Doom I, Doom II, Doom 3, and the Doom 3 expansion pack, Resurrection of Evil, have been bundled together and released on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. The best part: Doom 3 and Resurrection of Evil have both undergone major facelifts.
This is by no means the first time these games have been available. If you’ve been in some kind of inter-planetary cocoon for the last twenty years, then be aware that Doom is, quite possibly, the most important video game ever released. It didn’t pioneer the first-person shooter genre, but it certainly did take the idea and run with it, super shotgun blazing.
Since we’ve seen Doom I and II released independently before and because neither one gets any special treatment here, the major draw of Doom 3: BFG Edition is Doom 3 and its expansion pack. Makers id Software say they’ve remastered the graphics and have optimized the game for 3D. There’s also support for 5.1 surround sound and a new check point save system that won’t have you kicking and screaming every time a demon sends you to hell.
So, is it any good?
That depends. Have you played Doom 3 since it was released almost a decade ago? If not, then this might be the best time to go back. The graphics have received an impressive upgrade and the Resurrection of Evil expansion pack adds a whole new element to the gameplay. id has also packed a new, seven-level “The Lost Mission” pack in here, offering even more “edge of your seat” thrills.
Xbox 360 and PS3 gamers will get the most out of the pack, but PC gamers may want to hold off. According to reports, this version of Doom 3 isn’t nearly as customizable as previous editions, meaning there won’t be a plethora of mods. If that’s disappointing, then check out the non-BFG Edition copy of the game available now on Steam.