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The Ultimate DOOM

MobyRank MobyScore
Macintosh
...
4.3
iPad
...
4.2
DOS
82
4.3

User Reviews

The beginning of (a love story with) FPS Windows vicrabb (6981)
Prepare to meet thy doom! DOS *Katakis* (37800)
What more could possibly be said? DOS Paul Budd (333)
A pointless extension to the original masterpiece. DOS Tomer Gabel (4388)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
DOS 65 4.3
iPad 3 4.2
iPhone 4 4.4
Macintosh 5 4.3
Windows 26 4.5
Xbox 360 17 3.5
Combined MobyScore 120 4.2


The Press Says

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100
Xbox 360BlogCritics Magazine
As of the current roster, Doom quickly rises to the status of best retro title for the Live Arcade. Playing this classic on Xbox Live feels like a natural pairing of two perfectly compatible objects. The intensity, fun factor, and lengthy single player campaign make the $10 price meaningless.
100
Xbox 360GotNext
Monotonous, unintelligent, childish in its “you against the world” creed, and all around insanely brilliant, DOOM fills you and me with a sense of illicit, invincible power. The same that prompted Eric Harris to proclaim that holding his shotgun was just “like fucking DOOM.” Room after room, corridor after corridor, we become messiah of a painful, limited world.
90
WindowsJust Games Retro
If you’ve bought Doom since 1996, this is almost certainly the version you’ve come out with, making this review almost entirely academic. If you’ve been wondering about that fourth episode though, well, now you know. Its stunning difficulty spike is due to a few years of Doom development between it and the first three, and it is entirely built for and intended for the fans that took down Doom and Doom II and still wanted more. Even id seems to suggest that the episode is strictly optional with a throwaway gag plot, but hey… those demons had to pay for what they did to Daisy.
90
DOSJust Games Retro
If you’ve bought Doom since 1996, this is almost certainly the version you’ve come out with, making this review almost entirely academic. If you’ve been wondering about that fourth episode though, well, now you know. Its stunning difficulty spike is due to a few years of Doom development between it and the first three, and it is entirely built for and intended for the fans that took down Doom and Doom II and still wanted more. Even id seems to suggest that the episode is strictly optional with a throwaway gag plot, but hey… those demons had to pay for what they did to Daisy.
90
iPhoneTouchGen
Overall this is another stellar effort in retro FPS gaming from id. But while it is an almost perfect rendition of the game, the strafing problem with the default controls will annoy die-hard fans, making this version of DOOM more of a mobile companion piece, than the definitive version.
90
DOSGameSpot
Even now, The Ultimate Doom remains ultimately playable, thanks in large part to the original design that allowed hackers to program their own levels. Doom isn't just a game, it's an environment. I can remember talking with a gearhead buddy of mine, discussing the use of the Doom engine as an operating environment for the office. “Yeah, I've got those third-quarter figures for you in an Excel spreadsheet,” you might e-mail a colleague. “You'll find it in the basement, next to the Baron of Hell. See you at the meeting.”
90
WindowsGameSpot
Even now, The Ultimate Doom remains ultimately playable, thanks in large part to the original design that allowed hackers to program their own levels. Doom isn't just a game, it's an environment. I can remember talking with a gearhead buddy of mine, discussing the use of the Doom engine as an operating environment for the office. “Yeah, I've got those third-quarter figures for you in an Excel spreadsheet,” you might e-mail a colleague. “You'll find it in the basement, next to the Baron of Hell. See you at the meeting.”
90
Xbox 360Cheat Code Central
It’s obvious that Doom is a gaming classic that revolutionized the industry and set the bar for FPSs for years. In fact, before the term “First Person Shooter” was coined, journalists and industry insiders would often just label a game a “Doom Clone.” For an Xbox Live Arcade release, Microsoft only needed to provide the original game with all its bells and whistles to score points, and it has done exactly that. While other faithful ports of have seen their fair share of action on Live already, Doom trumps them all with its intense action and countless secrets. Anyone who can download this game owes it to themselves to relive this classic from beginning to end.
90
Xbox 360Digital Press - Classic Video Games
As of the current roster, Doom quickly rises to the status of best retro title on the Live Arcade. Playing this classic on Xbox Live feels like a natural pairing of two perfectly compatible objects. The intensity, fun factor, and lengthy single player campaign make the $10 price meaningless.
90
Xbox 360Extreme Gamer
There is no other shooter that could be more exciting to have on Xbox Live Arcade then Doom. Doom is a classic and like I mentioned above, it still holds up after ten years. If you at all interested download the demo, or plunge right in and start the demon slaying. You really can't go wrong if you enjoy classic games, or first person shooters. The gates are open, now go login and send those space demons back to hell.
90
Xbox 360Gamer.nl
Waarom wel: Doom blijft ook nu nog een hele sterke game. Het spel is nagenoeg perfect overgezet naar de Xbox 360.
Waarom niet: Gewend aan de nieuwste graphics, kunnen de sprites van Doom een afknapper zijn. Online gameplay loopt niet altijd even vloeiend.
90
Xbox 360Eurogamer.net (UK)
In case there wasn't enough love expressed towards Doom in this review, let me say it again for emphasis - Doom is the rarest of retro games, in that you can enjoy it just as much as you did when it was first released. Better still, you can appreciate it with the benefit of 20-20 hindsight, and see not only how enormously influential it is, but how perfect its design was from the very beginning. Were Nerve to find a remedy to the online multiplayer niggles we'd be looking at a must-have 10, but for now, a nine sounds fine to me. Go treat yourself to a true gaming masterpiece.
90
Xbox 360TeamXbox
Xbox Live Arcade is all about bringing classic games to your Xbox 360. However, most of the games so far have been well-known arcade titles, such as Pac-Man, Joust and Galaga. In an effort to broaden the scope of titles it’s offering, Microsoft has teamed with id Software and Nerve Software to bring Xbox Live Arcade players a computer-game classic: 1993’s Doom.
88
DOSSpazio Games
Stiamo parlando di storia dei videogiochi e Ultimate Doom va trattato come tale visto ciò che rappresenta. E’ incredibile come un franchise prodotto 15 anni fa possa rivelarsi così fresco e divertente (ovviando naturalmente all’aspetto grafico) distinguendosi grazie alle sue caratteristiche principali ed un indice di rigiocabilità ragguardevole. Il game traspira un eccezionale coinvolgimento emotivo portandoci all’immedesimazione totale nel protagonista. Ancora oggi Ultimate Doom è un titolo imperdibile che non può proprio mancare nella nostra collezione.
85
Xbox 360XboxFrance
Avec une adaptation sur console nouvelle génération, Doom frappe fort et signe ainsi un retour en force digne des plus grands ! Une ambiance qui colle totalement à celle du titre d'origine, des graphismes devenus cultes (tout comme le jeu) très bien rendus dans cette version Xbox Live Arcade et un personnage toujours aussi charismatique font de Doom un incontournable du marketplace de la Xbox 360 qui devrait être possédé par toute personne ayant touché ou frôlé l'univers du soft. En bref, les fans seront aux anges et les nouveaux venus (principalement jeunes) auront ici une occasion unique de redécouvrir l'un des monstres de l'histoire du jeu vidéo.
85
Xbox 360Deeko
Overall, DOOM for XBLA is a great game. Yes, it's an old game that's been ported countless times, but it's also a great addition to the arcade library, and a blast to play with the features of Xbox Live. I can't for the life of me think of any FPS fan with a 360 who wouldn't want this game, and the price is but a nominal fee. I mean, honestly, for ten bucks, you get a piece of gaming pie that will feed you again and again. For ten bucks, you get a piece of history. Sure, you may have had a piece of this pie already, but who the hell turns down a slice of extraordinarily delicious pie when their offered it again and again? Not me.
83
Xbox 360UGO (UnderGroundOnline)
The question of whether to pick up Doom for XBLA relies heavily on whether you're desperate for a solid port of a game you've probably played ten times over. The online co-op and deathmatch will probably seal the deal for most, but if you're still on the fence, give the demo a shot. It allows you to play a single-player level and try a little split screen deathmatch, as well. After that, plunking down the ten bucks shouldn't be hard at all.
81
Xbox 360IGN
Doom packs a mixture of options. You can play through the full original game in five difficulty levels (I'm too young to die! Hey, Not too rough!, Hurt me Plenty!, Ultra-Violence, and Nightmare) just like the original, and the hilarious old HUD with the changing animation of your marine's face returns with as much sick humor in the original. The game doesn't support a wide screen option (though you can cheat by stretching it to get a wider view). And you can't change the shooting option at all; there is just one controller setting. Doom naturally supports some nicely placed Achievements (some easy, some medium, and a few hard ones), leaderboards for both single-player and multiplayer gamers, and it offers voice support.
80
Xbox 360Arbetarbladet
Och trots att jag så många gånger gjort upp med helvetets horder i de trånga korridorerna så kan den här primitiva klassikern fortfarande ge mig samma skrämselhicka som för 20 år sedan. Med tanke på att grafiken ser rent för djäklig ut och ackompanjeras av skraltig midi-musik så är väl det bevis nog på att det här faktiskt är en klassiker som håller än – konstigt nog.
80
DOSGameSpy
There are very few PC games that I know I'll always keep on hand, and DOOM is first and foremost among them. Whether I want to make a quick jaunt through one level or slog my way through an entire episode, id's early, surprising masterwork rarely fails to please.
80
iPhoneIGN UK
DOOM Classic not only recreates the classic shooter gameplay, but intelligently tailors it for the iPhone. id really put some thought into making the landmark shooter accessible to multiple audiences. The freedom for the user to customize their own controls is impressive. Thanks to this, Doom Classic has no problem holding its own against newer shooters. It even bests a few of them.
80
iPhone148apps
Overall, Doom Classic for iPhone is a worthy port of a retro gaming classic. A nostalgia title recommended for fans of the franchise, iD Software have managed to pull off bringing the game to the iPhone, in a user intuitive and graphically pleasing way. While I found the game could do with a few more control tweaking options, this can be overlooked (in a way), by the amount of content packaged within this port, and your bang for buck.
80
iPhoneEurogamer.net (UK)
While some players may find Doom a little too twitchy an experience for the iPhone, Classic succeeds because the basic formula is so beautifully uncomplicated: a series of rudimentary pleasures ranging from spotting something nasty, through to blowing it to pieces, and then stepping over the corpse. As such, early FPS titles like this and Wolfenstein show that shooters can work on a system with no buttons if they keep things simple. When it comes to the iPhone, it's probably wise to party like it's 1993.
80
Xbox 360UOL Jogos
"Doom" mostra que envelheceu bem com o tempo. Por mais que seja uma tecnologia de 13 anos atrás, não deixa de surpreender, ainda mais com os recursos da época. E o título em si é um primor de design de jogo, superior em desafio e experiência que muitos games modernos, já que, o mais importante num game são suas idéias. É certo que o modo multiplayer em deathmatch poderia ser um pouco mais equilibrado, mas, se você é fã de jogos de tiro em primeira pessoa, terá muito a destrinchar com esse clássico, e ainda saber as origens do gênero. Também é uma ótima oportunidade para quem não conhece o estilo começar com um verdadeiro game histórico.
80
MacintoshHigh Score
I jämförelse med Doom 2 är inte din hagelbössa dubbelpipig och de värsta monstren saknas också. Men spelet är djälvulusikt svårt och ett måste för alla Doomfans. På min PowerMac 6100/60 fungerade både ljud och bild perfekt.
80
Xbox 360Video Game Talk
Doom is a classic and is left completely unspoiled on Live Arcade with the exception of the laggy multiplayer. If you've never played this series and you'd like to start from the beginning I say go for it. If you loved playing through the single player years ago and would like to do it all over again, then it's more than worth it. Just playing the single player mode will keep you occupied for hours and the online co-op play can make for a casual good time with a friend. Costing 800 marketplace points can be a deterrent for some people but I say it's well worth it. Recommended
80
MacintoshMac Gamer
Doom for the Mac is a more than worthy conversion, but as alluded to earlier, it has been a long time in coming. While a classic, this game has been surpassed in almost every aspect of game play by more recent titles of the same genre such as Marathon, Marathon 2: Durandal (both mac-only titles), Dark Forces, and Descent. Doom's main strengths lie in it's history (it is the original), the huge number of WAD levels available, and it's cross-platform network play.
80
Xbox 360360gamer
Lately we’ve been bemoaning the lack of real classics on Arcade but Doom is a genuine old-skool joy. Perhaps it’s only because we played the original so much that we’ve immediately fallen in love with it all over again. Modern gamers who like to aim up and enter stealth mode will probably turn their nose up at it. Whereas all you gamers in your 20s are probably playing as we type. Now we just want Doom II.
75
MacintoshJoystick (French)
À réserver donc aux fanatiques de Doom ou à ceux ne possédant pas encore ce classique.
75
Xbox 360Game Over Online
Fun fact: For a little over the $10 (800 Microsoft Points) you’ll spend on DOOM for Xbox Live Arcade, you can purchase a used copy of DOOM 3 for the Xbox (backwards compatible with the Xbox 360) that includes DOOM and DOOM II bundled with it. Of course, you wouldn’t get the split-screen co-op and multiplayer modes, or the 200 Achievement Points. For those reasons alone it’s arguably worth buying DOOM one more time, but just keep in mind that while the singleplayer and offline multiplayer components hold their own, trying to play the game online could literally be a trip through hell.
73
Xbox 360GameSpot
Doom holds up well and still manages to be fun after all these years. On top of that, there's a lot to it, making it a great value at its $10 price tag. But if you're already certain that you've had enough Doom for one lifetime, this faithful translation probably won't resell you on the game.
70
iPhonePocket Gamer UK
Nevertheless, this is a game that remains playable more than a decade later, its go-to-Hell gameplay still shaping the genre it helped create. Without online play and a bigger suite of control options, Doom Classic isn't a convincing enough re-release to sway anyone who doesn't know its history.
61
Xbox 360TalkXbox
I don’t care what anyone says, Doom was a masterpiece thirteen years ago and it’s a masterpiece here in 2006. Some will argue that video games have technically progressed to such an immense extent that playing a decade old game is unbearable. I’ll admit, this is the literal case with most classics, but Doom is different. While it may pale in comparison to today’s shooters visually, its level design is still among the best in the industry. And unlike Doom 3, you can actually see where you’re going. This particular version of Doom is a slight disappointment in that its Xbox Live facet is a tad skewed, but this is only a minor drawback due to it only retailing at around ten bucks. Additionally, its main selling point is without a doubt its brilliant single-player experience. Playing the game that arguably revolutionized the FPS genre on a next-generational console is surreal. Highly recommended.
60
iPhoneModojo
Other than that, it's DOOM. The designers made no efforts to revamp the visuals and audio, or create episodes exclusive to the iPhone version. Sure, this classic provides several hours of fun, but we couldn't play it for more than 30 minutes at a time. Probably has something to do with knowing the exact locations of the key cards, weapons and monsters. Still, despite the old hat gameplay and awkward controls, it's one of the iPhone's best first person shooters. Just don't expect anything revolutionary.
60
DOSHigh Score
Har man inte redan första Doom är det här ett mycket trevligt röjarpaket, annars är det inte värt pengarna bara för en extrabana.
50
Xbox 3601UP
Once upon a time, Doom fans played perfectly smooth online matches using 100MHz PCs over dial-up connections -- despite the fact that netplay wasn't even officially supported by the game. So we'd love an explanation for the fact that the Xbox 360, with its multi-GHz cores and high-speed broadband capabilities, doesn't even come close to a third-party kludge that worked perfectly on 10-year-old tech.