We're pretty excited for DOOM here at Dealspwn after an impressive showing at E3, and while we'll have to wait a little while longer to get hands-on with it Bethesda Softworks want to make everyone is prepared for the upcoming closed alpha test. It should be noted that this isn't the same the beta that came as a pre-order bonus with Wolfenstein: The New Order, but you do need to use the key that was supplied with it. Well, you do in certain cases, which our guide after the jump will explain.Click here to read more...
Bethesda revealed the long-awaited Doom reboot during their first ever E3 press conference. Slick and gory, insanely violent and over-the-top, it looks incredible. I am so ready, but then again I would say that.
Most of our regulars know that I used to love id Software with ferocious and slightly creepy intensity. It all started with... well, Commander Keen in Goodbye, Galaxy! if I'm totally honest... but escalated to Doom in short order. Doom was a perfect shooter; slippery-quick brutal corridor brawling that made its action the narrative, relying on incredible level, enemy, art and encounter design to tell its story, and it basically defined the genre.
Unfortunately id found themselves sidelined after the glorious Quake days and never quite recaptured their original brilliance, because they missed the point time and time again. Doom 3 was great but it wasn't really a Doom game until the last few levels, while RAGE was half excellent corridor shooter and half lacklustre phoned-in open world. Now, after dodging a bullet, it looks like id are going back to their roots and doubling down on what they do best.
Namely: corridors full of ravenous demons to kill with shotguns. Let me explain exactly why Doom is the reboot we've all been waiting for with the aid of new footage and screenshots.Click here to read more...
Doom 4 was cancelled and rebooted after several years of development, a move only taken when a game is fundamentally unviable or flawed down to the design document.
This new footage of the canned project proves that id and Bethesda made the right call, seeing as it completely missed the point. Halfway between Call Of Duty, RAGE and Mad Max, here's a chilling spectre of what could have been.
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Bethesda are set to re-reveal Doom at their first-ever E3 press conference, having restarted development on the troubled shooter several years ago. This new teaser suggests that they're bringing back the double shotgun and Revenant, but blink and you'll miss it.
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For this week's Game Night, the trio decided to try out Quake Live - the free to play version of the FPS franchise. The thing is, as soon as they got in they learned quickly that they had utterly forgotten how to handle the fast-paced frag-fest. Highlights include much death, much taunting, and plenty of boomstick-based action.
Doom 4 is dead. Long live Doom!
id Software has finally revealed that their long-awaited Doom sequel is actually a full-on reboot that plans to overhaul more than the story. As opposed to a tense horror crawl, our marine sets out on a brutal fast-paced orgy of destruction complete with double jumps, no regenerating health, messy melee executions and slippery combat that harks back to the original classics.
We are, as they say, so ready.Click here to read more...
After id Software were forced to go back to the drawing board and the legendary John Carmack jumped ship for Oculus Rift, we'd all but put Doom 4 on deathwatch. However, it seems that the vapour may be slowly coalescing back into a real game, since Bethesda has announced that Doom 4 could enter beta as soon as this summer.
Well, if you pre-order Wolfenstein: The New Order, that is.Click here to read more...
UPDATE: Bethesda have issued a statement stating that Carmack will still be offering support for the projects underway at id: “John has long been interested in the work at Oculus VR and wishes to spend time on that project. The technical leadership he provides for games in development at id Software is unaffected.”
John Carmack, the technical wizard behind id Tech, has announced that he will be taking up the "full-time" position of Chief Technical Officer at Oculus, the makers of the phenomenal Rift.Click here to read more...
Doom 3: BFG Edition is a nifty package for id Software fans, and great value for everyone else at this silly download price. Considering that you'll get the original Doom, Doom 2 and a remastered version of Doom 3 including the expansion pack and extra campaign, there's little to complain about value-wise. Just don't expect graphical miracles. Thanks to Jas10 at HotUKDeals.
Bethesda has confirmed that development on Doom 4 has been restarted after the original build failed to live up to expectations.Click here to read more...
I can’t speak freely about PS4, but now that some specs have been made public, I can say that Sony made wise engineering choices.
— John Carmack (@ID_AA_Carmack) February 21, 2013
id Software's tech wizard, John Carmack, has applauded Sony's work on the upcoming PS4, tweeting that he felt the hardware developers have made some "wise engineering choices".
“I can’t speak freely about PS4, but now that some specs have been made public, I can say that Sony made wise engineering choices,” he said.
No doubt that has something to do with the PS4 being economically built around an affordable supercharged PC core structure.
If you fancy an old-school alternative to modern FPS games then you'll want to check out the HD re-release of Doom 3. The lack of down-the-sights aiming takes a little getting used to, but at least the torch is attached to your gun now instead of being a separate item. This edition includes an expansion pack and the original Doom and Doom II games.
Thanks to xruiner89 at HotUkDeals.
After all the hype, all the game really managed was to put the rage in average. For under a fiver we'd say it's worth a shot though. The open-world side of the game is as bland as they come, but the guns and enemy AI are excellent. It's good to see differences between enemy groups and changing up the combat as you come up against new foes. Remember to stock up on ammo, later ones are seriously tough SOBs.
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Doom 3 is actually as atmospheric as it ever was, providing a crushingly oppressive canvas for some desperate fights and heart-in-mouth jump scares. The BFG Edition includes the Resurrection of Evil expansion, a new campaign, the original Doom and Doom II as well, along with a graphical update - which isn't bad for just shy of seven quid.
Thanks and credit to Sneakingtester at HotUKDeals, who found this long before we did.
The eagle-eyed Goonertillidie at HotUKDeals spotted an excellent deal for Doom 3's BFG Edition at Green Man Gaming. Though their base price is on a par with GAME, the GMG25-G4VDR-0ZL4Q voucher code brings it down to an immensely affordable £7.50. Since you'll get Doom and Doom II as well, it's well worth considering.
Those of you looking to either relive or experience the remake of Doom 3 can now do so for a tenner thanks to GAME. As well as the low price point, there is a saving of around £3 to be had as well.
The remastered version of id’s FPS brings a wealth of content to the table, but the inconsistent graphical upgrade, along with core mechanics that haven’t aged well, means it isn’t quite the return to hell we were hoping for. Still, it’s pretty good going for the price. Thanks to goonertillidie @ HUKD!
Developer: id Software
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Doom 3 wowed me when it released in 2004. After our favourite nameless marine was thrown back into a Martian research base gone to hell, id Software delivered an old-school masterclass in terrifying demons, big guns and non-recharging health, brought to life by one of the most impressive engines of the age. Not content to rest on their laurels, however, Carmack and the team threw players a curveball by introducing genuine horror to the proceedings - crafting a dynamically lit haunted house teeming with well-crafted scares and amplified by crushing, oppressive loneliness. It wasn't the Doom many of us wanted, but it was just short of a masterpiece nonetheless.
Now that the franchise is nearing its 20th anniversary (measured from the start of development), Doom 3 is back with a vengeance.
The appropriately-named BFG Edition certainly ships with an impressive amount of content. You'll get the original Doom 3 campaign, the Resurrection Of Evil expansion pack, eight new missions, the original Doom and Doom 2 for a budget price, along with a graphical update. id Software took on the job of remastering in-house rather than outsourcing it to another production company, promising to give id Tech 4 a new lease of life.
Whether they delivered on that promise is another matter entirely.
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