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Review: DOOM Switch

Welcome to our review of the classic First Person Shooter, Doom, released on Nintendo Switch!

Developed by id Software, the studio that pioneered the first-person shooter genre and created multiplayer Deathmatch, DOOM returns as a brutally fun and challenging modern-day shooter experience. Relentless demons, impossibly destructive guns, and fast, fluid movement provide the foundation for intense, first-person combat – whether you’re obliterating demon hordes through the depths of Hell in the single-player campaign, or competing against your friends in numerous multiplayer modes.

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There is no taking cover or stopping to regenerate health as you beat back Hell’s raging demon hordes. Combine your arsenal of futuristic and iconic guns, upgrades, movement and an advanced melee system to knock-down, slash, stomp, crush, and blow apart demons in creative and violent ways.

Taking up 21,3 Gigabytes on my MicroSD card, making Doom the biggest game I currently own on the Nintendo Switch. Compared to the NBA 2K18 game at 19,2 and Fire Emblem Warriors at 15,7, this does make Doom a massive download! The size can easily be explained, this game is packed full of options! From classic arcade to online play and so much more.

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In my review, I will discuss the campaigns, the hordes of enemies, show the use of both handheld and pro controller play on our YouTube channel. When you start this game on your Switch, you are introduced to the main menu, which sports either campaign or multiplayer modes and then three more options.

Now let me warn you guys a little, I am not an avid player of the genre, I do love to tinker around with it, but I am not a very good player. I play games of this genre mostly on a casual base. I only really play Splatoon a little more seriously, but let me say this already, Doom is no Splatoon….

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The main title hub consists of three modes, the online mode, the Doom campaign and the Arcade mode.

Let’s discuss the online mode first and the vast amount of options it offers. From finding a match to hosting your own private match, this is the main deal of the game, playing online against or with your friends. I took the scenic route myself and tried out a practice match against the computer players in order to test my skills a little. It has been a while since I really played a hardcore shooter like Doom!

Upon entering the practice deathmatch, I was finally realizing this game is now out on Switch! Imagine that, a game like Doom, not only on a handheld, but on the Nintendo Switch, I just love it. The graphics might not look as amazing as they do on an actual computer, but in my humble opinion, they did not take away from the experience.

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You still get the same feeling and it is awesome to see on the small screen of a device I can take anywhere. I was playing the game during my lunch break at work, which is so amazing! It is a great time to be a gamer! I remember this one colleague of mine, he ever said the Switch was lacking games like this one, so on Friday, when it is officially out there, I will just show him how great this game is.

Now, about the game, my favorite part is without a doubt the campaign mode. It all starts when you are tied up, but you escape. Forced to fight all sorts of enemies in order to survive. Soon after escaping, you find a suit, put it on and venture out into the building where you were held captive. In the first part, the tutorial teaches you to rip up enemies and boy, is that fun!

As you progress through the storyline, all the typical game standards for the genre are upheld, better weapons and upgrades are offered, you can buy more items, your suit improves and so on. This mechanic of the typical shooter game is time tested and will always be present in this genre as a must! Nothing beats more and more enemies coming at you!

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We have a great movie up on our YouTube channel displaying both handheld and TV mode! Be sure to check it out to find out what actual gameplay looks like!

Next option to play, the arcade mode, where you can play any level you want, at full speed! The signature Doom feeling is vastly present in this part of the game, especially when entering a level you have not been to before. It will prevent you from taking a breather in this high paced game that has only one purpose, kill the demons’ horde!

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I can not and will not compare it to other versions, simply because this version is the Switch edition. Every console has its’ own flaws and advantages. I did not consider the loading times to be exuberant and was never really bored waiting.

My only small gripe, if you can call it one, is when you pause the game, the Switch loses connection to the server and switches off the online play options. While this is not really important, I felt this was an extra step to take to get back in on the action and I don’t know, could maybe be fixed some way or the other? It will actively search whether it is online and then display the full menu again, I guess I am trying to say it could do this without an extra screen?

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In conclusion, Doom is and will always be a shooter that is very violent. One might even say it is far from the child-friendly reputation sported by Nintendo and its consoles. But it is such a great fit, be it for a short gaming session or a longer online play, this game just fits so amazingly in my hands.

What I really feared, that it would disappoint me, it did not happen. Far from it even! I had such a blast playing it and just love to be able to play this game on the Go.

When I thought about scoring this game, I looked at how well it performed and how I compared it with other similar titles and ran into a bit of a pickle there. There is no game like Doom on Switch right now, so yeah, hopefully, it will be the first of many of its genre! We already know Wolfenstein is coming, hopefully, it will not stop at that one!

My rating stands at 85% !

8.5/10

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