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DOOM II (XBLA)
DOOM was the phenomenally successful PC shareware title released in 1993 which popularised the First Person Shooter (FPS) genre. The sequel was released the following year. The plot of DOOM II continues on from the end of the first game, where you play the part of a space marine who has battled a demon infestation from hell on Mars and its two moons. You’ve now arrived back on Earth where the demons have followed you and have created hell on Earth. The plot is not especially deep and is really just a flimsy excuse to shoot things, but that’s part of the fun.
The Action: DOOM II is a fun fast-paced game. While you can sneak up behind a demon and surprise it with your chainsaw, DOOM II is not a stealth based game, but is instead a fast action FPS where you run into rooms, choose a weapon, and shoot demons and try not to die.
The Atmosphere: For a sixteen year old PC game with obviously inferior graphics and sound by modern standards, it does a great job at keeping you on edge and spooking you. The varied lighting throughout the levels creates suspense and the sound effects of the demons grunting in the background will have you nervously trying to gauge from which direction the demons are coming. Playing this game in the dark with the sound turned up is a fun way to frighten yourself silly.
The Level Design: There’s the 32 original levels of DOOM II plus nine extra levels created exclusively for this Xbox Live port. All the levels are cleverly designed and balance adrenaline-pumping demon-shooting action with using your brain to figure out the best way to clear through the levels.
The Price: The original DOOM on Xbox Live sells for 400 Microsoft Points. DOOM II, however, sells for 800 Microsoft Points which is a bit excessive for a 16 year old game that is only a slight upgrade from the original.
Lack Of User-Created Content: A notable feature of the original PC Doom games is that players could create, share, and play their own levels. No such thing is possible in this console port, which is a pity.
DOOM II is an enjoyable action FPS. It’s an exciting single player game but also an exciting multiplayer game. It has stood the test of time and, whether the DOOM series is something you’ve already played on the PC back in the 90s or is a game you’ve never played but only heard about, DOOM II is still fun to play today. I recommend you download it on Xbox Live and check it out.
Reviewed by: Mark Duval
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