Review by JonWood007

Reviewed: 12/25/07

Not as good as Doom 3, but decent

Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil is an expansion of Doom 3. It takes place about two years after Doom 3 did. People are back on Mars and are still experimenting with portal technology and digging up artifacts. ROE is good, but I do not think it is as good as the original Doom 3 was.

Graphics- 10/10

As was the case with Doom 3, the graphics in its expansion are also excellent. Everything looks extremely realistic for the original Xbox.

Audio- 10/10

Likewise, the audio of Doom 3 is also excellent, from the sounds of Hell to the snarls of the monsters.

Controls- 8/10

The controls are basically the same as the original Doom 3. They sometimes take a little while to get used to, but once you do, there are few problems. However, one problem is that the quick selection is very sensitive and sometimes you will grab a plasma rifle when you want the shotgun. This can be costly in battle.

Game Play- 13/20

This is where the game falls flat on itself. This game has a horrible frame rate at times. Sometimes, when you need to deal with several monsters at once, and the game will slow down. A lot of background machinery also affects the frame rate. This can lead to a bad game play experience. However, the cause for this might be the Xbox 360 patch, since the original Doom 3 had similar graphics, but no problems.

On the bright side, there is a variety of new elements to the game play. Instead of the Soul Cube, there is another artifact that has several powers such as berserker mode, "hell time" (which slows the entire game down while your movements remain unaffected), and even invincibility. There are also new monsters such as a more powerful version of the Hell Knight and a more powerful version of the Imp. There are also new weapons such as the grabber and the super shotgun.

Fun Factor- 14/20

As I mentioned, this game often suffers from bad frame rate, and when the frame rate is bad, this game is not very fun.

However, this game is very fun when the frame rate is not acting up. It is possibly better than the original Doom 3 in that respect.

Game Length / Replay Value- 16/20

Overall, the actual campaign of this game is very short. It should take around 5 or 6 hours to complete. Compared to the 40 levels of Doom 3, this only has around 20. However, being an expansion, it is not a surprise that it is short.

On the bright side, previous Doom games are available with this game, which drastically adds to the replay value. Ultimate Doom, Doom 2, and the Master Levels of Doom 2 (A.K.A. Final Doom) are also available on the disc. Many people have already played these through and are bored with them, but if you have not and have always wanted to, you could buy this and play them. Combined, these should take around 30 hours to complete.

Difficulty / Learning Curve- 8/10

This game suffers from a steep learning curve. It assumes you have already played through Doom 3, and starts you out hard. In the second level you fight your first boss, which is basically a floating Hell Knight that is only vulnerable to plasma. At that point, you do not have a plasma gun, so instead you must use the grabber to defeat it by grabbing plasma and throwing it.

I also find health to be rather scarce in this game and the new monsters hit hard. I find it to be harder than the original Doom 3. The difficulty drops to normal once you get the Super Shotgun, but it picks up again 75% through the game and stays hard until you beat the game.

Overall- 79% (8/10)

Overall, Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil is worth picking up if you can find it cheap. However, do not expect it to be a masterpiece like Doom 3 was. Also, if you have a 360, beware of potential frame rate problems.

Rating: 8

Product Release: DOOM 3: Resurrection of Evil (US, 10/05/05)

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