So as part of Doom Month here on G33k P0p I will be looking back at the original Doom game, one which changed gaming forever and kicked-off one of the most famous FPS franchises in history.
Doom was id Software’s second FPS game after their 1992 game Wolfenstein 3D, a very similar game to Doom with a WW2 theme. The game was first released on PC on 10th December, 1993, and was very well received, with a 4/5 from Kongregate and 85% from Y8.com. Eventually, the game was eventually released on the Atari Jaguar, SNES, in 1995 on the PS1, in 2001 on the Gameboy Advance and in the form of a spin off game, Doom 64 on the Nintendo 64 in 1997. The popularity of the game was huge at the time, and it even surpassed Windows as the most installed software on PCs at the time.
Now, while the backstory of Doom is a complex one, all you need to know is that involves a base on Mar’s moon Phobos, hellish demons, guns, explosions and chainsaws! The story is one that you really have to find out about using something like the internet, due to the fact that it is never even made clear to you in the game. There are no cutscenes, no characters, the space marine you play as isn’t even named by the developers (the internet calls him Doomguy). But, a good story isn’t important when the forces of hell need pushing back where they came from. The gameplay itself is a lot of fun, and doesn’t just involve shooting your way through all the levels, the maps eventually get very complex, and using hidden keys around the map it can sometimes be a puzzle and a challenge to get through some of the levels of the game.
While I’ve personally never played it, the online multiplayer included within the game was one of the reasons that the game was so popular, and because it started a generation of online gaming, the multiplayer is one of the game’s most important features. Eventually it was improved in Doom II: Hell on Earth, but because of its addition, Doom is much more significant than it would be without it.
Doom is one of the best games in one of the best game franchises I’ve ever played, with a mix of fun FPS style gameplay, and a puzzle element to it, it is very fun to play again and again, especially with it’s nightmare difficulty setting. So, make sure you check it out, the original games can be found on steam very cheaply, it’s definitely worth it.