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Video GameDoom Eternal Review
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Posted: 17 months ago, last updated 12 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Doom is a shooting game with a focus on movement and close-quarter combat in tightly designed arenas. Originally released in 1993, it was one of the first 3D shooting games to be made and spawned numerous sequels, novels, comic books, board games, and film adaptations.

You play an unnamed space marine battling demonic forces. Although the tactics and speed vary through the series, always present is imperative to take switch action and bring the fight to the enemy.

To do well you need to develop tactics that use your weapon, movement and map geography to your advantage. There's a large arsenal of weapons collected during play and can be used at will without the need to reload. Different types of enemies present unique challenges: Revenant, Pinky, Mancubus, and Cyberdemon. Along with the single play campaigns a big focus of the enjoyment is the online multiplayer modes such as team deathmatch.
  • Doom (1993) - PC, Nintendo, Game Boy Advance, Xbox 360, iOS. Later released on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One.
  • Doom II: Hell on Earth (1994) - PC, Game Boy Advance, Xbox 360. Later released on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, iOS, Android.
  • Final Doom (1996) - PC, Mac, PlayStation
  • Doom 3 (2004) - PC, Mac, Xbox

The series was then rebooted on more recent consoles:
  • Doom (2016) - PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Stadia
  • Doom Eternal (2020) - PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Stadia

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 20/03/2020

Price: 50% off

Platforms: PS4, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Players: 1 (3 online)

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 33 features

Developer: id Software (@idSoftware)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 15 hours and 19 hours to complete. The multiplayer extends playtime considerably in rounds that last 5-15 minutes.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play this by yourself or as a 3-player online game. Doom Eternal multiplayer offers 2-versus-1 Demons-vs-Slayer Battlemode. One fully maxed player takes on two player-controller demons in best-of-five matches.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Doom Eternal is rated PEGI 18 due depictions of graphic violence towards human-like characters. There are frequent depictions of graphic violence towards human-like characters. The vast majority of attacks cause dismemberment, decapitation or mutilation. Large amounts of blood and gore are visible upon impact of attacks. There is also a considerable amount of injury detail visible. As attacks make contact, skin can be seen ripping open and bones becoming visible, poking out through the skin. The majority of the violence is inflicted using powerful projectile weapons. However, there are a number of melee weapons such as chainsaws and swords that can also be used. The level of violence is the same regardless of what weapon is being used. When an enemy has been staggered the player gains the option to perform a 'glory kill', which is powerful move that instantly kills the enemy. These moves are particularly graphic as the camera zooms in and focuses on the gore.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Account Rating

You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
 
You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
 
You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.
 

CostsCosts

Doom Eternal usually costs £3.39 to £79.99. 

Doom

Doom (1993)

Doom 2 (Classic)

Doom 3

Doom 3: VR Edition

PlayStation Store PS4 £15.99

Doom 64

XBox Store Xbox One £3.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £3.99
Switch Store Switch £3.99
Steam Store PC Free

Xbox Game Pass

Doom Eternal

Doom Eternal Deluxe Edition

Doom Eternal Standard Edition

Doom VFR

PlayStation Store PS4 £19.99
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.  

You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
 
You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
 
You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
 
The Switch version of the game offers Gyro aiming to enhance controls. 
  
The following in-game purchases are available:

Doom Eternal: The Ancient Gods: Part One

PlayStation Store PS4 £15.99

Doom Eternal: The Ancient Gods: Part Two

PlayStation Store PS4 £15.99

Doom Eternal: Year One Pass

PlayStation Store PS4 £24.99

Doom Slayers Collection

XBox Store Xbox One £24.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £24.99

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Doom Eternal Accessibility Report documents 33 accessibility features:
Doom Eternal has 6 preset difficulty settings which can be adjusted at any time. Aim assist and target snapping are available, alongside tutorials and in-game tips. The Sentinel Armor feature can be enabled to provide rubber banding by allowing you to activate the sentinel armour to make the fight easier if you keep dying in boss fights.

Some of the game text is in a stylized font that can be hard to read, especially in fast action combat situations. The subtitles are in a clear font and legible, but aren't especially big even at the largest setting.

Motion aiming is only offered in the Switch version of the game.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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