Above anything else, Doom is an action comedy that reveres every FPS trope it had a hand in creating. A cheeky manifestation of space marine bullshit turned up to 11, the Doom Marine is vindication, rage, violence, and masculine excess personified. In Dooms opening minutes, he wakes from a long sleep inside a demonic sarcophagus and pops the heads of several possessed Mars zombies. In the next room, the Doom Suit rests, surrounded by a jumble of candles and demonic insignia signposting in capital letters: This thing here? Its important. I feel the same reverence. I climb inside. From there, it's a rude journey to shut hell the hell up.
Abated by a dull multiplayer mode, a limited level creation toolset, and a familiar art direction that doesn't feel as malevolent or creative as modern technology allows, my journey is otherwise one of playful, indulgent FPS action. Hell is my home now, and I wont leave until a better source of unadulterated fun guts me out.
Developer: id Software
Publisher: id Software
Release Date: 5 May, 1994
Genre: Action, Shooter, Sci-fi, Horror
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