The impact the Doom series holds on gaming can never be denied. For a time, any shooter that came out would be called a “Doom clone” in much the same way as any sandbox for a time would be called a “GTA Clone.” A direct line can be made between Doom 1 and Call of Duty Black Ops 2 that arrives in a few weeks. Yet, despite all this, can a re-release of the least lauded title in the series really be anything other than an attempt to get a few more stacks of cash out of us?
Doom 3, originally released in 2004, was much-anticipated at the time, and arrived and had some talk around it for a time. Since then, id have released the average Rage in 2011, and have otherwise been content with re-releases and HD versions of their other titles, so this one might come as no surprise. A distinct feeling of resting on their laurels seems to pervade. Aha! But what’s this Wikipedia tells me? Doom 4 has been announced! Quickly lads, we need to get people to remember this series we made, so that people born after the last installment will want to buy it. A re-issue it is!
Alright, all cynicism aside (although they started it) Doom 3 is not a bad game, just very dated. If you enjoy a classic feel and for some reason never got to play it in 2004, it is a nice package, containing Doom 1, Doom 2, Doom 3 and two expansions for it. A new feature allows the player to hold their torch and their gun at the same time, so it’s nice to see we’ve come somewhere in 8 years.
Sadly though, with the fact that the best Wolfenstein game came out in 1992, and the best Doom game came out in 1994, and the best Quake game came out in 1999, it really feels like id isn’t earning their place anymore. I want them to succeed, I really do. It’s like watching a beloved grandparent succumb to Alzheimer’s. But sadly, they’re just going to have to do better than this with their next release, and give us something truly new and good.