A horror-action adventure, plus lots of fun.
If you’re familiar with Doom, you probably think of it as a run-and-gun type shooter with nonstop action.
However, Doom 3 is much different. Instead of the fast-paced game, you have a slower, more dark game.
The game takes place on Mars in 2145. You are a marine who arrives on a research facility located on the planet. The game takes place almost entirely in the space base, with the exception of two levels. The first two levels serve as a tutorial to help you accustom to the game.
The player is given a selection of different weapons, ranging from a Shotgun, a Rocket Launcher, a Chainsaw, and many more. The player must also switch between a flashlight, which I will explain why soon. You cannot use guns and the flashlight simultaneously, unless you own the remastered version, called the “BFG Edition”.
This game is INCREDIBLY dark. Usually, there will be small light sources, but your main light source is the flashlight. The player is forced to switch between the flashlight and his gun, which successfully makes the player feel more vulnerable. Averted in the remaster, but still works well.
At the start of the game, you will meet humans who have little to say to you. You can kill these humans, but is is discouraged and pointless. Some humans will turn into Zombies once the game leaves the exposition. You will also encounter monsters from Hell, who will jump out at you and throw fireballs or rockets at you. If you get up close, they will try to scratch or ram into you.
There are four bosses, one of which is a spider-like creature who has a sac with a visible fetus. Another one is your marine sergeant who has been turned into an abomination mixed with a tank (which i find quite interesting for a boss.).
Throughout the game, you will meet surviving humans who will give you assistance to advance through. Killing them will result in negative consequences however, such as you not being able to collect better weapons.
The game also contains quite a large amount of satanic imagery - namely, pentagrams, baphomet heads, and skulls. You will also hear demonic whispering and chants in some parts of the game. Please note however, that the game does not support satanism. You are killing the demons, not helping them.
Lastly, the gore. Unlike prior doom games, this one ramps up the blood a little bit. Killing zombies with extreme measures will cause them to explode. If you use the chainsaw, you dismember Enemies and turn them into a pile of mush. When (most) enemies die, they will dissolve away.
Throughout the game, you will also see things such as viscera and, most notably, bloody growths and veins in the walls in the later part of the game.
There is also a notable part where a woman will slowly turn grey before her skull explodes out of her head, taking here spine with it. That one gets me every time.
There are three different times when your player will be teleported through a loud and frightening sequence which looks to be the inside of a giant vein. This is especially frightening if you are not expecting it.
Another important part of the game is the PDA, which will display codes to unlock storage rooms. Take note that some emails that are readable from NPC PDAs contain sensitive content. Nothing overly suggestive though.
Finally, the game does contain jumpscares and pop-outs, albeit they are somewhat cliche and something you might see out of Friday the 13th or Halloween. One must remember, that this is a survival game and not a usual shooter.
In conclusion, this game is suitable for mature gamers only. It contains gore and violence which isn’t for kids to see, unless they are mature and care not scared by gore, darkness, or jumpscares. I first played the game when I was 11 and I am not frightened by it too much.
Have a great day.
EDIT: I forgot to mention that there is some swearing in this game. Your sergeant will regularly say “ass” and “damn”. A miscellaneous character will even say, “G**damn it Marine, get out of here!”(only if you bother him). However, I do not believe there are any mentions of the S-Word or the F-Word. The swearing is not regular, it is very rare.
This title contains:
Ease of Play
Violence & scariness