Metascore
89

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
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  1. Mar 20, 2020
    100
    Doom Eternal on Xbox One manages to be bigger, bloodier and somehow better than its predecessor. iD have built on their successful comeback from 2016, retaining what makes Doom great, whilst also subtly adding to it. Simply put, It’s the first must buy Xbox One game of 2020.
  2. Mar 17, 2020
    100
    The king of the shooters has just claimed his throne. DOOM Eternal is not only better than the previous one, it is the sequel we all expected.
  3. 100
    Doom Eternal is a bigger and better sequel in practically every way. It has fast and frenetic combat, an unrelenting horde of enemies and some truly epic moments throughout its well-paced campaign. It’s everything a sequel should be and easily one of the best shooters I’ve ever played. Make no mistakes, Doom Eternal is Doom at its best.
  4. Mar 17, 2020
    100
    Thanks to an overwhelming campaign, long and with an excellent level design, the Doom Slayer shows the exaggerated ultraviolence we were expecting. The best production from id Software so far.
  5. Mar 17, 2020
    100
    To call DOOM Eternal anything other than phenomenal would be blasphemous. It makes DOOM 2016 feel like a trial run – a warm up to the main event, and that's what a sequel should do.
  6. Mar 17, 2020
    100
    Id Software’s magnum opus, an epic of the videogame world that’ll be talked about for years to come, Doom Eternal is a triumph. It elevates everything that made Doom 2016 such a success, and keeps the pressure up from the opening minutes to the climactic final boss and falters only ever so occasionally en route. One of 2020’s first essential games, Doom Eternal is a masterwork of first-person shooter design, and sets the bar for what developers should be doing in the genre.
  7. Mar 22, 2020
    95
    DOOM Eternal will sit on the throne of the best FPS game for years to come. The hellish soundtrack and unforgiving fast-paced encounters will keep your adrenaline pumping and your senses sharp.
  8. Mar 17, 2020
    95
    Doom Eternal expands and perfects 2016's reboot with lots of new features and interesting additions to its gameplay formula. The final result is one of the best shooters of this generation, perhaps one of the best FPS of all time.
  9. Mar 23, 2020
    93
    DOOM is back, and it’s just as good as we’d all hoped. The action is fast, brutal and unforgiving. The soundtrack and pacing are perfect. You know when that music starts, it’s time to lock and load and get ready to fight. The campaign is long and always keeps you on your toes. It’s one of the most satisfying first person shooters I have played in quite some time. There is so much more to say about DOOM Eternal, but I’d rather save it and let you enjoy the blood and gore.
  10. Mar 18, 2020
    93
    From a combat standpoint, you couldn’t ask for much more from Doom Eternal. It roars with excitement, and just keeps getting bigger and better as it goes. Yes, it stumbles a little in puzzles, but players are frequently rewarded handsomely for making the efforts to crack them. Id Software made Doom relevant again with the 2016 game, and now the developer is clearly having fun showing players how wild this vision can get.
  11. Mar 17, 2020
    92
    A proper thrill-ride, DOOM Eternal is the sequel to DOOM 2016 that we wanted, and then some. Going to hell has never been so damn heavenly.
  12. Mar 27, 2020
    90
    Doom Eternal does everything better comparing to its adequate and robust predecessor. There is not a more violent, fast paced, gory and challenging FPS in the market today. Choose your weapons carefully and dive in.
  13. Mar 24, 2020
    90
    Whether you're a new Doom fan or a veteran one, Doom Eternal is bound to delight & entertain you. It's gloriously fun.
  14. Mar 24, 2020
    90
    Doom Eternal has taken what were already some pretty innovative new approaches to gameplay, and either refined, expanded, or built upon them in a way that elevates this visceral, kinetic and exhilarating approach to combat up several hundred notches.
  15. Mar 23, 2020
    90
    The Doom series has once again sat upon the throne and been crowned as the best FPS series in history. With extremely fast pace, adrenaline pumping, warcry inspiring gameplay, gorgeous yet gruesome visuals, and a story that makes the player feel like a god, Doom Eternal sets the bar extremely high for any developer looking to compete for the crown of “Best FPS game in history.” But that multiplayer emphasis makes the atrocities of Battlemode even worse then they would have been otherwise and may keep Doom Eternal from achieving immortality.
  16. Mar 20, 2020
    90
    DOOM Eternal takes the hugely solid foundations laid down in 2016's excellent franchise reboot and adds more of absolutely everything. This is a bigger, faster, funnier, more relentless and endlessly replayable game than its predecessor and it's one that gives you a ton more variety in how you go about dishing out death to the hordes of hell that await you across its meaty single player campaign. It looks stunning, plays beautifully and is quite simply one of the most strategic, intense and hugely satisfying first-person shooters we've ever played.
  17. Mar 17, 2020
    90
    DOOM Eternal does not give you rest, its diabolic challenge and its endless rhythm will put us on trial throughout the 20 hours or so that its main campaign lasts.
  18. Mar 17, 2020
    90
    DOOM Eternal further improves and diversifies the already excellent formula of the previous game, adding a satisfying layer of tacticity and platforming and introducing some very compelling new environments. Definitely one of the best FPSes ever, one you should play.
  19. Mar 17, 2020
    90
    Doom Eternal: this is a big "yes", a destructive trance to which we get attached very quickly, which offers us a biblical story revisited very interesting and gameplay of incredible nervousness. A true ode to fast-FPS, immersive, which offers, over a more than honest lifespan, smart, intense battles and a memorable and varied hell dive. An apnea from which you only come out to rest your eyes, your heart, your mind ... and catch your breath!
  20. Mar 17, 2020
    90
    I can’t emphasize how much fun Doom Eternal is to play and that's what really counts.
  21. Mar 17, 2020
    90
    If you loved DOOM 2016, you simply have to buy DOOM Eternal. The gunplay achieves all-new heights, with new gore mechanics, spectacular new weaponry, and varied demons from DOOM's vast back catalog (as well as some new ones, no spoilers though, sorry!)…I can't help but wonder why id Software felt the need to triple-down on the mild platforming elements DOOM 2016 introduced, because all they do is add road bumps to where you really want to be — in the midst of the DOOM hellscape, ripping and tearing demonic creatures from the depths. Thankfully, DOOM Eternal brings plenty of that. And then some.
  22. Mar 17, 2020
    90
    DOOM Eternal proves now more than ever that the grandaddy of the first-person shooter genre is once again the king of them all -- and it doesn't look to be ceding the throne any time soon.
  23. Mar 17, 2020
    87
    Despite not being very convinced by its triple system of obtaining combat resources, Doom Eternal is as frantic as you might expect. A long campaign with inspired arenas... not accompanied by an interesting story despite the narrative efforts.
  24. Mar 23, 2020
    85
    A great, if disjointed, continuation of the demon killing franchise. Visually stunning, tight controls and satisfying combat make for an exciting and enjoyable experience.
  25. Mar 17, 2020
    83
    A far more brutal experience than its predecessor, Doom Eternal isn’t for the weak, but master the ruleset and you’re in for a hell of a time.
  26. Mar 23, 2020
    80
    Though it can take a bit to get the hang of it, the intricacies of Doom Eternal's combat, combined with its enhanced mobility and option-heavy level design, create a ton of white-knuckle moments that elevate everything that made Doom 2016 work so well. Its combat is just as quick and chaotic, but requires you to constantly analyze everything that's happening in order to come out victorious. Once you get the hang of the rhythm of Doom Eternal, it'll make you feel like a demon-slaying savant.
  27. Mar 23, 2020
    80
    It didn’t take long for my muscle memory to get used to shooting grenades into the toothy maws of cacodemons or popping the shoulder canons off revenants. But the battles feel more grueling. There were times where I found it useful to pause the game after an intense moment, before another intense moment, to settle my composure before diving back in.
  28. Mar 17, 2020
    80
    As long as Doom Eternal didn’t stray too far from its predecessor, it was going to be a good game. But id Software comes surprisingly close to muddying everything with new mechanics. The flamethrower and rechargeable chainsaw give you more options during battle, but they can also feel like unnecessary additions. Still, a deeper lore, a banging soundtrack, and plenty of demons to gib leave Doom Eternal in a happy place—relatively speaking.
  29. Mar 20, 2020
    70
    It’s weird to feel so disappointed by something so awesome. DOOM Eternal is a constant state of whiplash between being in absolute awe at the game’s mechanical brilliance, only to be snatched in the extreme opposite direction by stale storytelling and environmental padding. I miss the gore nests, the simple but well-presented story, and sardonic overtones that made 2016’s DOOM such a big hit for me. The air-dashing, grappling, and tons of unlockable stuff is cool, and Doomguy’s personal quarters in his weird spaceship/castle gimmick is pretty funny. But while there’s nothing outright bad or poorly crafted in DOOM Eternal, the direction id Software chose to head here just reeks of AAA homogeny. The last game had teeth; DOOM Eternal feels like it sold out a little.
  30. Mar 17, 2020
    70
    Doom Eternal is a smart iteration of what came before it that occasionally stumbles under its own desire to evolve.
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  1. Mar 17, 2020
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User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 313 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 52 out of 313
  1. Mar 20, 2020
    10
    This game is truly a goddamn fps masterpiece with almost everything about the gameplay working literally the only thing wrong with theThis game is truly a goddamn fps masterpiece with almost everything about the gameplay working literally the only thing wrong with the gameplay is unlike 2016 the normal melee does literally nothing and i see a lot of people dying because of this but if this is patched out by the time you are reading this then this game is a literal 10/10 Full Review »
  2. Mar 22, 2020
    9
    Doom Eternal: The age old and time tested classic returns. For its newest outing. With a different feel and look to Doom 2016 (if I had to putDoom Eternal: The age old and time tested classic returns. For its newest outing. With a different feel and look to Doom 2016 (if I had to put a word on it "Arcadey") this by no means hinders Eternal but pushes it forward and delivers in buckets (of blood and guts). First off the soundtrack is great and quite possibly one of my favourite things about the game. With the heavy music hyping you up and letting you know you're in for (excuse the pun) hell of a time, to the gothic hellish chants upon. The music really sets adds to the immersion factor. That said, as you battle on Earth the dark and heavy feel of the game is momentarily swept away coutsey of a charming sounding female hologram who in her chirpy tone really sells the benefits of a literal Hell on Earth that I found entertaining to listen to and almost willing to invest in due to her confidence and charismatic pitches, but alas demons need brutally slaughtered, so on we push. Visually the game delivers and updates from it's predecessor, with redesigned demons and maps that are detailed and almost picturesque in a hellish sort way. Gameplay is great. The game pits you Humanitys last hope against the hellish demonic legions. Unyielding and relentless in their attack (and that's on easy) leaves you feeling the helplessness of the situation for the Human Race, HOWEVER, you are the slayer, with sickengly well polished and designed mechanics that I'm convinced somebody on the dev team sold their soul, the game may be fustrating and give you the odd game over, however it feels like it was your mistake rather than an op demon or some sort of bug that dammed your soul to the firey depth os satan abyss, loading back in making a few adjustments to your play, be it using another weapon, using more of the given map, using the flamer to get some quick armor or maybe being more liberal with the chainsaw use to get ammo. The game challenges you to play better that gives yoy a sense of accomplishment for pushing through. However I don't feel the journey is over just yet and the unrelenting army of Hell is going to lay quiet for too long. Overall: A must have for any FPS fan, needing intense focus this game won't play nicely with others. Even easy can be a challenge. Full Review »
  3. Mar 21, 2020
    1
    So disappointed with this game. I was expecting something that built upon the feel and atmosphere of the Doom 2016 release. This lacksSo disappointed with this game. I was expecting something that built upon the feel and atmosphere of the Doom 2016 release. This lacks atmosphere and doesn’t feel like Doom. The sound and music are excellent and the only thing compatible to the 2016 game. This feels like a step backwards. An unintuitive and frustrating experience; not hard, just frustrating. Full Review »