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Digital FoundryFace-Off: Doom 3: BFG Edition

Digital Foundry assesses id Software's in-house remastering.

Digital FoundryDoom 3: BFG Edition DFPC 768p vs. 1080p Video

The Digital Foundry PC running Doom 3 BFG at maximum settings, with 2x MSAA. Performance is almost perfect, as you'd hope it would be with a game of this age. Here we pit our token resolutions, 768p and 1080p, against each other and find only the latter d

Digital FoundryDoom 3: BFG Edition Xbox 360 vs. PC Comparison Video

Additional layers of anti-aliasing, plus excellent motion blur differentiate PC from Xbox 360.

Digital FoundryDoom 3: BFG Edition PS3 vs. Xbox 360 Comparison Video

The two console versions battle it out - in terms of image quality there's not much in it, aside from dynamic scaling artifacts and torn frames.

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Speedrunner sets new world record for Doom... 3?!

Sprints through campaign in under 65 minutes.

With all the hullabaloo around id Software's shockingly sterling Doom reboot, folks have been revisiting previous Doom titles. One such series fanatic, YouTuber Corpseflesh, even set a new world record for blazing through 2005's Doom 3 in record time.

Legendary and maybe part-machine programmer John Carmack will receive this year's BAFTA Fellowship award, joining the likes of Gabe Newell, Shigeru Miyamoto, Will Wright and many others. He'll receive the award at the BAFTA Games Awards 7th April in London - an event happening alongside EGX Rezzed.

Digital FoundryDoom 3: BFG Edition DFPC 768p vs. 1080p Video

The Digital Foundry PC running Doom 3 BFG at maximum settings, with 2x MSAA. Performance is almost perfect, as you'd hope it would be with a game of this age. Here we pit our token resolutions, 768p and 1080p, against each other and find only the latter d

The Digital Foundry PC running Doom 3 BFG at maximum settings, with 2x MSAA. Performance is almost perfect, as you'd hope it would be with a game of this age. Here we pit our token resolutions, 768p and 1080p, against each other and find only the latter d

Doom 3: BFG Edition review

Doom 3: BFG Edition review

Blast the past!

This review is intended purely as an assessment of how Doom 3's content and gameplay stand up today. If you're interested in the features and technical aspects of this new version, Digital Foundry will have extensive coverage for you over the next two days.

If anything encapsulates Doom, in all its wide-eyed and gory glory, it is the three letters BFG. In an age where arms manufacturers lobby publishers to include real-life killing machines in FPS games, there's something quite innocent, even sweet, about the idea of shooting a green plasma ball from a Big F***ing Gun.

The BFG does seem to sit oddly, however, in the most recent and somewhat humourless entry in the series. Doom 3 mostly takes place in an oppressive, winding research facility on Mars - a cold metal labyrinth of funnelling corridors, filled with the remnants of the recently deceased and subject to constant invasion from hell's forces. It is an environment designed to induce claustrophobia, always hemming you in and frequently blocking you off. A world that, regardless of the plentiful monsters, is never a nice place to be.

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Digital FoundryWhat's new for PC in Doom 3: BFG Edition?

A computer conversion of a console remaster of the PC original?

No advanced graphics settings, no field-of-view adjustments, no out of the box support for mods - on first loading up Doom 3: BFG Edition, it's difficult to avoid the impression that id Software has turned its back on the PC fanbase that supported it for so many years. Some might even describe the new release as a downgrade in many respects compared to the 2004 code - a port from current-gen console remixed from the PC original. But it would be churlish to ignore some of the improvements and refinements made to the overall package.

Installing Doom 3 BFG on Xbox 360 makes Dooms 1 & 2 unplayable

UPDATE: Bethesda notes the games will still be playable, but must be accessed through the dashboard.

Update: Bethesda noted that if you do decide to install Doom 3 BFG, the previous games will still be available from the Xbox 360 dashboard, just not from the in-game menu. Here is the official response:

Dishonored and Doom 3 BFG Edition playable at Eurogamer Expo

Get the UK's first public hands-on with Bethesda's latest.

Thick and fast. That's how we like our Eurogamer Expo announcements now that everyone's signing them off and we can tell you what to expect. This morning we announced that Halo 4 is playable and Frank O'Connor from 343 Industries is doing a developer session. This afternoon we can add that Dishonored and Doom 3 BFG Edition will both be playable too!

FeatureJohn Carmack on Virtual Reality - Uncut

By popular demand, a complete transcript of our E3 interview.

At E3 last month, I got the chance to interview John Carmack and try out his prototype virtual reality headset, using the device to play the forthcoming Doom 3: BFG Edition. It was, as I wrote at the time, a memorable experience:

Digital FoundryWhat Went Wrong with Stereo 3D?

Why mainstream 3D is losing traction and how John Carmack could change everything.

It was supposed to be The Next Big Thing - a perfect storm of movies, TV and games. The future of display technology was stereoscopic, bringing a new level of immersion to both passive and interactive entertainment. James Cameron's Avatar set the stage for a mainstream takeover, sporting events looked phenomenal in three dimensions, while 3D gaming got the best possible backing via exceptionally strong support from Sony. Nintendo even launched its new handheld off the back of its glasses-free auto-stereoscopic display.

Doom 3 BFG Edition release date, price announced

Doom 3 BFG Edition launches in Europe on 19th October 2012, Bethesda has announced.

It launches on PC for £19.99 / €29.99 and on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for £29.99 / €39.99.

The new version includes the original Doom and Doom 2, Doom 3 and its expansion Resurrection of Evil plus The Lost Mission, a never-before-seen single-player story for Doom 3 spread over seven fresh levels. Re-mastered graphics, support for 3D and head-mounted displays, 5.1 surround sound, improved rendering and lighting will also feature. Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions will, naturally, include Achievements/Trophies.

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FeatureJohn Carmack and the Virtual Reality Dream

VR is back - and it works! We chat to id's mad professor and try his amazing homebrew headset.

It was, to be frank, the best E3 appointment I have ever had. Today I met id Software founder and legendary coder John Carmack and tried his bonkers homebrew virtual reality headset.

Doom 3 BFG Edition announced for PC, PS3, Xbox 360

Doom 3 BFG Edition announced for PC, PS3, Xbox 360

Remastered version with hours of new content, plus Doom and Doom 2.

Doom 3 BFG Edition, a re-mastered and expanded version of Doom 3, will be released for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 this autumn, developer id Software has announced.

The new version includes the original Doom and Doom 2, Resurrection of Evil plus The Lost Mission, a never-before-seen single-player story for Doom 3 spread over seven fresh levels.

Re-mastered graphics, support for 3D and head-mounted displays, 5.1 surround sound, improved rendering and lighting will also feature.

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