Classic sequel to a classic shooter
Doom II's subtitle pretty much sums up everything you need to know about the game: Hell on Earth. This first sequel to the classic and hardcore shooter, Doom, follows on from its predecessor in both story and gameplay and while it doesn't offer much innovation to the established formula, it remains an enjoyable and hectic blast-fest. The story picks up directly after the conclusion of the first game and finds the player facing off against more hordes of demons as they surge through the universe, destroying everything they come across. The game takes players through a range of environments, including space ships, cities and the like and while the levels are still largely linear, Doom has never been about exploration. The series is also known for its impressively over-the-top weapons and while the classics remain, rather disappointingly there is only one new addition, the double-barrelled shotgun, although it is immensely satisfying to use. Other changes are fairly minimal, with perhaps the biggest being a new line-up of monsters and with a new power-up really being the only other noticeable one. Graphics and sound too are largely unchanged but remain slick enough, with all the usual cool effects, roars and gunfire adding much to the atmosphere. Apart from this, it's business as usual, and Doom II is packed to the rafters with intense blasting action. It's not complex or deep and requires little more than a fast trigger finger but it is undeniably fun and that's what games are about. If you want to play a slice of gaming history, grab Doom II, sit back and enjoy the ride.