‘Doom’ Celebrates 25th Anniversary By Re-Releasing Three Classic Games

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Doom, there’s now mobile versions in the Google Play Store, reports Android Police, “and since this is a 25th-anniversary release, it includes the fourth expansion Thy Flesh Consumed. It’s the complete package folks, and it’s finally available on Android as an official release.”

And in addition, three Doom re-releases are now available for the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, reports the Verge — though there was one little glitch:

Bethesda says it’ll get rid of the strange requirement that players must log into an online account before they play the newly re-released versions of Doom, Doom II, and Doom 3, which went live yesterday. Players quickly criticized Bethesda for the seemingly ridiculous limitation — the first of these games was released more than 25 years ago, at a time when there was obviously no internet requirement. The online login will be made optional in a coming update, Bethesda said today.

The re-releases were part of QuakeCon 2019, reports IGN, noting that Bethesda also showcased Doom Eternal’s multiplayer, “revealing new details about the unique 1v2 Battle Mode.”

Forbes hails the re-releases as “id Software’s fast-paced, ultra-violent…classic shooters,” adding that “It appears the re-releases are actually Unity remakes, though whether much has changed beyond resolution support remains to be seen.” But they may also have some other minor differences, Engadget reports:

There have been a few other complaints as well, such as the addition of copy protection, graphical changes (such as filtering that softens those 1993-era graphics) and apparent music tempo slowdowns on the Switch. That’s not including the removal of downloads for the old PS3 and Xbox 360 versions. It’s not a fiasco, but these clearly weren’t the straightforward ports some were expecting.

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