Doom 3

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

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 22 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 34 reviews

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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 bywof8317 February 6, 2020


I play this game and it is downright creepy, but pretty good for its time. However, I would not recommend this game to any children under 14 years of age becaus... Continue reading
Parent Written byAlex N. September 5, 2016

Doom 3

Not the goriest game ever, moderate blood, severe gore (dismemberment) disappers, hellish and frightening atmosphere. Not for small children, but if your teen i... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old May 8, 2021

It's OK for EXTREMELY mature kids

The only bad thing in this game is violence. The violence most of the time isn't that bad! Just a HUGE squirt of blood. But if the player gets close to ene... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byDOOM1993 April 22, 2021

DOOM 3 is fun

I put DOOM 2016 as 15+ and this for 17+ because DOOM 3 is much more serious and a bit darker than the rest of the series of DOOM. also this game feels slower pa... 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?

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Price: $50
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: ID Software
  • Release date: July 5, 2003
  • Genre: First-Person Shooter
  • ESRB rating: M
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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