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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
  2. Negative: 0 out of 71
  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. Nov 16, 2013
    10
    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
  2. Apr 28, 2013
    9
    Great game will be one of the greatest horror games of all time great transformation from arcade to fps the only bad thing is they should have had a weapon with the light for how much you have to use it they fixed it in ROE though Expand
  3. Jul 11, 2013
    9
    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
  4. Mar 22, 2011
    8
    doom is the game that really took the hole FPS game and shot it off into the huge genra it is today. it deffinitly changes the formula abit and im alittle mixed on it . doom was well known for its massive hordes of enimys you will be shooting your way through. in this version not alot of enimys but the game is set up to be more chlostrophobic and darker and make you worry about running into a enimy . it works for the most part and is still a fun game but you never get that dozens of enimys charging out at you moments like in prevous doom games . still i enjoyed it . Expand
  5. Mar 27, 2012
    8
    Oh man was I excited when I finally got my hands on this game. I've been a die-hard Doom fan since I was 4, watching my dad play and cheering him on. The originals still make me scream like a little kid and nearly throw my laptop away when a monster suddenly appears in front of you. Doom 3, however, didn't feel much like a Doom game. I feel like they focused too much on a scary atmosphere (which they did very well, mind you) rather than trying to stay true to the originals. But, it is still a great game. Probably the most frustrating aspect is that you can't have your flashlight and gun out at the same time. FIND SOME DAMN DUCT TAPE. Thank god they fixed that problem in Resurrection of Evil. I also really wished I had access to the super shotgun to wreck everything in my path like I did in Doom 2. But, the monsters were a nice revamp of the original designs of the monsters. I especially enjoyed the Hell Knights. I LOVED the carnage the chaingun brought about. The chainsaw? Everything fell before me. No living being stood a chance. Best part? Going to Hell. The Cherubs were the most terrifying thing I have ever experienced... This game is great, I definitely recommend this game. Expand
  6. Jun 25, 2011
    8
    I've had this game sitting around for a while, and I finally decided to give it a go. The game seemed really simple but immediately had me hooked and made me sit through it all in one sitting. It had some cool guns and the fighting was fun and really frequent. The game never scared me, but that's just because I'm not easily scared by a lot of things. The enviroment was kinda lame with many shades of grey and brownish red all the time. The worst part was the lack of a checkpoint and respawn system and the fact I had to quicksave frequently to make sure I didn't lose too much progress only to have a fat loading screen greet me every time I died. This version makes me want to try out the PC version even more. Expand
  7. Sep 27, 2013
    6
    Rather underwhelming when compared to the first two games. Visually it was breathtaking on the Xbox when it first came out, sound and score created a nice creepy atmosphere. Gameplay feels a little dumbed down most of the time, trying too hard to supplement jump scares for the heart pounding action of the previous games.

    Overall:
    While it was a good attempt to bring Doom to the modern age, it sacrifices too much of what made the first games great: Fear inducing non-stop action.
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