However nonetheless superb certainly, clearly.
Common readers will know that I’m Fairly A Massive Fan of Doom, id software program’s masterpiece that manages to be each formative and definitive inside its style.
After all, that was the golden age of shooters earlier than Half-Life got here alongside and RUINED EVERYTHING, however even the sumptuous Heretic was unable to finest Doom’s hellspawn-haranguing horrorshow. Certainly, the one sport to have any likelihood was the 1994 sequel Doom 2: Hell on Earth.
Nevertheless it did not.
Please do not misunderstand me. Doom 2 is superb and it brings quite a lot of nice issues to the collection. It is clearly the popular foundation for mods and different consumer content material due to its expanded bestiary of genuinely memorable pit-bastards, such because the indelible Arch-Vile, the terrifying Revenant and the bulbous, bloated Mancubus, who are primarily based in your mum. It additionally introduced us the tremendous shotgun, which lastly answered the eternally-burning query “what if shotgun, however extra?” With its deafening BOOM and ridiculously satisfying clackity-click reload sound results, it shortly grew to become the FPS universe’s benchmark shotgun, unmatched till Soldier of Fortune, solely bettered by F.E.A.R, lest we neglect.
So why am I down on Doom 2? Properly, I simply do not assume it is as constant as its massive brother. The later, earth-based maps are sprawling in a manner that simply would not work for me, with boring layouts and uninteresting aesthetics. There’s additionally the main target (this can be a Doom 2 in-joke) on gimmick phases like Tips N’ Traps or Barrel’s O’ Enjoyable, the previous of which is cool the primary time by means of then by no means once more, the latter is just… type of silly. Moreover, regardless of my earlier reward for the monsters, additionally they added the only worst enemy ever in any sport, the Chaingunner. On the Extremely-Violence problem (the right problem for Doom, please don’t argue with me), these items can chew by means of your well being like your mum chews by means of a chippy tea. You will run into conditions the place you may’t see the Chaingunners, however you may hear them emptying their weapons into your gentle components, watching in useless as your well being ticks all the way down to zero in a matter of seconds. Chaingunners – they’re garbage, and I hate them.
Anyway, completely happy quarter-century, Doom 2. Regardless of my whinging you might be good and I like you. Simply not as a lot as your brother. Oh, do not pout. Come right here. Come on, Doom 2. Convey it in. (Hugs Doom 2) There we go.