Platforms PC, PS4, XBO
Developer id Software
Publisher Bethesda Softworks
Release Date May 13, 2016

Bethesda are beginning to get a reputation for salvaging classic first-person shooter IPs and getting development studios to reinvent them for the modern era. As it turns out, Doom didn’t really need that much reinventing. It just needs the Doom Marine, some guns, some over-the-top violence and a shitload of demons to kill.

This is the typical 90’s FPS brought to glorious life using 2016 technology. It’s the antithesis of the modern shooter. Where a game like Call of Duty or Battlefield has you keeping your head down in twitch-based gun fights, Doom puts a shotgun in your hands and basically kills you if you do anything other than charge at the enemy, ready to rip their spines out through their mouths.

Doom works because it knows why you’re there – to kill all the demons in Hell. Its first five minutes are a masterclass in game design, perfectly setting the tone for the hours of enjoyment that follow. You wake up surrounded by demons, proceed to get your armour and a weapon and kill a bunch of demons while NPCs chatter away, attempting to explain the story to an uncaring protagonist as brutal metal plays.

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What’s funny about Doom is that the story is actually pretty smart, if you choose to pay attention to it, cleverly tying the new Doom to the classic entries. But everything is designed around the visceral thrill of murdering the denizens of Hell, and it’s designed brilliantly. The variety of enemies and weapons you’ll encounter are both excellent, complimented brilliantly be some great level design.

Glory kills are the big new standout. Tying ammo and health replenishment to scoring some gory melee kills on your foes is a great trick, quickening the games already breakneck pace. While the map editor and multiplayer are both rather lacklustre, Doom’s single-player campaign more than makes up for this, bringing Doom back to where it rightfully belongs – as one of the premiere experiences of the first-person shooter genre.

Check out Gary’s review of Doom here.

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9) Doom
10) Aragami
11) Quantum Break
12) Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
13) Watch Dogs 2
14) The Flame in the Flood
15) Forza Horizon 3
16) The Banner Saga 2
17) Planet Coaster
18) Gears of War 4
19) Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
20) Batman: The Telltale Series

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