Game of the Year 2017: Neranjan’s Picks

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Neranjan’s Game of the Year #3: DOOM VFR

Developer: id Software
Publisher: Bethesda

Unlike the recent port of Skyrim to VR in which Bethesda took a massive world loved by many and repackaged it as a chance to relive your precious gaming memories, DOOM VFR instead takes some of the most visceral and in-your-face elements of the recent 2016 DOOM reboot and throws it all at you. I like to think of Skyrim VR as a KFC family meal with several sides and DOOM VFR as a Double “FN” down sandwich. Skyrim is a slow burn play that does a good job of easing you in and offers over 100 hours of gameplay. DOOM VFR, on the other hand, is a 3-5 hour action-packed thrill-ride that will make you feel that you are in the movie Aliens.

One particular uplifting moment for me came when walking through a demonic church after killing a swarm of enemies. I took some time to look at the quality of the pulpits and just take in this hologram of a ritualistic human sacrifice that is there for ambiance. I then went into a pit stacked full of bloody, sacrificed, chained, carcasses to find a cute DOOM man collectible. The range of emotions that came from those five minutes of visual bombardment alone was enough for me to love this game. DOOM VFR truly is a member of the DOOM family.