The Ultimate Doom

DOS game, 1995

Genre:
Action
Year:
1995
Developer:
id Software
Publisher:
id Software
Perspective:
1st-person
Theme:
Sci-Fi / Futuristic, Shooter, Horror, 3D action
Releases:
DOS (1995), Macintosh (1995), Windows (1996)
Also known as:
The Ultimate Doom: Thy Flesh Consumed, DOOM: Special Edition, DOOM (1993)

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Doom was a game that made a mega hit on the world, and in 1995 a completely new episode IV was added to this game. The Ultimate Doom is a re-release of the first Doom, enriched with a brand new episode Thy Flesh Consumed. Story? Well ... the demons came and the Marines died. Except for one. You are the last line of defense against the excesses of hell. Get ready for the most intense action full of mutants and blood! The textures of this virtual world are so real that you don't play Doom here - you experience Doom here. …read more

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Doom was a game that made a mega hit on the world, and in 1995 a completely new episode IV was added to this game. The Ultimate Doom is a re-release of the first Doom, enriched with a brand new episode Thy Flesh Consumed. Story? Well ... the demons came and the Marines died. Except for one. You are the last line of defense against the excesses of hell. Get ready for the most intense action full of mutants and blood! The textures of this virtual world are so real that you don't play Doom here - you experience Doom here.

The Ultimate DOOM will take you away from everything you've ever experienced. Not only do you get all three original episodes - with 27 levels of explosive voltage; what completely overwhelms you is a completely new episode: Thy Flesh Consumed. When you thought you were quite good at DOOM, you would be struck by the perfect tirana of hatred. Destroy the madness and master seven more levels you've never seen before! These levels are so incredibly difficult ... in the first 27 levels you will remember them as a summer walk!

The creative team, consisting of already established members of id Soft (John Romero, American McGee and Shawn Green) was supplemented by fresh additions from the community - John "Dr. Sleep” Anderson and Tim Willits. The result of the design work is the fourth episode including eight regular levels and a ninth secret one. The graphic designers could enjoy a peaceful vacation, as there are no new textures in the game and everything is taken from the original Doom. The maps bear the traditional "id" quality seal of master designers. However, I must point out that the overall sound of the fourth episode is not as perfect as the original game.

Its levels are collectively endowed with biblical names, but Thy Flesh Consumed does not fit into the unified concept of the Doom universe and is basically just a bonus collection of new maps without a closer story outline. While the environment of the previous parts of Doom organically followed each other, here I did not observe consistency and logic. Are we on Mars? In hell? On the ground ? Unfortunately, we will not know that and we can only speculate. The style of the environment is constantly changing, so there is no shortage of colorful and unique locations, but there is a lack of a unified conceptual focus.

In addition, there is a certain imbalance in difficulty. With data disks, it is usual that its bar is set quite high. However, the first two maps are somewhat overshot. And that, even if we play in the form of a campaign. In the very first level, we will face several hell barons who are practically impossible to kill with the available ammunition, at least for the average player. The second level is perhaps even more challenging, balancing on wooden columns over acid and a numerous charge of enemies led by a cyber demon in the guard booth will deplete our health even more. However, if we manage to get through the second map, then with complete weapon equipment, the next playthrough of the game is acceptable for the player, and the difficulty roughly corresponds to Doom II.

80% for Ultimate Doom thus corresponds to the impressions of the fourth episode. A collection of excellent levels, which, however, compared to the previous episodes, is not as ultimate as the name of the whole game.

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