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More Doom Eternal CONTENT!! What could possibly go wrong!!

So to begin with the DLC is in two parts which is fine but .. costly..20$ a pop.. Now the content for DLC 1 is pretty long and worth the money. You learn more about the lore, find some interesting puzzles and even deal with some new monsters. Which is fun and difficult as it’s adding to the story of Doom Eternal. So don’t expect an easy ride! If you didn’t finish Doom Eternal don’t play the DLC thinking it’s going to give you a learning curve… IT WON’T!

Much of what you learned from the base game is important to keep in mind for the DLC. You must be comfortable with using bombs, the chainsaw, understanding the weapon timing, and so on. The lore takes us into a interesting part of the lore and while I don’t want to spoil anything I WILL say it’s FILLED!! with content about the slayers past and the demons. Fun little details that I think make it worth the price point.

Part two introduces some new weapon mechanics, some newish..monsters?…kind of… puzzles and of course continues directly after DLC 1. It’s shorter in terms of content but brutally harder than DLC 1. You deal with a great deal coming at you and at times it can be frustrating but once you figure out patterns and again learn more about how everything works.. it’s fairly easy to progress.

Lots of crazy stuff happens in the lore with this DLC and it’s supppppper cool to see it all go down the way it does! However again it’s short and sweet. Personally I don’t know why they cut it up into two parts. It feels like 1 arch for the story but maybe cause of development…who knows? Do I think we will see a part 3….MAYBE!! but only time will tell…meh

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Having Finished the main Campaign of the game I am pleased to say it’s an amazing game and I want to go into full detail as to why but as always without Spoilers!… So here we..go

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To begin with playing any Doom game can be a bit of a lesson on the type of gamer you are. Every Doom game starts out the same way. Learn the basics and in this part of the series it plays out the same way..sorta. You will learn the basics of Movement in stage 1..  Jumps, Dashes, Double Jumps and New Climbs.  You learn the basics of aiming “Which is Vital in this game.. You aren’t going to be able to just Super Shotgun every enemy and expect to win”..It starts out very easy and I think anyone who has ever played a Doom game will understand this is to be expected.. You will learn quickly also that just Glory killing every enemy is a BIG MISTAKE! “Glory kills is what you do at the end of an enemies life” While doing so will give you health.. Understanding that you MUST use the Chainsaw to accumulate Ammo becomes also a Vital part of strategy.

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Strategy not exactly a thing you would think much about while playing a Doom game or really even a shooter for that matter is important this time around. Resource management becomes also important but not in the way that you would think. The resources are really the lesser Demons “Enemies” in this game. Figuring out who to kill for health “Glory Kills”, Ammunition “Chainsaw kills”, and Armor “Flame Belch” becomes Vital on the second stage of the game on.  It’s just not collect ammo as you go along anymore. You will be tested by the enemies on which way to deal with what is thrown at you.

While in the past most Doom games are pretty straight forward.. Find Red, Blue, and Yellow Keys move on to the next stage collect strong weapons. This was changed in Doom 2016 with more of a Linear story telling. That same Linear story telling comes with Doom Eternal but this time it’s far more Exploratory. Telling the story thru Reading Codex entries and expanding on the Main story isn’t Required but for a fan of the series it’s a fun thing to do. It doesn’t force any of those details on the player it’s all just added if you want it. Explore for fun but keep the pacing going.screen3

Pacing is very important with this game because it does become very much like a fast chess game mixed with puzzle elements. Upgrading the weapons, The armor, and even character Modifications becomes part of that mix also. While it’s expanded menu is bigger than prior games it’s not overwhelming to figure out. Basic knowledge on what works and doesn’t is pretty self explanatory based on what you are dealing with at the time.screen1

As with prior Doom games which left an element of why should I pick up a better weapon when this one is doing the job fine. This game does not LET YOU DO THAT.. Some weapons will kill an enemy easier than others, while some weapons give you different variations on how to deal with the situations you will be put in. You are given normal Frag Grenades, New Ice Grenades, and a third weapons that will help but are limited to time and storage. Again this game is very heavy on the strategy which is awesome to see this being the 5th game in the series.

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In terms of new content it isn’t just limited to the story. You will see new enemies, updates to some old ones, brand new weapons, a fun home base element which homes everything you collect and a TON OF FAN service for people who have been playing the series since 1993. Fun is always priority with this game and it will poke at a violent Saturday Morning Cartoon kinda charm to it that only the Doom series really can deliver.

Personally I am super pleased with the experience. More than happy with what I payed for the game and the content I received.  While I went the more expensive route with the game it’s still the average price point of about 60$ and really for the price you are given a full experience that is more than valued by the amount of content you are paying for. It has tons of replay-ability and I still have yet to even dive into the online .. WHICH I WILL GET TO IN PART 2!

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With the release of Doom Eternal “The latest in the Doom series”.. a Re-release of 1997s Nintendo 64 Doom 64 has been released for current gen Consoles. I have already finished it and played thru all of the game and here is what I have to say about probably my favorite in the series.. so.. here.. we go..

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Doom 64 to start with is a game I have written about several times in the past.

https://videogamesalexander.wordpress.com/2011/10/30/something-for-now-till-darkness-is-finish-here-is-doom-64/

It’s without question one of the games I would recommend on my top 3 games of all time. It has atmosphere and a feeling to it that is both simple and Creepy at times but always full of action. With this being ported to current gen games I was a bit worries we would get a poor copy of the amazing experience we had in 97 however I was pleasantly surprised to find that the game holds up VERY WELL!

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The graphics while dated of course are clear and adjusted extremely well for HD. While basic in it’s design but amazing for it’s time. This translation of the game is everything a person who didn’t play the game would want. It controls are simple as it was in 97 and the sound design holds up perfect for the experience. Everything was translated to this port in a perfect art.

Zero load times, smoother than the original frame rate and a slightly faster running speed that really can only be noticed while fighting off some monsters that otherwise weren’t a problem before are now. It’s perfect and exactly what any Doom fan would want out of a translation. screen3

Now people who pre ordered DOOM Eternal will receive the game for free which clearly is a STEAL!! However if you didn’t preorder the game you can still get it for 4.99$.  Which again is a steal.. Now why would anyone who already owned this game buy it?.. Well three changes I noticed that made it worth the price. First ADDED LEVELS!! Yeap they added a entirely NEW chapter to the game called THE LOST LEVELS… This was in prep for Doom Eternal.. and while I will say they are fun to play and give a little more insight into the story of Doom 2016. It more than made for the price point of 5$..

Second thing I noticed is that on the Nintendo Switch Version of the game it has a tracking Movement control. Doesn’t sound very interesting but it’s a cool thing to see. You move the switch motion Left.. The guy moves left… so you get it.. The other odd change I noticed which really was the ONLY change to the game was that medical boxes are BLUE …Not Red Crossed.. my guess .. Copyright or something… Either way.. YOU SHOULD PLAY IT IF YOU HAVEN’T!! it cost less than a pizza… Why wouldn’t you buy it??