At this point, we’re all used to re-released games as “Ultimate,” “Complete” or “Game of the Year” editions, so when Bethesda sent along word of a new Doom 3 release, we didn’t blink. The BFG Edition not only marks the first time that a Doom game will appear on the PlayStation 3 (fear not, Xbox 360 owners, you’re getting it, too), but the package comes with seven new levels and the classics Doom and Doom 2. Doom 3 has been updated to improve the checkpoint system
OK, so what’s the big deal about a new edition of a great shooter? Honestly, not a whole lot… until we read the included quote from John Carmack. Here’s what the mastermind had to say (emphasis mine),
“DOOM 3 was enthusiastically embraced by gamers worldwide at its release,” said John Carmack, Technical Director at id Software. “Today, the full experience has been enhanced and extended to be better than ever, and is delivered across all the platforms with a silky smooth frame rate and highly responsive controls. New support for 3D TVs, monitors, and head mounted displays also allows players to experience the game with more depth than ever before. We think shooter fans everywhere will love it.”
Read that again. Head. Mounted. Displays.
I’ve never actually used one of these things, but you can bet that if there is one on the E3 show floor, I’m tracking it down. I did a bit of research, and I think bringing one home might be a hard sell with the wife.
First up is the eMagin Z800 3DVisor for the low, low price of $1,799.00. It’s perfect for flight simulators and first-person shooters. This supports stereoscopic viewing, sports a microphone and earbuds. The unit simulates a 110 ft screen viewed at 12 feet, all without the neck strain.
OK… maybe that’s a little too rich for your blood. If so, Sony’s got the answer at the more modest price of $799.99. The HMZ-T1 is a personal, wearable HDTV. This bad boy also comes with earphones, but these offer up 5.1 virtual surround. The viewers are twin OLED displays for 3D viewing equivalent to a 150 foot screen at 12 feet. Oh, and you don’t have to feel bad about hogging the movie, game or television show. It offers an HDMI pass through for more pedestrian participation.
For the rest of us gaming on more restricted budgets, you can up the Doom 3 experience with the BFG edition on your normal, mundane televisions this fall when the BFG Edition is released into the wild. For now, you can check out the new announcement trailer.