Doom 2: Hell On Earth
Doom II is often considered one of the best first-person shooters of all time, and this faithful recreation of the 1994 PC game brings that classic experience to your Game Boy Advance. The simple controls and fast-paced gameplay make it a great game for short play sessions, which is excellent for when you want a quick boost of nostalgia. As a sequel, Doom II doubles down on exciting gameplay with new items, crazier enemies, and bigger levels. Players will love blasting down demons from Hell in this revitalization of one of the classic FPS games from the 90s. If you're looking for a bloody good time on Game Boy Advance, Doom II has plenty of enjoyment to offer.
Main Game Features
- Complex and open-ended level design
- Over 30 levels
- Dozens of bosses, weapons, and power-ups
As with most games from the early 90s, Doom II is light on the story and heavy on the action. You'll only learn new plot details every handful of levels, with most of the focus being on demon-slaying. That said, Doom II picks up directly where the original Doom left off. After traveling to Hell itself and kicking some major demon butt, a skilled space marine makes his way back to Earth. Upon his arrival, he discovers that Earth has also been invaded by demons, with casualties mounting and humanity at risk. As always, its your job as the space marine to eliminate all demons and save humanity from extinction.
When it comes to laying waste to hordes of demons, Doom II plays very similarly to the first Doom. Playing as the space marine, you'll explore dozens of levels, engaging in gunfights with demons and searching for keys to open the exit. Along the way, you'll amass an arsenal of powerful weapons, including the new double-barreled “Super Shotgun”. These weapons are good for one thing; blowing the invading demons to bits. As you empty clips of bullets into offending hell-spawn, you'll need to collect ammunition pick-ups to stay supplied. You'll also have to manage your health and armor by collecting med-kits and power-ups, as you can quickly become overrun by enemies.
Despite the limited power of the Game Boy Advance, this version of Doom II runs quite smoothly. Apart from some expected lag and muddy graphics, there aren't many problems to speak of. Every level from the original game is available, including the various secret stages you can unlock. Generally speaking, this is a remarkably well-designed portable version of one of the best PC shooters ever made.
Whether you're a fan of the original Doom II or just looking for a compact shooter to play on break, this Game Boy Advance title will get the job done. Multiple difficulty modes offer varying degrees of challenge for players of all skill levels, ensuring that everyone can go on a demon-killing rampage. As both a stress reliever and a time killer, Doom II is a wonderful choice. It might be a bit simple by today's first-person shooter standards, but that's part of the charm.
- Fun and easy-to-learn
- Provides great stress relief
- Includes all content from original PC game
- Visuals have been downgraded
- Occasional lag and slowdown
Download Doom 2: Hell On Earth
While we wait impatiently for our Xbox version of Doom III (yay!), why not take a trip down memory lane with Doom II? This portable murder-simulator runs well on the little Game Boy Advance and promises lots of violence and green blood to take on the road with you. Honestly, what could be more American than that?