Best Xbox One Games #23 – Doom
Developer: id Software
Synopsis: Returning for the first time in over a decade, Doom sees our protagonist go through literal Hell and high water in the name of saving humanity. He awakens on the UAC research facility on Mars, where facility director Samuel Hayden is attempting to harness energy from Hell to use as a source of renewable energy. Using it will solve many of Earth’s problems, although forces at work will try their best on unleashing the demonic armies and causing as much chaos as possible.
Using a varied arsenal of weapons, players will find themselves running and gunning through a number of different locales to take down beasts, demons, and foes of various magnitudes. Online, one can also enjoy a multitude of multiplayer combat modes, keeping within the traditions of the series in terms of movement speed and stylistic approach.
Why it’s one of the 50 best Xbox One games: In a medium that constantly tries to emphasize twitch reactions, human vs. human combat and killstreak weirdness, Doom improves upon the core gameplay they’re known to be and put the rest of the industry on notice. I wouldn’t be surprised if you hear the term “Doom Clone” bandied about in the development of FPS’ to come, as the approach to multiplayer arena FPS combat, level design and balance is hard to overcome. Not only that, but id managed to include a hard soundtrack that reflects the metal overtones of the game without going overboard in cheesiness.
Doom is a callback to what made the FPS great, and does what the original tried for many decades later.
Next: #22 - Quantum Break