There are precious few first-person shooter franchises as iconic or beloved as Doom. With the series enjoying a resurgence of late, gamers are increasingly interested in going back to replay the classic games that got it all started. They can do that now on current-generation game consoles. However, these decades-old games include some very modern frustrations.
The Doom games follow the exploits of the unnamed “Doomguy” as he does battle with the forces of Hell in the distant future. Doom’s unrelenting action and creepy visuals made it a massive success. Along with Wolfenstein 3D, Doom helped define first-person shooters with features like 3D graphics, multiplayer, and more.
Doom, Doom II, and Doom 3 launched first on the Switch before coming to the PS4, and the Xbox One will get the ports soon. Switch owners snapped up the titles in the company’s eShop. The 1993 Doom is $5, as is Doom II. Doom 3 (originally released in 2004) costs a bit more at $10. This marks the first time Doom 3 has been available on a Nintendo console. The 2016 rebooted Doom game was already available on Switch.
Bethesda currently owns the rights to the Doom franchise, and unfortunately, it added a nasty surprise to the Switch versions of the classic games: Players are required to log in with Bethesda accounts to play the game. In addition, the games require a constant internet connection. This might not be the end of the world for Xbox or Playstation consoles that sit next to your TV indefinitely, but the Switch is portable. You’re more likely to use it in places where you don’t have internet access.
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Some players report that Bethesda’s servers aren’t even working properly following the release. So, while they’re logged in and have a Wi-Fi connection, the server remains unreachable. Thus, these games that predate the modern internet won’t load. It’s pretty silly.
You might want to wait a bit for Bethesda to get all its ducks in a row, but the Doom ports do look like a good deal. They come with all pertinent expansions like the Doom II Master Levels add-on and Doom III’s Resurrection of Evil. Doom and Doom II also support four-player local deathmatch and co-op play. The two older games are just a few hundred megabytes, but you’ll need to clear 7.6GB of space for the third game.