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Review: Doom (1993)
At a Glance
|ESRB Rating:||M - Mature Audiences|
|My Rating:||Ages 13 and up|
|Genre:||First Person Shooter|
|Review Published On:||January 16th, 2017|
|Played on:||Martha & Thaddeus|
This depends on the source port you're using. The original game only had a manual save using save slots, and even then it only recorded your progress at the start of a level. Newer source ports can feature autosaves or allow you to save in the middle of a level.
Despite this game's age, there's a lot of blood, gore, and violence. Today, it's still enough to be worthy of an M rating, but it's fairly tame compared to newer games.
In answer to the call, a group of elite marines were sent to the moons to secure the laboratories and contain the breach. While most of these soldiers rushed into the fray, one lone rookie was left behind to guard the transport ship. Soon, the sounds of the fighting stopped, and the radio links fell silent. Alone and without orders, the rookie decided to investigate the situation, and if necessary, complete the mission himself. Thus began one of the most famous adventures in gaming history.
This adventure also proved to be one of the most controversial stories, and it's not terribly hard to see why. Doom was one of the bloodiest games on the market at the time, and its demonic themes only made it more disturbing. It's still somewhat controversial today, though a lot of people have shifted their focus to other titles, including other games in this franchise.
Yet, despite the controversies and bad press, Doom has maintained its popularity. More than twenty years later, it's still being sold and played by a large and active playerbase. Simply put, Doom just does a lot of things right, making it a very tough act to follow.
This is definitely NOT a game little kids should be playing, but if you're mature enough to handle in the imagery and concepts features in this game, I'd highly recommend giving both Doom and its sequel a go.
Points of Interest
Additionally, players can create and distribute their own levels and other game content. Unfortunately, this has led to some problems in the past, as as show below.
Fans have also found other ways to keep the game entertaining, such as sharing their speedrun attempts or inventing challenges. One of the harder challenges that's popular is known as a "pacifist run"; basically, the player attempts to clear levels without fighting the game's monsters -- not exactly an easy thing to accomplish.
Concerns and Issues
Certain actions or situations also produce a larger mess. For example, crushing traps will turn any body into a bloody smear, and anyone caught too close to an explosion will be blown into a pile of meaty chunks (known as gibs) rather than show their character's normal death animation.
That said, some bad language can still be found here and there. Examples include the f-word being used in the name of the game's most famous weapon and the story portions shown at the end of a chapter include words like "badass" or "bastards".
An important thing to remember about all of this is that the demons and their world is always shown as alien and wrong. At no point are the demons or their things treated in a positive light.
But, as much as people want to say games corrupted these teens, it doesn't look like that was the case. Instead, it looks like it was the other way around: these troubled kids frequently searched out violent entertainment, and this morbid fascination with dark subject matter continued beyond their gaming habits. According to the wikipedia page on them, they also had an unsettling interest in events like the Oklahoma City Bombing and the Waco siege.
For more reading, I'd suggest having a look at the Doom Fan Wiki, which has a page covering the incident.
The first and perhaps most popular rumor about Doom is that the player is assisting Satan's attempt to take over the world. Such a game would indeed be troubling, but it also wouldn't be Doom. In this game, you're explicitly trying to stop the demonic invasion, and all demons you see are enemies to be fought against. Additionally, Satan doesn't appear in any game in the Doom franchise; the being behind Hell's invasion is either a powerful demon known as the Spider Mastermind (Doom 1 & 2) or a human that decided to side with Hell for one reason or another (Doom 3 & 4).
The second common claim about this franchise is that you're encouraged to kill innocent people. At the time, this rumor was completely false: there aren't any humans in the first two Doom games. All of the "humans" you see are actually demonically possessed human corpses, and the games even call them "former humans". However, this changed in Doom 3, where there are other people who survived the initial invasion and you can choose to kill them. This is only way to acquire certain optional items, which takes the third game in the series into some questionable territory.