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DOOM Eternal review
by NafaryusDestiny

I can't recommend this game solely because of Marauders. They are the single worst designed enemy in any DOOM game to date. As for the rest of the game, the level design is overall worse than DOOM 2016, and there's a tacked on progression system that feels like it locking you out of Doomguy's full kit. To get fully upgraded, you have to take a break from the action and go on a scavenger hunt around each level. Any one of these things would have been okay on their own, but all of it together makes this a subpar game when compared to 2016.

Some others have said the combat system itself is overloaded. I have to agree, but I don't see this as a negative. You absolutely HAVE to use all of the tools available to you, including several skills that are all on different cooldowns, in order to survive on the two hardest difficulties. This results in extremely frantic combat. I enjoy it, but I can see this being a downside for some. 

The level design is just... baffling? They kept the "arena" focused design of DOOM 2016, but made the arenas extremely difficult to navigate effectively, with pits to avoid, sticky goo that prevents you from moving, slower movement speed, a rechargeable dash, and monkey bars (?). I found myself distracted with the environment and hunting for ammo/trash mobs entirely too often. 

Subpar level design, tacky progression systems, terribly low ammo pools, and Marauders being overall terrible make DOOM Eternal a disappointment. 

I echo a lot of the thoughts in the following review. I strongly recommend reading it if you're interested in DOOM Eternal.

Other reviews23

«Just one more turn»
Completed as of writing this review: Base Game with some optional things.

Do you really scroll to see a constructive review for this amazing game? You're only wasting your time. This is a masterpiece of Old-School Shooters and you really need to play it, if you want some non-stop hardcore shooting action!
«Blew my mind»
«Can’t stop playing»
Probably the most engaging FPS ever made.

Got filtered/10
«Constantly dying and enjoy it»
«OST on repeat»
«Blew my mind»
«Constantly dying and enjoy it»
Just completed today and this is a really solid evolution from 2016's gameplay. Definitely significantly more challenging as well. I like the gameplay loop more here than 2016's since you're not reliant on ammo/armor/health pickups around levels. The combat is very fast paced as a result (and the demons match this). This game is definitely not forgiving if you don't have everything down or if you slip up.

The combat is further improved here by giving enemies specific weaknesses which allows for more mastery of mechanics instead of them just being bullet sponges. Idk how i feel about the game telling you enemy weakpoints before you even encounter them for the first time (should maybe have to figure it out on your own initially) but it sure as hell saved me a lot of strife. Facing axe-bro with no knowledge beforehand might be a little rough. 

The increased movement capabilities are also amazing. I just love how fast this game moves.

Once again, the soundtrack SLAPPZ. My playthrough was probably 30 minutes longer than it should have been because i was jamming to the menu music. 

Lore is further expanded here and i'm very down with it. 

A few cons of this though
- Had some performance issues (playing ps4 version on ps5). In the grand scheme this didn't affect my playthrough that much but this definitely wasn't flawless like 2016 was. Had some frame rate drops, glitched through the map twice. At points i couldn't glory kill enemies, had perpetual stun flashing, also couldn't fire at one point. 
- The design of one particular level was not great imo. 

Overall another must-play fps.
«Constantly dying and enjoy it»
«OST on repeat»
In my opinion, this is the greatest FPS game ever made. It took the excellent Doom 2016 game and improved upon it in basically every aspect to the point where the 2016 game simply feels obsolete and sluggish compared to Eternal. This game makes you play smart and it's such a refreshing experience compared to every other FPS game I've ever played. You can't brute force the game with a Super Shotgun and you have incentive to use every weapon and weapon mod at your disposal. Health, armor and ammo being tied to glory kills, flame belch and the chainsaw is straightforward and despite some people saying Eternal's difficulty is nigh-impossible, you have a lot more chances to survive than you ever did in 2016. The combat flows so smoothly as well; being able to dash and double jump feels so good, each weapon feels great to use, each weapon mod has a purpose and is great against a specific enemy, grenades being a fired by a launcher on your back instead of wasting precious seconds arming and throwing them, health and armor upgrades unlocking additional bonus abilities when you unlock them in a certain order. Enemy designs are all fantastic and look very much like they did in the OG DOOM and DOOM II (so do the weapons). Mick Gordon's soundtrack is one of my favorite in any video game, rarely does an OST flow so perfectly with the combat. Lore is pretty interesting and the codex entries are always fun to read. The platforming also isn't that bad and I don't understand all the hate towards it. It's nothing special and it's over in a few seconds. The id engine is the stuff of miracles; it runs so smoothly and the areas look gorgeous, whether it's the hell-torn cities of Earth, the eerie calm of Sentinel Prime, the technologically advanced Urdak, or the landscapes of Mars. 

This isn't even covering the Master Levels or the DLCs which are also amazing (albeit DLC 1 >>> DLC 2 overall).

id Software has created a masterpiece and it's a real shame that it wasn't recognized at all in any game awards. I'm going to savor this game for as long as possible, because it's going to be a very long time before we get anything remotely close to the quality of this game. 
«Blew my mind»
«Constantly dying and enjoy it»
Just amazing
«Blew my mind»
The pacing is to die for... over an over that is.
«Can’t stop playing»
It's fun, only 2 negatives which is ammo constraints and the marauder being pretty annoying. Other than that, play this and expect to enjoy ripping and tearing