I picked up Doom 3: BFG Edition on launch day because I love all things Doom. I was blown away with the original Doom and how it ushered in the era of shooters. I love Doom 2 and the double barred shotgun. When Doom 3 came out and I had a computer good enough to play it I enjoyed it for its dark horror style. A few years later I replayed Doom 3 and again, enjoyed its dark atmosphere but that time I turned off the lights and cranked up the sound.

When iD Software announced Doom 3: BFG Edition I was excited. Doom 3: BFG Editions big additions are the original Doom & Doom 2. It also includes some new content for Doom 3 in the Lost Levels. It can also be played in 3D, if you have the right hardware for it.

I have Doom 3 on PC and wanted to try it out on a new platform so I picked it up on the PS3. From the reviews I read and by playing it in person at PAX on XBOX 360 and now the PS3 I can say that Doom 3 plays buttery smooth. If you are console bound, love shooters and want something that doesn't lag for second, Doom 3: BFG Edition is for you.

When I got the game the first thing I did was boot up the original Doom to show my wife and see how well it played. It played very well but she was unimpressed with the game as it is now 19 year old. I look at it with love, but if you didn't play it I can see how it wouldn't impress. I then started a new Doom 3 game and was immediately flooded with awesome memories and a wave of excitement for entering Mars base again.

The beginning of Doom 3 has a compelling pulp sci-fi horror premise. After spending a ton of time messing around in base and getting a high score in Super Turbo Turkey Puncher(i'll make a separate post about that) I went on the first mission and header into Mars city basement. I won't spoil the story but not too long after you get your pistol the S hits the F and you are shooting zombies and demons just like iD intended.

One thing I noticed playing the game is that you can't zoom to aim. Modern shooters allow you to zoom your gun in to aim better, Doom 3 does not. This isn't something they took out of the game, it simply wasn't present in the original. After playing modern shooters you sort of realize you cant zoom and wherein its not a big deal, is something worth noting as games march ever onward.

So far all I have played of Doom 3: BFG in length is the original Doom 3 campaign and it seems pretty much as I remember it. They sprinkled more ammo in places than I remember, things are way brighter but that doesn't make the game easier. I haven't spent any time worrying about ammo conservation, just which gun to use to dispatch my foes.

The big change in Doom 3: BFG Edition is that they allow you to turn on the flashlight while you hold your gun. Now this isn't as bad as I thought, though I do appreciate I have the original Doom 3 discs so I can go back and play it the way it was. That said, when you turn on the flashlight holding a pistol the light beam comes in from the side in a way that seems odd. Its like the Marine is holding the light way out to his side at an angle. Its strange and sort of threw me off when it turned on. I was like "how can he be possibly holding the light that way?" But then again, its a game about demons and eventually you do go to hell... It's not a big deal, it was just something I noticed.

I still haven't played much of the original Doom, Doom 2 and the lost levels. When I do, ill post more.

I found a few interesting bits posted online about Doom 3. Here they are for you to enjoy:

HD Play posted a video side by side of BFG Edition and the original Doom 3:

Someone Photoshopped their own pet Hamster in the game:


Travis   Admin wrote on 10/20/2012 at 02:19pm

I'm actually not sure I'm going to get this. I already have all the games, and there are mods for Doom 3 that make it look better than the BFG edition, and add some gameplay tweaks. I'd basically be paying $20 for the lost mission, which from what I understand is just a horde mode.

Have you played with any Doom 3 mods in the past? How does it compare?

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 10/20/2012 at 03:08pm

I didn't play it with mods before so not point of comparison there for me. I linked to a side by side video for what graphics changed and wherein it looks a bit better its not night and day better.

Ill check out the lost levels reviews, seemed like more than moar bad guys but I could be wrong.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 10/20/2012 at 03:21pm

Haven't found any gameplay reviews for the lost mission. Dang:

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