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Doom 3 demo

CNET Editors' note: This demo has been rated M by the ESRB for violence and gore.

A massive demonic invasion has overwhelmed the Union Aerospace Corporation's (UAC) Mars Research Facility, leaving only chaos and horror in its wake. As one of only a few survivors, you struggle with shock and fear as you fight your way to hell and back, in an epic clash against pure evil. Play through part of the beginning of the game in this single-player demo

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CNET Editors' review

This long-anticipated first-person shooter certainly was worth the delay, as the demo proves. Though the gameplay of endless swarms of undead creatures is nothing original, the presentation is superb, and the demo is generous in scope. Some gamers might be disappointed with some of the gimmicks, but it's hard to complain about the explosive action, amazing graphics and sound, and expansive environment. Three levels of difficulty also make the experience available for all gaming abilities.

You play a new recruit of the Union Aerospace Corporation facility on Mars, on special assignment to find a missing scientist. Strange events at the UAC facility reach the expected climax, and the massive blasting begins. The demo isn't terribly long, but it does introduce a variety of available weapons and equipment, including the essential PDA that stores access keys, video recordings, and other information. Much of the tension springs from the dark environments in which you can hold only your flashlight or a weapon, not both. The somewhat arbitrary limitation creates some great unexpected jolts. From the demo, Doom 3 looks like a slicker, faster, and scarier remake of the original, and that's not a bad thing at all.

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    out of 129 votes

    • 5 star: 84
    • 4 star: 17
    • 3 star: 5
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 21
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  • 2.0 stars

    "Error on install/ Adware"

    January 22, 2013  |   By jrb2

    Version: Doom 3 demo

    Pros

    Only Pro was that Download was fast

    Cons

    If one does not select an add on during install error is created.
    Adware was installed to Registry which was hard to detect and caused
    system slow down even after installer removed.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Exiting, fun, graphics are realistic."

    September 12, 2011  |   By flyer25

    Version: Doom 3 demo

    Pros

    It anticipates gameplay and fps mentality. It's a blast as an fps on my pc.

    Cons

    A few places in it I wish I could fast forward through the narative. After the first few times I wish I could skip those places.

    Summary

    After I began to play it I realizsed the hype was well founded. It certainly makes one wonder how good the next games will be. It was hyped as a real improvement in video gameplay and it delivers.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works in Windows XP...........Dies on install in 7"

    May 2, 2011  |   By Fred55110

    Version: Doom 3 demo

    Pros

    Its a really really great game (of course its the doom series) and its fine in Windows XP but I, cant get it work on my new Windows 7 system.

    Cons

    See above, but fist let me enter at least 10 characters!

    Summary

    Its a GREAT Game! The Doom series is always great and pushing things foward in game play but its also 7 years old now and while it works in XP and Vista I, can't get it to work in Windows7

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  • 1.0 stars

    "it wouldn't . The company had nothing to say as to why"

    April 17, 2011  |   By pikmee

    Version: Doom 3 demo

    Pros

    none- it wouldn't run. even after downloading it twice. Maybe it's because me new pc is 64 bits.

    Cons

    none----it wouldn't run even after I downloaded it twice

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A fun game, especially to newcomers of survival horror."

    July 7, 2010  |   By --Pantera--

    Version: Doom 3 demo

    Pros

    Great graphics and fear-factor. You'll be glad you brought a flashlight.
    Big guns :D (What more do you want than big guns in a monster-filled research base millions of miles from Earth?)

    Cons

    After a while, you expect monsters and other hellish things to be right behind that door that says 'Armory' or "Medical" when you most need help.

    Summary

    At first, DOOM 3 seems like just another every-once-in-a-while-you'll-jump kind of game. But as you walk through the dark, forboding halls of the Mars research base, you realize DOOM 3's more than that. Workmen give you suspicious stares and bits of a strange story then go back to their work, silent. You're given the order to find a missing scientist in an old section of the base, and as soon as you find him, well, I wouldn't like to spoil the game for you, would I? Though after a while, you start to get paranoid. Should you pick up that PDA and see if a demon throws a fireball at you from around the corner? Besides, who has time to read when all Hell is breaking loose(Literally)? Though if you're that kind of person who loves to search out and find every last little tidbit, the PDA's are for you. Though I would recommend only picking them up after clearing the area, and not having to worry about being mauled while listening to an audio recording. All things cconsidered, DOOM 3 is a great game. You'll no doubt be paranoid by the end of the game, shining your flashlight around every corner, looking for that last creature that's waiting in the dark.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "the best ever"

    November 9, 2008  |   By teenagekid2

    Version: Doom 3 demo

    Pros

    the very minute i started playing the demo i was hooked now im going to get the full game

    Cons

    none watsoever

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Been with Doom since the start, BUT!!!!!"

    March 6, 2008  |   By ptschafer

    Version: Doom 3 demo

    Pros

    Smooth AI for what it is, decent gameplay. Definitely more "scary" moments than previous doom releases. Nice addition of spiders and many other new aliens/monsters to deal with. Relatively intriguing gameplay.

    Cons

    I don't like having to pick junk up and read it all the time when you think that a demon is looming around the corning to kill you the moment you reach for that little video recorder. The story-telling from the characters in these devices takes up way too much time in the game and leads to some disappointment. Quake 4 had a much better single-player storyline, not to mention better use of the "Doom 3" graphics and gameplay engine. At one point in Doom 3, I was ready to nod off while playing expecting to turn a sharp corner and find my mom getting boned by a demon or something... screwy gameplay.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I'd love to give it 5 stars, but..."

    January 30, 2008  |   By Datalyss

    Version: Doom 3 demo

    Cons

    No joystick support. Personally, I can play this type of game better with a joystick.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It makes me jump."

    January 26, 2008  |   By kurtan192

    Version: Doom 3 demo

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Sends shivers up the spine after every 30 seconds!!!"

    January 22, 2008  |   By marwin.silva

    Version: Doom 3 demo

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