by Nataniel Hohl
previewed on PC
All The Bells And Whistles (And Then Some)
When it was first released for the original Xbox and PC way back in 2004, Doom 3 managed to set a new precedent for survival-horror thanks to its dark endless corridors, multitudes of freakish monsters and demons, and scarce ammo pickups that forced players to master their fears and think on their feet. Now Doom 3’s developer Id Software is teaming up with Bethesda to give fans an enhanced and revamped ride back into the bowels of hell thanks to the Doom 3 BFG Edition.
The BFG Edition, which is currently set to release on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC on October 16th release date, contains both the original Doom 3 campaign as well as the 2005 expansion Resurrection of Evil and a bonus seven-mission campaign titled: The Lost Mission. Players will get to explore all of the game’s hellish environments in stunning detail thanks to a high definition facelift and enhanced lighting effects.
Small tweaks such as an increase in the player character’s movement speed, higher frequency of health and ammo pickups, and a new checkpoint system will help streamline the action. In addition, a new “armor-mounted flashlight” will mean players won’t have to switch between holding their flashlight and holding their weapon.
In Recognition Of Your Service
The Doom 3 BFG Edition will also include achievement/trophy support which, when combined with the new Lost Mission content, should provide more than enough incentive for fans of the original to give it another go. Also, as a special treat for long-time fans and players, the BFG Edition will include remastered versions of both Doom and Doom 2.
Even though many fans have been clamoring for news regarding the long-rumored Doom 4, Id Software’s creative Director Tom Willits is confident that the Doom 3 BFG Edition will at least sate their appetites for a little while. “The whole world’s a little bit brighter. We upped the player speed, upped the ammo counts, and just by doing those small things have pushed it more towards horror-action instead of horror-survival.”
This was a crucial change according to Willits considering that other popular horror series’ such as Resident Evil and Dead Space have also been taking more “horror-action”-oriented routes. So far, a majority of fans seem to agree as the BFG Edition’s reception has been overwhelmingly positive despite Id’s coy stance regarding Doom 4 details.
Mission To Mars, Journey Through Hell
Considering its iconic place within the survival-horror genre, it would be a shame for the new generation of gamers to miss out on the legacy that is the Doom series. Fortunately, thanks to the Doom 3 BFG Edition, newer gamers will no longer have to worry about missing out on a series that, back in the day, managed to redefine both the FPS and survival-horror genres. With a whole slew of new tweaks, features, and content, the Doom 3 BFG Edition is already gearing up to plunge players back into the depths of hell with nothing but a rocket launcher and raw nerve to protect themselves this October.