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  Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil
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Reload for the Bloodiest Battle Yet.


In the next chapter of the Doom 3 saga, the UAC returns to the abandoned facilities on Mars to investigate a mysterious beacon buried deep in the ruins of the ancient civilization.


Possess demonic powers to defeat your enemy.

Harness the force of gravity to control your environment.

Control time to evade deadly traps.

From the Company

Reload for the Bloodiest Battle Yet.

Two years following the unexplained disaster on Mars, the UAC returns to the abandoned facilities to investigate a mysterious beacon buried deep in the ruins of the ancient civilization.
  • Battle six new demons including the hunters
  • Fight in all new 8-player capture the flag arenas
  • Wield new weapons including the double barreled shotgun
  • Possess demonic powers to use against the enemy
  • Control time to defeat the enemy and evade deadly traps
  • Harness the force of gravity to control your environment
  • Battle through the ancient ruins and into the horrifying depths of hell
The Bottom Line

The gruesome carnage continues for all DOOM fans in id Software’s latest addition to the DOOM gaming world in DOOM 3: Resurrection of Evil, the sequel to DOOM 3. For those die-hard DOOM fans, this will be the next purchase to add to your gaming library. DOOM 3: ROE not only allows you to further your quest in the fight again all that is evil, but lets you do this with a couple new and pretty cool weapons too. 

DOOM 3: ROE starts about 2 years after the end of DOOM 3. The UAC has been able to cover up everything that previously happened on Mars, they cancelled all operations and cleared out. However, one of their still-orbiting satellites picks up a strange beacon from the planet and of course, they decide to put together a team of people to go back there and investigate what’s going on.   

One of my biggest dislikes (mostly because I would get scared when I wasn’t using it) with DOOM 3 was that you had to choose whether you would be using your flashlight or a weapon. The id team must have heard my pleas for help and rectified this issue with DOOM 3: ROE, by adding a small flashlight to your pistol. At least now, you can fire off a couple rounds before switching to a bigger/better weapon when you are moving around… and you feel less naked as well since a flashlight will do little damage to a monster who shoots fireballs from his hands or rockets from his shoulders. Granted, it’s only the pistol, but hey, anything was better than what you had in the first one. 

The next cool addition your arsenal is the Ionized Plasma Levitator gun. This gun is basically like the gravity gun from Half-Life 2, although in DOOM 3: ROE, it’s primarily used as a weapon rather than a way to interact with the environment. When a monster throws a fireball or blue ball of energy at you, you can catch that ball with “The Grabber”, and then fire it right back at the original sender… more often than not, resulting in a one-shot-kill. And speaking of one-shot-kills, you also can get a double-barreled shot gun that will also result in a quick death for most minions of evil.

The last new addition your inventory of items is “The Artifact”. The Artifact is the strange-lookin’ object that brought your team to Mars and now it’s your job to figure out how it works and unlock all its mysteries. UAC archeologists believe the artifact enables the bearer to do extraordinary things… and they’re right. One of such extraordinary things is the ability to slow down time, which can come in really handy when you are suck in a battle you are losing, or need to avoid some traps. The other two abilities (that you get after killing the Hunter bosses) are Berserker Rage and Invulnerability (in that order). These are of course, all time-limited abilities, and you can recharge your Artifact by sucking the souls from dead bodies that litter the game. And what it does to your hands when you equip it is kinda freaky too. 

DOOM 3: ROE also includes Ultimate DOOM, DOOM II, and Master Levels for DOOM II on the disc. Playing these games will really take you back… it’s weird not being able to freely look around. But lets face it, unless you REALLY, REALLY like Ultimate DOOM… why would you play that when you have you have a perfectly rendered, graphically superior, audibly intense game like DOOM 3: ROE at your disposal. Anyways, it will be cool for those who haven’t seen it before to realize just what started this family of DOOM titles. Lets face it, gaming has come a LONG way since 1993. Regardless of whether you are going to play it or not, they are still nice additions to the disc and just add to it’s value.

Just like in DOOM 3, DOOM3: ROE is Live enabled in which you can play the regular multiplayer games: DeathMatch, Team DeathMatch, Last Man Standing, and Tournament. You can set up a Friends list with other players to see when they are online, invite them to play, and even talk smack to them in real-time as you kill each other… I mean chat with each other while you play. And don’t forget about the extra downloadable content the Live enables you to get… like new levels.

DOOM 3: ROE is a welcome addition to the DOOM family. The main concern I had with it’s predecessor (the whole pistol/flashlight thing) has been rectified in this game and I really liked the addition of the The Grabber… it made facing monsters who hurl flaming balls of “whatever” at you a little easier to stomach. Since the game is shorter in game-play (and cheaper in price) than DOOM 3, it’s up to you which one you’re gonna buy. I recommend buying DOOM 3 first and if you don’t like it, don’t get Resurrection of Evil. However, if after playing DOOM 3 you find yourself craving more creepy laughter, scary whispering, dark corners and minions from Hell, go out and buy DOOM 3: Resurrection of Evil… you’ll definitely like it.


Review ID Number: 638
  Product Details
Activision
Review Date: 2005-11-27
Reviewer: Shawn Sardy
Rating: 9 out of 10
 
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