Yesterday afternoon I went down to Game Stop and bought Doom 3 and its expansion pack.
This is a very difficult game. I suspect that you have to be an excellent FPS player to do well at the game, but that doesn’t really describe me these days.
I always did really really well at the original Doom and other games based on its engine, but I think that’s mostly because it wasn’t true 3D – no need to worry about the z axis when shooting. I could play the whole game on Ultra-Violence without dying very often.
When Quake came out and all three dimensions were important, I found myself behind the curve and not able to play as well. On Doom 3, I have major trouble if I play any higher than the first difficulty level, which is Recruit. I tried Marine once, and don’t dare try Veteran. Nightmare isn’t even selectable … anyone know what it takes to unlock it?
The expansion pack is much more interesting than the regular game … you can in many ways call Doom 3 a very souped up version of Doom, and the expansion pack a souped up version of Doom II. The monsters in the regular game are the same as the original game, with immensely better graphics and much more terror.
I have a feeling that my laptop just barely meets requirements for the game. It’s got an ATI Radeon 9700 Mobility, but the hard drive is a slow 5400 RPM beast and it’s only got 512MB RAM. Maybe I need to create a hardware profile for gaming that has a lot of stuff disabled.