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Appeared on: Friday, October 01, 2004
Doom 3


1. ID Software

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id Software

Taking its name from Freud's primal instinct-driven face of the human psyche, id Software is, by general acknowledgement, one of the coolest game shops in the world.

Responsible for some of the best-selling and most critically acclaimed video games of all time, id's ferociously independent staff of artists, programmers and designers, have been rocking the gaming world from Mesquite, Texas. id was founded after the withdrawal of 3 members from Softdisk Publishing in 1991, John and Adrian Carmack and John Romero. In 1992, the company produced Wolfenstein 3D, the first 3D game which came after a lot of predicaments.

In 1993 they presented Doom, which was the game that changed the interface of the next games and which was downloaded 15.000.000 times from the Internet.

Doom received the "Award for technical excellence" from PC Magazine.

In 1994, id circulated "Doom 2: Hell on Earth" in America and Britain which sold 2.000.000 copies. After two years, in 1994, id released Quake with its outstanding graphics machine, which proved to be the first steps in multiplayer gaming. Quake 2 followed a year later, having beautiful graphics as well, brilliant lighting effects and supporting 32 players in multiplayer mode which took the title of the best 3D shooter of the year.

You can see featured games by id Softweare in their web site. Some of the most important games id ever produced are listed below:

Commander Keen 1: Marooned on Mars (1990)
Commander Keen 2: The Earth Explodes (1990)
Commander Keen 1: Marooned on Mars (1990)
Rescue Rover (1991)
Paganitzu (1991)
Keen Dreams (1991)
Hovertank (1991)
Dognapped (1991)
Dark Designs II: Closing the Gate (1991)
Dangerous Dave in the Haunted Mansion (1991)
Commander Keen 4: Secret of the Oracle (1991)
Commander Keen 5: The Armageddon Machine (1991)
Commander Keen 6: Aliens ate My Baby Sitter (1991)
Wolfenstein 3D (1992)
Spear of Destiny (1992)
Night Raid (1992)
Doom (1993)
Rise of the Triad: Dark War (1994)
Heretic: Shadow of the Serpent Riders (1994)
DOOM II: Hell on Earth (1994)
The Ultimate Doom (1995),
Hexen (1995)
Quake (1996)
Final Doom (1996)
Quake II (1997)
Quake III: Arena (1999)
Quake III: Team Arena (2000)
Doom 3 (2004)


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2. The Creator

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The creator


Who is John Carmack anyway?
He is the person that gave birth to the First Person Shooter with Wolfenstein 3D and immediately afterwards, Doom 1 with his pioneering graphics engine which made the player see the world through the eyes of his character.

This engine not only constituted the machine of Doom, but also made the word Quake a synonym for revolution in games, a graphics engine which was used in hundreds of other games.

Equally successful were Quake 2 and Quake 3 Arena (personally my favorite game). A person like Carmack could never just be satisfied with this. He has also founded Armadillo Aerospace, which resides in Texas. It is a company that experiments with small spaceships. There is always the possibility that Carmack will abandon creating games to dedicate himself to Aircraft construction.

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3. Minimum Requirements

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Minimum Requirements

As expected, Doom 3 uses the new 3D graphics engine from id Software that needs more graphics "power" from your computer to run. The minimum system requirements as set out by id Software are shown below.

There are some short in-game movie clips in wma format with no sound ( use the right click Save Target As in order to avoid automatic playback):

John Carmack takes his guns


4. Script

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Script

Year 2145. Earth's natural energy sources have run out and companies search for alternatives. The U.A.C (Union Aerospace Corporation) has set up a base on Mars.

game menu

You are stationed there, working as a guard. While exploring around, something strange happens and the U.A.C. becomes a slaughterhouse! Suddenly the place is swarming with terrifying monsters and guided by a mad scientist, aim to take over the Earth.

As id says: one of only a few survivors, you struggle with shock and fear as you fight your way to hell and back, in an epic clash against pure evil.

Now, duty calls!

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5. Action

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Action

The main characteristics of Doom 3, are the fear and the anguish of what awaits in the next room while you constantly hear sounds from hell. The darkness and the horrifying howls build up the intensity to the max.

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As you progress from room to room, your opponents, even though there aren't many of them in each room, are capable of making your skin curl and frightening enough to keep you sleepless at nights.

A negative aspect is the fact that the same action is repeated from room to room, without however losing anything in atmosphere and without wanting to imply that you will be bored. The monsters are hidden in the most unexpected places, often waiting for you to slack off before attacking and this keeps you constantly on your toes.


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6. Gameplay

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Gameplay

The Gameplay is heavily focused around the graphics. The shadows and the terror of the unseen, nails you to your chair for over 30 hours, which is about how long it takes to play the game from start to finish. The A.I., is not of the highest order, (but then again, who's expecting intelligent monsters), is not overly annoying and adds to the games' interest.

Despite having a pistol, launcher, rifle, shotgun and a lot of other weapons on call, these do not make you feel any less intimidated by your enemies who only have the element of surprise and darkness on their side. You move very quickly from room to room throughout the entire game, rooms which are all very dimly lit with only a torch in your hand to help shed some light, which however, you cannot hold while simultaneously holding one of your weapons.

This, for many players will be a disadvantage, but I believe that it makes the game even more scary. However, for those who want the torch, I will provide a link to a patch that allows you to hold both the torch and a weapon.

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7. Graphics - Sound

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Graphics - Sound:

Impressive!John Carmack John Carmack and his crew at id have produced something exceptional in the field of graphics. The realism and the amazing effects will astonish just about anyone.

All these of course also have their price, because in order to enjoy the game to its limits, you are obliged to spend a lot of money on hardware.

Similarly, the sound is also great. It supports 5.1 channels where not only do you hear and understand everything, crystal clear, but you can also judge the distance of the source of the sound. The only music during the game is present when navigating the menus and is "pleasant", but the sound effects throughout the game are very realistic and help create the atmosphere.

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The following benchmark results are for the ATI AX 800XT and Nvidia COOLFX 6800 ULTRA graphics cards for high game details:

Nvidia VS Ati

Ati cards
vs
Nvidia cards

ATI users should install the DNA drivers for better performance
and for all other users, read this tweak information.

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8. Multiplayer

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Multiplayer:

Lan PartyBefore the game was released, we all knew that after Quake 3 Arena, Carmack would present a game that could satisfy anyone looking for Single Player action. For this reason, they put Multiplayer mode as second priority and it shows.

Multiplayer mode contains only 5 maps that a maximum 4 individuals can play simultaneously! As in single player mode, you move quickly, which in combination with the small rooms makes for fast action play. There are no overly powerful weapons, a characteristic which was prominent in previous games such as Quake 3 Arena.

As we implied above, multiplayer mode is not particularly satisfying. For this reason, id supplies you with the level editor so that the gaming community can knuckle down to work and produce enhancements, additions and modifications.

In the table below, you will find our favorite collection of modifications for the game ( after download read first the included instructions):

Trap and Death
Anti-gravity room
Barista 3
Church of ruins
Dead simple map
Death is coming
Doom recreation
E2m01 map (remake of doom 2)
Evil toilet
Home made map
Lab 42 map
Redemption

Trite Breeding Facility

Zombie swarm
Time Cop
Aztec
Bubo's stone dojo
Death for All
Deathchamber
Discombobulated
Doom 2 multiplayer map
Killing zone
Mp Skyglass
RB Colosseum
The hellish complex
The hall
The underhalls
Viagra DM
Facility
Sunnyville

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