Doom 3 PC CD-ROM

Id, 2004, 1 player, ages 17 and up. I'm probably not the best guy to be reviewing this game. I was a big fan of the first two Doom installments, and although this one looks like it's potentially very cool, I simply don't have enough computer to run it properly (despite having a virtually brand new laptop that's fairly powerful). Without a super powerful video card this game loses much of it's "ohmygawsh" factor. To get smooth response from the game I really had to back off on the quality of the video. Consequently, the monsters wind up looking like those art school drawings where a figure is broken down into a bunch of little geometric shapes. The game itself is pretty much the same as the original - pick up the armor, pick up the guns, pick up the ammo, and shoot anything that moves. I had a hard time dealing with all of the pitch black rooms, and I think it's kind of lame that you can't wield a weapon and a flashlight at the same time. This installment seems to be trying for more stark realism, opting for sound effects and radio chatter instead of the musical soundtracks of the first two. Frankly, I miss the creepy music.

I guess I'd probably like this game a lot more if I could play it the way the makers intended it to be played. But since I can't, I guess I'll have to remain disappointed.

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