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    Doom II: Hell on Earth

    Game » consists of 19 releases. Released Sep 30, 1994

    After the events of Doom, Hell has found its way to Earth. The last living scientists develop a plan to evacuate what's remaining of the human race with enormous space ships. Unfortunately, the demons have taken control of the only spaceport, and it's up to the nameless space marine to take it back.

    theblackpigeon's DOOM II (Xbox 360 Games Store) review

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    Double your DOOM.

     
    It's been a while, but id, Bethesda and Nerve have finally brought the second chapter of the DOOM saga to the Xbox Live Arcade. While the game itself isn't as memorable as the original, fans of classic FPS action will still find that there are plenty of thrills to be had within DOOM II's dark corridors and hellish domains.  
     
    Players once again take control of a lone marine as you rip and tear through 32 more levels of demonic infestation, as well as a brand new chapter created specifically for the XBLA version. Veterans of the original DOOM will find that they now have access to a potent double barreled shotgun. And they'll have plenty of chances to test it out, as Hell has reinforced their front line with a host of new monsters, such as the Lost Soul spewing Pain Elementals, and the lethal ArchVile, who has the power to resurrect the dead.  
     
    From a technical standpoint, both the visuals and gameplay remain largely unchanged from the first game, save for a few new textures in the environments, and the additions mentioned above. But, I will say that Nerve have once again done a fine port job, as there are no missing animations on the sprites, missing textures, or shortened levels that have plagued ports of years past. Controls are smooth and responsive, for the most part. And thankfully, the D-pad serves as a kind of quick select between weapons that use a certain type of ammunition, which certainly comes in handy during those close encounters.
     
    As I mentioned earlier, for as fun as this game is, I really don't feel that it stands out quite as much as the original did. The game's level design stands as the main culprit. While there are a few gems buried within, the flow, difficulty, and overall structure don't resonate with me as much as the ones found in DOOM.  
     
    Regardless, I can still recommend DOOM II to anybody who's hankering for that olde timey FPS flavor. Along with plenty of single player content, you've got co-op and multiplayer modes, leaderboards, and 200 Gamerscore points to earn. You could certainly do worse for 800pts, so go ahead and tool up. 
     
    Hell's waiting.... 

    Other reviews for DOOM II (Xbox 360 Games Store)

      A Hell of a Good Time 0

      "Boss Fight". Get it? id Software's Doom came out in 1993, and it took the world by storm, more or less inventing the first person  shooter genre, and setting off a wave of baseless controversy over its violent content. It literally went on to become one of the most famous and influential video games of all time. The inevitable sequel, entitled Doom II: Hell on Earth, came out just a year later, adding on to the original with 32 new levels, as well as a variety of new monsters and a s...

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      17 Years Later, Doom 2 Continues to Entertain 0

      Doom 2 still kicks ass in the modern era. It's distinct style, balls-out arcade gameplay, and excellent music all create an atmosphere that has never been matched, even by Doom 3 and other Id creations of the present.Doom, like Rise of the Triad, Duke 3d, and a lot of the other shooters of the mid-90s, still look really cool. In my opinion these graphics have withstood the test of time quite well, just like other exceptional sprite-based graphics present in games like Symphony of the Night and S...

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