Friday, 27 October 2017

Doomed Planet

First the good news. I finished Doom, and loved every minute of it. It's hard to know what to say about Doom that hasn't already been said. It's the very definition of a classic for good reason. I remember it vividly from back in the day - trying to get the shareware version to run in the maths room at school while the teacher was out, setting up our first ever clunky home network so my brother and I could deathmatch, the way those cheat codes are soldered onto my memory. It's a game that was so much a part of my youth - a part of every geek's youth at the time. It's incredible just how much it gets right for such an early proponent of the genre (Wolfenstein was okay, but it just didn't have the speed, brutality and clinical execution of Doom). The map design is excellent (especially considering it's only '2.5d'), the weapons are excellent (especially the perfect shotgun), the monsters are excellent (and they build in power perfectly), the sound is excellent (ominous and memorable), the music is excellent (and I forgot how much there is of it). Everything just comes together beautifully. No wonder it changed the computing world in the way that it did. I'm a slow-paced RPG lover at heart, but Doom got its hooks into me and never let go. It's as fast, frantic fun now as it was back then, and nothing I've played since has tarnished it. One of the best showcases of gameplay trumping graphics - it's a pure, perfect burst of arcade adrenaline. I would say I can't wait to start on Doom 2, but I'm already 13 levels into it!

Not such good news for Scorched Planet. I think the curse of the dodgy rips has struck this one. I don't seem to be able to get any of the options to work, so it's stuck on mouse control and 'nuclear' difficulty. The game starts, but it's virtually impossible to control with the mouse, and the keyboard doesn't help much. I can move around a little bit, but then I seem to run out of fuel. I managed to shoot a couple of the flying enemies, but couldn't seem to control my turret, so could only fire at them when they flew straight in front of my guns. I think I lasted about 30 seconds each time I played. So, I'm going to quit this one and move on.

Next up on the randometer is...Challenge of the Five Realms! Ooh, interesting. This is one of those slow-paced RPGs I was just mentioning! I remember it well from mags at the time, and it was always one that I wanted to try. Very much looking forward to it.

I'm also sending another PSN title into the done pile: Uno! Yes, it's just the card game Uno. Nothing special about it other than the fact you can play it over the network. It does exactly what you think it would do and not much more. I won my first set of games, and there's nothing to pull me back to it.

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