Doom 3 is one of the best and scariest Sci-Fi Shooters of all time.
Doom 3 is not
the original Doom. That fact is probably what made purists angry. However, for any horror fan, Doom 3 is a godsend. The game's story is pretty much the same as the original Doom, but thanks to the help of a professional writer, the guys at id managed to flesh out the story and answered some of the questions that lingered. For instance, how did the UAC get the teleporter technology? They reverse engineered Martian technology that breached Hell
. How did the demons invade? A Mad Scientist
strikes a Deal With The Devil
and deliberately destabilizes the teleporters. Why are there chainsaws on Mars? Shipping mistake
. The game's storyline is revealed mainly through PDA's (like Bio Shock
, although Doom 3 came earlier), detailing everything that has happened or is happening (The unfortunate thing is that a lot players don't seem to care
about the recordings except for locker combinations). The graphics and sound are very good. In fact, they were revolutionary for the time. Unfortunately, they're not so impressive nowadays (Doom 3 was released in 2004) The graphics and sound are still sufficient, even today, to help sell the game's main selling point: atmosphere. It's is very creepy
. The PDA logs are creepy, the the flickering lights are creepy, the monsters are scary, etc. It gives a sense of dread and makes the player watch his/her every step and is constantly looking behind his/her back. Monsters can always attack the player at any time. It can get annoying for some people, but this troper thought it was awesome. It keeps the player on edge, and can make him/her hesitate picking up an item
. Gameplay wise, it's very similar to the original Doom. However, it's much slower paced, which angers any Doom purists. It's still the same run and gun gameplay that involves the player picking up items and blowing up demons with an huge loadout of weapons (all the originals are back and new ones are thrown in). But, even with the similarities, it's not meant to be "Doom with better graphics". It's a new game with a new direction, and the gameplay fits very nicely with the atmosphere.
In short, Doom 3 ISN'T the original Doom. However, it's one of the greatest Sci-Fi shooters of all time, and certainly one of the scariest.