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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 71
  2. Negative: 0 out of 71
  1. Grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go until your eyes bulge, your face turns blue, and your heart thuds against your rib cage like a charging rhino... Screw the PC version. This feels like the game Xbox was always meant to host. [Feb 2005, p.81; NOTE: 1UP's Doom 3 review is simply XBN's review republished without credit.]
  2. 95
    The graphics on the Xbox are as perfect as the platform can deliver, and walking into steam-filled rooms only to have the lights blink out, then hearing something hiss at you out of the darkness, are moments that would have made Dante soil his short pants.
  3. Doom 3's visuals are an amazing testament to Vicarious Vision. They have taken a PC benchmarking staple and turned it onto an impossible console port.
  4. 90
    Though Doom 3 is lacking in innovative gameplay, it more than makes up for it with amazing graphics, flawless sound design, and excellent storytelling. [Apr 2005, p.72]
  5. Doom 3's old-fashioned gameplay mechanics and level design are very much at odds with its cutting-edge, ultrarealistic looks. Yet the quality of the presentation truly is remarkable--enough so that it overwhelms Doom 3's occasional problems.
  6. The one shining part of online play is the addition of being able to play through the game cooperatively with a friend.
  7. Computer Games Magazine
    70
    This console-friendly redux has just enough polish to make a bog-standard virtual murderer simulator seem fresh. [July 2005, p.87]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 71
  2. Negative: 13 out of 71
  1. Daz
    Apr 2, 2005
    10
    I first played doom in about 1995 on the original playstation and it was fantastic. So when i heard that doom 3 was being released for my I first played doom in about 1995 on the original playstation and it was fantastic. So when i heard that doom 3 was being released for my beloved xbox i just hope the developers would do it justice. Did they? You bet your life they did!! This is just like the original doom except for the improved graphics and sound. I have played this for about 5 hours and must have jumped at least 25 times. I would strongly advise you to play this at night in a dark room to get the full effect. One really wonderful idea the developers had is to make it so that you cannot carry your torch and a gun at the same time. This means you have to go into dark areas with no gun in your hand. You could try going into these areas with no torch but i find that it is even more frightening not being able to see where you are going. The graphics on this game are amongst the best on the xbox and as you get closer to 'hell' they get better and better. I haven't played the multiplayer but i have heard that over xbox live it is superb. One thing to consider is getting the special edition of this game which has copies of the original doom 1 and doom2, which, i believe, can be played online. In short i'd give this more than 10/10 if i could - simply brilliant. Expand
  2. Dustin
    Apr 8, 2005
    10
    I recently picked this game up a couple days after it came out. My impressions so far: Graphics: Amazing graphics, the demons look so damn I recently picked this game up a couple days after it came out. My impressions so far: Graphics: Amazing graphics, the demons look so damn crazy, and the human models look super realistic. Also, the environments you encounter and some of the best I have ever seen, they look incredible and really set the mood. Sound: Sound is this games second best thing. I personaly think that in order to get the full feel of the game you have to listen to it with head phones. All the white noises and sounds, plus the sound of the demons and the powerful sound of the shotgun is just awesome. Gameplay: This is the games only downfall, although a nice change from the tactical shooters with all the different crap they make you do, this is a straight forward run and gun, oops i mean creep and crawl and gun. Its a nice change from Halo's 2 weapon system. Plus I have found that the ammo/health/armor is in great abundance, so your never really worried about running off and finding health (most of the time). Replay Ability: I think that with the online co-op and systemlink co-op plus the online deathmatch really gives this game replay ability. And when your just starting to get bored with those, if you bought the soecial edition, you can go play Doom 1&2, single and co-op. Closing: This is honestly one of the best game I have played for the best system the Xbox. Its superb graphics and audio, straight forward run and gun type gameplay, and pretty good replay ability all makes for an insanely fun (or scary) game. I reccomend to buy this game, or atleast rent it. Expand
  3. Nov 5, 2018
    10
    Doom 3 BFG Edition is a great game that I just finished playing in October 2018. In the middle of ROE at the moment and enjoying it. GraphicsDoom 3 BFG Edition is a great game that I just finished playing in October 2018. In the middle of ROE at the moment and enjoying it. Graphics for the environments and lighting are amazing! Like walking through a haunted house attraction, it's fun to revisit now and then. The enemies look better from a distance but I can appreciate the work that went into them with the technology available at the time. It's in my top 10 games list and I'd recommend it to anyone. Just have fun with it... The biggest lesson I learned was to remember to SAVE and SAVE OFTEN! Don't rely on the checkpoint saves because they are few and far between. You can lose a whole lotta progress if you you suddenly die and hadn't recently saved. I had to re-fight a boss battle or 2 even because of this. But it's ok, I had it figured out by play-through #2 all those years ago. Expand
  4. MichaelB.
    Apr 7, 2005
    9
    If you haven't already played the PC version to death, there's not reason not to pick this one up.
  5. TomG.
    May 6, 2007
    8
    It's a good game, but when you compare Doom 3 to it's PC counter-part, the PC version is better. The graphical quality is less than It's a good game, but when you compare Doom 3 to it's PC counter-part, the PC version is better. The graphical quality is less than the PC version, but it still provides all the action you need to enjoy it, framerate issues aside. The weapons and special effects are magnificent, and for a game released in 2004, the best visuals I have ever seen. If you want quality, get the Doom 3 PC version. If you are on a budget, get the Doom 3 Xbox version. Expand
  6. Jazzbo
    Jun 17, 2005
    6
    Biggest pros: Game play, graphics, lighting, look/feel Biggest cons: campaign felt mostly SSDD from one scenario to the next, no split-screen Biggest pros: Game play, graphics, lighting, look/feel Biggest cons: campaign felt mostly SSDD from one scenario to the next, no split-screen multiplayer (for those of us that aren't online and/or like to frag friends that we can also throw Corn-Nuts at), didn't live up to th hype. Expand
  7. Rick
    Nov 21, 2005
    0
    Very repetitive... very repetitive, sorry did I say that twice? Its just like the game. Also quite boring too. After playing for about an Very repetitive... very repetitive, sorry did I say that twice? Its just like the game. Also quite boring too. After playing for about an hour, you've got the FULL scare of this FPS with all its "hidden" AI. A waste of your money and time. Expand

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#2 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2005
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#3 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2005