For fans of the classic sci-fi horror shooter, the release of Doom 3: BFG Edition this past week was a big event indeed. The enhanced graphics and sound, coupled with inclusion of all expansions and even the first two Doom titles, makes this a solid package that’ll appeal to both veterans and newcomers. Bethesda is taking over the publishing honors for the re-release, and they are warning owners of the Xbox 360 version about something rather unpleasant. It’s not just the zombies and demons lurking in the darkness that you’ll need to worry about, it’s what could happen to your gaming experience if you install the game onto your hard drive.
There are instances where doing a full hard drive installation of a game can help address certain problems, such as framerate issues, load times and other technical quibbles. One notable example is Rage, also published by Bethesda, in which an in-game prompt even advises installation as a way of getting the “optimal expereince.” Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the Doom 3: BFG Edition. Bethesda has stated that the performance of the game itsef does not benefit from taking this step, and it will actually cause an error that locks you out of key content. The full installation prevents gamers from accessing the original Doom and Doom 2, both of which are included in this edition. Those who attempt to access this content will receive an error message, advising them to uninstall the game.
While the cause of this error is unknown, the good news is that you won’t need to go through a lengthy installation process to enjoy the game at its best. In addition to the enhancements mentioned before, the Doom 3: BFG Edition includes the “Resurrection of Evil” expansion and the brand new “The Lost Mission” single-player content. They have also listened to fan feedback and included a flashlight, a huge improvement considering how dark this game is, and a newly optimised check point and saving system. If you’re a fan of Doom 3 or shooters in general, this is definitely a game you’ll want to consider. It is available now for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC platforms.