I really should think before I post.
I've played through most of Doom 3 and have finished Resurrection of Evil. My pros and cons are as follows:
Great art direction. Lots of micro details, especially with the computer screen animations. The maps really situate you in a claustrophobic Martian hell, and the texture quality is superb. Lighting is quite stark and still looks very good today. Enemy designs are mature and well executed.
Unexpected features, like the "mini game" involving disposing waste canisters, the gravity gun and heart "weapon" in ROE, or the sentry bots that help mow down enemies.
Deeply atmospheric, with cinematic ambient music, careful use of environmental sounds, eerie and disturbing lighting, and enemies ambushing the player.
A number of classic idioms were included, such as the demonic iconography, a depiction of Hell, moody lighting, and the overwhelming sense of helplessness.
Gameplay isn't weighed down by lengthy cutscenes, unnecessary puzzles, heavy NPC interaction, or micro-managing.
Most of the weapons sucked. Many of them seem oddly un-futuristic, while the ones that do weren't particularly impressive. This takes place in the year 2145; we shouldn't expect weapons based so closely on today's to be the norm in the 22nd century.
A lot of other aesthetics seem rather outdated, too, such as: bulky PDA's and video discs taking the place of implants or electronic telepathy, which we have been working on for years; large, bulky armor when we have been working on thin, light-weight armor for years; silly looking computers with large keyboards, when holographic touch screen interaction would make more sense; very little indication of a world filled with nanotechnology; sentry bots too stupid to not fire at you on occasion; and of course, the flashlight problem that was quickly solved with the Duct Tape mod.
Depictions of Phobos and Deimos would have been nice, and it wouldn't have hurt to feature more of Hell.
Level design was painfully linear.
Firefights are often underwhelming.
Last edited by GoatLord on 06-16-11 at 21:24