Tagged "DOOM"

Nov 10
By Matt Gander In New Nintendo Downloads No Comments

It’s the busiest time of year for the gaming scene, and as such, more gaps in the Switch’s library are being filled. This week the system receives its first big-name shooter, meaning we can tick that box off the list. Sorry, Rogue Trooper Redux. You’re now surplus to requirement.

DOOM on Switch is pretty much what you’d expect – a scaled down conversion of the glorious grisly 2016 hit, running at a lower resolution and capped at 30fps. Reviews went live yesterday and were mostly full of praise, with few compromises of note. Destructoid dished out an 8/10, while IGN enjoyed it a tad more, opting for an 8.5. “Whatever ritual sacrifices had to be performed to fit Doom on Switch were worth it,” they said.

Sonic Forces (£34.99) is another big-name title hitting the Switch this week. While far from terrible (the Metacritic currently stands at 58%), it’s very dull and forgettable – two things we didn’t expect a Sonic game to be. Character customisation is the USP, with a wealth of new accessories for your animal avatar unlocking at the end of each stage. If that sounds a little weird, that’s because it is.

Then we have Farming Simulator Nintendo Switch Edition (£37.99) and Ben 10 (£TBA), both of which are of uncertain quality. In fairness, Ben 10 looks more promising than the tie-ins that came before it…but that’s not saying much.

Snipperclips Plus – Cut it out, together! also receives new DLC this week, just in time for the retail release. 40 new stages are being added, including toy box and comic worlds.

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Jun 20
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

A price cut to £29.99 has helped DOOM claim the UK chart’s top spot, putting an end to Overwatch’s three week run in the process.

The recently released DOOM demo likely played a part in this, too.

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DOOM entered at #2 during launch week, so this is in fact the first time the grizzly shooter has been crowned no.1. In doing so, it has become Bethesda’s first number one since Fallout 4, and id’s first since DOOM 3 way back in 2004.

Overwatch drops to #2 with sales down 24% while Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End saw a small sales boost, raising it up to #3.

FIFA 16 is at #4 while GTA V moves up to #5.

Last week’s highest new entry Mirror’s Edge Catalyst falls to #6, Black Ops III re-enters the top ten at #7, UEFA Euro 2016 remains at #8, Star Wars Battlefront rises seven places to #9 and then at #10 it’s LEGO Marvel’s Avengers.

Dead Island Definitive Edition and Tom Clancy’s The Division both depart the top ten, meanwhile.

MotoGP 16: Valentino Rossi was the only top 40 new arrival, entering at #19. Grand Kingdom did however top the PS Vita chart, which shouldn’t really come as a surprise – PS Vita JRPGs have a track record of heading straight to no.1 at launch.

Jun 06
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

We were slightly worried that Dead Island Definitive Edition was going to claim the UK chart’s top spot this week, dislodging Overwatch in the process.

Pleasingly, this isn’t the case – Overwatch remains on top for a second week running.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End remains at #2, while DOOM stays put at #3.

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At #4 it’s FIFA 16, up from #7. This appears to be due to price cuts – we recently spotted the Xbox 360 version for a mere £14.99 at Sainsbury’s.

The Dead Island double pack has to make do with #5. Incidentally, Tesco has taken the liberty of censoring the box art. We wonder if this was a pre-emptive internal decision or due to customer complaints.

GTA V moves up to #6, Ratchet & Clank shifts to #7, Tom Clancy’s The Division holds onto #8 while Call of Duty: Black Ops III falls to #9.

Then at #10 it’s Homefront: The Revolution. Three weeks in top ten appears to be all the ragtag shooter is going to get.

Just a single other new release made the top 40 – One Piece: Burning Road at a lowly #37.

Recapping on other recent releases, TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan drops to #30 during its second week on sale while Battleborn falls from #20 to #29.

The Gearbox developed shooter can already be found for £20 online.

May 28
By Matt Gander In Reviews No Comments

Just as the original DOOM built upon the foundations of Wolfenstein 3D, this long awaited franchise reboot learns from 2014’s acclaimed Wolfenstein: The New Order. Not only does it expand upon certain areas, with visuals that are approaching CGI quality in places, but it also strips back the bloat many first-person shooters suffer from.

The result is a game that’s unmistakably DOOM.

Right off the bat a pistol is placed in the mute marine’s hand, indulging players with a spot of grizzly demon slaying. There’s no opening cut-scene or anything of the sort, save for a short interlude a few minutes into the game where the nameless hero steps into a suit of power armour; an ancient artifact discovered on Mars, along with the answer to unlimited energy.

Foolish wielding of this raw energy results in a portal to Hell opening on Mars, and you’re the only one that can close it. Not because your new-found powers bestow the ability to do so, but because you’re the only human at the UAC base left alive.

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From start to finish, no other human soul is seen. You’re instead instructed by a softy spoken AI overseer known as VEGA, and the charismatic Dr. Hayden – a cyborg who sounds uncannily similar to Optimus Prime. For the entire game’s duration we firmly believed that Peter Cullen supplied Hayden’s vocal talent. The ending credits however revealed a case of mistaken identity. Hayden and VEGA are able to track the location of Olivia Pierce, a cyborg doctor who has sided with the demons in hope of creating a new world.

Backstory are lore can be taken in at your own pace, as both take a backseat – DOOM features surprisingly few cut-scenes, preferring to put the focus on pleasingly raw shooting mechanics.

By which, we mean there’s no reload button – when a weapon is out of ammo, it’s automatically replaced with the next in the weapon wheel. There’s no run button either – DOOM’s pleasingly heavy-handed hero constantly sprints through the blood spattered corridors of the UAC Mars base and the candle lit catacombs of Hell. We’re going to go ahead and assume they aren’t scented candles.

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May 23
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

Uncharted 4, DOOM, Homefront: The Revolution, Fire Emblem Fates and Valkyria Chronicles Remastered – these are the games the great British public opened their wallets for last week.

The top two positions in the UK top 40 remain unchanged, occupied by Uncharted 4 and DOOM. Sales of Uncharted were down 78% from launch week, reports Chart-Track, while DOOM only saw a 35% decline.

We imagine this is down to word of mouth starting to spread – the lack of pre-launch reviews more than likely prevented some gamers from rushing out to buy DOOM.

At #3 it’s the first of four new arrivals – Koch Media’s Homefront: The Revolution. The individual format chart reveals that the PS4 version was the biggest selling.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III drops one position to #4 and then at #5 it’s Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright. Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest meanwhile made #11. We didn’t expect to see such a big difference in sales.

SEGA’s budget priced Valkyria Chronicles Remastered entered at #6, which is mighty encouraging for the franchise’s future.

Tom Clancy’s The Division drops to #7, GTA V shifts to #8, LEGO Marvel’s Avengers holds onto #9 and then at #10 it’s FIFA 16.

Ratchet & Clank leaves the top ten this week, falling from #4 to #12. That’s nothing compared to Far Cry Primal though – Ubisoft’s series spin-off has gone all the way from #6 to #30. We have no idea why.

Battleborn is having a bad week too – it’s now at #27, and that’s despite a price cut to £29.99 at GAME.

May 17
By Matt Gander In Retro No Comments

Releasing DOOM on the 3DO was something of a no-brainer. Even with Quake on its way, id’s original mega-hit was still generating a buzz in 1995 due to the then-upcoming SNES and PSone versions.

For one person, the decision to release DOOM on 3DO was seen as something more – a license to print money. That person was Randy Scott, head of Art Data Interactive. Firmly believing that the 3DO was going to be the next big thing, and understanding that DOOM had made mega bucks on other platforms, Randy Scott thought he had found a sure fire way to get rich quick.

One thing Scott didn’t understand however was game development. Quite simply, he believed that the original’s source code – acquired from id at a cost of $250k – could be effortlessly converted from PC to 3DO, while new weapons, maps and monsters could be added simply by drawing images and placing them in the game.

With a head full of nothing but pipe dreams, Scott then set about hyping up 3DO DOOM as being the best version of id’s seminal shooter, full of new features. Even FMV sequences were promised in order to woo investors, long-lost images of which circulated online a few years ago.

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May 16
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

Chart-Track reveals Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is a commercial success as well as a critical one – it has become the fastest selling instalment in the series, beating Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception’s debut week sales by 66%.

As such, Drake occupies the UK chart’s top spot this week.

Bethesda’s DOOM is off to a flying start as well, arriving at #2 and with sales up 67% over DOOM 3. It’s unclear however if Chart-Track is referring to the PC version of DOOM 3 or the Xbox conversion from 2005.

At #3 it’s Call of Duty: Black Ops III. Ratchet & Clanks then drops to #4 while Tom Clancy’s The Division remains at #5.

Far Cry Primal – which has reportedly outperformed sales expectations – sits at #6 for another week, while GTA V falls to #7. At #8 it’s FIFA 16, LEGO Marvel’s Avengers falls to #9 and then at #10 it’s Star Wars Battlefront.

Battleborn, last week’s chart topper, doesn’t have a similar success story as Uncharted and DOOM to share – it’s now at #12. EA Sports UFC 2 and Dark Souls III also depart the top ten his week, incidentally.

There were no other new arrivals in the top 40, although the cumbersomely titled MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune VS Zombies did manage to take the top spot in the PS Vita chart. We’re starting to notice a pattern here.

May 11
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games No Comments

There’s a retro tinge to this week’s round-up, what with DOOM, Raiden V and Arcade Archives TwinBee making up roughly half of this week’s new releases.

The other half? MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune VS Zombies on PS Vita, She Wants Me Dead and the highly anticipated Uncharted 4 on PS4.

We rounded-up the majority of pre-release Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End reviews last week. As we’ve come to expect from a Naughty Dog game, it arrived to a waft of 10/10s and 5/5s. Those who chose to hand out anything less than a 9/10 – including VideoGamer, GamesRadar and The Jimquisition – were accused of bias and writing ‘click bait’ reviews, simply for having opinions that went against the grain. Amusingly, this prompted VideoGamer to pen this “special message”.

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Although we’re confident in saying that Uncharted 4 is nothing short of sensational, gamers shouldn’t expect perfect scores just because of a developer’s prestigious past. The same thing happened when GTA V launched – commenters up in arms over a 9.5. “Just give it a 10” they said, despite it being unavailable to the public at the time.

Reviews of DOOM, on the other hand, won’t be available until after launch – Bethesda hasn’t sent out pre-release copies to the press. IGN was told as follows: “As DOOM’s SnapMap and multiplayer modes both require access to a server that won’t be live prior to launch, review copies will arrive on launch day”. Kokatu – who are blacklisted by Bethesda, we might add – was told the same. “While it’s certainly possible that Bethesda is holding back because they’re putting out a clunker and they want to prevent bad reviews, it wouldn’t be fair to assume that” Kokatu stated.

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