Doom 3: BFG Edition is a HD update of Doom 3, but also includes Resurrection of Evil, The Lost Mission, the original Doom and Doom 2. You get plenty of content for your money.
I'll briefly summarize the story: You play a marine sent to Mars for security and to find a missing scientist; unfortunately for you, a gateway to Hell is broken and the facility is overrunned by demons. It has cutscenes, and some chilling audio logs which are very well done and worth listening to.
First, the game still holds up. The graphics are even better than some modern games; obviously they can't compete with the best of this generation, but it can compete with some. The gameplay and framerate are mostly smooth, although the framerate drops briefly after an autosave or load screen. The gameplay is old-school and fun but it may not be for everyone. (I.e. No cover system, no regenerative health, no aiming down your sights) It wasn't a problem for me. Load screens are a little lengthy, by the way. The technical transition of Doom 3 was great, overall.
Doom 3 is a scary game. The intro when all hell breaks loose (literally) is amazing as you hear the chilling calls for help. Plenty of jump-out scares, as well. Even with the new mounted light, the game is still scary since the battery quickly depletes and doesn't completely light up the area. Since the monsters/demons spawn so quickly and randomly, you always have to look over your shoulder which adds to the tension. Conversely, since the monsters spawn so randomly and often, you're often involved in a lot of shooting which kills the atmosphere and tension at certain times.
Overall, I've really enjoyed Doom 3: BFG Edition; this is for the fans of story driven games with amazing atmosphere. If you haven't played Doom 3 yet, if you're a big fan of Doom, or if your just looking for something scary for the season, then I highly recommend this game. If you've been spoiled by modern shooters and just can't go back, then I'd recommend waiting for a price drop or sale.
Update 11/4/12: I've completed the original Doom 3 campaign, the Resurrection of Evil campaign, and the Lost Mission. I did not find any significant technical issues, the campaigns are 100% playable. As for the multiplayer, the online community is not active (i.e. dead); I couldn't find any online games or players, so if you wanted to play online, this game is not for you.
Approximate Playtimes (based on saves before final boss fights) - Doom 3: 9hrs Resurrection of Evil: 3hrs 30 min The Lost Mission: 2hrs TOTAL: 14 hours and 30 minutes
I remember playing the very first dos doom on pc. lots of great childhood memories there. played this title on my wifes' pc while ago and absolutely loved it. they of course remastered it, but only the controls, not the gameplay, least nothing that I am disappointed on. its stayed true to the original and even has both doom1&2 plus the resurrection as well as bonus mission. pretty good deal. and i must say on my vizio tv with optimal res set on my 360 at 1360x768 it looks amazing! will definitely be playing this for quite some time.
My actual rating is 3 and a half stars, but I rounded up to 4 stars because this set is such a great bargain. Doom and Doom II are way too dated and cheesy for me, although I thought they were somewhat cool back in the day. The "Resurrection of Evil" bonus is actually the best, followed by the main game second and the "Lost Missions" bonus third. ROE had the most inventive situations and was surprisingly different from the rest (where you also get the "Grabber" and the "Artifact" heart). The "Soul Cube" is a great instant-kill, auto-homing device, but obtained way too late in D3 (yet more fun to use in ROE and given much earlier). The LM levels were really more like the filler that was originally edited out, then added later. Although the way-too-slow BFG gets the most hype (and will kill you if you overcharge it), The Plasma Gun is the best overall weapon since it works well at all ranges, does a good amount of damage and is elegantly easy to use. The Super Shotgun is always a fun item (when you finally get it), but the standard shotgun pretty much requires you to stick the barrel in an enemy's chest to put them down quickly. I think this game series has, by far, the most wimpy pistol of any FPS and is really only useful for casually picking off low-level threats at a distance (but, unfortunately, not good against the weak spiders due to the firing rate being slightly too sluggish). The Grenades do not bounce around enough and you usually take quite a few bullets when building up arm energy to throw them. The Chainsaw is a bit difficult to use (and so in-your-face), but liked by the bloody gore fans and offers a change of pace when you only whip it out occasionally. I like the Machine Gun as it is pretty quiet, does not shake or ride up when firing and allows for pinpoint accurate shots. The Rocket Launcher is just a standard-issue copy of about every one you may have used in similar games. However, the CHAIN GUN is SOOO disappointing! For the furiously loud noise it makes, massive fire rate and (supposedly) high-powered ammo, it takes FOREVER to down even the medium-tough monsters (like the armored skeletons with their two-fisted homing rockets) - so forget about using it for the really hard-to-kill targets when they are close to you (even though a few other players claim it is highly effective - hmm). Doom 3 is well-known for being frantic gameplay, due to the ridiculous number of baddies that pop up to surprise you all over the place (which keeps things interesting), but overuse of teleportation by those pesky "Imps" (who throw the fireballs) gets overly repetitive after awhile. At least, you can clearly hear them coming and their destination is lit up by bright lightening effects so you can aim in their direction and often hit one as soon as it materializes (although they typically come in groups). Adding a mere sprinkling of lumbering Zombies, now and then, was a wise choice as well as placing them mainly in dark areas to make it a bit more challenging. There is actually a respectable variety of enemies, however the programmers did not mix them up nearly as much as they should have. Also, first-time players can easily get stuck in certain areas due to the fact that figuring out what to do next is not always a breeze and sometimes can lead you to dislike the silence of already cleared out hallways and leave you hoping to see another monster - anywhere. Overall, the modernized graphics are great (1000 times better than the first 2 Dooms) and the newer games of this set are quite fun to play, but way too many "Imps" (c'mon) and too many drawbacks (especially weaknesses) of too many weapons turns this into yet another grinder which lessens that special badass feeling you could have easily gotten with just some small programming adjustments.
I DIDN'T KNOW THIS WAS SUCH AN OVERHAUL! I knew the graphics were cranked up a notch, what I didn't know was everything else has been as well. More NPCs, more ammo, more spooky sounds and noises as you walk around, the guns sound better, more demons to kill, even the level designs are different from time to time. All improved. Every change they've made makes since. Like the flash light mounted on your left shoulder this time much like marines from "Aliens." So no more switching back and forth between flash light and gun every time you need a little light. Every complaint someone could have about the original Doom 3 seems to have been taken care of by Bethesda. But what will really blow away Doom fans is the upgrades to almost every level. It almost feels like a different game. Every change I've encountered makes sense and helped a great game become an even greater game still. And man is the frame rate smooth. It's at least 60 fps! Bravo Bethesda! Bravo!
Doom...along with Wolfenstein 3D are the gods of FPS, so I played every edition of this game since this were shareware, so the BFG Edition is a must but for me, specially with the new campaign, but here are my comments of this new edition.
ID Software gave to the game a little more iluminated, more frames per second but the core of the game remains, this is not a complete remaster with actual graphics or a new engine, but certainly does the job, with new improvements in the game's mechanic, the addition of the original versions of Doom I and II and the Lost Mision are a fair enough reasons to but this edition.
Updated November 2016: This game now is retro compatible with Xbox One.
Those players who never played this games before go to your stores and buy it, Doom of the new generation are just in the corner so is the best star.
Doom 3 was one of the best games I'd played when it came out, good story well told with the audio journals (common trick now, not so common then), lots of horror mood setting, and fun gameplay. There's plenty written about it already so I'll leave it at that.
Also, if you're serious about gaming and have never played through the original Doom this is a great way to experience a key piece of gaming history. Including all of Doom I and II adds a lot of gaming time and value to an already great game. (Gameplay of the original Doom is so well done that it remains fun today despite decades old graphics, like Tetris, Mario, or Space Invaders this sets the standard for reply value.)
I liked it so much for the X Box that when I saw I could get it for the 360 with some graphics boosts and the expansion pack I bought it again.
A great port of doom with included doom 1 and 2 as well to play I your 360. With the new doom announced this was the right time to play these again and refresh my memory. It's also nice to be able to use the flashlight with any weapon any time you want in this game. The battery runs down quickly but recharges about as fast so if you use it sparingly it should always be available. This looks as good or better than when I played the original pc version as well as running at a higher resolution than my computer at the time as capable of. If you are a console only gamer now, this is the best version of doom 3 for you to play.
This is the ultimate end-all be-all collection for Doom fans.
Doom (aka Doom '95) -This is the one that started it all, the graphics, music, and sound effects are JUST how I remember them, 2-4 player co-op is a great addition for current-gen consoles and the controls are very well done for the layout of the Xbox controller.
Doom II -Much of the same as Doom as far as the graphics, sound, and music, another flawless port just like I remember it.
Doom 3 -This is why I really bought this game. When Doom 3 came out originally in the Summer of 2004, I didn't have a PC powerful enough to run it at the level the developers intended, I still played it anyways though. This looks like a whole new game, the shadows are crisp, the lighting has been completely revamped, and some of the clear models (glasses, windows...) look to be updated as well. I should also mention that this game runs at a consistent 60 FPS thanks to the id Tech 6 Engine (also used to develop Rage). The controls have been remapped for the Xbox controller, and the flashlight can also be left on while you have a gun drawn (something that was absent in the original release). It's difficult to break the habit of pressing the left trigger to aim down the sights, as this game never had that. The game play is classic id-FPS, fast, fluid, and intense.
Overall this game is hard to pass up for the price. I would have easily paid $40 for just Doom 3, but the fact that you also get amazing ports of Doom & Doom II make this a deal to anyone who enjoys a good FPS.
To start i want to say that as a child i was a gamer. like HARDCORE. Doom had brought me hours upon hours of fun and it was all i talked about. Now to own them all on one disc is amazing. I played doom and doom two for years until doom 3 hit PC. I begged for it and got it one year for Christmas and couldn't stop playing it i beat it several times. Now being older and working a full time job i don't have a lot of time to game but when i do have spare time i pick up the xbox controller and play this amazing game. the graphics are amazing and the add on of ROE and a new one called the lost mission i can ONCE AGAIN enjoy doom doom 2 and doom 3 on my days off and in my spare time. I will also be able to share my game with my son/daughter and show them that dad is old lol. anyway amazing reboot amazing game and great for the person or people who enjoyed the demon killing and the badass shooting and light and horror effects of the games. HANDS DOWN BEST GAME ON THE XBOX 360
My first real FPS was Wolfenstein followed quickly by the original Doom series. This port to the xbox was pretty much just as I remember from graphics, sound, gameplay, etc. My son didn't like the graphics because they are old style, but I remember when the reverse ray casting and sprites were cutting edge. This really took me back and I love just running around and shooting things without worrying about skill trees and such found in other games. Bullets, guns, monsters = fun.