Going into Bethesda’s press conference, it was both extremely easy and yet difficult to really gauge what the company’s vision of Doom was going to look like. On the one hand we did get a teaser trailer back in May giving a 10 second blink of what to expect. On the other hand, what was Doom going to be? Was it going to try and compete with the other FPS’s out there? Was it going to stick to the basics of what made Doom a cultural landmark in 1993? Well we finally got to see Doom in action, and this game has guts, demons and big F’n guns. This is Doom baby, welcome to Hell.
Coming out swinging, Doom was the first game revealed in full by Bethesda for E3 2015. You are on a U.A.C. Facility on Mars, and right off the bat, this game lets you know that this game is Doom at its core. Chainsaws, shotguns aplenty and of course, demons that you can blow away. The melee kills you that were showcased were fast and brutal with moves that showed no mercy and looked to be context sensitve, depending on where on the body of the demon you were executing the move on. The shooting itself looked much more fast paced than previous Doom games, with the hell spawn quickly moving around to try, and if the trailer is any indication, to literally rip your limbs off and beat you to death with them. Doom also allows you to traverse the environment rather nimbly, mounting large cases to get a height advantage, as well as use a double jump to get around large gaps as well as get around the levels that seem to be designed with areas that are more vertical in mind.
In today’s FPS climate, it is multiplayer that butters many players’ bread, and Doom looks to deliver. One of the things that got a very loud reaction was a feature called “Doom Snapmap”. Snapmap allows you to basically design, play and share your Doom levels that utilizes a very user-friendly interface that allows you to manipulate the hell out of the game. The creations that are made on Snapmap are also shareable, and best of all, cross-platform. You will be able to quickly build a map on the PC, and anyone on Xbox Live and PS4 are going to be able to play it. There is no word yet if there will be cross-platform co-op. Doom is going to be available for Xbox One, PS4 and PC in Spring of 2016. Here is the E3 2015 Gameplay Trailer for you to enjoy. Leave your comments below, and let us know your takes on the Doom showcase.