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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
  • Developer: id Software, Panic Button
  • Genre(s): Action, Miscellaneous, Shooter, Compilation, First-Person, Arcade
  • # of players: No Online Multiplayer
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  • Rating: M
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Score distribution:
  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. NF 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: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Sep 21, 2019
    10
    Scary, Bloody, Suspense, Big **** Guns. Best Doom Ever, And its great to play in Nintendo Switch.
  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. Mar 18, 2020
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Excelent game, it's kinda lineal game but I love it, there's a big touch of scary parts and some mystery, and the big thing that makes me love the game, it's than I can play anywhere with my Nintendo Switch Expand
  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 24, 2019
    9
    This is a great port of one of the best first person shooter of it's era. If you like First person shooter then you have to have this game onThis is a great port of one of the best first person shooter of it's era. If you like First person shooter then you have to have this game on switch. I can't imagine that back in the day it was difficult to run on good PC and now switch can render it at 60fps. Panic button did a good job. It has alot of content and I get every penny out of it. Expand
  6. Aug 1, 2019
    9
    A nearly Perfect Port. Panic Button made an another Great Job to make Doom 3 runs smooth at 60 Fps.And definitly better than the unuseful BfgA nearly Perfect Port. Panic Button made an another Great Job to make Doom 3 runs smooth at 60 Fps.And definitly better than the unuseful Bfg Edition or the Horrible port for the first Xbox. Expand
  7. Sep 15, 2020
    6
    I guess this is the fun part of expectations. “DOOM 3” was the final “DOOM” game that I needed to play to have completed all of the mainlineI guess this is the fun part of expectations. “DOOM 3” was the final “DOOM” game that I needed to play to have completed all of the mainline entries in the franchise. I enjoyed the first game, thought the second was just okay, was pretty indifferent towards “DOOM 64,” and of course, I quite love the reboot entries. So, “DOOM 3” happened to be the last one I needed to play, and what a polarizing one to end with. When it came out in 2004, “DOOM 3” faced massive expectations as it felt the pressure to modernize the classic “DOOM” formula to keep it up to step with the then-modern FPS giants around it like “Half-Life 2” and “Halo 2,” while still being faithful to the legacy of perhaps one of gaming’s most historic franchises. It didn’t really land with a thud (critics seemed to dig it), but a number of fans were a bit disappointed with it. And while it also wasn’t outright hated, the 2012 “BFG Edition” saw some criticism for a few of the changes that it made to the original game. Thus, when walking into the game for the first time, a number of people warned me that the game was, to them, the weakest of the “DOOM” games, and that I might not have a fun time with it. And while I don’t think the game is an under-appreciated classic or anything like that…I can’t say I’m overly disappointed in it. In fact, I can honestly say I didn’t mind the game.
    Even among those disappointed by “DOOM 3” when it first came out, one of the big things many appreciated about it was the cutting-edge graphics. Even today, I think the game visually holds up. The lighting and shadow effect remain strong, the environments are suitably creepy for the game, and even when played on the Nintendo Switch in handheld mode, I had no qualms about how the game looked. Gameplay-wise, perhaps the most polarizing thing about the game was the sudden heel-turn into survival horror, and I see why people would not be happy about that: aesthetically, this game often feels so far removed from what “DOOM” usually is, and it is a wild change. For me, though, I don’t mind the change: when I played through “DOOM II” and “DOOM 64,” they both felt so similar to the original that it gave the franchise this feeling of “if you’ve played one, you’ve played them all,” so I think with “DOOM 3,” I was able to scratch that itch for some change. And even with the change in aesthetics, I still think the gunplay is very solid, the game performs well even in handheld mode on the Switch, and it feels like the game managed to successfully push itself and feel a bit different here. In a lot of ways, I look back at this and I think it was a very valiant effort for id Software to turn in the wildest, most different direction they could, and for the most part, I think it works.
    That said, there are a number of frustrations that really added up for me and brought down the experience: while I was totally okay with the change in aesthetics as a whole, I do think it caused the enemy designs to feel a bit bland, and it makes me glad the recent games have brought the designs closer to the original games. I also found that the game struggled a bit with some repetitive level design, with environments that blended together a bit to the point where I felt the game could’ve been shortened a bit, and I wasn’t crazy about having to fight through the “advanced darkness” the game provided me with, even with the use of the flashlight. Perhaps this is also just me, but I was also a bit bothered by some quality-of-life issues in the game: the way that you have to continuously cycle through multiple weapons to get to the one you want was understandable for the first few “DOOM” games, but by 2004 (or 2012, for the BFG Edition), was that not too dated of an element for them to remove? And further into the QOL area, as a game that tries to focus more on story, I personally wish the game offered subtitles. Maybe that’s just me, but I really enjoy playing games with subtitles on, and this game felt like one that really could’ve used them.
    All in all, though, while I don’t think “DOOM 3” is a hidden gem or anything like that, I certainly think it’s far better than a lot of people led me to believe. For its time, it was a pretty valiant effort of id Software to try and modernize “DOOM” and make some big changes to it, and while it doesn’t totally stick the landing, it’s far from a bad try. Do I think it stands up there with the FPS games that released around it like “Half-Life 2” and “Halo 2?” No, but I do think it’s a perfectly solid game that, for all the age, wear and tear that it might have collected, can still provide some rare moments of rip-roaring fun. And while I wouldn't recommend rushing to the eShop to get it, you can do worse than the game's $10 price tag, especially given how great Panic Button's porting job is here.
    Final rating: 6 out of 10 "Decent"
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