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Relive The Nightmare In 'Doom 3: BFG Edition'

by Jason Cipriano   October 19, 2012 at 12:00AM  |  Views: 4,508

It's one of the most beloved, and feared games ever created – Doom. Just hearing the name should evoke nostalgic memories of the first, great first-person shooter. Without Doom the world wouldn’t have Halo, Call of Duty, Battlefield, Medal of Honor, or, really, any FPS. Sure, Wolfenstien 3D came first, but after five minutes running through the darkened corridors of an abandoned space-station, it's pretty clear that Doom was going to set the standard. Then came Doom II, which brought the battle to Earth, and built on everything that was great about the original. Then came ... nothing, for a long time. It took eight years after the release of Doom II for Doom 3 to finally be unleashed on gamers. That was in 2004. Now, after another eight-year cycle, Doom 3: BFG Edition revisits this classic franchise, and updates it for today's hardware.

Who:
id Software, otherwise known as, the most trusted company that's ever made Doom. This release was overseen by John Carmack, one of the biggest names in the industry, and one of the original team members that created Wolfenstien 3D, Doom, and Quake, so you know it's gotta be good.

What:
The BFG Edition is more than just a visual upgrade for a game from the last generation of consoles – it brings so much more to the table. Both the graphics and audio are updated for a more horrific (in a good way) experience, as well as having a save point system implemented to make surviving this tremendous adventure a little more hopeful. Also, if you're really in to teching out your games, the BFG Edition supports 3D, as well as those super-fancy head mounted displays, to help simulate really being inside of the game. On top of all that, you don’t just get Doom 3, this release includes the Resurrection of Evil expansion, as well as an all new one, The Lost Mission, AND Doom and Doom II. If you're a Doom fan, you really can't go wrong with this complete of a package.

Where:
This bad boy is available pretty much everywhere - at retail (Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3) and digitally (PlayStation 3 and Windows). This trip to hell and back can be all yours for just $40.

Why:
It's Doom. And Doom II. And Doom 3. There really shouldn't be a need to elaborate.

However, if you'll indulge me ...

The Doom series is one of the most important and withstanding franchises from the early 1990s. Just as PC games were starting to come to grips with new graphical capabilities, the team at id put together one of the most intense games ever released. Then they did it again, and again. Even if you have played all of these games before, there’s new content, and, at the very least, you should probably pick up the BFG Edition as a primer for Doom 4... because that's a thing that's going to happen (hopefully sooner than later). Either way, if you haven't experienced any of these games, they're well worth the cost of admission, even if it is only for a chance to see how far FPS games have come since their inception.

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