Was Doom3 a disappointment? That is a difficult question to answer. It wows you for a while with awesome graphics, ground breaking lighting effects and unparalleled atmosphere… then it just gets really, really repetitive. No matter, first person shooter legend ID Software has a chance to put that (admittedly pretty major) shortcoming right with tomorrow’s release of its first expansion pack for one of last year's biggest games.
“Resurrection of Evil” is set two years after the action of Doom3. The UAC returns to the abandoned facilities on Mars to investigate a mysterious beacon buried deep in the ruins of an ancient civilisation. Naturally, you get sent in as part of the team (you're a combat engineer this time as opposed to a marine) and everything goes horribly wrong as the forces of Hell are once again unleashed.
A new array of demons and zombies are ready to greet you, (such as "Hell’s own hunters”, could that be Jamie Oliver?), but don’t freak out too much because you’ve got extra weapons at your disposal, including the classic Doom double barrelled shotgun and a “gravity defying grabber that can move, catch and throw objects” (wonder where they got that idea from?).
New locations (including a much vaunted outside section), puzzles and “extraordinary” powers like the ability to slow time (wonder where they got that one from as well?) should give the game more legs.
Multiplayer has also been given a boost with maps now supporting up to eight players and covering five modes of play (yes, Capture the Flag is there). ID claims graphics (see the three shots above) and audio got a tweak too.
Now it’s all well and good me bitching about some of the problems in Doom3, but Xbox owners would just love the chance to test out my claims for themselves. Well, Friday also sees the launch of Doom 3 on the Xbox and it looks pretty faithful considering the power differentials of the two platforms (see two screen grabs below).
On top of the standard release, there will be a Limited Collector’s Edition which includes the original Doom and Doom 2 – playable in single player or 2 to 4 player split screen – as well as a concept art gallery and Behind the Scenes section on the making of Doom 3 featuring interviews with all the top ID Software gurus.
RRPs for the Resurrection of Evil, Xbox Doom 3 and Xbox Doom 3 Collector’s Edition are £29.99, £39.99 and £44.99 (incl. VAT) respectively. Obviously, you’ll find them much cheaper than this across the web.