilliant, even by today's standards. [Dec 2006, p.99]
  11. DOOM is by far one of the better XBLA titles available on the 360.
  12. 85
    For ten bucks, you get a piece of gaming pie that will feed you again and again. For ten bucks, you get a piece of history. Sure, you may have had a piece of this pie already, but who the hell turns down a slice of extraordinarily delicious pie when their offered it again and again? Not me.
  13. Doom does just about everything a port should do. Aside from a few missing options, this is the perfect console version of the game people have wanted for over a decade.
  14. A must-have classic. If you consider yourself a shooter fan, you simply must get this game.
  15. 81
    The music is simple. It oozes with fear, anxiety and old horribly compressed technology. In short, it's old but great. Nerve Software even added a few extra little notes here and there, including a few sound effects I've never heard before.
  16. 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.
  17. Modern gamers who like to aim up and enter stealth mode will probably turn their nose up at it. Whereas all you gamers in your 20s are probably playing as we type. Now we just want "Doom II."
  18. Doom is still a blast, but it could have been so much more. [Holiday 2006, p.86]
  19. When it's on, it's damn fun. Single player is ok but playing co-op with three others is a blast.. when the lag is minimized.
  20. Doom is a commendable first-person shooting opus that's still as fun to play as it was fifteen years ago, even if it might seem a bit prehistoric in comparison to "Call of Duty 2" and "Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter."
  21. Online multiplayer is dreadfully slow, both in co-op and deathmatch modes, which brings an unwanted element of luck into the picture. It's shocking really considering how smoothly this game ran back in 1993 yet with all this newfound processing power and high-speed Internet, the game has the problems it does here.
  22. This Xbox 360 version of the game stays mostly faithful to the original, and it holds up well after all these years.
  23. 70
    The controls are intuitive and simplistic with those small details, such as the marine looking around or grinning gleefully when you pick up a new weapon, present and correct. Doom is good value at 800 points and well worth the purchase.
  24. With the exception of an added online multiplayer component, there really isn’t that much of an incentive for those who have played this game at all and aren’t waxing nostalgic.
  25. Doom plays quite well in single player on the 360 thanks to tight controls, crisp (but definitely dated) graphics, and a smooth frame rate. Split screen is also flawless and it’s a blast to play with four people in the same room.
  26. 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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 67 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Dec 31, 2011
    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 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!!!! Full Review »
  2. bigcheese
    Dec 9, 2008
    I had never played a doom game before I downloaded this on xbox live and I was really surprised by how good it was. Even though the graphics are dated, the game play is actually a lot more fun than most modern fps games. The game is kind of short (about 30 levels), but it has lots of replay value from the different difficulty settings and multiplayer. Lets hope doom 2 will be on xbox soon! Full Review »
  3. Anonymous
    Apr 4, 2007
    Way better than crappy Halo. or Call of Duty. The only thing that comes close is Half-Life.