Parent reviews for DOOM Eternal

Common Sense says

Bloody good shooter for adults with strong stomachs.
Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 6 reviews
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 entertaining and keeps you on the edge of your seat because it’s so engaging and it’s a pretty hard game as well, so you really try not to die. It’s gory, but depending on your maturity level, you should be fine. No cussing though, and Doom Guy can be seen as a positive role model as well from a different perspective.

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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 it’s only violence, but dang is it violent. There’s blood and gore by the bucketload, and this makes sense. You are killing demons trying to take over earth, after all, so there will be blood a plenty. But, despite how gory it is, there are 2 major factors that take this from being a horrible, graphic murder simulator to a fun, stylish action game. First off, your fighting some of hells most dangerous demons, so they look about as human as your mother in law looks friendly. This clear divide not only distances you from it’s world to make it less realistic, but also makes your actions seem justified, as these guys are pretty clearly trying to kill you. Also, the style. You’ll constantly be double jumping, rock climbing, and grappling all over the environment, all to a head banging hard rock soundtrack. This makes the game seem more like a rhythm game. In fact, a good way of thinking of it is like a fast pace dance routine. If you stop to admire the gore, boom. Your dead. Just as in dance, admiring your partner will make you fall in your face, admiring your carnage in doom will do the same for you. Because of this, I feel that a mature 13 or 14 year old can handle it, but most kids won’t end up with it due to religious issues.

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Violence & scariness
Adult Written byDanTheMan1234 March 20, 2020

Great game! Can get intense though

This game has the same gameplay mechanics as other games of the franchise and uses these to great effect. In this game you play as the “Slayer” who is tasked with cleansing earth of the demons from hell who have taken control. It is a very high impact and quite violent first person shooter that moves fluidly and has a great sense of progression. Another thing that I would like to lightly touch on is the sound track. Now I personally am really in to heavy metal music and to me this original soundtrack is one of the best I have ever heard. This doesn’t matter all that much in the review but it is definitely something that should be brought up.

The Doom series is known for its gore and this game doesn’t stray away from that aspect in the slightest. You have many different weapons such as a shotgun, chainsaw, your fists and your boots. The game gives you an option to perform what’s called “glory kills“ which are just different animations for killing these demons that are quite gory but are only shown for a short amount of time and if wanted can be avoided as a whole. If you do play using glory kills though they can be anything from dismemberment to decapitation. These demons have very little resemblance to anything human-like.

Although it may seem like this game is all about destroying demons, there is a large amount of puzzle solving involved in the game as well. These puzzles can be challenging but I wouldn’t say they are to difficult for anyone upwards of the age of 12. Now this is not to say that if you are 12 the game is suitable for you. There is still a large amount of high intensity violence that comes with it.

Overall, this is a great game that has a lot to do within it. From the puzzles to the punishing of these hell demons there isn’t much to fault within it. My personal recommendation is 15+ but it really matters about how mature you child is and how you think they would handle things such as gore and violence.

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Ease of Play
Violence & scariness
Adult Written byRe4per February 4, 2020

12+

It's a very mature game, yes, it's a very gory game, also yes.
But doom eternal is still good for plenty of children to play. Because most children can stomach gore and violence and if they can't it's good to learn.
Additionally children are fighting DEMONS not humans so why does the gore really matter? Between them using their feelings on you versus the demons killing the demons is better than you being the target. You're not going to become a demon by playing a game about killing demons.

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Ease of Play
Violence & scariness