If you have some sort of urge to play Doom 3 on PC again, this is not the version to play. Somehow iD has managed to make this new version of the game worse in just about every aspect to the version that they released in 2004.
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When Doom 3 first came out, the game was controversial to say the least. That's not to say that anything about the content of the game was offensive or lewd, but everything about the third game in the Doom series was so completely different from the games that preceded it, from the dark environments to the forced story. Even people that liked Doom 3 at its core argued over things like the existence and use of the flashlight within the game. Now, iD has created an HD version for both consoles and PC called Doom 3 BFG, but does it actually change anything?
As with any HD re-release, lets start by talking about the original game. For the first time in the history of the series, Doom 3 tried to create a story, but without the use of dialogue. Instead, it tells its story through computers and PDAs that dead people have left behind, which you collect obsessively. The game also traded the wide open spaces of Doom 1 & 2 for extremely tight corridors. The speed of the action decreases dramatically and the game tried for something far more atmospheric than ever before.
The game tries to engineer this atmosphere with one very simple element, darkness. The entire game is full of flickering and failing lights, and the only light source you have reliable access to is your flashlight. Doom 3 even limits your access to this single light source by keeping you from using a gun at the same time as the flashlight.
Doom 3 BFG rips out this piece of the original game's atmosphere, incorporating one of the most popular mode for the original game on PC and allowing the flashlight to be used whenever you want. Even worse than simply incorporating the famous Duck Tape Mod, the game does not give you a choice to return to how the original game was, which is a huge problem. One of the most important things that HD re-releases can do is perserve games beyond their original lifespan, and making fundamental modifications to the original release is a betrayal of that spirit.
Beyond this basic mechanical change, some of the visuals have changed as well, surprisingly enough for the worst. Textures in Doom 3 BFG actually look noticeably worse than the textures in the original game, and it has eliminated the shadow tech that made the original version of Doom 3 look so incredible.
If you have some sort of urge to play Doom 3 on PC again, this is not the version to play. Somehow iD has managed to make this new version of the game worse in just about every aspect to the version that they released in 2004. The original version gives you more choice thanks to all of the time that fans have had to make mods for it, and while you can make that version of the game practically any way that you want, Doom 3 BFG doesn't let you make any changes whatsoever.