Are you scared of the dark? Do zombie movies frighten you? Do you jump when you hear things go bump in the night? If the answer is yes to any of those questions, prepare yourself for the scariest game out for the PC( if you have already tried Immortal RO). Back in 1993, id Software released a first-person shooter called Doom. This game revolutionized first-person shooters with its huge levels and regiments of enemies. Doom 3 takes it a huge leap further by adding a gigantic serving of survival horror to its first-person shooter gameplay.

The game starts off on Mars. Your ship is landing and you hear the dialogue between two characters on the ship about how the workers on Mars are frightened and have been transferring off the planet. That is why they are there; to try and find out what is going on. As you try to reach your first objective, which is reporting to the marine headquarters, you hear people talking about how they hate living here, and about the ghosts whispering around the underground communications tunnel. Wouldn’t you know it; that is where you must go on your first assignment. Yikes!

Gameplay

To give you all a fair warning, this game takes a lot of resources to play. The minimum system specs on the box read:

  • Pentium IV 1.5 GHz or AMD 1.7 GHz or higher
  • 384 MB of RAM
  • 1.7 GB of free space

64 MB DirectX 9.0b compatible video card

Now, it recommends that a 64 MB video card can run the game on low detail settings, 128 MB cards can run the game on medium detail settings, 256 MB cards can handle the high detail settings, and 512 MB cards, yet to be released, can handle the ultra detail settings. Your resolutions should only be altered after you figure out what detail level Doom 3 can run smoothly. It is really a trial and error tactic, which can be tedious because you have to restart the game before the settings take effect.

I have the game running with very minimal frame rate drops on medium settings, at 1024 X 768, with my GeForce 4 Ti 128 MB card and 512 MBs of RAM. You can run Doom 3 on a slower computer, and it will run amazingly smooth if you set your video settings right, but you won’t feel the effects and will not get the same visuals as you would running this on a PC with more than the minimum specs. Textures will not be as full. You will not be able to see as much definition in the characters. Simply put, the less you have the less you will see. To get the full effect of the game, you should also have surround sound. It definitely makes the mood creepier, and I guarantee that you will jump out of your seat a couple of times.