More goodies for multiplayer madness
HIGH: Unleash a new demon to terrorize the opposition.
LOW: The default cannon still stinks.
WTF: Taunt via meditating in midair.
First things first: for a full review of Doom on the PS4, please go here. This review covers only the season pass content.
Now with that out of the way, the question about any season pass is whether it’s worth the price of admission. In Doom’s case, then perhaps… But only if multiplayer if your thing. At $40, it’s one of the pricier passes out there and not much of a deal, either. Biting the bullet for the entire pass only saves $5 compared to buying each offering individually.
Akin to most season pass offerings, Doom’s will roll out in stages. Unto the Evil is the first of the three. It brings three new maps, an unlocked pistol (the default weapon in Campaign mode), access to the robot armor set, some new taunts, a new deadly playable demon called the Harvester, and an array of unlockable hack modules that function as timed boosts. There is no content for the campaign or custom map modes.
So how good is all this content?
The maps are good but not great, the pistol is just as useless as it in the campaign, and the robot armor set is snazzy but not functionally special. On the plus side, I dig the new Harvester, and the extra hack modules are beneficial. In essence, it dresses up a multiplayer mode that’s already fairly robust.
If that doesn’t sound like high praise, let me elaborate by saying that I found Doom multiplayer to be some of the most accessible and playable out there, and perhaps the only one of its kind that doesn’t punish newbies while rewarding team play. It’s positive, then, that Unto The Evil doesn’t slant things towards those who purchase it and doesn’t penalize those who don’t.
Unto the Evil is a solid start, but it’s likely that the two other DLCs yet to come will surpass it since the development team will have thousands of hours of community play and feedback by that time. Time will tell.
Disclosures: This add-on was developed by id Software and published by Bethesda Softworks. It is currently available on PS4, XBOX 360, and PC. This copy of the content was obtained via publisher and reviewed on PS4. Approximately 6 hours of play were devoted to the multiplayer mode, the lone option for this add-on.