DOOM Eternal

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Bloody good shooter for adults with strong stomachs.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Our hero does what he must to save the Earth, and all the people who live there. While this requires him to kill other living things, and in gratuitously violent ways, it's all in the name of saving humanity.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The player risks their own life in hopes of saving humanity from a demonic invasion. While this sometimes has them using unnecessarily graphic means, their motivation -- saving the world -- is always paramount.

Ease of Play

The game use similar but slightly different controls to other first-person shooters, so fans of this genre will require some adjustment. The game has multiple difficulty settings, some of which make this very difficult.

Violence

Players use guns, grenades, a chainsaw, a flamethrower, and their fists and feet to kill demons, some of which look human. This results in a lot of blood and gore, including dismemberment and decapitations. There is also a lot of disturbing imagery and sound effects.

Sex
Language

Online play is unmoderated, possibly exposing players to inappropriate content.

Consumerism

Latest installment of the long-running Doom franchise, which has spanned games, toys, and movies.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that DOOM Eternal is a violent and gory first-person shooter for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Switch, PC, and Stadia. This is the latest game in the long-running and popular Doom franchise, which has covered games, toys, and movies, and it's a direct follow up to 2016's Doom. Using an arsenal that includes guns, explosives, a flame thrower, a chainsaw, and your extremities, you have to kill an army of demons, some of whom look human. Gameplay has a lot of blood and gore, including graphic depictions of decapitations and dismemberment. The game's also full of disturbing visuals and sounds, including occult iconography. There might also be some cursing, but only when you play this online, since online communication isn't monitored.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byVaultBoy76 March 25, 2020

Depends on maturity, but utterly amazing

This game is utterly amazing. The game channels all the vibes from Doom 2016 and fixes and improves everything to the point where it’s almost flawless. It’s en... Continue reading
Parent of a 9-year-old Written byJames472 March 23, 2020

Ultra Violent, Ultra Stylistic

Doom: Eternal is a soft remake of Doom 2, a very popular first person shooter from 1994. There isn’t a whole lot to talk about as far as mature content, because... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byIdk what to put... March 18, 2020

Good Game

I just watched a playthourgh of it by Jacksepticeye(great youtuber would recommend) and it looked amazing the curse but other than that there is just gore
Teen, 15 years old Written byDarklord1012 March 27, 2020

What's it about?

Picking up where 2016's DOOM ended, DOOM ETERNAL has the demons invading Earth, and it's up to you to save humanity. To do this, you have to take out the Hell Priests that have summoned that undead realm to Earth. This would be easy if these priests weren't spread out and surrounded by an army of demons. It's a good thing you're armed with guns, grenades, a flame thrower, a chainsaw, and some heavy-duty gloves and boots. You've also got the kind of murderous rage that's always a plus when you need to go on a killing spree. As you go through missions, you'll also be able to enhance and upgrade your weapons and skills based on how you like to play. It's up to you to show these demons why there will be Hell to pay for invading Earth.

Is it any good?

While this has the relentless and fast-paced action the series is known for, this sci-fi first-person shooter sequel has added some depth to its combat. In DOOM Eternal, the events of the previous game have led to a demonic occupation of Earth. It's a good thing you're the Doomslayer. Not only do you have an assortment of guns and other weapons, you can now customize them, your armor, and yourself in interesting ways, letting you take on your enemies based on your choices or play style. What's new in this bloody adventure is that, because there's not a lot of resources lying around, you now have to perform violent finishing moves on your enemies to get them to drop whatever supplies they might have in their pockets. Also, if you play the new online mode, Battlemode, you can not only be the Doomslayer but also one of two demons trying to destroy him.

Although all the new layers to the gameplay make the action interesting, and it still has the same kind of fast and furious shooting this series has always excelled at, it does have some minor issues. Its story is somewhat shallow, and it would've been more effective if the gun battles were set in the ruins of famous world cities instead of generic-looking locations. Similarly, the jumping and climbing parts -- which now include the ability to cling to and jump off of certain cliff faces -- work fine, but these traversal sections are the game's weakest moments. Still, these aren't so much issues as they are bummers, and only slightly take away from the unrelenting and unforgiving fun that is DOOM Eternal.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence. Is the impact of the violence in DOOM Eternal affected by the fact that you're killing demons instead of humans? Do you feel differently when you kill one who looks human as opposed to ones who are more monstrous? Why do you think that is?

  • Should solving problems with violence be a solution that's left as a last resort? Is it OK to kill monsters to save your own life? Does the fighting in DOOM Eternal seem fair considering that you're fighting against supernatural enemies that don't care about talking, but only want destruction?

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