DOOM 3: BFG Edition

DOOM 3: BFG Edition

released on Oct 15, 2012

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DOOM 3: BFG Edition

released on Oct 15, 2012

The BFG Edition features enhanced graphics, better audio with more horror effects, a checkpoint save system, and support for 3D displays and HMDs. The game also includes the previous expansion Resurrection of Evil and a new single-player expansion pack called The Lost Mission. Additionally, it includes copies of the original Doom (the Ultimate Doom edition with the add-on fourth episode, "Thy Flesh Consumed"), and Doom II with the expansion No Rest for the Living, previously available for the Xbox 360. The BFG Edition also features the ability to use the flashlight while holding a weapon, in the form of the so-called armor-mounted flashlight.

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Doom 3 = 2/5
Resurrection of Evil = 3/5
The Lost Mission = 2.5/5

I’m rounding these three campaigns to an overall 2.5/5. My issue with Doom 3 isn’t that “it’s not Doom” but rather that the actual level design and game design aren’t great.

The main campaign is absolutely the worst offender, with an overabundance of filler levels that don’t add anything to the experience. Hallway after hallway, killing the same enemies in the same ways is not very fun. I’m cool with Doom going more into a horror direction and the core gameplay, while finicky at first, isn’t too bad once you understand the little interesting things you can do with your arsenal.

Resurrection of Evil has a pretty noticeable improvement in level design and also adds new weapons and abilities that are actually really neat and fun to use. The bosses are a lot better too, though I hate how there is zero music for any of the boss fights across all three campaigns.

The Lost Mission takes the new weapons from RoE (except for the Artifact for story reasons) and also some of the new enemies but doesn’t add all much of its own to the mix. It just feels like a slightly better version of the main campaign.

If you really do want to play Doom 3, I would exclusively recommend Resurrection of Evil. The other campaigns aren’t really worth your time and you can go into RoE not knowing anything about the previous campaign’s story. This, of course, is assuming you’re interested in a slower, more horror-focused Doom game.

I will be honest! I did like this a lot more than I thought I would !

Survival horror? In MY DOOM??

Doom 3; by far and away the most controversial Doom entry, it earned the ire of the fanbase by daring to diverge from what defined Doom in the 90s, and what defines it today thanks to the rebooted series. Rather than being asked to "rip and tear", you spend a large chunk of the game in tight, cramped corridors, hoping you're not the one being ripped and torn by demons spawning directly behind you.

And honestly, I think the first 4 or so hours are just absolutely dire and mundane. It aspires to be almost a Deus-Ex lite, talking to NPCs, reading logs and emails to find passwords hidden away that can get you into lockers, or doors. Unfortunately, your silent protagonist never feels like a part of the world you're being asked to care so much about by the writers, and instead it just feels like revision for an exam moreso than worldbuilding. The dull, repetitive corridors make for poor fighting arenas too, and the early enemies are incredibly bothersome to fight with the screen-shake you receive from being shot by their hitscan bullets.

However, as you hit about halfway in, something kinda magical happens. Doom 3, as far as the Doom timeline goes, is a bit up in the air - timeline wise, it can't fit into the universe, but ignoring the finer details, it makes the most sense to think of it as a prequel to the franchise. But in my opinion, it's a little more meta than that.
Think about it - the corridors start to get replaced more and more with larger, more open areas to manoeuvre. More familiar demons appear, the hellish imagery becomes stronger, your arsenal expands, and the story becomes less in-the-way. This isn't a prequel to Doom's story, but in a way it's very gameplay. I know I sound completely insane, but I think that's what actually playing Doom 3 just does to a person.

Unintentional meta-ness aside, it's easy to see why Doom 3 is the way it is; it's the same reason Link tried side scrolling that one time, or why Simon Belmont tried talking to townspeople in an open world that one time. Developers sometimes have to try mixing their sequels up so as not to get diminishing returns as people complain about "more of the same". This may sound ironic when talking about Doom, but it was that very thing that caused the decline of the series in the late 90s. This wasn't just meant to be another Doom, but a game that was meant to seize the PC gaming market entirely as a technical achievement, while capitalising on current trends, and it did so brilliantly - even if that stops it from holding up nearly as well.

The BFG edition does make certain changes to Doom 3, and not entirely for the better, but I think I'd have more fun with this version than the original, personally. Not to mention, you also get access to both the original expansion pack, Resurrection of Evil, and an entirely new one, as well as the original Ultimate Doom and Doom 2....though, why you'd play these somewhat butchered versions (nightmare mode nerfed, censorship) over the new Unity ports or fan ports these days is anyone's guess.

All in all, Doom 3 starts poorly, but actually really shines in it's second half, and is worth at least giving a try.

This is my least favorite entry in the Doom franchise, but I wouldn't say that this is a bad game by any means. The lighting engine is absurd, given that this game came out in 2004.

Idk man I liked it. I have a lot to say in this one, but my first point is this is a bad Doom game but a good game. It is NOT Doom 3 but a shooter based off the esthetics of Doom. The gunplay feels nice and snappy, I used all the weapons an equal amount compared to the other games (minus the pistol and Chainsaw), and had fun. Most of the redesigned enemies are bad yes, but I felt that it was fine considering this games vibe. This game isn’t as good at Doom 1 or ‘16 or eternal. But it’s still good in my opinion.