Doom Eternal – PC review

Jari Välimäki

Doom Eternal

Time flies when you are having fun, and it seems only like yesterday we got Doom,
but in fact it was in 2016 the Bethesda smash hit launched on consoles and PC alike.
Doom was met with excellent reviews, for it’s solid gameplay, story, brutality,
and music, garnering a metacritic score of 85.

Now in 2020, we have been blessed with the next installment of Doom, Doom Eternal.
Can Eternal live up to / do better than the eggcellent score (sorry for the easter pun)
the first title received? it seems so!

The campaign in Doom Eternal, really turns things up to 150% brutality from Doom in 2016.
while you venture in the story for about 12-15 hours minimum (depending on what difficulty)
You will come across familiar faces, and new ones. It’s a hair raising story, that will have
you on your toes from the beginning to the end. Some parts of the game can feel a bit
frustrating though, with the jumping “puzzles” involved, but once you are past those
it’s back to good old demon slaying, which is what makes the game so great.

So a little bit about the story, Earth is under attack by Hell itself, and per usual
you are the only hope for salvation, it’s a pretty straight forward story
without spoiling it for you, plenty of boss-fights, killing to do, until the end.
Also learning more about the story, you will want to read log entries in the game.

The cutscenes or cinematics in between levels, are short and brutal/even funny,
but they serve you the story(reasons) why things are happening.

This time around Doom Guy has his base on a massive space-ship, that has a pretty fitting
name Fortress of Doom. This also serves as a hub for time in between missions. Plenty
of exploration to do here, it also features; a training arena, where you can torment

The space ship is also centric to the story, as things play out.
Hopefully with the future content planned for Doom Eternal, the spaceship
will be more utilized, as it is large.. but in a way rather empty.

The game itself features tons of upgrades for Doom Guy and his weapon arsenal,
That you will gain during the playthrough, From the familiar Runes in the previous title,
These can be upgraded to improve Doom Guy in every way for the better,
to the weapons of course that have their upgrade paths with mastery skills.
Plenty of other things to find also when you explore the levels of Eternal,
Items to upgrade your health, armor, basically it’s upgrade frenzy.

What I love about the new enemies added to the game, is that every single one of them
have weak points for you to take advantage of, (thank you to the in-game tutorial)
for pointing out what the weak points are for every enemy. It makes you think always
2 steps a head of what enemy could possibly lurk around the corner, and how you would
take them down, utilizing the weak points mentioned. Also the Slayer gates, and
encounters you have in the game, have maps that are tactically constructed
so you can easily move around and try to gain advantages over your enemies.

Eternal also features a multiplayer mode, that I unfortunately have been unable
to even try out, I am not sure if this is due to lack of interest from players
or if I’ve just been trying to access it during somekind of maintenance?

The gist of the multiplayer mode though, is that 1 vs 2, 1 being the slayer
and the other 2 being the demons, it’s round based, and first to win 3 matches
wins the game.

With all said above,

Pretty much all of the gameplay elements have been improved upon for the title,
It’s Gorgeous, Smooth, Fast paced, and brutal, just what you would expect from ID’s AAA title.
The sound track will have you moshing and the general in game sound is bangalicious.
You can really feel those shots, or your blade/chainsaw hacking through those enemies.

Also I cannot wait for more content down the line, with the Season Pass there is
2 DLC packages for single player story at least to be added at a future date.

I think you’ve read enough now, to know you should be playing Doom Eternal for yourself.

Whilst the game requires some serious hardware to get to 4K/60,
My modest rig which I played on, produced an average of 80-120fps on 1440p with high settings.
(i5-9400, 16gb ram, 2060RTX 6gb)

For the minimum and recommended specifications;

You are looking at a Intel Core i5 @ 3.3 GHz or better, or AMD Ryzen 3 @ 3.1 GHz or better
with 8GB RAM and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 (4GB), GTX 1060 (6GB), GTX 1650 (4GB)
or AMD Radeon R9 290 (4GB)/RX 470 (4GB) for the minimum specifications.

Recommended spec (1440p/60fps high) features an i7-6700K Ryzen 7-1800X with 16 GB RAM and
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB), RTX 2060 (8GB) or AMD Radeon RX Vega56 (8GB).

Final Words

Doom Eternal is a fantastic game, and more than worthy of the score I have given.
The only thing that makes me sad, is that while adding in multiplayer to the game,
there is only that one single mode.. and I’m not sure that is enough to keep me
going back to it, as the Campaign is a blitz and a ton of fun to play..
ramping up the difficulty for each play through, will have You, Me, playing
over and over and over again..

I can recommend getting Doom Eternal, without a moments hesitation.
What 2016’s Doom made good, Eternal has improved on.
Expect a ton of fun, and keep slaying! whilst listening to that killer soundtrack

Here’s the Spotify link, so you know what you are in for.

Thank you to the Publisher for the review code.

Doom Eternal is out now on PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One.
See your local store or online store for regional pricing.

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