DOOM 4 Baron of Hell

This weekend saw the launch of the DOOM open beta which allowed anyone on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One experience and help test the multiplayer mode for the upcoming shooter, and let’s just say, it’s not looking good.

Pretty much since launch, the Steam page for the Open Beta has been absolutely ripped apart by reviews from users sharing their disappointment of the game. It seems Bethesda’s claims of bringing one of the classic shooters to the 21st century probably wasn’t such a good idea.

The main complaints seem to be how it’s no longer like the classic arena shooter, instead it feels more like “Call of Doomy”, others have claimed that it feels like “Halo with Gore”. Generally the game just isn’t what players were expecting. The weapons feel under powered, the movement feels clunky, and overall it just doesn’t feel like a DOOM game.

“This isn’t Doom. This isn’t old school, and they aren’t going back to their roots (maybe they just forgot what it use to be about?), so stop saying it is. It’s another generic, modern military shooter with a hellish look. The speed of the gameplay, the weapons, the announcer, the lack of screams/grunts from Doomguy, extremely limited level editor and no mod tools…. it just screams “not Doom”,” wrote one user. “The only similarities to “Doom” is that there’s no health regeneration and it takes place in hell. The game could have been tons better had they not tried to use Doom’s name and falsely advertise it as an old school shooter going back to it’s roots.”

As it stands right now, the DOOM Open Beta page has “Mostly Negative” reviews with only 37% of the 12,000+ reviews being positive, and even then, some of those positive reviews are jokes such as “Saved me £59.99 10/10”.

With just four weeks until the game launches on May 13, many don’t have high hopes for the game, and while some are keeping their fingers crossed for the single player campaign to be killer, it’s not looking like DOOM will be the next multiplayer shooter hit.

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Oh… it's no longer Mars, now it's in hell… hmmm… thanks for the spoiler, guys…

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Spoiled the plot twist 20+ years in the making, bummer!

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Miles Harbord

What does that even mean? Last we saw, hell was coming to earth, you stop that from happening. I don't know what's going to happen… or at least I didn't I like stories to unfold, I specifically avoid trailers for that reason, I don't expect this stuff to show up in an article concerning how well the game is being received.

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The user who posted about this game being in hell also thought the original 1993 game took place in hell. If that user's post is correct the twist is that the you thought you were on Mars but you were really in Hell!

I'm assuming that user was actually just misinformed.

Miles Harbord
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Miles Harbord

Spoilers!!!!*******
You start off on Mars, you do go to Hell at one point in the original series, then Doom reaches earth. The reboot was Doom III and started off on Phobos, a moon of Mars, but eventually you travel to Mars, and then travel to Hell in order to stop Hell reaching Earth. In theory you're successful. If you see the John Carpenter film Ghosts of Mars, it's much closer to the original Doom story than the movie Doom. I wasn't sure where they were going to take the series, but hey, I guess it's back to Hell.

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Orionsangel

So you're telling me there's a chance it's gonna be good?

Josh G
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I played it and it was garbage! It's a port from console for Call of Duty lovers to PC, reskinned. Nothing good.

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Skyrilla

The loadouts, slower pace and lack of strafe jumping make it a Call of Doomy lol. It's fun but it's more of a lovechild of Halo and CoD wearing a Doom
skin. It's got elements, but it's barely a lite-arena shooter. Just
doesn't know what it wants to be, like Total Biscuit said.