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.