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This review is from: Doom 3 (Video Game)
This is a multiplayer-only review for you multiplayer fans. Doom 3 is a game all PC gamers should have in their collection, as it and Half-Life 2 are ushering in a new era of gaming and mods (gaming modifications) for the first person shooter genre.
Now to the multiplayer. Assuming you can run the game (it will bring most mid-level systems to their knees), you're not in for too much value.
Doom 3 was conceived and is being sold primarily as a single-player experience -- multiplayer is a side dish here. The maps included in the game were made to play well with four players, a direct opposite to today's trend of large-scale, 32-player teamplay games (Counter-Strike, Medal of Honor, etc.) and MMORPG's (Everquest, Dark Age of Camelot) that have been popular for some time now.
Was the four player maps and limited multiplayer a smart move? I don't think so, seeing as the industry and fans are moving heavily towards mulitplayer games. Since you are probably in this group, you will not be playing multiplayer for long as the maps wear thin and you grow tired (again) of deathmatch, team deathmatch, and last man standing. Mods released for Doom 3 (and there will be many) will make this a more fulfilling multiplayer experience and increase the game's value, but I'm reviewing the box you're buying at present day. So if you're looking for fun multiplayer, hold off a few months for a price drop when quality Doom 3 modifications have been made and are popular.
However, if you're a 1 on 1 gamer, and a serious one at that, this is absolutely a game to own and one you greatly enjoy. Doom 3 tournament mode is highly reminescent of Quake 2, an excellent tournament game (also by id software), and has already been chosen as one of the two games for the CPL's Million Dollar World Championship next year. If you're a competitive gamer, buy Doom 3.
In conclusion, if you're an average gamer looking for great multiplayer, hold off for a few months until the 3rd party modifications are thriving. But if you're a competitive gamer, buy now and start practicing.