PLOT A space marine has demons to battle.
RATED M for Mature
DETAILS PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC; $59.99
BOTTOM LINE A devishly smart update.
The venerable first-person shooter game Doom is back, re-imagined and coated with a heavy dose of nostalgia. Like earlier incarnations, it begins with the Union Aerospace Corporation, which has found a solution to Earth’s energy crisis. In public, the company says it has tapped into a power resource found only on Mars, but it has actually opened an interdimensional portal to hell, and started siphoning energy from there. Monsters start taking over the Union Aerospace facilities, producing massive casualties. Players must control the legendary unnamed space marine of the earlier games, but in this iteration, he has some unfamiliar capabilities. Previously he couldn’t even jump, but now he can leap and clamber up ledges and draw upon a slew of mechanics to help. The new Doom pushes players to quickly and efficiently eliminate hordes of demons with the arsenal of deadly weapons available.