If you don’t have a virtual reality headset the next best thing, of course, is to steal one from well-off friend. For the less kleptomaniac among us, there’s YouTube, where the likes of SweViver are happy to romp around shooters of old — in this case, DOOM 3 BFG Edition — taking out demon-possessed zombies in the confines of an experimental facility on Mars…
As you might expect, the experience for everyone at home isn’t quite the same as it is for SweViver, though there’s something to be said for watching someone flail about with DOOM 3’s iconic pistol plus flashlight combo in the game’s equally recognisable dark and claustrophia-inducing environments
The interesting thing is the graphics fidelity of DOOM 3 is about right for virtual reality. Pretty enough to look good, but not so demanding to be a stuttery mess. As the clip description notes, the game runs at a fairly consistent 90fps, which is more than playable.
Because DOOM 3 BFG doesn’t naturally support the HTC Vive, someone had to cook up a way to make it compatible. If you have the hardware and would like to try it yourself, SweViver has full instructions available.