The Problem of Problems

The premise of Doom (2016) is simple: You are a space marine stranded on Mars.  A portal has been opened to hell and you are the only one who can stop it. I said it was simple, not logical.

The problem-s0lving in DOOM is limited to how and when you evicerate the demon hordes. Players have a host of grisly weapons at their disposal:

  • pistol
  • shotgun
  • machine gun
  • rocket launcher
  • chainsaw
DOOM (2016): Your entire job is to violently beat back legions of demons.
DOOM (2016): Your entire job is to violently beat back legions of demons.

So, is DOOM worth the violence?

No. DOOM focuses on death and killing as a major part of the plot and gaming experience. They put a lot of time into 3 areas:

  1. Making a big deal about how things die
  2. How enemies look as they die
  3. Your role in making things die

1) Making a Big Deal about How Things Die

There are a lot of games the include violence. I’m not against all of them. Doom goes beyond killing armed combatants and revels in death. So much so that there is a 9 minute montage on youtube simply of these “glory killings“. (graphic content in this link)

2) How They Look as They Die

DOOM has put a lot of effort into making the gore visceral and realistic.
DOOM has put a lot of effort into making the gore visceral and realistic.

Doom is incredibly realistic. It builds suspense with sound, lighting and graphics that are incredible. Yet the beauty of the graphics is simply to further enhance the brutality of the character, horror and gameplay.

3) Your Role in Making Things Die

It’s one thing for someone to die a gruesome death. It’s another thing for you to be rewarded for instigating that horrific death.

For example, you can: (graphic content in these links)

Conclusion: Not worth it

The game designers put a lot of blood in this game. So much that it gets nearly comical. That’s probably not a heart we want for our young gamers. Parents should avoid this game for young gamers.

Gospel Connection

  • As Christians we are to celebrate whatever is pure, lovely and admirable. (Philippians 4:8) What do you enjoy most about this game? How does it line up with this standard for excellence?
  • All people are created in the image and likeness of God. (Genesis 1:27) We seem to understand that even in our video games. Why did the game designers choose demons instead of aliens / humans / robots?
  • What is one way we can self-check to ensure we’re healthy in our gaming?

 

Alternative Game: 

Halo: Game alternative for DOOM

Halo (Xbox) The writer of this review is a fan of the original Halo series (specifically Combat Evolved). Halo: Combat Evolved (the first one) is still rated mature due to gore, however gore isn’t the point of the game. There is plenty of action and killing, and the hero is far from a perfect individual, but the plot is engaging beyond “Hey, look! Demon spawn!”  More about First Person Shooters Here.

 

Want to know how this game got the grade it did? Check out the game-grade breakdown for DOOM (2016) is here

Also, Check out the Video Game Scoring Guide. 

General Info:

DOOM: Appropriate For 17+                                          

Platform:  Playstation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC                                   

Rated: Mature (Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language)