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  • Summary: A massive demonic invasion has overwhelmed the Union Aerospace Corporation's (UAC) Mars Research Facility, leaving only chaos and horror in its wake. As one of only a few survivors, you must fight your way to hell and back against a horde of evil monsters. The path is dark and dangerous, but you'll have an array of weapons--including a pistol, a chainsaw, grenades, and more--to use for protection. Expand
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  1. Positive: 66 out of 71
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  1. Grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go until your eyes bulge, your face turns blue, and your heart thuds against your rib cage like a charging rhino... Screw the PC version. This feels like the game Xbox was always meant to host. [Feb 2005, p.81; NOTE: 1UP's Doom 3 review is simply XBN's review republished without credit.]
  2. 95
    The graphics on the Xbox are as perfect as the platform can deliver, and walking into steam-filled rooms only to have the lights blink out, then hearing something hiss at you out of the darkness, are moments that would have made Dante soil his short pants.
  3. Doom 3's visuals are an amazing testament to Vicarious Vision. They have taken a PC benchmarking staple and turned it onto an impossible console port.
  4. 90
    Though Doom 3 is lacking in innovative gameplay, it more than makes up for it with amazing graphics, flawless sound design, and excellent storytelling. [Apr 2005, p.72]
  5. Doom 3's old-fashioned gameplay mechanics and level design are very much at odds with its cutting-edge, ultrarealistic looks. Yet the quality of the presentation truly is remarkable--enough so that it overwhelms Doom 3's occasional problems.
  6. The one shining part of online play is the addition of being able to play through the game cooperatively with a friend.
  7. This console-friendly redux has just enough polish to make a bog-standard virtual murderer simulator seem fresh. [July 2005, p.87]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 69
  2. Negative: 13 out of 69
  1. DickeyS.
    Apr 6, 2005
    I have been waiting for this game for a LONG time. I ran out and got it yesterday when it came out, and so far it has lived up to all of my expectations. My palms were sweating after playing through the first 20 minutes. I have never played a game with such a tense atmosphere. Its like being inside a horror movie (can you say "Event Horizon"). Just a suggestion though, pay the extra 10 bucks and get the special edition, its well worth it. The original Dooms are still classics. Also, do yourself a favor and play in the dark, with the sound way up. After a few minutes, you'll forget that you're in your living room. Its the only way to play. Expand
  2. Nov 16, 2013
    i got bfg edition for pc, but the xbox 2005 version of doom 3 was the best. i had my original copy from hollywood (out of business for 6 years) and i still get sad sometimes that it just disappered on me. just looking at the cover reminds me of the day i bought it with driver 3 almost 10 years ago. Expand
    Apr 6, 2005
    The best scare to be found on the Xbox to date. Doom 3 gives you the chance of conquering the depths of Hell with awesome gunfire and a, err
  4. Jul 11, 2013
    Probably the best FPS on the XBox. Games like Dead Space and F.E.A.R. wish they are this awesome. Everything about Doom 3 is excellent. Naturally the graphics are killer, the sound design is freaky, and the attention to detail is ridiculous. It's not the most frightening game you'll ever play, but it's still good for a few scares here or there. A definite must own for any FPS fan. Expand
  5. JesseS.
    Jun 18, 2005
    One of the greatest single player first person shooters comes to the Xbox. The graphics engine is all the buzz lately, and it IS very impressive, even in the port to the Xbox. Gameplay is your standard FPS fare, with a great innovative option that allows you to map any four weapons you want to the D-Pad for quick access. It may seem like a 'small thing', but its actually a great thing with the different types of enemies you may encounter subsequently. The sound is also very impressive. As you walk down the wrecked halls of the UAC facility, you will hear ambient music every once in a while, but mostly the sound is dominated by what is going on around you. A great deal of atmospheric sound. Can easily creep you out, especially when you hear something that you can't see. However, as with all games, there ARE some downsides. One would be the darkness that everyone complains about. Sure, it creates a great atmosphere, but it can be extremely annoying at times. Another thing is the repeated appearance of some of the same monesters, with a lack of others, as well as the way monsters will appear out of nowhere behind you. Don't get me wrong, its a great scare, but it can be extremely annoying at times. Overall, a great game, and definitley a must-have for diehard FPS and horror fans. Expand
  6. NickT.
    Jun 10, 2005
    I was very impressed by this game... FOR THE FIRST HOUR! Sure, this game is mighty pretty but that doesn't make up for the fact that it is the most repetitive FPS of the last few years. The "amazing atmosphere" that critics speak of can be found, but it only lingers for a small amount of time because after an hour or so of gameplay one knows what to expect around the next corner. The entire game is played throughout the same metal corridors with a few minutes of playtime in Hell. This game is fun, of course, but suffice to say that if this game had the same graphics of say... Halo or Area 51, it would not be touted as the game the critics are touting it as. I understand that this game was meant to hark back to the days of the original, old-school Doom and I appreciate that fact, but gamers craving innovation will be gravely dissappointed. I am perfectly open to mindless shooting, but it better not be presented in the same, boring, brooding hallways for more than 8 hours. Rent this, play it for a few hours, then return it. For the love of MONEY do not waste $50 on this game. Fin. Expand
  7. Rick
    Nov 21, 2005
    Very repetitive... very repetitive, sorry did I say that twice? Its just like the game. Also quite boring too. After playing for about an hour, you've got the FULL scare of this FPS with all its "hidden" AI. A waste of your money and time. Expand

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