9 reasons why you need to play DOOM this weekend

The latest incarnation of Bethesda’s gory shooter is packed with personality

If you’ve been brave enough to tackle DOOM since it released last week, you’ll know that there’s more to the demon-bothering shooter than at first blood-soaked glance. Here are a few reasons the 2016 revamp of the all-time classic has made us grin like maniacs. Got some of your own? Let us know in the comments below…

That fist-bump feeling

DOOM is packed with secret areas and hidden collectables. Some games’ idea of “secret” is stashing something behind a pillar and surrounding it with a none-too-subtle glow, but not DOOM. These are hidden in the old-school gaming sense; placed way out of reach so you really have to work for them.

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Each level is home to two Imp Models – little action figures of DOOMguy in various guises, including a Vaultguy homage to Fallout, and this little fella who clearly has some affinity with our hero.

Running like hell

Just like the original DOOM, this revamped version is fast. Very fast. Dodging in and out of cover with a couple of Hell Knights in hot pursuit is one of the more intense gaming experiences I’ve had for a while. Fortunately, unlike the original, DOOMguy can now jump and climb in a parkour style to make a swift escape.

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Classics never die

The 2016 edition of DOOM pays homage to the 1993 classic in many ways – none more direct than recreating the original levels for those players eagle-eyed enough to find the hidden levers and doorways that lead back in time.

Once you’ve found the doorways in each level, the full version of that classic level will be unlocked and available to play from the main menu – complete with the nostalgia-soaked soundtrack.

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Guns, guns, guns

Weapons are upgradable as you traverse the many levels of your DOOM nightmare, but you’re under no obligation to stick with an enhancement once you’ve applied it. Pressing up on the D-pad lets you cycle between upgrades, so, for example, your shotgun can be both a rapid-fire slayer and an explosive pump-cannon at the same time.

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Put yourself on trial

Throughout the game, you’ll sometimes come across markings that give you access to Rune Trials – intense, timed challenges that turn up the pressure yet another notch. Fulfil the objectives (like killing a certain number of demons with a specific weapons in the allotted time) and you’ll be rewarded – and can revisit the trial to beat your time from the main menu.

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Let them know who’s boss

DOOM has got some of the best multiplayer taunts I’ve ever been subjected to. Where else can you dance like Carlton Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air over the bloodied corpse of your rivals?

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Your own personal hell

If you manage to blast your way through the campaign and are thirsty for more, DOOM’s Snapmaps are a whole other world of punishment. These player-generated levels offer a virtually unlimited number of new challenges, with combinations of weapons, demons and environments only limited by the community’s twisted imaginations. You’re free to create and upload your own vision of hell too, of course.

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Termination

The Foundry is overflowing with white-hot vats of molten metal; accidentally find yourself going for a swim in one, and your end will come with a familiar salute:

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Give that demon a big hand!

What’s more fun than ripping off a demon’s arm and bashing him around the head with it? Don’t answer that. Nothing is more fun.

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I love the game is more fan than any FPS I played the last few years.
Now if only they could fix a broken trophy… ( IDKFA )

I have just finished it. Best game of the year so far. They really did pull it off in single player campaign, the game is fast, brutal and feels like Doom. The music kicks ass, the levels are big, sprawling and full of secrets, and the weapons feel just right. Fantastic game.

One of the best FPS games I’ve played in a while. I’m on my way to a platinum and I haven’t experienced a dull moment while doing so. I didn’t think Doom could be modernised, but there it is in all its glory.

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Doom singleplayer is just good old school fun, fast, excessively powerful weapons and all round arcade FPS as it should be. Love it.

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>Where else can you dance like Carlton Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air over the bloodied corpse of your rivals?

Destiny. Just sayin’. ;p

Carnivius_Prime 21 May, 2016 @ 09:47
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Uncharted 3’s multiplayer had the carlton dance taunts too.

Rhys Sutheran 23 May, 2016 @ 11:01
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So what you guys are saying is we need some sort of dance off? I like the sound of this…

ultravioletblade 21 May, 2016 @ 12:33
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the last game i played which was almost this good was Wolfenstein: The New Order.

we need more real first person shooters like Doom

Rhys Sutheran 23 May, 2016 @ 11:00
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My thoughts exactly – I loved Wolfenstein too. FPS’ that don’t take themselves too seriously FTW!

I’m concerned about this. Will the game degrade so much that I can’t get the same experience later on but only on this weekend? I don’t like the path this industry is heading towards!

MoistGeorge 22 May, 2016 @ 16:05
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While Doom is a great game in it’s regard and easely better then all the crap FPS wannabe’s that are being churned out every year by the usual suspects i think i’ll stick to playing “Smite” all weekend instead, but thanks!

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Really enjoying this so far. Very well made.

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Everyone should play this. Got the plat last week and it was a great ride. Love the lack of story and just go kill vibe.

Multiplayer wasn’t for me but that’s more due to something else coming this week.

I know most DLC is meant to be multiplayer but hopefully they will add a single player mini campaign, I need more Doom.

Matthew Groizard 23 May, 2016 @ 15:38
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Having a blast with it – the Terminator thumb still hits me right in the feels, though.

“I know now why you cry…”

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