If you can currently enjoy your Battlefield, Call of Duty and Halo in the greatest tranquility, they should be very grateful to John Romero and his friends. The designer who co-created id Software with three comrades was the brilliant mind behind Wolfenstein 3D, Quake and, of course, the franchise that we’re going to talk about today.
Killing bizarre monsters while moving frantically to the sound of beautiful heavy metal is definitely the formula for success. You asked, voted and here is the “Worst to Best of the Doom franchise”. Our criteria are described below, so pay close attention.
The notes presented are based on the Metacritic note aggregator. If the title was released for more than one platform initially, we will take the notes for each version and do an arithmetic average.
We did not find the scores for two games on the website mentioned, so we researched reviews made by major media outlets at the time of launch and averaged them.
We only considered the main games in the franchise, that is, spin-offs were not considered.
In case of Final Doom, as it is not canonical, we do not consider it, but, just in case, its grade would be 55.75.
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7) Doom 64 (1997) – 64.25
The last place is the Doom 64, released in 1997. The game released exclusively for the Nintendo 64 was developed by Midway Games, the same as the franchise Mortal Kombat, and supervised by id Software – the main developer of the franchise.
The gameplay maintains the same footprint as its predecessors, with the player going through the 32 levels of the story (4 of which are secret), killing opponents, collecting weapons, activating mechanisms and escaping traps. Talking about the killing machines available, all those present in Doom 2 are in that game and, in addition to them, a new weapon called Unmaker was added, which uses the same plasma gun ammunition and the BFG 9000.
According to the developer, the console did not have enough resources for the title to have a multiplayer mode, justifying this with several drops of frame during split-screen matches. Near the launch, the result was not satisfactory for id, who had some levels redesigned, which caused the title to be postponed to April of that year.
So, reaching the market, the result was quite ok. The visuals were highly praised, being classified as the best in the series, and the stages as well, but many classified it as “beaten”, “more of the same” and less fun than the original title, not bringing much news to the franchise formula . He ended up with the 64.75 grade.
6) Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil (2005) – 77.5
Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil, launched in 2005, is an expansion pack and at the same time a sequel to the Doom 3. While in the PC version it was necessary to have Doom 3 to play this game, the Xbox one doesn’t, so as it was in this “will not go”, we decided to include it in the list.
The story takes place 3 years after the events of the previous game, with the Union Aerospace Corporation detecting a strange signal from Martian satellites and sending a team to investigate. They end up finding an artifact, which makes the forces of hell stay alert and start a new invasion.
The game has two major additions to the gameplay: the first is the gravity weapon called the Grabber, which works similar to the Gravity Gun, from Half-Life 2; the second is the Artifact, which has three abilities that are unlocked as the first bosses are defeated. Exclusively on the Xbox, the flashlight feature is attached directly to the gun. There are still other additions, such as new weapons, increased ammo capacity, new monsters, eight multiplayer modes and so on.
The title was praised for its gameplay and multiplayer additions, visuals and great sounds, but it was criticized for its very short duration, some bad multiplayer features, the lack of cooperative gameplay and the little freedom compared to other games in the franchise. The score for this game is 77.5.
5) Doom II: Hell on Earth (1994) – 83
Doom II, also known as Doom II: Hell on Earth, released in 1995, was the second game in the franchise to hit the market. The story begins right after the previous game, with Doomguy returning to Earth and discovering that demons have invaded his home planet and killed billions of people. Now, our protagonist has to fight with them and recover his “beloved land”.
In total, there are 30 levels that are divided into 4 different environments, one of them being hell. The game did not bring great news related to graphics, gameplay and etc., but the levels are much higher than those of the predecessor and improvements in multiplayer were made: the number of monsters that are not bosses has been doubled, a new weapon, the Super Shotgun, and a new power, the Megasphere, have been added.
Different than Doom 1, the game was sold in stores, which greatly increased sales of the game. For you to be aware, it was extremely difficult to pre-purchase it, since the units that a store received had already been sold. It ended up being the most purchased computer title of 1994 in the United States and earned more than $ 100 million in total.
Analysts liked the small improvements and additions, which made the game’s base unchanged, but some criticized the lack of innovation. With this impasse, the game got the note 83.
4) Doom (2016) – 85.7
Doom, launched in 2016, works as a soft reboot of the saga and takes place after the events of Doom 64, ignoring the story of Doom 3. Set in 2149, Doomguy has a duty to wipe out all the demons from the Martian base of the Union Aerospace Corporation, commanded by Dr. Samuel Hayden, whose aim is to drain energy from hell to solve the energy crisis that planet Earth suffers . The problem is that our protagonist will have to battle dangerous creatures in different dimensions, fighting for his life.
The game was the first to use the id Tech 6 graphics engine, created by id Software itself and launched after 5 years of research and development. The gameplay structure is based on monsters with incredible visuals, extremely powerful weapons, frantic movement and a heavy metal soundtrack, all to form extremely badass gameplay.
The player can collect life, armor, ammunition and special powers to fight enemies. Defeating them in the beating, items are released. If the situation is more critical, it is possible to use the chainsaw, which provides a lot of life, ammunition and armor of the sliced enemy. The game also has a multiplayer with several available modes, such as Team Deathmatch, Domination, Clan Arena, Freeze Tag etc., which increases the game’s useful life, since its duration is relatively short. And, for those with a bright and sick mind, there is a level creation tool, which allows players to create their own levels to be played alone, in a cooperative or competitive way.
Initially, the game was announced as Doom 4, in 2007, but the project that was under development was canceled after the purchase of id Software by ZeniMax Media, which also owns Bethesda. The project took new directions after going through a “development limbo” and finally reached the market in 2016. Without a doubt, the title revitalized the franchise, selling 67% more in the 1st week than Doom 3.
The game was highly praised for its chaotic and simple combat, for the very large amount of weapons and upgrades, for the hordes of crazy demons and wonderfully dark landscapes, as well as for the striking soundtrack. However, the uninspired multiplayer, the opportunities to add value to the story that were lost and the repetitive mission structure were criticized. Your grade is 85.7.
3) Doom 3 (2004) – 87.5
Doom 3, launched in 2004, came in 3rd place on our list. This, which is the fifth game released in the franchise, took a much more horror-like approach than its predecessors and accompanies Doomguy at the UAC Martian Station, which is invaded by demons after a teleportation experiment goes awry and opens a portal to the hell. The protagonist’s task is to fight aberrations so that they do not reach Earth. The game is a reboot of the series, ignoring all previous events.
The levels are semi-linear, and the gameplay mixes the “run and shoot” style with a dark setting and a heavy narrative. In total, 10 weapons are available, ranging from submachine guns to shotguns, for the player to eliminate all opponents in their various forms. It has a multiplayer for up to 4 players with 4 modes available, but the PC community made a mod that allowed 8 to 16 players per session.
The game was highly praised for its ambience, graphics, narrative and gameplay, but it was criticized for its repetitive style, uninspiring artificial intelligence and lack of innovation and identification caused by the protagonist. The balance was much more positive than negative, and the score for this game is 87.5.
two) Doom Eternal (2020) – 87.6
The most recent title on the list, Doom Eternal, launched in 2020, ended up in 2nd place. After 8 months of the events of the previous game, Doomguy, also known as Doom Slayer, must fight the demonic forces that invaded the Earth and wiped out 60% of the population.
The game maintains the same gameplay and style of Doom, because “winning team does not move”. Most weapons are the same, but with some changes, such as the Super Shotgun which is now equipped with a meat hook and grabs the opponent, making him get closer.
The game has twice the number of enemy types compared to its predecessor, such as the Marauders and Doom Hunters. There is a new feature called Destructible Demons, in which shots affect and destroy parts of a demon’s body, making it impossible to use stronger attacks.
As in the 2016 game, Mick Gordon composed the soundtrack with a metal chorus made by musicians like James Rivera, from Helstar, and Tony Campos, from Static-X. Eternal was the first title to use the id Tech 7 engine, which has several improvements related to light, shadows and textures, including reducing the lines of code by 1 million.
The title was praised for the combat, for the well-designed arenas and parts of platforms, for the hidden secrets, for the high difficulty and possibility of controlling demons in Battlemode mode. However, there are moments with texture bugs and the story is confusing. Your grade is 87.6.
1) Doom (1993) – 93
And, in the first place, it was the 1st title of the franchise, Doom, launched in 1993. The idea was born from the desire to create a new first person shooter, as well as Wolfenstein 3D, but using a new graphics engine that was being developed by John Carmack.
It was then that several ideas were developed by the team, and the concept of Doom was raised. So, Tom Hall created a design document called The Bible of Doom, which contained the description of the project’s plot, backstory and design goals, but was eventually rejected by Carmack, who preferred to focus more on technological innovations than a complex story.
Tom didn’t like it very much, but the team agreed and so the project started to be developed. John Romero then came up with the idea of the title being more brutal and faster than Wolfenstein, and so the game was made, with several ideas coming in and others being ignored (which upset Hall a lot, which was dismissed in common agreement between the other founders of the company).
About the game itself, it is chaotic, bloody, violent and fun. Players had to go through several non-linear levels, killing the most horrifying monsters. The perspective was in 3D, but objects and enemies were presented in 2D sprites. Several weapons have been conquered over the course of history, such as the chainsaw. There is also a cooperative multiplayer, in which up to 4 players get together to complete the campaign, and a Deathmatch, which also supports up to 4 players.
The game was a complete success, and even though its commercialization was made through Shareware and orders by e-mail, the developer quickly made $ 100,000 a day, with each copy costing only 9 dollars.
Analysts praised the fast and frantic gameplay, as well as the textures and details on the map, but some criticized the repetitiveness and simplicity in the gameplay. Technological innovations have stirred the market once and for all and it is still described as one of the most important games in the history of the industry. The score for this game is 93.
Remember, these notes are not ours, but the Metacritic note aggregator. This was the “Worst to Best of the Doom franchise” that was chosen by you during the last week.
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5) Doom II: Hell on Earth
4) Doom (1993)
3) Doom Eternal
two) Doom 3
1) Doom (2016)
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