Sunday, December 11, 2005

Doom 3 (PC) Completed in Less than 2 Hours!

Holy rocking chairs, Batman! Doom 3 (PC) is roughly a 20+ hour game on Marine (Normal) Difficulty, and someone managed to win it in just under 1H 45M, canceling all cinematics! No shit! The guy recorded the game, and you can download it right here. Keep in mind it is a very large file, just under 400 MB, and you'll need DivX Codec to view it.

This is just amazing to watch (and ironically probably more entertaining than the recent Doom movie). The player essentially sprints like a mad man through every level, blowing the snot out of something if it gets in his direct way, otherwise by-passing it entirely. All very, very impressive and of course, he doesn't die once!

What I also found cool was seeing the differences between the original PC version, and the Xbox version I own. As we know, the Xbox version had a bit of level redesign to stream-line things and improve the game's pacing for a console audience, however after watching the entire PC version now I can say the critical path for both versions remains largely the same. Some side rooms were moved around and some enemy and weapon placement is different, while in other areas rooms were a bit condenced or whole areas removed entirely, but aside from a bit more play time the Xbox version seems to be very much like it's PC parent (though brighter, as id Software mentioned).

One thing I did notice though was that at the beginning of the game, the frantic Marine radio chatter was a lot less repetative than it was in the Xbox version, there were a few more survivors encountered, and more Mars exterior areas to go through. The player was also skilled enough to take down Mancubus' at point blank range with a Chainsaw on multiple occassions, and he's rushing!

It also appears that I was correct in my Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil (Xbox) review, and certain re-visited areas that appeared different were in fact the original layout from the PC version of Doom 3. This leads me to believe that Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil was a more direct port of its PC parent.

Speaking of Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil, the same guy did a speed run through it in just under 55 Min. You can download it here, and the file ways in at just under 138 MB.

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