With all the Doom wanna-bes that have popped up in the past year, one has to wonder whether Ithe original can still stand up by itself. GT Interactive seems to think so, and they're giving Saturn owners a chance to get Doomed.
More than just your average Doom package, Doom on the Saturn includes both Ultimate Doom and Doom II, each with i its own unique missions and levels. The arsenal of weapons that you'll find during the game include rocket launchers, gatling guns, shotguns (and the ever-popu-lar Super Shotgun) and maybe even a chain saw or two.
Giving gamers the option to choose between two of the best-selling Doom titles is a welcome feature. Ultimate Doom includes all three episodes of the original Doom, plus an additional fourth bonus episode thrown in for good measure. Doom II rounds out the package, having been a million-selling title for Doom's creators, id Software. The Saturn version holds its own against previous versions on competing systems.
The graphics look just as good as they do on the PC. They are crisp and clear, with no slowdown during play. The characters do pixelate a bit when they're up close, but it's part of the Doom effect. For a game that is a couple of years old, Doom has held up nicely throughout the years. Only now has it been faithfully converted to home systems.
The game's sound is the usual arsenal of grunts, groans and screams. The soundtrack is redbook audio, and it sounds great. The tunes fit the mood of the game very well, and match the music of the PC title.
Gameplay is what you'd expect from Doom. Nothing has been added or taken away to the usual interface. It's almost as if you're playing the game on the PC. The version that EGM looked at had somewhat choppy graphics, but that will probably change by the time it hits the shelves.
The game's levels are all set up in a similar fashion. Your objective is to blast your way through wave after wave of monsters to reach the exit, collecting power-ups and energy along the way. The good thing about this version of Doom is that between Ultimate Doom and Doom II, there are tons of levels.
If you've only had minor experience with Doom on the PC and haven't played either Ultimate or Doom II, this is a welcome challenge.
Some of the obstacles include finding switches to open other areas of the level, going up and down elevators and finding the right colored keys to open doors. Enemies will meet you at every turn. Fire your gun once and they'll know that you're there.
The question that needs to be asked is: Do we really need more Doom? So many companies have put together clones of the game, so much so that the original has lost its luster. Doom is a fairly dated game, and players who have played it to death on the PC won't find anything new here. No Deathmatch Mode is present at this time, although that could change as well. If you haven't played Doom yet, what cave have you been living in for the past five years?
The programmers have created a good version of Doom. It's a game that the Saturn was lacking until now, but the fact that every other system has a version, makes the Saturn seem to be the last one up to bat. At this point, it's hard to dispute the fact that Doom is Doom, no matter what system it happens to appear on, nor how good it is id Software has gone on to make Quake, which will probably be appearing on a game system near you very shortly.
If you don't have a PC, or haven't played Doom yet, you'll want to check out the Saturn version. Playmates' Power Slave will surely give it a run for its money on the Saturn, but it holds its own.
In later levels of both Doom II and Ultimate Doom, you'll need to search for key cards that allow entrance to other sections of the level. Key cards are color-coded, and when you attempt to open a door that you need a key for, it will tell you which color is needed.
If you've played any amount of Doom in the past few years, you're familiar with the game's engine. Therefore, it's sometimes worthwhile to go searching for the game's hidden surprises.
If you go around attempting to open the walls, you very well might stumble upon a secret room full of power-ups. This has got to be the best reward a wary hero can receive. Refuel and continue slaughtering mass quantities of monsters!
MANUFACTURER - GT Interactive
THEME - ACTION
NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1
PC compatible, P-200
Systems: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game features: Single game mode
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