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Doom 3 BFG Edition Review

Doom 3: BFG Edition

Release Date: October 16th, 2012
Genre(s): First Person Shooter
Publisher(s): Bethesda Softworks
Developer(s): iD Software
Multiplayer: 2-8 Player Online (2-4 Online/Local On Consoles)
Co-op: 2-4 Player Online/Local (Doom and Doom 2 Only)
Score
6/10

Doom 3 BFG Edition Review

Posted by Scott Grant | 16 Oct 2012 |

Go to Hell. Again.

Doom 3 BFG EditionIf you happen to be of a certain age, the Doom series probably holds a special place in your heart. Whether it was your introduction to the first person shooter as a concept, or just the first game where you found a chainsaw, Doom was one of the founding fathers of the shooter genre. Doom 3 proved that games could use advanced graphics technology to frighten you, and not simply to look pretty, and now that it’s getting an HD makeover, I’m interested to see just how well this classic holds up.

Single Player

The Doom 3 BFG Edition includes the XBLA/PSN versions of Doom and Doom 2, as well as the new HD version of Doom 3. Since the first two Doom titles have been available for download for quite some time, so I’m not going to get too deep into the details of either. They do appear in their full, standalone, versions so they will retain their original list of achievements/trophies if that was something you were worried about.

The dark, hard shadows of Doom 3 are back in full force in the BFG Edition and they will take some getting used to now that you’re accustomed to the current generation’s advancements in lighting technology. The way Doom 3 handles light and shadow would absolutely be considered primitive if it were a new game, but the oppressive darkness is what really made this game scary when it was first released back in 2004.

Doom 3 BFG Edition

Looks like the miners are on strike again.

 

Though we’re many years past the point when Doom 3 was the pinnacle of PC game visual quality, I’m glad that it retains the feeling that each light source is just barely holding back the darkness, and what could be lurking within. What we do get is a game that’s visuals hold up quite nicely, giving it a look that is simply dated instead of being completely primitive.

The same can’t be said for the audio, however. My second favorite element from the original Doom 3 was the way it used sound to fill out the scene. I loved turning off the lights, putting my headphones on and crying like a small child as demons came screaming out of the darkness at me but somehow iD Software have managed to drastically reduce the quality of every sound in the game.

The guns all sound like muffled, toy versions of the originals and anytime anyone talks to you they sound like they’re being broadcast over a low-bandwidth internet audio stream. The enemy sounds, on the other hand, are overpowering almost to the point of being distorted and the music tries to drown out both. The game no longer seems to have a way of balancing audio either so if the music decides it’s going to kick in while someone is talking to you, you won’t have much luck in making out what they were saying. To top it all off, you’ll find no help in the game’s menu as there is only one volume meter that controls every sound in the game. No separate sliders for effects, music, voice, etc.

Doom 3 BFG Edition

Ok, you need to just shut up already.

 

Doom 3 does still manage to be a fun and darkly tense first person shooter, but half of the ambiance is killed by the ridiculous audio. If you decide to check out the Lost Mission, the brand new single player content that has been added to the Doom 3 BFG Edition, you won’t have to be worried about any of the story being drowned out by the other sounds, because there is barely any story to speak of. The Lost Mission seems to want to trade any atmosphere the game had, for a chance to throw as many enemies at you as it possibly can. If you simply want to blast demons with a shotgun, you’ll have a decent time with the Lost Mission, but if you were a fan of the original Doom 3 you’ll probably be disappointed with the new content.

Multiplayer

Try to stay with me, things are about to get confusing as there are a bunch of different options for multiplayer, depending upon the platform you choose to play on. As far as competitive Deathmatch style gameplay goes, you’ll be able to play online or off with 2-4 players in Doom and Doom 2. But only on consoles, the PC versions will have no multiplayer. Multiplayer came to Doom 3 with the Resurrection of Evil expansion, which is available for 2-8 players on the PC, but only 2-4 players on consoles.

Confused yet? I know I am. The saga continues with the co-op offering; as with the original XBLA and PSN releases of Doom and Doom 2, you’ll be able to play 2-4 player online or local co-op. On the PC, however, there will be no co-op for Doom and Doom 2. In even more disappointing news, the 2-player co-op that came to Doom 3 when it was released on the original Xbox is gone from all versions of the BFG Edition. Any way you look at it, you’re always going to be losing something from the original versions, so why would you really want to purchase this one?

Closing Comments

If you’re going to re-release a game from your back catalog you’re supposed to deliver a better package than the original. If you aren’t going to do that, you should at least make sure the new version is of the same, or ideally higher, quality than the original. iD Software did neither of these things with the Doom 3 BFG Edition release and what you’re left with is a package that would be much better if you simply purchased the originals individually. Doom 3 is still a great game, but I really recommend finding a copy of the original PC version and sticking with the copies of Doom and Doom 2 you may already have, or can easily purchase, on your Xbox 360 or PS3.

Score: 6/10

Price: $39.99
Available On: Xbox 360 / PS3/ PC

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  • http://www.facebook.com/matt.capozzo Matt Capozzo

    I was one click away from buying this on Steam just now when I thought “I’d better make sure Doom 1 & 2 have multiplayer first.”

    I can’t believe they would be so stupid as to remove multiplayer / co-op from the PC version, especially considering that while this game was still top of the line back in the day in single player, the multiplayer is what shot it into the stratosphere of awesomeness and was the FPS multiplayer equivalent of the Beatles.

    Even moreso ironic that they only removed it from the only platform it was available on originally.

    Needless to say, I never went through with the purchase, and I hate playing FPS games on consoles due to lack of mouse.

    Dumbasses.

  • JCUK

    Agree with the reviewer, playing this on a PS3 connected via HDMI to a Sony amp, there is no centre channel audio, so the gun sounds are almost inaudible, just about acceptable if headphones are used which ‘forces’ the amp to convert to 2 channel audio, really messed up.

  • Captian

    i haven’t played the bfg edition yet, but theres only one thing im disappointed is that theres no campaign coop, especially in the pc version and thats the only thing im interested in since i played this game on the original xbox in 2005 (and i didnt have a powerful computer in 2004 to play it). Now, i have a nice rig and can play all of the new yet high demanding games like metro 2033, unfortunately, the vanilla doom 3 was hard to really enjoy it since its old game, theres compatibility issues with todays operating system and hardware (windows 7 and gtx 670 and 1920×1080 monitor) so i have to do some ini file editing and mod installations which is a pain in the ass. I was hoping this game this game would be great revamped edition with all the bells and whisles with coop action like the open coop mod in vanilla doom 3 which was the only thing that made me want to play this game by reliving it with a firend who also was touched by it back then. Needless to say, it doesnt have coop feature in the bfg edition so theres no point for me to buy a game which i have already played back in its hey day, and im getting this gut feeling that they wont address any problems that the people are reporting, no thanks to carmack who is behind id softwares project and throwing a wrench in pc gaming and blowing off everything that we the pc gamers like in games. however thats for another day or another subject to talk about – carmack screwing over pc gaming

  • matteypsn

    well i think you’ve highlighted all the negatives with out evan looking at the positives. you have’nt said how cheap the title is and how well id have improved the graphics or evan bothered to mention that this game as a package has more game play value than most the half effort campaign games out there. its £25 for 3 amazing and original games and there bonus content. to be honest i dont listen to reviewers like this because they all seem to bury most games with negative feedback then praise the same games which have very little to offer except online game play and make the most hippercritical comments i have ever heard. my opionion if you want a future proof copy off the doom games or are looking for something that aint just another mindless army shooter then pick up doom bfg your wallet will take less off a lashing then going out and buying some new release game which your finish in a day and offers poor online.

  • jeff

    Does anyone know if you can change the controller settings on the PS3 version? I hate using R1 to shoot in FPS games…. I much prefer using R2… anyone know if it’s possible to change?

  • JIMMYZ

    oh 1 last thing; HELLKNIGHT I will bet my moth$##f%3ng soul you are wrong! this version looks like Sh43T on my pc! THIS IS A CHEAP PORT TO PC (which is funny because the original is from PC)ROFL!!! I dont need or want to play a PC game consolized then redone, then that redone console version ported over to my PC (tennis anyone?), I want a redo of my beloved PC version for PC’s!!!!! If I want to play Mario I’ll bust out my frikken nintendo!!! -oh wait I dont need to , I have EMULATORS for that! use a pc game before you talk sh$#T to a reviewer about a consolized pc game that (if you ever played the PC version you would immediately see the difference and you would throw this in the trash) However if it looks and feels better than the previous on the consoles then GOOD FOR YOU! – but on my life ,this version on (PC) is godawful compared to the real release. Perhaps thats is where the cmisunderstanding is coming from?

  • JIMMYZ

    Oh , and I just deleted this off of my Pc not two months ago to make room for other SH#@,SO I DONT NEED NEW SPEAKERS! I keep all ID GAMES on my drive and I still play quake 1 also- REZNOR MUSIC, and when I saw this new release I said F$## yeaH Im down , and FYI I have beaten this game several times. and I dont give a flying F$## if the audio is supposedly better and has been resampled , It sounds WRONG!!!!!!!! and the updated blah they overlayed on the visuals does look WRONG!!!!!!!! And the graphics adjustment options are gone! as well as NIN ambience intro- not a BIG deal , but still WRONG!!!!!!!!! reznor is a HUGE ID FAN so what an insult!!!! EPIC FAIL!!! Godda#@ consolized TRIPE! Shame on you ID you are oneof my digital heroes. WTF?>??
    and yes you can get wireless everything for your PC and plug in into your 60′ i plasma, (which for about 80 bucks you can get a wireless transciever pc to tv as well) I even use a 360 wireless on my computer, works great!

  • JIMMYZ

    yes I just started it up today, this revamp BLOWS! Doom3 had OPTIONS for avanced graphics adjustments (the way it has always been) this one does not! Yes the sound also blows! But what I dont understand is why on earth noone who has played DOOM3 has said anything about the goofy dithering and lighting it completely ruind the crisp clean look now it looks overblanded and stupid! I dare you to get a doom3 copy(original) out and run it. WTF – anyone else? right?(Totallly Rocks!) the new one, – IT looks awful!!WHAT IN THE HELL HAPPENED?
    I am 40 now and beta tested the originals on the pc.What happened to my absolute favorite IP out there? There was nothing wrong with the final version. And everyone here is completely right, beef that bitch up or leave it alone. But the originals are still better, why dont they redo them with the hidden rooms secret doors and the completely jacked up traps as well? D3 was a huge disappointment since they did away what made them great, the secret doors/ messed up traps etc, but they made up for it with such creeepy ambience and of course , my favorite of all Nine Inch Nails music. which reminds me, -how does noone miss trent reznors opening music? they gutted it out of this garbage remake! I want my M@#f**%ng Money back! I could care less about a Go@#mn F$#ing story, I want SOLID gameplay, a story is nice,(if you really want a story rent a frikin movie, read a book!) but the original dooms still have it hands down. the level design was awesome, I still play them with the Doomsday/snowberry add-on so I can at least make them 3d.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.rody.5 Joseph Rody

    Being a huge Doom 3 fan, I have to agree with the reviewer. He is dead-on accurate about the souind being far less than spectacular. The gun sounds are lame and voices are difficult to pick up over other the musical score. The original, for whatever reason, sounds far better than the remix version. It’s not my PC or sound system, I have a killer rig. I read 4 other reviews and every one of those seems to come to the same conclusion. As for the add-on expansion (The Lost Mission), a major disappointment for me. It plays like a meat grinder, slaughterfest where hordes of spawning Demons take the place of an actual thought provoking plot. Once again, the reviewer nailed it when he suggested you play the original instead. Wish I had seen these reviews before I made a mad dash, impulse purchase hoping for the re-invention of a classic! I would glady give it back to them…and send them an invoice for my time wasted discovering the harsh reality of this remake. Doom 3 is a great game, the BFG version… not so much.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Davis/689394355 James Davis

    FUCK YOU

  • RhythmMan

    I’m using optical audio 5.1 surround and a high end Sony sound system. The weapons sound so muffled and weak on the Xbox 360 that it didn’t even blend into the rest of the game. If it sounds better on other platforms great, but I own a 360 so it’s the only one I can comment on.

  • RhythmMan

    I totally agree about the sound. It was so bad I returned the game, wish I read this review before buying it! Great review

  • john

    Don’t like this review? Try to understand that a review – - is an individual opinion on a product. If you think the reviewer isn’t being honest, go read another review or better yet, play it for yourself.

  • SHADOSTRYKR

    so the sound quality brought the game down to a 6/10?

  • Tom

    I wonder if the reviewer was trying to play 5.1 audio through TV speakers?

  • golfman66

    This reviewer is shit. The game is awesome and i have no problems with playing it at 60fps on my PS3 in 5.1 surround sound. What a fucken loser.

  • Shelby

    Not too happy that this is the only official review out right now…. The game is great. It was just poorly executed in my opinion. Like how the autosave feels abrupt and jarring during gameplay. 3 second pauses for autosave are just…unacceptable. Not to mention that you can’t install to the HDD if you want to play the originals. But apart from a few small complaints. The game is there. Its Remastered. End of story. Everyone needs to just sit down and enjoy one hell of a game. Dont nit pick the **** out of it.

  • Jimmy Rustles

    “the music tries to drown out both.”

    What game are you reviewing again ? The audio was improved by using original 44khz source materials and not the down-sampled 22khz muddy audio that shipped in the original release.

    Your comments on audio are way off-base, plain wrong, and troll-bait.

    • RhythmMan

      I completely agree with the review, I’m using a great surround sound system and the weapons sounds on xbox 360 are horrible. Even installed the original game on my PC to compare and it’s true…it’s worse than the old game! Great review, too bad the reviewer is getting bashed or being honest.

  • hellknight

    the reason the messages you get from people sound like they are coming from a shortwave radio is because they are RADIO TRANSMISSIONS which is clearly intentional, and indicated in the lower left of the screen when you receive said messages. also, what music are you talking about? i am hearing the exact same amazing ambient sound/sound effects as the original, and i still have not heard this crazy loud music that you speak of (probably because doom 3 never had in game music… only great ambient sound design, and incidental sound effects), or the overbearing enemy sound effects you mentioned. this is a flawless port/update of the original. with visuals that still hold up to this day amazingly (for anybody complaining about the graphics the original came out in 2004 so obviously it is not going to look as good as more current titles). i am not trying to be a dick, but i felt i should point this out because i do not want people to miss out on this game due to this very misleading, and uninformed review. you wrote this 3 hours after its release, and it does not seem like you played it at all imo. 9/10

    • http://thecontrolleronline.com/ Scott Grant

      The audio issues go far beyond the effects that are meant to make the conversations sound like they’re on a radio. This was reviewed on the Xbox 360 so porting could have caused the audio issues, I hope other platforms have a better experience than I did.

      • hellknight

        dude….. i am playing it on an xbox 360. stick to your day job.

        • http://thecontrolleronline.com/ Scott Grant

          The comments about the audio are in comparison to the original version, since this is an HD re-release, and I feel the audio quality has diminished between the two. If you guys are enjoying the game, that’s great, I hope you get as much out of it as I did when it was first released.

          • Jimmy Rustles

            I feel that your review quality is diminished as there is no way you were able to properly review the title given the amount of time this product has been available.

            This article serves no purpose other than generating page-views as it has the “distinction” of being the first outlet on the web to score this title, which has resulted in shoddy, error-laden reviewing, and an obvious example of “bottom-of-the-barrel” reporting.

            It’s articles like this that give gaming journalists and reviewers a bad name and you should be ashamed at yourself for printing such subjective lies.

            There is no conceivable way audio quality has diminished from the original shipping release in 2004.

            None. Zero. Just simply not possible.

            The only thing you have demonstrated is your sheer ignorance of anything audio related with this review, and you are unfit to do your job as a video game reviewer.

          • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.rody.5 Joseph Rody

            Jimmy… you are pretty far off base with your remarks. The type of Keyboard Lion that you are, you might try to flame me back. That still won’t change the fact that many people are experiencing exactly what the reviewer describes. Check out some of the other reviews on the web.

      • NAHT 87

        i am playing this on xbox 360 as well. my advice to the reviewer is to get better speakers that can handle it. you must not have read hellknights entire post because he mentioned all of the complaints you had with the sound other than just the radio conversations.

  • NAHT 87

    i think you played a different game. absolutely no audio problems here. having a blast!! great update to one of my all time favorite games!!!

  • Bear7278

    I played doom 3 when it first came out on the original xbox. I had forgotten most of it and my buddy gave me his copy to play on the 360. Needless to say, the graphics looked terrible which made it hard to jump back into it. Right after that, they announced this bfg edition which got me excited to buy this. This review sounds reasonable; but considering I don’t have a computer that can run this, I’ll be more than happy to spend forty bucks.

    • HuskersHusky

      When was this game released on the original xbox ? I thought this is the first ever time DOOM 3 is on the PS3/XBOX

      • Bear7278

        Must have been at least 6 or 7 years ago. I had heard at the time that due to the xbox’s limitations compared to computers at the time, they had to down grade certain aspects of the game. So this version should excel compare to that one in more than just visual upgrades. Hopefully

        • Jack Neilson

          Shoulda been a free update instead. Glad I didn’t buy it and I’m gonna wait for the winter sale.

  • Ian

    “If you’re going to re-release a game from your back catalog you’re supposed to add features” “iD Software did neither of these things with the Doom 3 BFG Edition release” I guess to failed to notice the brand new Lost Chapter BRAND NEW CONTENT. You also failed to include this has the Resurrection of Evil Expansion. Stop leading people on with this shit. This isn’t an honest review. When you don’t even review a game for it’s whole package (especially it’s new content) *Hint Hint* Don’t do a review.

    • http://thecontrolleronline.com/ Scott Grant

      The new content is called Lost Mission and is covered in this review, just before the Multiplayer section.

      • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.rody.5 Joseph Rody

        Scottt… I think you did an accurate review. I guess it’s tough to be a critic, huh? I gotta agree with what you said and other reviews are saying the same thing more or less. As far as the abuse you seem to be taking for speaking the truth…you’re a better man than I am. My skin is not thick enough.

        • http://thecontrolleronline.com/ Scott Grant

          Thanks for the support, I don’t mind if people disagree but comments like yours keep us sane.

  • johan burger

    breaks my black heart reading that review.nothing better than a honest review thank you.i just wish they didnt fuck it up. now we gota wait for fucking patches and dlc etc to fix the audiom problems

    • ignusblanch

      Just because its a sucky review doesnt mean its an honest review…you want an honest review? play it your self

  • isaac

    You may be right but don’t forget a lot of us do not like playing video games on the computer we are working on 10 hours a day. I prefer the couch. I have a PS3 and if I want to play on my 60′ plasma, this gets me there. Understood on the negatives; just saying.

    • G.Smith

      in 2012 many of us are able to play computer via the couch and on a plasma ….

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