The game play hasn’t changed much from the first game. You’re still roaming around the Mars base looking for new ways to open doors and unlock new areas. The PDA system from the first game (you pick up the data files along the way) still does a good job of conveying the plot behind the game. Nerve added a new element where you have to transfer power cells from one area to the next but there really are not a lot of new things to do in the game. Monster closets still abound in the game, almost to the point of being predictable. While the constant monster closets do get a bit old, the game retains the same level of tension from the first game. I will admit that I jumped more than a few times when something teleported in unexpectedly. This is still a game that you’ll want to play late at night with the lights turned off and the sound cranked up.
Graphically the game delivers the amazing visual experience you’d expect from the engine. Nerve did add a few little touches like the ripping air effect when you pick items up with the grabber. There are a few other little touches here but the game still looks as good as ever. While Nerve did a great job designing the levels, I wish there were a few more outside levels so we can see what else the engine can do.
There’s not a lot new in the audio department as all the sounds from the first game were brought over intact (including the tinny machine gun sound). The new sounds are solid though and they did a great job with the sounds for the double barreled shotgun. The grabber and artifact sounds are solid but nothing outstanding.
If you liked Doom 3
, then you’ll love the expansion pack. However, if you felt the game got a bit old and hated the flashlight/gun game play mechanism, there’s nothing new here to win you over. Nerve created a solid expansion pack but I still felt that something was missing. I wish they had pushed the engine a little more and added a more new content to the game.
If you really liked Doom 3, then this is a no-brainer pickup but if you werenâ€™t a huge fan of the original game thereâ€™s a lot here thatâ€™s going to change your mind, especially for how much they are charging for an expansion pack.
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