Review by Matt Paprocki



Graphics: 7

Sound: 5

Gameplay: 7

Overall: 6


It almost doesn't feel right to be reading about Doom and not have the words congress, politicians, banned, or morally apprehensible attached to it. It's one of those games that just doesn't want to die, and there's usually one or two quotes a year from someone trying to draw a comparison to this FPS classic. One would think they would move on by now.

Besides, it's a pain to get this game working on any modern PC. You almost need and emulator, and that's just not for some people. They're left with one of the many console ports, and the 32X has one of the weakest. While it does have an acceptable resolution, decent frame rate, and easy controls, when you're missing an entire episode worth of levels (and the ones included aren't always complete) and multiple enemies, something isn't right.

Those are the major complaints. If it included everything, then there would be little to complain about. This is a decent showcase for the 32X, proving it can handle what a developer want to throw at it. The screen is scrunched down and boxed in a little (conveniently not shown on the back of the box). It's not the worst you'll find, and it doesn't affect the gameplay. You'll still be able to see all the weapon pick-ups and enemies trying to slaughter you. Brief bouts of slowdown are here if things become crowded. Though rare, it's worth mentioning.

The music has been cut down significantly, so much so that it's hard to even recognize anymore. All of the sound effects are accounted for (including that always classic zombie moan), and the sacrifice of music is likely to keep the game moving quickly. You'll still be able to enjoy the sound of a demon splattering as he walks nest to a barrel, just don't expect the wanted musical accompaniment.

There's not much left to discuss here. Doom can be dissected quickly and easily since everyone reading this has taken a shot a raving mad zombie soldier. If the missing levels are a problem for you, just head somewhere else. This is an average port, and not the replacement for the PC version you're looking for.


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Last updated: Friday, July 01, 2005 12:51 PM