Doom

a game by id Software, Sculptured Software, and Williams

Platforms: PlaystationAtari JaguarSega GenesisGenesisSNESSNESGBA

Genres: Action, Arcade Classics, Shooting Games

See also: Doom Games

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The ultimate stress reliever hits the SNES! This popular first-person shoot-em-up gets an "A" for effort, but the control leaves you feeling doomed.

Seal Your Fate

Similar to Wolfenstein 3D and Zero Tolerance, Doom is aptly titled. Set in three worlds populated with evil soldiers, monsters, demons, and other creatures bent on your demise, it's kill or be killed.

Use any weapon you can get your hands on and blow the charging enemies to smithereens before they do worse to you. Just point your weapon, fire, and enjoy.

Weapons, Anyone?

A variety of weapons (like shotguns, rocket launchers, and chain saws) make up your arsenal, along with other power-ups (like armor and first-aid kits). Doom isn't just about splattering enemies with your shotgun, though: Some levels have puzzles and require strategy as well as a quick trigger finger. Several hidden rooms and passages also add to the fun and make for hours of exploring.

Doom has graphics ranging from bright and colorful to dark and gloomy. Up close, walls and enemies suffer horribly from pixelization. Other visuals remain sharp, however, and distant objects are clear with colorful explosions and bloodletting that more than utilizes the red end of the color spectrum.

One of the key elements in the game is sound. Doom is most effective with the music turned off, so you can hear hissing enemies lurking around corners or right on your heels. The explosions, grunts of pain, and weapon discharges sound great. While the music livens up the stages, it overshadows important sound cues that are essential to complete the levels, such as secret doors opening.

Doom and Doomer

The biggest problem with Doom is the control. The delay between a button press and the onscreen action means movement isn't as responsive as it should be. You'll be fighting the controls more than the enemies. Cycling through the weapons is also slow -- press the button three times, and a few seconds later, the desired weapon appears.

Doom is an entertaining game, but lack of control nearly seals its fate (unlike the 32X and Jaguar versions or the similar Wolfenstein 3-D for the SNES). However, this game is probably the most fun you can have with loaded weapons without getting hurt.

ProTip: Avoid moving while in Map mode -- you can't see your enemies or other dangers.

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Join the Space Marines! Travel to exotic worlds, meet new creatures, and shoot them.

It's time to lock and load Doom into a 32X and enjoy the game that Wolfenstein built. This Doom sports fewer levels and less complex graphics than the PC or Jaguar versions, but it still has the chops!

ProTip: Peer into all openings -- you might find a hidden treasure or a hidden danger.

Martian Mayhem

You're the sole survivor of a Marine squad sent to investigate an attack on the Martian moon, Phobos. Who nailed your buds? You'll find out. The strategy's simple in this ferociously fun, first-person, aim-down-the-gunbarrel shooter: Shoot first, ask questions later! You race through 15 levels, blastin' everything that moves as you find nine weapons. All the familiar and fierce Doom creatures are present, including the pink beasts and the cyberdemons. Five several skill levels challenge you; the toughest, Nightmare, will you give... nightmares.

  • Practice shooting and simultaneously backing up.
  • Use the side step (press and hold Button C and press Left or Right) to dodge enemy bullets or peer around corners at the ready.

Doom 32X features excellent controls. You can easily whip around 360 degrees or even sidestep incoming rounds. The topnotch automap feature enables you to zoom in and out, overlay a grid, and move across the terrain in map mode!

Doom with Zoom

The great graphics slam right into your face. Unlike the PC and Jaguar Dooms, however, you don't see creatures from all angles as you move. This version's a major speed demon, though, and it's a blast to zigzag through alien gangs.

The sounds are killer. If click-dack-blam is music to your ears, here's your symphony! Even your death scream's sweet. The music's a catchy technofunk groove that's perfect for the gloomy mood.

Four handgun shots or two shotgun blasts exterminate these creatures.

Blood and Guts

Doom's no game for the squeamish or religious. Your shots send bloody bits and pieces flying, and you can use a chain saw! The spaced invaders favor a weird demonic motif and gruesome torture scenes.

Gunning for Greatness

Doom's built to blast on any system. If you have the stomach for video mayhem, you're definitely Doomed.

reggie posted a review

Overview

So you thought a BFG-9000 was portable fire power -- you were wrong. Now you can take all those familiar levels, great weapons, and nasty monsters with you wherever you go. The superior resolution of Game Boy Advance gives Doom as clean and clear a look as it ever had on your PC. PC Doom players (like myself) will find this game familiar. I am not sure that everything is exactly the same, but it sure feels like old home week. The fun part is re-discovering all those little secret places filled with good stuff. There are two ways to play each level, either cut and run for the end to beat the par times or take your time to clear the level of all evil and find all the secret areas. I always like to find all I can. Clearing a level too fast deprives me of some good carnage. Doom for GBA is a very faithfully-executed rendition of the classic original Doom for the PC. I had forgotten how much fun this game is.

Gameplay, Controls, Interface

There are still four difficulty levels of gameplay: 'I'm Too Young to Die,'? 'Not Too Rough,'? 'Hurt Me Plenty,'? and 'Nightmare!'? The difference between the levels is how much they can hurt you and how many of the bad guys are in your way. The gameplay is almost exactly the same as playing on your PC. However, instead of being able to choose a weapon by pressing a number you need to cycle through your list. This is not much of an issue, as I found that most of the time I used the same weapon until I ran out of ammo or I found a better one. There are three gameplay modes: single player, cooperation mode, and death match. I found the button assignment easy to use and reasonable. As in the classic PC version, this version of Doom has basic controls which are easy to master quickly.

Multiplayer

There is a good multiplayer mode. You can play in cooperation mode with a second game pack and a link cable, which allows both of you to battle through each area. It's always fun to share some good carnage with a friend. The only thing that tops this is dishing it out to a friend in head-to-head play. My only concern would be whether the game link cables are long enough, since I found myself bobbing around while I played. There is support for linking up to four GBA units, each with a Doom game cartridge, and going head-to-head in a four-player death match. Linking up the games and getting it all running is documented well in the book and, hey, no network problems! Let's just say it is a lot easier than it was to get PC's to talk to each other when Doom was first released.

Graphics

The graphics are comparable to the original game -- it looks like a direct port. I am glad they did not try change the graphics, even though handheld technology is more advanced than PC technology was when Doom was first released. If they had, it would not have been Doom. By comparison to some of today's games the graphics are weaker, but that is what Doom is all about -- rough carnage. For the day it was written, it was cutting-edge. Now on the GBA you have the right time and the right platform for a rebirth.

Audio

The sound brings it all back home. The music and sound effects are the same as in the original. If you are looking for something 'new and improved'? you will be disappointed. I, however, was very pleased with how true to the roots the audio was. I play this game with the volume up and it really pays to listen. You can often hear things coming long before you can see them. Keep your ears tuned in and you will live longer.

Documentation

Reading the instruction booklet is helpful if you have never played Doom before. If you have played Doom, the front where it shows you the control layout and the back if you are linking GBAs together are all you will need. If it has been a long time, you may want to skim through it to refresh your memory on what is good and what is not.

Bottom Line

This game is rated T for Teen, so I cannot recommend it for everyone, but if you are old enough, this will be a hot title on your wish list. This is one game that does not get warm and fuzzy on you. I am glad "Id and Activision" decided to release this game for the GBA. I love first person shooters and this was just one more chance to get into the fray again. Still a great game! Score 94: well done, nicely ported over and well suited to the platform. It also happens to be my favorite GBA title now.

reggie posted a review

People say:

8

Doom for the Jaguar has its ups and downs. While it may look very good, many elements that computer players enjoy were removed. The music has been done away with, along with a few of the Bosses. While I can understand the music, why the enemies? Several levels are gone and the controls are a little loose. If you love Doom and have no other way to play it, I guess you'll like it, but I think it's lacking.

7

Although Doom is a good visual representation of the incredible PC game, there are some notable losses that diminish the fun factor. Most notably, some of the levels have been axed. Also, the music is missing, although it was never anything exciting anyway. The control is decent, but it does take some time to get used to the slippery control. Otherwise, it's a decent game and one of the better ones to come out for the Jag.

7

Doom for the Jaguar is an okay game. Visually, it has the best graphics for any system outside the PC realm. There are new levels added; too! However, some levels were sacrificed for the new ones. That about ends the good points. On the down side, the background music was taken out. Also, there are no on-screen enemies when you play a two-player game. It's still a good game for the Jaguar.

7

The computer version is an excellent game, and this one retains many of the same aspects. All the weapons and levels are faithfully reproduced. There are several drawbacks, though. First off, the sounds just aren't there, and there is no Save Game Feature to let you thoroughly explore and test situations. Overall, it is a good reproduction, but after playing the computer version so much it doesn't compare.

reggie posted a review

The story is simple: you are a Marine stationed on the distant planet of Mars. The military has been conducting secret experiments on two nearby planets. Phobos and Deimos. After receiving a distress call from the planet of Deimos, you are ordered to get up there and secure the perimeter while the rest of the team goes in to survey the situation. The only contact you have with the rest of the Marines is a two-way radio. You try to reach them, but the only response is the sound of gunfire and screaming Marines followed by dead silence! As you enter the base, armed only with a pistol, you can hear animal-like growls echoing in the distance. Whatever it is, it's heading toward you, and it doesn't sound very friendly or human. You need to get in. grab as many weapons as you can, waste anything that moves and try to get out in one piece. Good luck!

THE GOOD

The game plays very much like its computer predecessor. Controls nice, with excellent sound effects!

THE BAD

Finding 100 percent of the items and secrets is nearly impossible due to no save feature. Where's the music?

THE UGLY

The cyberdemon and the arach-notron must have been too ugly to make it to the Jag version. Bummer!

reggie posted a review

Id's original first-person height-mapped action game hits the PSX. Included in this trilogy of destruction is Ultimate Doom and Doom 2. Both of these titles are included in the Monsters and Mutants box and it contains everything that had to be purchased separately on the computer. The game pushes the smoothness and outstanding graphic capability of the PlayStation to the limit. Not only is this title a good translation of the original, but Williams Entertainment, the producer, has also improved the already great title.

The levels remain basically the same with the familiar level layout and weapons, but the graphic end of the game has been cleaned up substantially. Lighting effects have risen to Include cast shadows and hues that give a genuine feeling of first-person action. Rooms with vats of green ooze reflect a green shimmer all over the room, which can even be seen in the reflection off your weapon. This glow can also be seen from a distance down existing hallways and corridors.

The sound has also changed from the original version. New effects cause players to wander by the seat of their pants waiting for the nasties to jump out at them and scare them half to death Groans, growls and shrieks come from all over and increase in volume as you get closer to the source.

Controlling your character is simple with the many buttons on the PSX controller. Players who have endured the computer version with either the keyboard or the Gravis Pad are in for a shock after discovering the ease with which control can be achieved on the PSX. The screens scroll smoothly as you wander about. Targeting and firing weapons is outstanding, giving you useful control of your character.

Doom does, however, have one feature that is bound to make you spend more money on peripherals. As with a handful of other titles, you can play a two-player game on two separate PSXs and TVs with the use of the link. Just as with the computer version, you can play a cooperative game or blast each other as many times as possible in Death Match Mode.

Veterans of the computer version and other players who were always interested in the game but couldn't justify the cost of a Pentium just to play a few titles, will all rejoice at this PSX release. It has everything you could possibly want in this type of title.

INSIDE TRACK

There are enemies around every comer. Your best strategy for keeping yourself safe is to hit them from a distance and dodge their attack by using the L1 and R1 buttons, which are in charge of strafing. Lean out from behind a comer and let 'em have it. When they target you and start firing their weapon, just roll to the left or right to avoid getting hit. All the while, you can keep the same general direction and just move back into range and give them another go. This basic tactic works flawlessly in any situation where a good distance separates you from them. Don't waste too much time with this attack, however, because the free-roaming characteristics of the enemies in Doom allow them to hunt you down from anywhere in the level. The strafe defense works well, but if you allow an enemy to get a few shots into you at point-blank range because you didn't know he was behind you, all of your effort will prove useless and you'll find yourself lying in a pool of your own blood.

  • MANUFACTURER - Williams
  • DIFFICULTY - Hard
  • THEME - Shooter
  • NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1
reggie posted a review
  • Williams Entertainment for Super NES

Doom, Doom, Doom, Doom. Now that my tympani solo is over, let's talk about this game. The graphics are blocky, mainly because the game wasn't meant to be played on so small a console. If you NEED Doom, get it. Otherwise, you're better off leaving it alone.

reggie posted a review
  • Machine: Super NES
  • Genre: action
  • Players: 1
  • Publisher: Williams Entertainment
  • Developer: Sculptured Software

Ah, Doom. Doom, Doom, Doom. The trendsetter, the benchmark, the game that took over my life, that became THE title to copy for the '90's. Oh well. The most impressive thing about Doom for Super NES is that there's even a 16-bit version at all. However, that doesn't make it good.

It's a simple case of squeezing ten pounds of, uh, mud into a five pound sack - it just looks ugly. I'll grant you, it's remarkably complete, and it plays pretty well compared to more high-end versions. The designers have managed to wring a lot of game out of very little horsepower, but the bitmaps on the walls, which are blocky in any version, look positively chaotic in this one. Enemies which are far away blend in almost perfectly with everything else, and the whole game feels as cut down as it obviously is.

Beyond the eyestrain graphics, there are other problems. Control isn't as smooth as it needs to be, and it's mighty easy to get hung up on corners - never a good thing when you're running from a group of imps or demons.

The bottom line is that if you've never played Doom before, and a Super NES is all you've got (and face it, that's what Williams is banking on, and there are a lot of gamers like that out there), then by all means, knock yourself out. Doom is Doom, and you'll have a blast. If you have other options though, think of this as a last resort.

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Id Software
  • Machine: 32x

Question: I have a question. How do you reach the chain-saw in Mission One, Level Two? I can see it through the window but I can't find a way to get to the outside. Can you show me a way to get it?

Answer: Sure can. Your problem is that there's a lot of secret stuff between you and the ol' saw - not to mention a lot of imps and sergeants. Just follow the map and you'll get there. Just for fun see if you can make it through the whole rest of the level using just the saw - hey, I did it. Let me tell ya, it felt real good tool Hell, heh, heh - it was cool.

reggie posted a review

Its a classic game and must be played atleast once.

vinx_619 posted a review
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