I’ve been playing through Doom 3 and the hell level just got to be a little too much (yeah, that’s right, I was scared ) So I was surfing the web and happened upon Doom 3 Classic. Despite my internal emergency warning system (“This is not a test”) I downloaded and installed it. Here are my thoughts:
E1M1: The Hangar
“Cool, Doom was awesome!”
E1M3: Toxin Refinery
“I miss all these monsters. Sweet, a soulsphere! Keycards blow”
E1M4: Command Control
“Man keycards blow. A maze? WTF? Hmmm, looks like I missed some switch to extend this bridge. I’m bored.”
Cue the fat lady, ’cause I’m pawing for the exit button. Turns out remakes are never as good as you remember the original to have been (someone should’ve told Van Sant that before he actually went through with that Psycho nonsense.) The cool things were no weapon reloading, running as long as you want, and lots of monsters (although my machine wasn’t up to the task – things got sloooow.) The not cool things were, well, everything else.
It’s not that it was soul-crushingly bad so much as completely unnecessary.