With plenty of exciting releases on the horizon, it looks like 2016 could be a great year for video game players. And no doubt the Doom reboot by developer id Software is one of the most eagerly awaited games of 2016, as it brings back one of the best-known action game franchises in video game history.
And in order to entice people to preorder, Microsoft is including the original Doom game and its sequel with the new Doom game for those who preorder from the Xbox Store. Which is not a bad deal at all, as the original Doom games of the 90’s were some of the finest action games ever created, and helped make the first-person shooter genre popular back then. These old classics look dated by today’s standards though, but they still retain their addictive qualities and are quite enjoyable to play through, if you can bear dated gameplay mechanics (like not being able to jump…)
Although the big question here is not whether you should preorder Doom, but whether preordering any game is a good idea at all. After all, sometimes video game companies fail to deliver, and one does not want to end up with a turkey on the game’s release date.
Games like Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Unity, for instance, were hyped to death but had a poor launch, with many players being unable to enjoy the game on launch day due to a slew of glitches. And other heavyweights like Batman: Arkham Knight also gave gamers headaches, as the PC version was released in such poor shape that the game ended up being unplayable for many people.
And going back to id Software’s Doom, even if it is unlikely that the game’s launch will be problematic given that a quality-conscious publisher like Bethesda is behind the game, it remains to be seen whether id Software can deliver another great game. After all, this is not the wold-conquering outfit of the 90’s, as star developers John Romero and industry legend John Carmack have long since left the company.
Also, id Software’s last major Doom game (which was Doom 3 back in 2004) promised to be the definitive first-person shooter but did not live up to expectations, and neither did id’s most recent game Rage in 2011.
So perhaps it would be better to wait until the game’s release date in order to see whether this new Doom entry manages to live up to the classics of the 90’s. But those who take the plunge and preorder now will get the original games as a bonus (on Xbox One), and hopefully also be rewarded with a great game when this Doom reboot hits the shelves later this year.
Note: Doom will be released on May 13, 2016. Available on PS4, Xbox One and PC.