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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: 66 out of 71
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  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: 49 out of 74
  2. Negative: 13 out of 74
  1. Wongit
    Apr 7, 2005
    10
    Amazing! the best looking game i have ever seen. the graphics are amazing and its so realistic that it gives you the sensation that you are Amazing! the best looking game i have ever seen. the graphics are amazing and its so realistic that it gives you the sensation that you are actually there, very few games accomplish that. A must buy for any xbox owner. Simply astonishing. Expand
  2. 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
  3. AramisG.
    Apr 5, 2005
    9
    Doom 3 is hardly fun, but it is an addictive & absorbingly realistic videogame. If you are a fan of the 1st or 2nd Alien movies you will love Doom 3 is hardly fun, but it is an addictive & absorbingly realistic videogame. If you are a fan of the 1st or 2nd Alien movies you will love this experience. I haven't played a Doom game since I played the first PC version back in the early 90s. I was just as blown away then as I am now. Many reviewers seem to think that not much has changed with this franchise, but in reality not much has changed to the FPS format in general. Everyone seems to tout Halo so highly but in terms of game play they feel identical. The control set up and movements are identical. The weird unnatural jump is identical. Unlike the Halo games though, Doom 3's campaign mode really shines (you won't beat this game in 6 hours or cake walk through the last few levels). The developers did everything in their arsenal to immerse you in the experience. Every new room you walk into has the potential to kill you. You will find yourself hugging the walls and checking all the corners. You are constantly terrorized and ganged up on by some pretty nasty looking monsters. The enemies you will encounter take full advantage of the darkness, laying hidden until they are right on top of you. Sure the A. I. isn't the greatest, but then again a grisly bear wouldn't carefully consider the best way to kill you. Does that make the prospect of several grisly bears charging at you all at once any less terrifying? Pros: -Visuals: Everything looks great. You run past so much glorious detail that it just feels decadent. Very little is left to your imagination. Just don't look down at fallen enemies or you will realize you are about 15 feet tall. -(External) Sound Effects: Basically everything that is not you sounds awesome and goes miles in creating a life threatening sense of terror. -Excellent enemy design. The majority of monsters in this game look and move like they want to eviscerate you. Too bad there aren't cool kill moves like Resident Evil 4. Cons (it is the little details that make a master piece in my books): -(Internal) Sound Effects: Your Weapons sound muted and lack power (Listen to the weapon sound effects in Resident Evil 4 to see what I mean). What the hell is up with the goofy clankty clomp sounds it makes when you walk? It sounds like you are being trailed by the Three Stooges. -Frame rate: Basically things get a little choppy if you look around too fast. -Frequent load times that break up the tension. Expand
  4. Jul 11, 2013
    9
    Probably the best FPS on the XBox. Games like Dead Space and F.E.A.R. wish they are this awesome. Everything about Doom 3 is excellent.Probably the best FPS on the XBox. Games like Dead Space and F.E.A.R. wish they are this awesome. Everything about Doom 3 is excellent. Naturally the graphics are killer, the sound design is freaky, and the attention to detail is ridiculous. It's not the most frightening game you'll ever play, but it's still good for a few scares here or there. A definite must own for any FPS fan. Expand
  5. JesseS.
    Jun 18, 2005
    8
    One of the greatest single player first person shooters comes to the Xbox. The graphics engine is all the buzz lately, and it IS very One of the greatest single player first person shooters comes to the Xbox. The graphics engine is all the buzz lately, and it IS very impressive, even in the port to the Xbox. Gameplay is your standard FPS fare, with a great innovative option that allows you to map any four weapons you want to the D-Pad for quick access. It may seem like a 'small thing', but its actually a great thing with the different types of enemies you may encounter subsequently. The sound is also very impressive. As you walk down the wrecked halls of the UAC facility, you will hear ambient music every once in a while, but mostly the sound is dominated by what is going on around you. A great deal of atmospheric sound. Can easily creep you out, especially when you hear something that you can't see. However, as with all games, there ARE some downsides. One would be the darkness that everyone complains about. Sure, it creates a great atmosphere, but it can be extremely annoying at times. Another thing is the repeated appearance of some of the same monesters, with a lack of others, as well as the way monsters will appear out of nowhere behind you. Don't get me wrong, its a great scare, but it can be extremely annoying at times. Overall, a great game, and definitley a must-have for diehard FPS and horror fans. Expand
  6. NickT.
    Jun 10, 2005
    6
    I was very impressed by this game... FOR THE FIRST HOUR! Sure, this game is mighty pretty but that doesn't make up for the fact that it I was very impressed by this game... FOR THE FIRST HOUR! Sure, this game is mighty pretty but that doesn't make up for the fact that it is the most repetitive FPS of the last few years. The "amazing atmosphere" that critics speak of can be found, but it only lingers for a small amount of time because after an hour or so of gameplay one knows what to expect around the next corner. The entire game is played throughout the same metal corridors with a few minutes of playtime in Hell. This game is fun, of course, but suffice to say that if this game had the same graphics of say... Halo or Area 51, it would not be touted as the game the critics are touting it as. I understand that this game was meant to hark back to the days of the original, old-school Doom and I appreciate that fact, but gamers craving innovation will be gravely dissappointed. I am perfectly open to mindless shooting, but it better not be presented in the same, boring, brooding hallways for more than 8 hours. Rent this, play it for a few hours, then return it. For the love of MONEY do not waste $50 on this game. Fin. 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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