Game Review: DOOM Eternal

13 June 2020

Written by: Sam Hughes

Over-the-top violence and smooth movement make this a sweet game.

The premise of being one man against the armies of hell has never been quite as fun as what DOOM Eternal presents it to be.

Playing DOOM Eternal feels like you’re giving into your primal instincts and it just makes sense; slicing a demon in half with a chainsaw in order to collect ammunition for your shotgun? Sounds logical. Lobbing a grenade into the gaping mouth of the balloon-like cacodemon? The huge gulp followed by what sounds like a backfiring car engine is delightfully funny. Running for your life because you have no ammunition and almost no health? Terrifying, but exhilarating.

DOOM Eternal is a tightly designed first-person shooter game that feels very satisfying to play. The experience is a sensory overload; its heavy metal music gets your adrenaline pumping, and slick controls propel you through levels while you eviscerate every demon in your path with your weapon of choice.

While the game has a trace of a story, it’s certainly nothing deep or meaningful. Demons have taken over Earth and you play a glorified demon exterminator. If you don’t enjoy the fast-paced gory violence that DOOM is known for, this game probably isn’t for you. It’s overwhelmingly violent and absolutely earns it’s R18+ rating with the amount of gore and body horror shown on screen.

DOOM Eternal is worth all of its $80 price tag for those who are looking for a sweet adrenaline rush or simply want to forget the current circumstances, turn off their brains and just blast some demons into pieces.


Article: Sam Hughes is a third-year Media and Communications student (Sports Journalism) at La Trobe University. You can follow him on Twitter @SammySLHug

Photo: Screenshot from DOOM Eternal.