So I decided to download the open beta for Doom’s multiplayer because it was free and there were a bunch of Steam reviews stating that it was a horrible multiplayer experience.
Personally, I really don’t get what the big deal is with most of those reviewers. I don’t know if they come from an arena shooter like Unreal Tournament and they wanted a super polished arena shooter or if they just didn’t like the gameplay overall but I actually enjoyed playing it!
I’ve never played Unreal Tournament and have little experience with arena shooters but I had a blast playing the Doom beta multiplayer.
Lots of Killing To Be Had
The open beta was pretty brutal and it did take a bit of time to get used to playing this type of FPS but after a while, I started to get pretty decent at it.
There were two game modes – Team Deathmatch & Warpath – and after checking out the customization features for my character and for all of the weapons I dived right into the Team Deathmatch mode.
At first I thought that having the demon spawn was pretty lame. You see, there are random spawn points for a pick up to turn into a demon of your choice. For the beta they only had the one demon which was a revenant.
The revenant has one hit kill rockets and a jetpack. I died A LOT to the demon and they’re pretty tough to take down. A player cannot be a demon for too long though as there is a timer.
It wasn’t until I became a demon and saw how fun it was where I accepted having a demon spawn in the games. It’s quite fun to become an unstoppable demon and to blast away all enemies.
For the most part, the teams I was apart of lost the Team Deathmatch matches but I still had fun and that’s what it is all about, right? The overall atmosphere of the game is pretty awesome. The music is just right for the energy of the multiplayer experience and even after dying a bunch I still wanted to get in for some more.
Warpath was a unique game mode. It’s like a King of the Hill game mode except that the zone in constantly moving around the map and you need to protect and conquer the zone at all times to win.
I’m looking forward to seeing the other game modes at the full release in May for sure, I’m not entirely sure if the multiplayer is going to be an absolutely huge hit but I can see there being a community in the long haul for it as long as it delivers more content in the forms of maps, customization and demon choices.
Not Living Up To The Hype?
As I stated at the beginning of the post, most of the Steam reviews were left with a negative response and many of these reviews were talking about that it didn’t feel like the type of arena shooter that was “promised”.
I’m not sure if some of the devs reached out to different arena shooter communities and talked about how the gameplay was going to be and it ended up not being that or what but there are quite a few of these negative reviews…
I personally think that people were expecting a super fast paced multiplayer. I have played a game called Quake Live before which is a free Quake arena shooter and I remember the movement being extremely fast.
I see this Doom multiplayer as that… the movement speed isn’t nearly to that level but there are power ups, armor pick ups, health pick ups and bonuses scattered around the maps.
I really did have that arena shooter feeling I just think that there is a large group of people that wanted a much faster paced gameplay. To me, I really liked the beta and that’s just it – I enjoyed a beta version of the multiplayer.
This has a ton of potential for people that aren’t looking for a perfect shooter that simply provides fun. As long as this title isn’t littered with stupid DLC packs and micro-transactions for cosmetics then this is definitely going to be a fun multiplayer experience for years to come – especially with the SnapMap feature.
Some Screen Shots
You’ll have to excuse the blur… I did indeed have an option to turn of motion blue but I didn’t think that it’d do this with taking screen shots.
For future game posts I’ll be sure to turn off motion blur! 😛
All in all, I had fun with this beta multiplayer. I already confirmed with myself that I wanted to get this new Doom title because I’ve played the other Doom games and I think that the single player is going to be amazing.
I know that I’ll also dip into the multiplayer a good bit simply because it’s good fun. It’s not something I’d take super seriously and it’ll help my itch of wanting to pick up a FPS match here and there to kill some things.
If you don’t care and don’t expect a perfect arena shooter experience from Doom then you’re going to have fun with it. It’s simple fun.
So, did you play the Doom open beta?
Are you disappointed with the overall gameplay?