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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Originally released in 1993, DOOM introduced millions to the white-knuckle excitement of the First Person Shooter. Relive the classic demon-blasting action, now with up to four players over Xbox Live, 5.1 Surround Sound, and smoother graphics. You're a Marine stationed on[Xbox Live Arcade] Originally released in 1993, DOOM introduced millions to the white-knuckle excitement of the First Person Shooter. Relive the classic demon-blasting action, now with up to four players over Xbox Live, 5.1 Surround Sound, and smoother graphics. You're a Marine stationed on Mars when a military experiment goes wrong. Your mission: Blast your way to freedom through the classic world of DOOM. Face off against Hell's army, including stampeding demons, and lay waste to rooms of monsters with an arsenal of classic weapons. Take the deathmatch online via Xbox Live and battle your friends for dominance of the leaderboards. Gameplay: Experience all the classic DOOM levels, monsters, and weapons. Play the entire single-player game solo or in co-op mode via split screen or over Xbox Live. Multiplayer: Play up to four-player deathmatch, either in split-screen or on Xbox Live. Earn achievements and check the leaderboards for the high scores. Next-generation features: With 1080i HD support, 5.1 Surround Sound, and smooth textures, this is DOOM for the next generation. [Microsoft] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. This would have been a ho-hum port of a game that's already been ported to at least a dozen platforms over the years, but it's DOOM's online action which really makes it soar.
  2. While other faithful ports of have seen their fair share of action on Live already, Doom trumps them all with its intense action and countless secrets.
  3. Doom is the rarest of retro games, in that you can enjoy it just as much as you did when it was first released. Better still, you can appreciate it with the benefit of 20-20 hindsight, and see not only how enormously influential it is, but how perfect its design was from the very beginning.
  4. A must-have classic. If you consider yourself a shooter fan, you simply must get this game.
  5. The revolutionary shooter has been adapted to the Xbox 360 in all its archaic glory and, amazingly, is still as fun and visceral as it was all those years ago.
  6. Official Xbox Magazine
    80
    Doom is still a blast, but it could have been so much more. [Holiday 2006, p.86]
  7. 30
    Online play -- including both co-op and the deathmatches that made Doom such a phenomenon in the first place -- can hardly even be considered "play." The lag is unbearable, the framerate excruciating. Aiming is nearly impossible.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Dec 31, 2011
    10
    The ORIGINAL DOOM! Oh my good, DOOM 1! Without all of these stupid Doom 2, Doom 3, Doom 4, Doom 5, Doom 6... All I am saying is back in theThe ORIGINAL DOOM! Oh my good, DOOM 1! Without all of these stupid Doom 2, Doom 3, Doom 4, Doom 5, Doom 6... All I am saying is back in the day, Doom the original was the bomb. I still love it: I have it on my laptop. Sure the graphics suck, but it is so addicting and fun. Plus, it is probably the first FPS ever made. WITHOUT DOOM, THERE WOULD BE NO COD! NO BATTLEFIELD OR HALO, OR WHATEVER YOU LIKE THESE DAYS!!!! Expand
  2. Jul 29, 2016
    10
    [I played the PS3 counterpart, it should be like this. I review it here, as PS3's Doom page doesn't exist on Metacritic]

    There are many
    [I played the PS3 counterpart, it should be like this. I review it here, as PS3's Doom page doesn't exist on Metacritic]

    There are many beautiful games. At some point, however, in the long history of video games, some real revolutionary masterpieces are created. Some people have played them at the time, other people later, still other people after decades. But a masterpiece remains a masterpiece. This was Doom, 23 years ago. This is Doom, now.

    Doom's plot: many agree on the fact that it never had much importance; also id Software itself. Plot, setting, or whatever you call it, the fact is that it works great: a lost space-marine, on Mars, in a space station overrun by demons spitted out from the mouth of hell. Save humanity, shut the mouths of evil, or die in the attempt. Main character doesn't speak, a "doom-guy", an unspecified person that everyone of us can really feel to be. By the way, along all 4 episodes, the plot is told in detail with screen text, which I liked to read and made me excited.

    Doom's gameplay: this is the true essence of Doom. It all started here. Sure, Wolfenstein 3D has conceived the first-person shooter genre, but with Doom, id Software consecrated it, pushing it to higher levels. The feeling of "run-and-gun" is excellent, designed for pleasure, and the weapons are many, each one is different, each has its own physics reaction and feedback of the shots give excellent feel; the game requires use of a weapon depending on the type of enemy to kill, placing a dose of reasoning behind the game. Take aim, having to move only on the X axis, it may seem easy, but not always. The levels' structure is intricate, deep, structured with doors, switches and skull-keys that require exploration among the hordes of demons; also, as with the use of weapons, Doom requires even minimum use of brain to solve some "puzzles" that lead to secret rooms. Confined spaces require a high perception of the environment in which the player moves, and good reflexes. Of course health and armor are calibrated as a percentage, and must always be kept in check to prevent to die. The stimpack and ammunitions quantity in the levels, to be taken, are well balanced, and power-ups as "Supercharge" or "Megarmor", or "Invulnerability", are only placed where necessary. The number of enemies is varied, interactivity is high (also they attack each other), and shooting to the face at the stronger ones is not a good way to get out alive, especially if you are in high outnumbered. Bosses, or the most deadly enemies, are really tough and can put the game on a high level of challenge, even with the use of some advanced tactics. Particular HUD is very nice, and it provides all information needed, with doom-guy facial expression that react to almost every action in the game, giving the feel to be alive. Real concept of first-person shooter: few minutes of game, and the immersion is complete. Atmosphere itself, is fascinating and sometimes it gives chills and fear, being afraid of what will be after the next door, or after the actioning of a switch. Gameplay is fast, frenetic, but reasoned and studied, simple in mechanical and fun. Perfect? Yes, probably.

    Graphic and technology: yes, because Doom, in the 90s, it was also this. The improvements compared to W3D engine, have been many and are clear as textures, light's levels and animations. The graphics in 2.5D and the use of a two-dimensional map to transform the layer into a pseudo-3D on single plane is simply brilliant. Despite the absence of room-over-room and Y axis, the graphics engine has still a great depth, and even after two past decades is still able to impress. The level design is excellent and revolutionary from enviroments, to weapons (Shotgun, Plasma gun, BFG 9000) and enemies (Baron of Hell, Cacodemon, Spiderdemon, Cyberdemon). Use of violence and splatter is absolutely out of mind, still delicious. Bobby Prince's soundtrack is perfect, it fits perfectly to the Doom's mood and atmosphere; tracks like "At Doom's Gate", "Sign of Evil" and "Suspense" are absolutely unforgettable.

    How can Doom be defined? A work of technical, mechanical and artistic genius. A total revolution. It is said that everyone, more or less, have played Doom at least once and may be true because Doom really is a game for everyone: simple and fun, challenging if you want it. Doom destroys the concept of modernity, because even in the next 1000 years, despite its old age, will be fun and simple, just like today and yesterday. And that's why Doom has changed everything and has enchanted millions of people, with fun, challenge, speedrun, modding and much more. Give Doom to a young boy and he will love it, no matter if in the 90s, or the 2000s, or 2010s - guaranteed. This is a real game for everyone, and not profane things like Wii Sports.

    Times have changed, first-person shooters have changed (often in worse, unfortunately).
    But Doom is immortal because the classic never dies.
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  3. EricS.
    Oct 6, 2006
    10
    There's no question that Doom is underwhelming compared to more modern First Person Shooters. However, there is no denying that it is There's no question that Doom is underwhelming compared to more modern First Person Shooters. However, there is no denying that it is one of the most games ever released. Every FPS, including Halo and Half-Life, owe a tremendous debt to the game that popularized the genre. Is Doom a better gaem than Halo? Hell no. I won't lie and say Doom is "just as fun today," nor is any game released over a decade ago. But judging by its originality and impact on the industry, Doom is worthy of any gamers respect. Expand
  4. Anonymous
    Apr 4, 2007
    10
    Way better than crappy Halo. or Call of Duty. The only thing that comes close is Half-Life.
  5. David
    Jun 12, 2008
    9
    Great and classic game. Now for the low price of 400 MS points ($5) this is a must own game. It really held up over all these years and Great and classic game. Now for the low price of 400 MS points ($5) this is a must own game. It really held up over all these years and brought back a lot of memories. The top two difficulty levels, ultra-violent and nightmare, will surely give hardcore gamers something to master and perfect their scores for the leader boards. The only gripe I have is the online multiplayer.Hardly anyone ever plays online and I imagine it is because of the connection issues. I've only had one really good game that I could actually play without too much lag. Overall though, great purchase for the price, which includes all four episodes; and it's a whole lot of fun. Expand
  6. Mar 26, 2016
    9
    I have beaten this game many years ago and I'm currently doing a playthrough of DOOM II when I thought "Hmm, perhaps I'll talk about myI have beaten this game many years ago and I'm currently doing a playthrough of DOOM II when I thought "Hmm, perhaps I'll talk about my opinion on this game while I'm at it". I mean I usually review games after I've finished them so that I can give all of the information I know from the start to endgame.

    DOOM is a game developed by id Software and started out as a DOS game for Windows 95 twenty years ago. It was considered to be the most played game at the time with its innovative graphics and gameplay. DOOM takes place at a few moon bases where an unnamed marine, known to many as "Doomguy", travels and defeats monsters who have spawned from Hell. He also travels into Hell to get to the root of the problem.

    DOOM isn't like your typical first-person shooter. There are several choices you can do to move around, such as the keyboard per se, as I use that to play the game. You can still use the mouse, however it's a bit difficult to navigate levels. But that doesn't mean the controls are wonky and terrible. It's still pretty easy to move around. You can't jump though, but you can run across gaps to "Jump" from platform to platform. But this gimmick gets focused heavily in the fourth episode exclusive to "The Ultimate DOOM", which I have for Steam and iPhone.

    So let's talk about the combat features, such as the weapons and monsters. According to the story, all of the monsters you have to fight are something out of Hell, for example, there are things like Imps, Demons, Specters, and barons. Oh, and let's not forget about the lovable "Cacodemon" you can find later in the game. Monsters like imps and demons are easy to kill, but at the end of the first episode, you come across some Barons of Hell which are pretty difficult to defeat, as they attack fast and require many hits to kill. You'll also find more difficult monsters, like the Cyberdemon, who shoots rockets like a maniac, as well as the final boss which is the "Cyber Demon" or sometimes known as the "Spider Mastermind".

    The weapons you can use in the game are pretty sick to use against these monsters. That's why I have a blasted good time playing this game because of all the violent things you can do with the weapons and monsters. At the start of the game, you have a pistol, which is the weakest weapon in the game. Later, you can pick up a shotgun which is much greater than a pistol. Then there are other ones out there like the Chaingun, Rocket Launcher, and even the Chainsaw. There is even a plasma gun you can find in secret areas, and in even more secret areas, you can possibly find the greatest weapon in the game; the BFG9000. Also known as the "Big "F***ing Gun".

    Now for the miscellaneous bits: I really LOVE the soundtrack. It really matches the mood in some levels. My favorite one of the bunch is the music in E3M1 called "Hell Keep" where it really fits in with how you are going to have a serious time in Hell. That song is called "Untitled" by the way. As for graphics, they were good at the time. You couldn't really make anything better twenty years ago so this was pretty spot on. In later ports, there was a bonus episode called "Thy Flesh Consumed" where I don't really know how it follows the canon of the main story, but the levels of this episode are pretty tricky and technical with unique gimmicks and perhaps a few other things. The only major complaint I would give to the game is trying to solve puzzles to beat certain levels. I mean when I'm trying to find a button or key, it usually takes me five minutes to move on. Sometimes if I DO find something, it's just a lousy secret area. But as I kept replaying the game, I knew what to do and I have fun again.

    So yes, DOOM is one of the greatest first-person shooters and one of the first ever. I consider DOOM to be my most favorite first-person shooter ever, aside from Half-Life 2, which I love as well but I guess deem that second best. DOOM is a total pass for me. The gameplay is great, the story is great, the music is great, the vast majority of the game is great.

    STORY - 9/10
    PRESENTATION - 10/10
    GAMEPLAY - 8/10
    VALUE - 8/10
    OVERALL - 9/10
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  7. MarkC.
    Sep 29, 2006
    6
    It used to seem so cool, but after playing Halo 2, Call of Duty 2, PDZero and Far Cry, it's really hard to go back and not laugh at the It used to seem so cool, but after playing Halo 2, Call of Duty 2, PDZero and Far Cry, it's really hard to go back and not laugh at the graphics. Reminds me of watching The Exorcist a few years ago: back in the day it was scary, but now it just seems a bit silly. Expand

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