Released in 2004 for the PC (and ported to the original Xbox in 2005), Doom 3 was the long awaited sequel to the highly successful Doom and Doom 2.
A horror-based first-person shooter, Doom 3 was hugely successful and critically praised. Sadly, due to the limited release, not many got to play it.
No worries though, now we all can experience the splendid horror and excellent old-school action in Doom 3 BFG Edition for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC in its remastered HD glory.
This package not only has a remastered version of Doom 3 but also includes the original Doom and Doom 2 as well as all the expansions. Since Doom and Doom 2 haven't changed from the original versions of the game, I will be concentrating on Doom 3 instead.
Doom 3 comes from a time when first-person shooters didn't have regenerating health bars and you could carry more than two weapons at a time.
Based on a research facility on Mars, your nameless marine has to fend off zombified humans and demons from hell, accidentally let loose by a teleportation experiment gone wrong. Darkness and jump scares are the order of the day as you have to navigate dark corridors with only your flash light for guidance.
Thankfully, you can pick up quite a few weapons along the way, including the awesome BFG9000 and the staple shotguns, pistols and plasma-based weapons.
PDAs are found throughout the levels that will give you access to locked areas as well as ammo and items lockers. These PDAs are also needed to progress through the game. In true old-school fashion, medpacks are needed to replenish health and armour shards need to be collected to minimise damage. Like I said, true old-school fun.
So what's different to the original Doom 3? Some gameplay features have been changed, such as the ability to use your flashlight with your equipped weapon, which wasn't possible with the original. It was either or.
Also, as an added bonus, Doom 3 BFG Edition includes the Resurrection of Evil Expansion which takes place two years after the events of Doom 3 and features new enemy types and weapons.
As for graphics, Doom 3 BFG Edition is remastered in HD and really looks good compared to the original, but obviously can't compare to the current crop of graphics powerhouses like Halo 4 and Battlefield 3 (on PC).
Lighting that played an important part in the horror aspect of the original is certainly enhanced in this version. Audio is roughly the same as before, but it was excellent to begin with, with the spooky sounds of zombies lurking in the dark and haunting music.
Is Doom 3 BFG Edition worth getting? As a package it's flawless. You really can't argue about the amount of content you are getting for the price of R400. Will the Call of Duty junkies (no offence) like it? Probably not.
Doom 3 BFG Edition is a particularly old-school experience (and not in the same way that Duke Nukem Forever was). The fact that you have more than two weapons to choose from means that you have a weapon for every occasion and enemy.
No regenerating health bar means that you have to be extra careful about how you play and not depend on taking cover to watch your health replenish. The crazy enemies will definitely keep you on your toes, coming out of the dark with no quick scoping in sight.
A few annoyances do exist however, like the fact that you have to quit to the PS3 XMB (cross media bar/menu) if you want to switch between the different Dooms, as there's no option for this in-game. Also a little guidance to your next objective in Doom 3 would have been appreciated as I went around in circles on quite a few occasions.
The biggest question though is, should you get this if you already played it in 2004? Yes, if only for nostalgia purposes. To everyone else, it's a no brainer, especially if you didn't own a PC or an Xbox in 2004/2005. Just don't expect Call of Duty and you will be golden. And lastly, play this with the lights on - you will thank me later.
Score: 8 out of 10