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Doom 64

Developer: Midway Games Publishers: Midway Gamesid Software
31 March 1997
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After the events of Doom 2, the nameless protagonist is called back to the quarantined UAC Research Installations to exterminate a new wave of resurrected demons.
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Classic Doom gameplay with uniquely excellent atmosphere thanks to a masterful soundtrack and some solid sound and lighting design. It's a shame the labyrinthine levels and excessive key-collecting and switch-flicking hamstring the action and flow so often.
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Doom 64 is a game I knew about for a while but never played it. I heard mainly mixed things about it and didn't really care for the graphic style, I tried playing it on an emulator a year or 2 back but could never really get into it, and then I picked it up for like 2 dollars on a PSN sale and decided to check it out since many considered this to be a true successor to the first 2 games and it basically plays like an older Doom game and probably the last real Doom game before Doom 3 made the Doom series a full 3D FPS game. Doom 64 actually is a solid enough entry, its similar to Doom II in ways, but it really fails to reach the height the first 2 Doom games or even Final Doom reached. Doom 64 has decent enough design and it has the same weapons and most of the same enemies as the first 2 games, except for some reason they didn't include Revenants in this, which I guess is okay since Revenants have those annoying cheap tracking missiles. Archviles are also missing but they were a love/hate enemy for me too. Doom 64 is also pretty easy and I was able to finish most of these levels with relative ease, and the enemy placements just isn't really interesting.

I think what really disappointed me most about Doom 64 was the level design and final boss. The levels just felt a bit too straight forward and simplistic, and enemy placement didn't offer much challenge. The game does fix this in the final few levels, but for at least 3/4 of the game I found I could just breeze through most levels fine. Plus the game seemed to overload me with healing and armor so even when I did struggle I knew it wouldn't be long for me to get healing back. The other thing I didn't like were the enemy designs. Some of the enemies in this were alright like the Spectre, Hell Knight, and even the Imp design was alright, but then some enemies in this just look kind of silly and too cartoonish. I really didn't care for the Mancubus, Pain Elemental, or Cacodemon designs in this. The graphics of this is kind of ugly because they go for a full 3D, rather than more of a 2D design that the first 2 games had. The graphics of the first 2 games have aged gracefully because 2D graphics tend to always look decent, where 3D ages a lot faster, I mean just look at early PS3/360 games and even a few early PS4/Xbox One games to see what I mean in terms of 3D graphics not aging as well as 2D.

The other thing that really holds this back and almost made me want to lower this game to a 3 is the final boss. The final boss consists of a massive gauntlet of enemies, then once you take them out a boss comes that literally can kill you in less than 5 seconds, even if you at full health and armor. It has missiles that track you and are faster than you so you can't run away from them and it has a fire attack that shoots from all directions and knocks you back if it hits you. It'd be fine if these attacks didn't damage you much, but one hit from any attack can take out at least 30 or 40 points from your health. The boss has a ton of health and if you fought the enemy mob before the boss you'll have almost no BFG ammo and limited rockets. I think I only had 20 or so rockets when I fought this guy and he took all 20 rockets and almost all the machine gun ammo and then at least 10 double shotgun blasts. I had to use like 100 save states to beat this guy and even then I still died about 100 times and this boss was super frustrating and annoying, and I played only on the normal difficulty. If I played this without save states and had to do this only ultra violence/hard difficulty, I would have probably thrown my console out the window.

Still despite the less interesting level design, weird enemy design, and awful final boss, this game is still decent and definitely feels more like a classic Doom than Doom 3 or the modern Doom games, but I just feel it could have been more, you can tell this game wasn't developed by ID and it shows. I feel at best this is around on par if not maybe a little better than TNT Evilution in Final Doom.
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Birdmaster11 Doom 64 2022-12-03T02:33:35Z
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4.5
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demonicgrowl Doom 64 2022-12-01T22:22:36Z
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3.5
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Hudson_Hawk Doom 64 2022-11-27T23:18:22Z
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g0fff3r Doom 64 2022-11-25T22:04:24Z
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3.5
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Zhenia2401 Doom 64 2022-11-23T13:51:12Z
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3.0
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MaxFactory Doom 64 2022-11-19T03:26:43Z
Windows
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Yogsothot84 Doom 64 2022-11-18T17:04:54Z
Windows
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ZakiOwais Doom 64 2022-11-17T08:54:53Z
Windows
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ASpiritualMoon Doom 64 2022-11-15T20:36:42Z
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3.5
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xAw0kN Doom 64 2022-11-08T09:27:35Z
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Dozing_Gwyn Doom 64 2022-11-08T03:52:53Z
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Dazawassa DOOM 64 2022-11-07T13:58:27Z
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  • XX99 2021-09-23 02:28:08.041773+00
    Awsome game crazy lighting
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  • hexiluv 2021-10-02 08:16:09.770228+00
    best classic Doom game
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  • imfindinglovewave 2021-10-05 10:42:14.022735+00
    level design on this is fucking horrible
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    • A_Latin_Guy 2021-12-24 13:48:13.104769+00
      Way to maze-y for my taste, specially since this is first and foremost a fast-paced Action game so all the puzzles just serve to cut the momentum.

      But, in general, I like it. It reminds me of Dead Space a little, as if it was a prototype of sorts, just with even more shooting and less scary but with more annoying puzzles.
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  • ella_guru 2021-12-20 22:57:10.589643+00
    Way too many shitty switch puzzles and traps with no escape
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  • LellePolis 2022-06-28 23:08:54.549599+00
    Holy Hell Knight spam
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  • charredwind 2022-07-26 01:42:05.033102+00
    ive played through the first 4 levels and so far i massively prefer this to doom 1
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  • Convalescence 2022-10-08 23:06:16.736269+00
    I don’t find the level design here to be much more irritating or convoluted than the first doom game. Hell on earth is defs better but this is certainly on par with those games in most respects imo. Defs underrated here.
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  • RawheatC 2022-10-22 16:27:47.704797+00
    I recently watched a video on the youtube channel "decino" that compares enemies of Doom64 and Doom/Doom II. One of the reasons this game feels more claustrophobic is because the enemy sprites are bigger in size, while the size of the levels is identical to Doom.
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