Doom 3 BFG Edition PC Review

So I picked up DOOM 3 BFG edition for PC and for Xbox 360. The PC
version is great, some new improvements to the game and updated graphics
options (not quite ‘sikkmod’ style for vanilla doom 3, but has a few
new ting to tinker with plus updated menu options and configurations).
The Lost Mission is a great map pack, btw. The addition of 3D
stereoscopic support and VR headset are a huge plus…
I don’t have the
Virutal Reality headset as it isn’t out just yet, but the 3D stereo
output is probably the best 3D mode for any game I’ve seen… There are a
few good games for 3D out there, but DOOM 3 BFG Edition’s 3D mode tops
them all. The only options I wish they add are a menu option for FOV (it
can still be changed via ingame console or config file) and eventually
Co-op (something the console version has, but they decided to not add to
the PC BFG edition release). Course there’s alway LMS coop mod…
whenever they update it for the enhanced BFG edition, that is, but it
would still be nice to see an official coop from id/bethesda for the PC

On a side note… I picked up the 360 version just to
see the improvements over the original Xbox release. If you remember,
Doom 3 was released on Xbox just right before the Xbox 360 came out…
so it had to be heavily watered down for graphics and maps to meet
performance requirements for the original Xbox. Sadly, while it still
made for a great experience, visually and gameplay wise, it was lacking
quite a bit in comparison to its PC counterpart.
That’s most
certainly not the case. Not only has the engine had some nice touches
and updates and it’s running purely on the PC engine for the Xbox 360
now… but it looks great!. The console version of DOOM 3 BFG Edition is
definetely side by side with the BFG edition enhanced PC version now.
Especially character models and textures, as well as level/wall
textures. It looks every bit as a modern game as any current game out
for the 360. And it feels just as fresh. It also supports 3D mode. Both
versions include:

DOOM 3, and its huge expansion pack
“Resurrection of Evil” along with a new expansion pack called “The Lost
Missions”. All of them support 3D and run on the enhanced id tech
engine, multiplayer is available. 3D mode is supported. Features like a
gun-attached flashlight, improved audio, lighting, some new graphics
features and enhancements (not exactly sikkmod, but still nice touches
and additions) for both versions (and much needed and improved
config/graphics management for PC version), even updated FX (shotgun now
sounds nastier, etc) and it includes DOOM 1 and DOOM 2 as vanilla as
I’ve seen them other than owning the original PC copies.

Pick it
up! you’ll like it. May I say playing Doom 3 on my 56″ LG Cinema display
LED 3DTV is fricking AMAZINGLY TERRIFYING! And on my 30″ HP ZR30w
2560×1600 pc monitor, it looks every bit as nice as it should, and holds
up pretty well for a PC game. Definetely one nice 20th anniversary
release to get anyone ready for Doom 4.

9/10 for a great bundle
and new additions.. but the lack of co-op on PC and some other very
minor changes kept it from a perfect 10/10 (Keep in mind, the PC version
originally did not have Co-op either). Though if your picking up the PC
version, beware that mods and modding are not going to work as of
current, so if you need mod support, should stick to buying the original
Doom 3 or Doom 1/2 for PC.. but for anyone but the mod enthusiasts,
this release is a great deal.

Verdict: 90/100

Genre: Compilation
Style: Shooter
Themes: Demons, Hell
Release Date: October 16, 2012
Developer: id Software, Inc.
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

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