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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. Expand

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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Sep 15, 2019
    85
    What Doom 3 proposed was of great quality and is still worth playing today. Among other things, it is a great game because it is the title of the franchise that has more elements of other genres, especially survival horror.
  2. 85
    The Switch port of Doom 3 is faithful, and the game is a blast. While it may begin to wear thin after you kill your hundredth fire-throwing imp, there’s something incredibly rewarding about the gunplay in the Doom series. Doom 3 might not have been received as warmly as the beloved reboot that we got in 2016, but it deserves its place in history and would be a fine addition to any Switch library.
  3. Aug 9, 2019
    85
    Doom 3 is the most unique game in the series, thanks to it's (great) horror atmosphere and narrative approach, but that also means is the one we're usually wanting to revisit the most. And this version is perfect for the job.
  4. Aug 5, 2019
    80
    A stuttery frame rate isn’t enough to derail one of the most memorable FPS campaigns of yesteryear. Doom 3 still has the power to unnerve and while elements of it may be showing their age now, the overall package – complete with the BFG Edition improvements and expansion packs – still guarantees value for money.
  5. Nintendo Force Magazine
    Apr 28, 2020
    80
    DOOM 3 has since been surpassed in everything it set out to do by DOOM 2016, but it's still worth a look if you can't get enough of the series. [Issue #42 – October 2019, p. 21]
  6. Mar 11, 2020
    70
    Compared to previous entries, Doom 3 is... well, different. It's a linear and repetitive, low-key horror first-person shooter, which looks great, but can also be frustratingly dark. Some like it, and some don't, as taste is subjective. What isn't, though, is the quality of a port, and in that regard, DOOM 3 is a near flawless one, and of the best version yet, with all additional content included, and - usually - a great price attached to it all.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Jul 29, 2019
    10
    Very good port for the switch I must say. I played hours and hours with no issues. FPS appears to be really smooth and this runs betterVery good port for the switch I must say. I played hours and hours with no issues. FPS appears to be really smooth and this runs better than any PC I have ever had in the past when I bought this game. Very happy with the price and quality of this port. Expand
  2. Nov 18, 2019
    10
    This game is amazing. It makes me sad that I missed playing it on it's original release. It's the one Doom game I never got to play and as itThis game is amazing. It makes me sad that I missed playing it on it's original release. It's the one Doom game I never got to play and as it turns out it's my favorite. It feels true to the franchise but it also doesn't feel like all of the other Doom games. The other games are faster paced run and gun kind of games and this one feels more like a horror/thriller game. It reminds me of if the Doom and Dead Space franchises melded (but only the good Dead Space games). Expand
  3. Sep 21, 2019
    10
    Scary, Bloody, Suspense, Big **** Guns. Best Doom Ever, And its great to play in Nintendo Switch.
  4. Jul 31, 2019
    9
    A Master piece on Nintendo switch, this gave us a great control, impressive graphics.

    The problem is the lack on the frame rate... Another
    A Master piece on Nintendo switch, this gave us a great control, impressive graphics.

    The problem is the lack on the frame rate... Another bad news is the lamp, who does not physically exist (to hit and save ammo) ... the lamp battery runs out very quickly ... that does not detract from the excellent game that is really ...
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  5. Aug 19, 2019
    8
    Doom 3 is a game that I've always had a bit of a soft spot for. Having not played the game in over a decade (I originally played this on theDoom 3 is a game that I've always had a bit of a soft spot for. Having not played the game in over a decade (I originally played this on the original Xbox) I figured to give it a shot with its release on the Nintendo Switch. First of all I want to say that the port is fantastic. Panic Button always seems to do a marvelous job with their work bringing games over to the Switch, the quality with Doom 3 on the Switch continues that trend. Doom 3 on the Switch includes the base game along with two expansions (Resurrection of Evil & The Lost Mission) for the price of $9.99, a decent price for something that you could spend around 15 hours playing through entirely.

    The game itself was a shift from the traditional style that you would expect from the older Doom games or even the 2016 reboot. Doom 3 went the horror route by creating a very dark, gruesome atmosphere. The shooting felt great for its time, though replaying this made me feel like the enemies could, at times, be a bit sponge-y. I still feel that I enjoyed replaying the game after so many years, it was a great nostalgia trip.

    Getting all of that out of the way, I honestly didn't feel that Doom 3 has aged particularly well from a game mechanic standpoint. I found myself frustrated a countless number of times at how annoying the flashlight was. It seemed to last maybe 2 minutes top, which was absolutely horrendous considering how poor the lighting is in the game. It doesn't make the game unplayable or anything, its just an annoying inconvenience. Then there was the way enemies spawned. Do yourself a favor and turn around a lot. I can't count the number of times I found myself focusing on enemies from the front when I'd find myself dying from an enemy who spawned behind me. This is something that happens throughout the game a lot, it doesn't really make the game anymore difficult than it already is - just a bit more stressful - especially considering that the level design can be a bit confusing at times during certain points of the game. Do yourself a favor and save manually every so often as well. I found that I died more to the environment than I did to the enemies. Random debris falling on top of me or just straight up falling off of a ledge to my impending demise to name of a few of the unexpected deaths that had occurred during my 15 hours worth of time playing. I would also recommend playing around with the settings a lot. The field of view and horizontal/vertical sensitivity felt really awkward to get used to for some reason (I was using a controller to play).

    All of that being said, I can still recommend Doom 3 on the Switch. It's a great port for a game that I feel is still pretty solid despite any issues that I've had with it. It's something that I find nostalgia playing and I was extremely happy to jump at the chance to go through it again. Definitely worth picking up!
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  6. Apr 12, 2020
    7
    To be honest, this is a near flawless port to the switch. The graphics are better than ever, all additional content added, it runs 100%To be honest, this is a near flawless port to the switch. The graphics are better than ever, all additional content added, it runs 100% smooth, and for the price point, you can't beat it. It is well worth it all (they even added a button for the flashlight, thank goodness)!

    So why a modest 7/10? Truth be told, it just feels weird on the switch. I don't mean that in a "It doesn't belong on the Switch way." Just how the game controls feels awkward in comparison to playing it on the Xbox.

    If you are a hardcore Doom fan or just want to finally play a quality single player FPS on the Switch, then you could do much worse than Doom 3. I honestly have no worthwhile complaints about the game itself. Just how the game handheld-ed on the switch didn't feel as natural as on the Xbox.
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  7. Mar 14, 2022
    0
    I got stuck in Delta Labs 1 thinking I was doing something wrong. Then quick google search shows this is a known glitch from when the gameI got stuck in Delta Labs 1 thinking I was doing something wrong. Then quick google search shows this is a known glitch from when the game first released in 2004... Almost 20 years and still not patched?!

    Anyway, I won't continue playing because I've lost 3 hours of gameplay and can't be asked to do it all again. Shame, because it had been really good until now.

    Advice for anyone else before you play this game:

    "DO NOT click the elevator buttons in the lobby in the delta labs 1 until you restart the reactor!!!! If you do, you will not be able to use the elevators, even after the reactor restart!"
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