I’m checking in from up at Momma’s Corner as we headed up here yesterday to visit overnight. But before we left a buddy of mine brought over a copy of DOOM 3 so I could try it out on my PC and see how well it would run and what it was like. All I can say is…
Not your ordinary kind-of-surprised wow, but a sincere haven’t-seen-anything-like-this-before wow. The original Resident Evil was the last game to actually make me jump while playing it until this one came along. It’s definitely moved up a bit on my I-should-buy-this-soon list. Surprisingly, my system runs it pretty well considering it’s “only” an AMD Athlon XP 2500+ with a Radeon 9700 Pro video card. Granted, I’m at 800×600 with only medium quality set (and that makes for some pauses during the scripted story sequences) when I’m used to running in 1280×1024 for most games or at least 1024×768, but even at 640×480 it looks great. It does a great job of instilling a sense of panic as well from the ultra-realistic light and shadows to the ambient sounds of people being slaughtered by demons on the other side of a wall. The whole experience is like what you’d get if you took the Aliens movies and replaced the aliens with demons and zombies.
I have no idea how the game ends as this was just something to give me a taste of it and see how well my system would perform with it. DOOM 3 is one of the few games to come along as of late to really put your computer system through the grinder if you want to play it at high resolution with all the bells and whistles turned on, though it’ll run pretty well on a fairly low-end system if it needs to which is quite an accomplishment. It’s definitely got me thinking about what the next system I build will have in it in terms of hardware (it appears the AMD Athlon 64 processors are the best for running this game) even though it’ll be awhile before I can afford to build a new one.
Anyway, I was indeed impressed and it’s a great step up from the DOOMs of years past. I can’t wait to see what other companies do with this engine once they license it and it’s probably a safe bet that many of them already have.