Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil
is a FPS and cannot be called anything else. Applying the term survival horror
here would be like calling apples vegetables. There are no more survival techniques in this game than there are elements of horror. Everything thrown at the player has been done before, and a lot of games have done it better. What Doom 3
does offer is a solid action experience, a lengthy single player campaign, and some decent multiplayer features. Oh yes, and most importantly, classic Doom
, Doom II
, and the Doom II Master Levels
The feeble story line that persists throughout the entire game is based around a Marine finding a strange artifact that unleashes the powers of hell. You, as the Marine, explore an archaeological site in possession of this artifact and fend off the legions of Satan with all the firepower you can lay your hands on. The basic guns are present here: pistol, shotgun, grenades. There are also some extra, more powerful weapons (including the artifact) that most people will instantly recognize, but that do little to further the arsenal of most FPS games.
What is new in Doom 3 is a gun that can pick up and throw objects, including things shot at you by the enemy (or even smaller enemies themselves). However, this is just the first of a few features that are blatantly stolen from the Half Life series, and are not even expanded upon. While it may be new to Doom, it has been done before and is not utilized in a unique and fun way here.
The single player campaign is long and offers many bad guys to shoot, small puzzles to solve, and environmental hazards to work around. What it doesnít offer is a fun experience. Most of the things you run into in Doom 3 are predictable, scripted events. It follows the same trend that most sequels these days are falling into; updated graphics with little to no new material.
The main attraction of the game could have been playing it on Xbox Live. Had the limit of players been capped at something higher than 4, the game may have been worth checking out simply for the multiplayer support. Even more sadly, you can only play the classic Doom games in split-screen mode.