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Doom Eternal Review

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Posted: 4 months ago, last updated 5 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer.

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

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 20/03/2020

Platforms: PS4, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 35 features

Developer: @idSoftware

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 15 hours and 19 hours to complete. The multiplayer extends playtime considerably in rounds that last 5-15 minutes.
 
Players: You can play this with 3 players online. 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.

CostsCosts

Doom Eternal usually costs £3.39 to £79.99. 

Doom

Xbox One £14.99
Xbox One £3.39
PS4 £15.99
Switch £49.99

Doom (1993)

Xbox One £3.99
PS4 £3.99
Switch £3.99

Doom 2 (Classic)

Xbox One £3.99
PS4 £3.99
Switch £3.99

Doom 3

Xbox One £7.99
PS4 £7.99
Switch £7.99

Doom 3: VR Edition

PS4 £15.99

Doom 64

Xbox One £3.99
PS4 £3.99
Switch £3.99

Doom Eternal

Switch £76.98

Doom Eternal Deluxe Edition

Xbox One £79.99
PS5 £79.99
PS4 £79.99
PS4 £79.99

Doom Eternal Standard Edition

Xbox One £54.99
PS5 £54.99
PS4 £54.99

Doom VFR

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

You will need Nintendo Online (must be 18 to purchase, but can be any age to use) to play online with Nintendo Switch.
 
You will need PlayStation Plus (must be 18 to subscribe, then create sub-accounts for younger players who need be set as 13 or older) to play online with PlayStation 4.
 
You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to subscribe, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One. 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

Xbox One £15.74
PS4 £15.99

Doom Eternal: The Ancient Gods: Part Two

Xbox One £15.74
PS4 £15.99

Doom Eternal: Year One Pass

Xbox One £24.99
PS4 £24.99

Doom Slayers Collection

Xbox One £24.99
PS4 £24.99

Age RatingsAge Ratings

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.

ESRB MATURE 17+ for Blood and Gore and Intense Violence. Players use machine guns, shotguns, laser rifles, and blasters to kill demons in frenetic combat. Large blood-splatter effects occur frequently as enemies get decapitated and/or dismembered during combat. Players can also use blades and chainsaws to dismember and decapitate enemies at close range. Combat is fast-paced, highlighted by realistic gunfire, large explosions, and screams of pain.


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.

AccessibilityAccessibility

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.
 
Our Doom Eternal Accessibility Report details 35 accessibility features:

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