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Resurrection of Evil
Score: 7.5 / 10
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.
Beings from another dimension, possibly Hell, invade a futuristic sci-fi
complex and it’s up to you to single-handedly stop them. Alone. No
recruiting a human army to drive the salivating hell-beasts back to the
brimstone. By yourself; mano et beasto. Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil
throws gamers back into a clichéd world of alien artifacts and monsters,
picking up soon after the events recounted in last year’s Doom 3, which
didn’t score well in the “original storyline” department in the first
place. So why are we scrabbling around in the dark again?
Because blowing away nightmarish creatures never gets old especially
when they look this good.
Once again, the graphics are the star of the show. The play of light and
shadow is a great rendering of the PC source material. There’s a real
sense of apprehension
turning around blind corners thanks to the
graphics and art direction. But we’ve seen the graphics before – what
hasn’t been seen are the new weapons.
As is to say, “We can do that too!” developer Nerve has included an
homage (or, less politely, a rip-off) of Half-Life 2’s ultra spiffy
gravity gun with the “grabber.” With it players can grab fireballs out
of the air and shoot them back at
enemies as well as affecting specific items in the environments. Also
making an appearance is the demon-exploding double-barrelled shotgun and
the alien artifact which is the cause of so much intergalactic grief and
imbues powers like slow-mo and extra damage. These complement the
standard roster of returning weapons from Doom 3.
The basic gameplay of stalking corridors on your way from point A to
point B (and re-stalking them on the way back from B to A) blowing away
an assortment of Imps and Hell Knights, remains intact, but this is a
Doom game so we should know exactly what we’re getting into. The action
remains steady with just enough in the way of almost being overwhelmed
to keep your trigger finger twitching. And there seem to be far fewer
cutscenes included compared to the original.
If that isn’t enough carnage for you, Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil comes
packed with the original Doom titles – Ultimate Doom, Doom II, and Doom
II Master Levels – which is a great way to show how far the series has
come graphically (the gameplay is pretty consistent). The games are
included in their entirety and I really appreciated this from an “old
school gamer” perspective (especially because they’re all unlocked right
from the start) even if I remember the games running at a much smoother
Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil isn’t such a hot multiplayer game. There
are a few different deathmatch modes but co-op mode has been eliminated.
However, co-op still exists in the original Doom titles.
The upshot of it is, if you enjoyed Doom 3 you’ll enjoy Doom 3:
Resurrection of Evil. Further to that, fans of first-person shooters
will also appreciate much of what Resurrection of Evil has to offer.