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Retrospective- DOOM

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It won’t be long before DOOM Eternal hits store shelves this Friday for XBox One, PS4, PC, and Steam. In celebration of this one-of-a-kind gore fest FPS let’s have a look back at the previous installments in the series.

The first title in the series launched on PC in 1993 for MS-DOS. If you’re not old enough to remember MS-DOS was a separate program for Windows where you had to enter a command prompt in order to run software. You had to have the right amount of memory, sound card, graphics card. It was insane but a revolutionary time for games.

DOOM was revolutionary title for it’s time. Most video and PC games didn’t have much to do with shooting, or blood and gore for that matter.

The story? You’re DOOM Guy (as everyone calls him) ascending through a Hell bent army of demons trying to take over Earth after an experiment on Mars created by the UAC goes horribly wrong.

The graphics were revolutionary for its time. The gameplay is still addictive. And even the objective is only to find a key and make your way to the next room. Despite its simplicity this horror based theme and iconic weapons (BFG- Big F****** Gun) are still remembered today.

It was one of the first titles to feature multiplayer gameplay. At the time it was extremely rare to play against your friends on a game this massive.

How popular is it? It’s been ported to numerous systems- PC, Sega 32x, Jaguar, SNES, PlayStation, 3DO, Sega Saturn, Game Boy Advance and Lunix. Not to mention you can download it for modern consoles. Did I mention that I have the title on my iPhone? This game can even be played on a calculator!

Of course you can’t talk about DOOM without mentioning its controversy. It was the target for mass shootings and one of the titles responsible for the ESRB. I’ve been playing this game since it came out. How many people have I injured or killed? Zero.

What’s the verdict for DOOM? A classic. If you’ve never played this game you have to download it. It’s simple but rewarding mechanics will want you to slay even more demons.

Share your experiences with DOOM! And tune in next time for a review of the next installment.

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