Published on July 3rd, 2015 | by Fifties
Vintage Video Games #10 – Doom
Doom is another big game from 1993 which once played, never forgotten! Controversial at the time because of the violet nature, it is considered one of the most significant and influential titles in the computer game industry due to it ushering the popularity of the first-person shooter.
The Plot: In Doom, you play the part of an unnamed space marine who has been punitively posted to Mars after assaulting his commanding officer, who ordered his unit to fire on civilians. The Martian base acts as security for the Union Aerospace Corporation (UAC), which is performing secret experiments with teleportation by creating gateways between the two moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos.
Mars is considered by space marines to be the dullest assignment imaginable but his all changes when the UAC experiments go horribly wrong and the computer systems fail causing something incredibly evil to pour through the gateway killing or possessing all personnel. Quickly a ship from Mars to Phobos is sent to investigate, where the player is left to guard the perimeter with only a pistol while the rest of the group proceeds inside.
You hear assorted radio messages, gunfire, and screams, followed by silence: “Seems your buddies are dead.” You cannot navigate the ship off of Phobos alone and see that the only way out is to fight through the demon infested planet and stop them invading earth.
Highlights: Playing Doom was intense and bloody scary! You never know what lurked behind the next door … for a player it was completely engrossing and compelling.