Posts tagged Doom

Bethesda E3 2017

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– found the beginning incredibly lame. From the kids and families to the whole badly drawn/silly Bethesdaland graphics, found it horrible. I laughed hard in approval when the very smart woman I love that I got to watch it with said whoever had this idea for the presentation should be if not fired at least moved to a whooole other department. The only way I can imagine this as justified is as a PR stunt to humanize the otherwise and disarm critics of otherwise violent games

+ Doom & Fallout 4 VR, yep, that’s a reason to consider VR! Finally full games … I’m curious if one can play them without puking.

– Elder scrolls online focusing on player reactions to a (n old) trailer, found it lame

– elder scrolls CCG, might be good, but underwhelming in this context

+, – Skyrim on switch, on one hand exciting to finally have a serious game on the console, on the other hand… presented in that silly style…

+, +, – new Dishonored content, Daud, promising story= yeaayy!!! Downside: seems like cg animation, no gameplay, no location, particularly surprising given the September launch timeframe. Not a good sign.

-, – Quake Champions (though I played the heck out of quake 3 as Anarky) damn, yet another online class based team shooter a la Overwatch, even worse instead of letting it rise or fall based on it’s merits as a game it’s presented with actors and the mandatory politically correct token woman shown winning. Game might be okay but I’m rating here the presentation so for me it was a negative.

+, +  The evil within 2: cool surprise, cool cg, lots of symbolism, multiple mood changes, at times it felt like a Alan Wake wannabe, at others like a Quantum Break attempt, and it even had some Death Stranding weird simbolism before returning to the game in which the actual gameplay/locations were a mixed bunch

+, +, + Wolfenstein 2 epic legendary from the surprise, the world, the cg, the media references, the humor, and then the great looking gameplay and environment design, all wrapped in great presentation. Simply stellar.

+ I was repeatedly surprised by all the games being for this year. Was expecting some kind of at least tease for an elder scrolls, but i understand why it’s smarter to keep the iron hot for titles which are imminent and this was of the conferences I’ve seen so far quite unique and impressive. Was there anything not launching this year?

Overall I’d give it a +3 on the impressions, great games, even if presented in what I found to be lame silly packaging.

Doom Candle Demon [ Who lights all them candles in games!?! ]

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So many games filled with candles, always lit even when discovering ancient ruins. And not just candles but lamps and torches also! I’ve always wondered who lights them all just in time for play-through… now we know.

Doom driving

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Doom can (and MUST) be run on anything, building Doom friendly streets and highways however is an engineering challenge.

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It’s old, but it’s new.

A bonus one for this week…

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Doom Post-Mortem

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very interesting stuff

Doom (2016) – quick impressions

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Well, I went in with great excitement and hopes, with a great bias hoping it will be as good as Doom 2… here’s my experience/thoughts as the credits are rolling:

+ yeayy, new doom game

– the level design was totally not thought out compared to what i had hoped based on Doom 2 (geometric interesting maps with original gameplays that make you approach things in interesting ways, original radical location ideas), instead there was generic environments based on real-ish , not very original, places like industrial locations and laboratories, all done very generically. For example within the same framework the game Dead Space mixes the same elements (scif+demons+rituals) in ways that actually have you stop and observe at times, with pacing between moments of observation and even admiration and inquiry and moments of action (and I wasn’t even mad about Dead Space, just sayin’)

-, -,  the artwork quality was a bit kid-ish, despite the gore and all that it felt simplistically treated

+ the music was decent, not fantastic like I found quake 2 and even 3 soundtrack, but also pretty decent for the adrenaline music that it was, didn’t disturb and occasionally even engage. I was worried at one point they’d put dramatic voices over the music but it was nicely just instrumental

-, -, + the environments were quite simplistic, you’d think i’d like them as they touched on things i’d enjoy, medieval elements and all sorts of gothic and skeleton stuff, but they weren’t top of the line as i would’ve expected from such a high profile AAA budget game, the environments were all feeling as if you’re a kid/ant in a giant place, and I don’t mean in the good way, but in a way in which a wall had sometimes like 5 bricks, felt unbelievable even if one imagined some kind of giants are living there. And no, it didn’t feel like the place had any function or purpose or thinking other than it being an arena

+, +, + the actual gameplay in the sense of weapon behaviour was very well done. They not only managed to touch the emotional chords with old weapons but even largely kept the feeling of the old ones all in solid shooting mechanics

– multiple times i got lost/was frustrated not knowing where i was supposed to go next. Normally i’m excited to have an open environment but this felt open only in a similar way in which Quake 2 was open: you had to kill all enemies in an area and then find the thing that you were supposed to do to get to the next one. A directional marker was supposed to help me but since it only gave a general direction and sometimes you had to go in the opposite one to get there it sometimes actually hurt, leading to wasted time/frustration. Again, i would’ve loved a real exploration game (thinking here even of an environment like in the souls games, with action), but there was i felt not much to see/explore

-, -, – very limited number of environment types, i counted like 3 only, an industrial type, a mars type and a hell type. They were all done pretty simplistically and their looks were just skin-deep and just for show

-, -, +  it felt like a series of connected arenas, as opposed to a a world. This compares quite bad to for example some beautifully done locations in their previous game Rage where the environmental artwork quality was top notch years ago, but eventually i could get into the arenas simply because i had played a lot of Quake 3 Arena back in the day and I could get into the zone

+, + they did a decent job of semi-plausibily going through a checklist and reinventing all of the old enemies, giving a nostalgic touch

– the story was very “meh”. Generic and filler, once or twice i had hopes there’d be more thought put into it as they went into the whole resource exploitation direction but it never materialized

+, – i was hoping the snapmap editor would bring great expanded life to the game, and maybe it will, but from what i’ve seen so far the limitations inside it are way too big and maps made inside it all look the same bland same-same that even the main game had quite a bit. A big test/disappointment/proof of this limitation to me was when i searched for the mandatory level remake of Doom 2 e1m1 that has been redone by now in so many different engines and editors but obviously the designer couldn’t do the v-shaped stairs and just ended up putting a square room connected to another square room, just like a lot of the new doom’s environments. It’s ironic that a game which was fundamentally 2d from more than a decade ago actually offered the ability to be very creative as within that top-down view of the editor you could create any shape. Maybe i’ll be proven wrong and in the future great maps will be made by the community (i hope with all my heart), but something tells me from what i’ve seen so far the chances of the gothic cathedrals and temples i’ve seen made in Doom 2 engine are pretty slim. Hope I’ll be proven wrong.

– it no longer feels like a cutting edge of 3d like iD software used to be. I was generally resigned that they’re not the best artwork games, but heck, at least they’re FPSs which i love and they bring cutting edge tech with them, this no longer felt like this.

 

All in all i’d consider this a mediocre game by the standards of modern games. For those who really want to go back into the world of Doom/Doom2 it’s still there, providing a bit of a fix, but that’s in my humble opinion simply because there’s such a shortage of games in this genre that give you even a little bit of freedom to explore outside cinematics. If there were more games like this … well, how do i put it, i think this game feels like a mediocre FPS from the 2003-2006 period, it’s nice that it’s there… but if i had 5 others worthily competing for it with different environments and gameplays and more atmosphere and location exploration or at least better done locations I’d probably choose another one. I’d give it an overall 1 on a -5 to 5 scale, it was good enough to play, but not good enough that I’d recommend it… which is a shame because i would’ve really liked to and i hope more games with these themes and gameplay will come out.

 

Doom – did you know?

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Some quite fascinating data.

Creating a Doom-style 3D engine in C

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Fascinating! I had wondered for ages about things like this… if only i could send this video back in time to myself about 18 years :D

Doom 2 quick re-impressions

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A funny game to play for Christmas, I know, but I was so excited to find it released on the ps3 as a collection I had to buy it and play it a bit, and one thing lead to another, great fun ensued for days… and i finished it again. So, this is interestingly enough a review… 20 years later.

+ very interesting game designs, variety in level designs

-, –  some puzzles feel a bit arbitrary, and some I found totally unreasonable, being about as hidden as a secret level, except being mandatory for the main game

+ original puzzles making use of gradually built up previously introduced elements. One example that comes to mind is the original tunnel of barrels level which forces you to think of a quick and alternative solution to not be caught in the chains of explosions

-,- obviously very aged graphics for somebody who’s never lived those times

+ i would say the game aged pretty good, still being fun in 2015, of course if one is willing to look over the huge graphical changes in these years

+, – I didn’t remember the game had so many puzzles. I mean i remembered the shooting, but not how often i got stuck and wondered around either aimlessly or trying to figure out things. This is a plus as it creates pacing, moments of quiet to emphasize those of action, but can also be a minus as some puzzles are in my opinion a bit too hidden

+ pretty decent midi music

-, – inconsistent use of visuals: some textures sometimes signified they can be triggered/would move, while at other times the same things didn’t do anything and were just decorative. I understand the need but it was confusing.

+ a lot of content to explore. I didn’t remember there was so much to explore, even stuff that felt optional, and alternate routes! Impressive!

+, + something that i miss in modern shooters, i loved that all through the game there was a lot of advancing and exploration, covering huge distances. (yeah, i feel there’s a drought in such shooters, i’d love to play more FPSs)

 

All in all I’ve had great fun replaying it, of course largely due to the memories, but to my surprise I found that having forgotten >60% of it i also had a large feeling of discovery and surprise, which was very enjoyable. Compensating for the huge time elapsed since launche and/or with some nostalgia sprinkled on top i’d give it a 2.5 on a -5 to 5 scale. Those who are willing to give it a chance might have some fun.

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First map, first episode, of a grandpa shooter. This map/scene has probably been remade in more games/engines by fans than any other I know of :D

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id Software

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These guys really made a difference in time! I wouldn’t consider them an artwork company but their technology has really enabled so many great experiences in artwork that I had to pay a tribute. For their time I must admit each game like Doom 2 & Quake did stimulate my artistic imagination (i used to dream up maps a lot :P probably my start to 3d gfx), and even some of their games had some exquisite artwork experiences: the music in Quake 2, the (intro) story in Doom 3, and simply making real things one had never seen before, weather it be the image of a (fantasy) Nazi prison/dungeon or bringing true and polygonal 3d that you could see from any angle when we were before even excited by a 8 angle sprite. Big respects!

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He he, i’ve been meaning to do something in this series for a while now :P

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