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  Doom3, just another first person shooter really 
  Aug 06, 2004, 07:30am EDT 
 
By: Sander Sassen

With bated breath I waited for Doom3 to hit the shelves, as by the looks of it Id was once again going to up the bar with an fps that would set new standards. With previous Id games it was clear that Id had a winner from the onset and plenty of lush licensing deals resulted from other companies using their game engine. This time around I ended up doubting what Id has been doing ever since the alpha got leaked. The final release of the game is hardly better than the leaked alpha, which they said was nothing but a rough version, that needed polishing. Sure, it looks okay, but after you’ve played games like FarCry, Doom3 is just another fps, nothing special. If it had been released a year ago, well before FarCry came out, this would’ve been different. So did we all wait in vain for that next generation killer game that’ll justify the purchase of those $500 videocards ATi and Nvidia have been touting?

Possibly, because even with a $500 videocard this game doesn’t look nearly as good as you’d expect. For example the artwork used in the game ranges from good looking to absolutely horrible, I mean why use low poly count artwork on walls and ceilings and objects, it sticks out like a sore thumb. And the characters are nice, but all of them seem to be running off of the old, and obsolete, Quake III engine, with the low poly-count to boot, making their heads and body parts have awkward, rectangular shapes. And then there’s fog, fire and shadows that look like they’ve been taken from a 90s game instead of the would-be blockbuster of 2004. Did Id rush this game out? Maybe, as they must’ve seen other developers announcing games that looked as good, or better than Doom3. FarCry for example must’ve raised quite a few eyebrows at Id. At the end of the day Doom3 is just yet another FPS, there really isn’t anything to get overly excited about.

Sander Sassen.

 

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This tweak should crush any complaints about low frame-rate... 3-Oh-Beast 8 replies Dec 03, 2004, 08:36pm EST
Give me a game... Devryn 8 replies Aug 16, 2004, 12:06pm EDT
Re: Doom3, just another first person shooter really Chris Kuperman 4 replies Sep 04, 2004, 10:30am EDT
Salvation for Doom III, If anyone is interested Sean B 2 replies Aug 15, 2004, 12:20am EDT
Re: Doom3, just another first person shooter really Sailendran Iswara Jothi 14 replies Dec 03, 2004, 08:56pm EST
Re: Doom3, just another first person shooter really Michael A. 21 replies Aug 15, 2004, 12:49am EDT
Does elitist prick mean anything to you? Devryn 10 replies Aug 10, 2004, 11:47pm EDT
Re: Doom3, just another first person shooter really << Tru but dam its a good one Dirk M 25 replies Aug 28, 2004, 06:10am EDT
Re: Doom3, just another first person shooter really Christopher Fields 31 replies Aug 09, 2004, 06:37pm EDT

 

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