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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, butA 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. Collapse
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Score distribution:
  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. Computer Games Magazine
    70
    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: 46 out of 70
  2. Negative: 13 out of 70
  1. Wongit
    Apr 7, 2005
    10
    Amazing! the best looking game i have ever seen. the graphics are amazing and its so realistic that it gives you the sensation that you are Amazing! the best looking game i have ever seen. the graphics are amazing and its so realistic that it gives you the sensation that you are actually there, very few games accomplish that. A must buy for any xbox owner. Simply astonishing. Expand
  2. Sep 21, 2017
    10
    Закрыв глаза на небольшие огрехи типа сильно пережатых текстур, можно с уверенностью сказать что игра потрясна! Рекомендуется к коопЗакрыв глаза на небольшие огрехи типа сильно пережатых текстур, можно с уверенностью сказать что игра потрясна! Рекомендуется к кооп прохождению! Expand
  3. SPYBREAK
    Apr 6, 2005
    9
    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. LaneC.
    Jun 14, 2005
    9
    Turn the lights out, turn up the volume, kick everyone out of the room and get ready to die alone in outer space. It's a lot more fun Turn the lights out, turn up the volume, kick everyone out of the room and get ready to die alone in outer space. It's a lot more fun than it sounds. Very, very scary. The weapons are a lot of fun and the progression through the areas is very creative. It's not just level 1: small monsters/ puzzle/ bigger monster/ boss level 2: small monsters/ puzzle/ bigger monster boss. The problems with this game are the fact that you cannot help but think of Half Life in several places. Also, the final boss was definitely not the most difficult part of the game. It was such a good time though. Expand
  5. JesseS.
    Jun 18, 2005
    8
    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 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
    6
    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 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
    0
    Very repetitive... very repetitive, sorry did I say that twice? Its just like the game. Also quite boring too. After playing for about an 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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#2 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2005
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#4 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2005