XBLAFans: Doom II XBLA Review

"For a 15-year-old game, you could certainly do worse. Ironically, Doom II is a breath if fresh air when compared to modern shooters due to its total simplicity and retro charm. Sure, it looks and sounds old as dirt, but blasting pixilated demons into pieces and navigating the hellish levels is still fun, even today. Those who did not play the game back in 1994 may find Doom II too outdated to play. If this is you, then I recommend at least trying the free demo. But for other gamers with fond memories slaughtering Imps and CyberDemons, Doom II is worth your money, especially considering it has a bonus chapter online multiplayer over Xbox Live."

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cain1413116d ago

I was huge fan of the old wolfenstein. I'd probably enjoy this too then...

BetaChris3116d ago

Gratuitous violence, a complete lack of story, and plenty of guns. Ah, memories...

mrv3213116d ago

FPS's sure HAVEN'T come along since then.

The big improvement is the Z-axis of aiming.

Ult iMate3116d ago

>>Gratuitous violence, a complete lack of story, and plenty of guns...
..and also big mazed levels with tons of hidden rooms and secret doors to discover and explore. Sometimes you can get lost in that mazes without a map. Something that lacks in shooters these days. You don't have to explore levels in modern shooters anymore, because there's nothing to explore. You just, like, go straight and shoot. ((( .

Clumzyagent3116d ago

Doom is a game I played when I was little and didn't quite get until I got the original on XBLA. Then I played the hell out of it. Don't know why I haven't picked up this classic yet.

cain1413116d ago

It just came out last week...

Corrected3116d ago

Doom came out last week? I've had it on my 360 for like a year.

poopface13116d ago (Edited 3116d ago )

I got doom1 and duke 3d on there, I ll probably get this one too. I used to love doom games back in the day.

Tone3116d ago

best version of doom was on the atari jaguar..... ahhh the memories.

OpenGL3116d ago

The best version was on the PC, but if you're talking about console versions, yeah the Jaguar version was the best until the PS1 port. It beat the 32x, SNES, and 3DO versions pretty severely.

Ult iMate3116d ago (Edited 3116d ago )

I thought, the JDoom for PC was the best version.
I also liked a 3DO version soundtrack.

OpenGL3116d ago

The 3DO version had a great soundtrack, but the game ran really poorly if you tried to play full screen. Only the smallest screen sizes were really playable, and even then it wasn't very good.

OpenGL3116d ago

Doom is without a doubt my favorite game of all time. I still have the original CD-roms for The Ultimate Doom, Doom II, and The Final Doom, all of which were purchased between 1994 and 1996. I also own the XBLA, PS1, GBA, and Jaguar versions as well. I intend to eventually get every version of Doom ported to consoles, but it'll take awhile.

Aphe3116d ago

It was the game that got me into pc gaming, as soon as I saw it I knew I had to get one. They used to stick it on in our local game shop and let us play the demo, I'd never seen anything like it before. Then I badgered my parents into stumping up the cash for a pc, and convinced them that it would be a big help with my college work :P

One of those defining moments in my gaming life, I'll never forget it.

LightofDarkness3116d ago

I first witnessed Doom in 1994, and knew I had to have it. Didn't get a PC until 1997, but I had spent a good year playing DooM on my SNES. By the time I got a PC, the first thing I did was buy the DooM Trilogy pack (Ultimate Doom, Doom 2, Master Levels). I don't think I've spent more time playing any one game than I have Doom, and I just keep playing it. In fact, I played it last night. I've had the SNES, PSX, N64 and PC versions. Doom is just timeless for me.

As far as console ports go, PSX Doom is probably the best. I'm surprised these XBLA ports don't include any of the 32-bit lighting and improved sound FX of the PSX version.