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Doom 3

Game review by
Jeremy Gieske, Common Sense Media
Doom 3 Game Poster Image
As bloody as games get -- adults only.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 22 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 27 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

It's all about killing,


Most of the game includes some form of violence and gore.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the level of fear, blood, gore, and violence makes this game a poor choice for kids of all ages.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMikeM April 9, 2008

Very fun game, but also very gory

QUALITY: Doom 3 is an excellent first person shooter. The graphics are great and there are an extensive number of weapons you can use. They may have tried too h... Continue reading
Adult Written bymikehayes85 August 22, 2012

Great for Adults

Yes, Doom 3 is good. Really good. For a game produced in 2004, its graphics still excel far above that of many games produced quite recently. Mods are quite abu... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byFPSjunkie January 24, 2011

Not satanic. Gives good message about resolve and bravery.

A lot of peoples main complaint is that its "satanic", I think they couldn't be more wrong. Sure, you got your demons, satan, hell, and posession... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byRobag October 31, 2009

So good its a sin

Doom is a classic, always has always will be. Now if you think that the original Doom started Colombine, you are an idiot: violence will not turn your kids into... Continue reading

What's it about?

The story isn't really an essential part of DOOM 3, although it does work to enhance the sense of foreboding and fear. Problem-solving skills or puzzles are limited to simple \"find the correct computer screen\" or \"listen to audio files that contain codes or passwords\" types of things.

It's difficult to see, making it easier for monsters to leap out of hiding places and sneak up behind players. The artificial intelligence of the game is also very sophisticated, with monsters working in teams to trap and ambush players. Blood is everywhere: It stains the floors, it sprays wildly as demons are shot, and is smeared across the screen when the player is injured. And the graphics of this game are designed to be the most realistic ever -- even to improve with the capabilities of computers not yet designed.

Is it any good?

It should be obvious based on the amount of blood alone that Doom 3 is not a kid-friendly game. However, on top of being bloody, Doom 3 is outright terrifying. The darkness and the artificial intelligence keep the player on the edge of his seat, as attacks are almost always a surprise. The game only really shines in what it was designed to do -- kill or be killed. Doom 3 is not a good choice for kids of any age.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about gore in games and movies. Which is creepier in this game -- what you see, or what you don't see? Does piling on the blood make media scarier in general?

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