The Doom Eternal Review is a promotional eBook for a different sort of role-playing game, that of Doom Eternal. It was written by R.T. Elmslie and was released last month to great fanfare from fans and critics alike.
While Elmslie did a great job describing the specifics of the Doom world, it should be noted that this book was not a fan’s or reviewer’s only glimpse into what the Doom game has to offer. It was written as a way to get Doom fans involved in playing the game, which makes sense given that it is based on that original source material.
Some of the images and concepts in the Doom universe have been made available to the public, through this book, though it will most likely be played at conventions, used on screen and the like. Of course, Doom Eternal is an independent product, so a physical book release does not hurt its sales.
The Doom game is an action-oriented game where you play a character in a city that has become overrun by the creatures of Hell. You are among the last humans left on Earth, and your goal is to stop the slaughter, both from the streets of the city and from the upper levels of the buildings that they occupy. In other words, you want to play the hero who is looking out for all of mankind.
In the story, you meet the God of War named Doom, a warrior who is the ultimate in survival instincts. You don’t find out how you got there until later on in the story, but you quickly realize that your only chance for survival is to fight to the death to keep from becoming the next victim of the horror and depravity that are stalking mankind. You begin your adventure in the center of a war zone, fighting to survive against monsters, other warriors and the evil which lurks within the city.
As mentioned, this game is not all about survival, however. For those who are interested in a wider setting, you will also find other options available, such as sailing the Seven Seas, looking into the history of ancient civilizations, or spending time with a cast of characters from the game world that is important to the story.
One final note, however: the publishers have received some negative feedback that has resulted in some new content being added to the Doom Eternal novelization. This article cannot go into too much detail about what has been changed from the game itself, but it is important to note that the negative comments were not factual, but rather opinion.
Since I played the game and reviewed it a few months ago, I had the opportunity to try out a demo of the book, so I am familiar with the Doom engine, the concept of the game and the rules for role-playing in the world of Doom. However, the book did not give me much opportunity to see the city of Prague from the outside, so I can’t really comment on the city from within the confines of the story.
There is some fascinating information in the Doom Eternal Review, especially about the faction of humans you play in the game. Although they make up a small portion of the entire population, their importance is at least acknowledged. Some of the most interesting topics in the book deal with the culture of the humans who live under the command of the human rulers of the city of Prague.
Some of the interesting sections of the Doom Eternal Review include descriptions of the art of painting, music and other creative arts, as well as their similarities to the artwork that can be found in the Doom universe. Even a fun description of the typical demeanor of a normal person in a regular world with just the right amount of hope and warmth and positivity can be found in the Doom Eternal Review.
I’ve never played a video game that has been covered in such detail and such an entertaining manner, so the DoomEternal Review stands out as one of the best of the year. At the very least, it offers an interesting peek into the world of Doom and the players that inhabit it.