While QuakeCon will undoubtedly focus on Doom Eternal and it’s modern visuals, the classic Doom games are receiving a new life on modern consoles. They won’t push the polygons or cause your PS4 to sweat (they’re coming to mobile too), but they did help to cement the FPS genre, received blame for rampant violence in society, and stole many hours away from one overweight writer.
The original Doom released in 1993. This version comes with the expansion Episode IV: Thy Flesh Consumed and includes split-screen co-op and four player online deathmatch modes. Doom II introduces the super shotgun and adds in the 20 extra levels from The Master Levels. It also allows players to compete in four player online deathmatches or split-screen co-op. The sometimes maligned Doom 3 sees you clearing a demonic presence from Mars. It’s a reboot of sorts and includes the expansions, The Lost Missions and Resurrection of Evil.
Doom and Doom II will run you $4.99, and Doom 3 will cost $9.99. It’s not a significant investment for a lot of fun, although I would warn you, just like all “classic” things, it doesn’t look as good as it did 26 years ago. It’s the nature of the beast, and there are plenty to kill in the original Doom games. If you’ve never tried them, they’re worth a look.
Jason became terminally addicted to videogames after receiving the NES at an early age. This addiction grew to include PC gaming and was cemented with the launch of the PS2. From then on, he was afflicted with epic RPGs, tense shooters, and deep strategy games, never becoming skillful, but never able to quit. He continues to play games (poorly) and share his passion for them to anyone willing to listen.