GOTY 2016 | Number 2 — Doom
The one PC game that has always held a special place in my heart is Doom. After such a lengthy development cycle, I was on the fence about getting it at all. In the end, id Software made it worth the wait and the new Doom is a phenomenal game. Channeling just about everything that made the original Doom games great, it updates the formula perfectly and brings a classic game into a new generation just as well as the likes of Ocarina of Time. Frankly, it was all out war between Doom and my number one game, with the deciding factor being that I got side-tracked and haven’t finished the entire Doom campaign. Even still, this game well deserves as high a spot as it got on my list.
One of the best parts of the new Doom is the rhythm they’ve managed to put together for the combat. Each time that death metal starts up and I’m slaying demons, it feels a lot smoother than any other FPS I’ve played. Working the glory kills into gaining health and using the chainsaw to get more ammo means you’ve got lots of reason and opportunity to switch things up as you play. What I didn’t expect at all was just how hilarious the writing for the story would end up being. All of the lore the game throws in there with the Doomslayer and the attitude the player character has towards everything hits in just the right way and continues to be entertaining well into the campaign. I don’t need to go to Hell to know that Doom is an easy choice for number two in my top ten games of 2016.