22nd April 04:07
Killed the Cyberdemon yesterday, after 19 days of on-and-off play.
Lots of 'off', with work taking me away on travel for a good portion
of that time.
In my personal opinion, which is just that, only my opinion- it is a
good game. It showcases an excellent new game/graphics engine
that id can be rightfully proud of, and which no doubt will be the
basis of many a great game or mod from other sources, as time goes
They also did a good job of making Doom3 a good interactive 'scary
movie', for those who like their entertainment laced with lots of
They also never promised any new, innovative gameplay or any other
advancements to the genre (other than the new engine) that could
remotely be considered an exciting new leap forward- they just said
they were remaking an old game with a new suit of clothes, while keep-
ing it *fairly* true to the original- and they succeeded pretty well at
It is not, and never will be, everything to everybody. No game will be,
as the tastes of the millions of gamers out there are way too diverse for
that. IMO, the greatest, most interesting, most innovative and most en-
grossing game I've ever played, was Half-Life (single player). It won
'game of the year' honors from every PC publication between here and
Burundi, yet there are still people who knock it and say it '****ed'. Go
Doom3 was a good romp, a spooky, white-knuckle ride through some
great new visual and sound effects. But for me it was a one-way ride,
with no return fare. If it had been a great game, the kind that kept me
up every night till the wee hours with its innovation and 'cool' factor,
the kind that made me play hooky from work just to be able to see what
neat things 'n stuff were around the next bend- the kind that made me
dream about playing it and turn the PC on first thing in the morning to
get the game started even before the coffee had begun to brew yet...
if it had excited me enough to do any of those things for me, then I
probably would have finished it in less than a week, and would have
given it a higher rating.
As it is, I feel just a tidge regretful for what could have been, and look for-
ward to what the mod community can come up with in the future, using this
engine. I'm sure we won't be disappointed, in that department. As it is,
I have to give Doom3 an overall '8.5', when all of it's aspects are taken into
Its technical merits could well earn it a 9.5, or even a 10... but in the game-
play and innovation department, a 7.5 is being generous. The only reason I
didn't ding it more in that department, is because id never promised us much
there. For fun-factor I'll give it an 8.5, and split the difference. Good, but not
great. As others have (most likely correctly) predicted already, it will never be
'game of the year', by any yardstick. But no regrets- I think I got my money's
worth out of it, and I'm glad I had the chance to play it through.
24th April 06:50
I loved the cynical tone of the game... UAC beefing-up a better world and
yet all these spills and dangerous material.
I also loved the believable Science component of the fiction.. Extracting
Hydrogen and water from Mars soils; The Hydrogen storage system, and
plenty of little things... One Fat Cyco banging his head on the glass door
of his containment chamber... Puke factor is omnipresent.
Still glad you also found a good 'romp' in this game.
I can't quite rationalize why I like doom³ so much although I agree with
most critics you say. I guess for me, considering all that this game
does 'differently from others', is simply enough...
I did have a slight nightmare episode, but I play only a few hours each day.
I doubt any game would get me hooked like you write. (..)
Very honest and convincing I must say.
I think Doom³ is already starting strong for its sales.. Although the numerous rants
will slow this down for a few months, until everybody gets a 3Ghz CPU + X800/6800
card for Xmas.
Then once gamers start to find MODS and MAPS, Doom³ will regain sale momentum,
and prove itself as 'one of a kind', Like virtually all previous id games have been.
Anyone remembering the early release days of Quake and all, know it's been
a difficult start... Problems with servers, rants, cheats and all..
24th April 06:51
Crank the volume up and listen while watching the fat zombie play the role
of arrested drunk by smacking his head on the glass. I distinctly heard the
sound of him farting. May have been something else, so who knows. The
sound repeats after some time too.