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  • Summary: The fight's not over! Your victory over the hordes of Hell spared Earth from a perilous, demon-infested fate, but saving humanity has upset the delicate balance of power in the heavens. Become the DOOM Slayer once again and set things right in DOOM Eternal's first single-player expansion,The fight's not over! Your victory over the hordes of Hell spared Earth from a perilous, demon-infested fate, but saving humanity has upset the delicate balance of power in the heavens. Become the DOOM Slayer once again and set things right in DOOM Eternal's first single-player expansion, The Ancient Gods, Part One.
    Travel to previously uncharted realms of the DOOM universe and confront a new challenge head-on.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Oct 22, 2020
    90
    The Ancient Gods Part 1 is a fantastic piece of DLC partly because of those narrative implications, but also for how it wonderfully continues and expands upon the base game’s legacy. Seamlessly dialing up the difficulty leads to more rewarding combat, especially with the banging metal soundtrack and horde of new hellspawns. Environments divulge from the typical Doom template, but are undeniably Doom and beautiful regardless. Part 2 has a lot to live up to, but if it’s anything like Part 1, it shouldn’t have a problem shattering high expectations.
  2. Oct 24, 2020
    90
    The Ancient Gods - Part One is just the thing that you are expecting: more of Doom Eternal.
  3. Oct 21, 2020
    80
    Like most DLC it doesn’t introduce much in the way of new ideas but if you enjoyed Doom Eternal you’re going to love these new levels and their uncompromising challenge.
  4. Oct 28, 2020
    80
    Ancient Gods is not necessarily a bad expansion pack, but the original DOOM Eternal was so good and even small changes in the wrong direction can hurt the experience. In Ancient Gods case, the uneven difficulty and confusing story seem to be those wrong changes that topple DOOM Eternal from the top a little bit.
  5. Oct 21, 2020
    75
    If you're desperately looking for more Doom Eternal, The Ancient Gods – Part One will give it to you.
  6. Oct 26, 2020
    70
    The Ancient Gods Part 1 does what Doom expansions always used to: provides more Doom, but makes it harder. Its new enemies are more of an annoyance than a fun challenge but there were already more than enough tricks up Eternal’s sleeves to build on for increasingly tough battles. I recommend a bit of practice on Eternal proper before you dive into this DLC, but once you do you’ll find that the rush of combat is as satisfying as ever.
  7. Nov 6, 2020
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 39
  2. Negative: 13 out of 39
  1. Apr 23, 2021
    10
    One of the best FPS ever created. High skill ceiling. High replayability. Next step in the genre. Checkout @UnderTheMayo on youtube, amongstOne of the best FPS ever created. High skill ceiling. High replayability. Next step in the genre. Checkout @UnderTheMayo on youtube, amongst others, for becoming a badass demon slayer. You will probably be yawning while playing other (generic/mainstream) shooters after playing this. Worth every penny including the DLCs. Stop reading and buy this now! Expand
  2. Oct 22, 2020
    10
    Perfect content for a perfect game. I recommend it to anyone who wants to continue from where the basic game is over. The story isPerfect content for a perfect game. I recommend it to anyone who wants to continue from where the basic game is over. The story is predictable, but in this game, who cares. The difficulty may catch on for those who play less fps games. Expand
  3. Oct 23, 2020
    10
    If you like Doom classic style, this is the best Doom experience ever! Amazing DLC! A true tribute to the franchise! Rip and Tear!
  4. Mar 24, 2021
    8
    Very fun! The difficulty spike was a welcome change, and it helped me to get better at understanding how doom is supposed to be played. TheVery fun! The difficulty spike was a welcome change, and it helped me to get better at understanding how doom is supposed to be played. The final boss was a bit on the extremely difficult side, but it was fun nevertheless. Expand
  5. Mar 15, 2021
    6
    I did not enjoyed this at all. Production quality is perfect so thats why the over average score.
    Music: instead of the metal a techno like
    I did not enjoyed this at all. Production quality is perfect so thats why the over average score.
    Music: instead of the metal a techno like electronic pump goes during 85÷ of the fights, frustrates the absolute crap out of me. I have tuned down the music to 20÷ after an hour (in a DOOM game...)
    Difficulty: they trippled down on this. More enemies in a tighter space dragged out to 5 minute fights, its boring, tiresome and frustrating.
    Difficulty is tuned up sometimes by taking away visibility, slowing u down (in a doom game) or hord you with stuns when you would need to be precise. Sure I might need to get good, but I had none of these problems in Doom 2016 or Doom Eternal base. This DLC was not the good direction for me and not the experience I expected
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  6. Oct 24, 2020
    4
    Being off Doom for a while i had to get into the controls again, but damn this new expansions is HARD!!
    Even on easy the difficulty is
    Being off Doom for a while i had to get into the controls again, but damn this new expansions is HARD!!
    Even on easy the difficulty is disgusting. Just hordes of enemies is constantly thrown at you with a new breed of spirits that can take over Demons and make them three times stronger and faster and demands 3 times as much bullets. In the end i just got bored with it. Most new enemies made for this pack is more or less rather annoying and frustrating.
    Base game was good but the this expansion was rather meh. It is aimed at hard core gamers which i am NOT...
    I will not stick around for Part II...
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  7. Nov 12, 2020
    0
    Look, I loved Doom 2016 and Eternal, replayed both on Ultra-Violence many, many times. My issue with this DLC is that its difficulty is justLook, I loved Doom 2016 and Eternal, replayed both on Ultra-Violence many, many times. My issue with this DLC is that its difficulty is just completely unrelated to the level you choose. And you don't even realize it at first! The beginning seems fairly in line with what you see in Eternal: few extra lives make it difficult, so you have to struggle a bit. However, sometime in the middle of the first level you realize two things: 1. The battles are EXTREMELY long, with 5-6 waves of demons in a row with NO checkpoints; 2. There are basically TWO extra lives in the entire two-hour long level.

    Fine, you think to yourself, I'll lower the difficulty a notch. Does it help? It does, until you reach the next level, where you get the same thing with the charming addition of timed demons (if you don't do a specific action immediately after killing them they basically restart at full health), including the bloody four-stage boss! Eternal's extra life system was already designed stupidly in that if you ran out of extra lives during an encounter and died, they didn't reset. As a result you had the least extra lives specifically when you need them most. However, this was compensated by the ability to farm them. In this case? Well, you could try replaying the two hours of the first level with tight corridors for the two extra lives you get there, hoping you don't lose more in the process, but that's just masochism at this point.

    It feels like they outsourced the gameplay too: 1. all the new demons, including the bosses, break the pace completely by requiring you to basically stand in one spot; 2. the time to complete the DLC was clearly extended by saying "let's just throw in a bunch more demons into tight spaces, that's gonna be fun!"

    I understand that some people enjoy the nightmare-level difficulty that you can find in mastery levels, but what bright mind thought "You know what, let's have everyone pay for a chunk of the story that is exponentially harder than the main game even at the lowest setting, and NOT WARN THEM ABOUT THIS"??

    Eternal was fun, this DLC is just a chore

    P.S. The music score was apparently written the same way as the battles: the louder the better. At some point the screeches of the demons become mostly indistinguishable from the background music
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