Doom's single-player campaign finally goes on display


Yesterday, what appeared to be an incomplete trailer showcasing Doom's single-player campaign turned up on Reddit. Alas, it's now gone, removed because of a copyright or TOS complaint. But that's okay, because today, Marty Stratton and Hugo Martin of id Software took to Twitch to officially reveal the single-player portion of the game.     

Now available as a VOD, the video shows off a bunch of the new features, like upgradeable weapons and armor, and viciously brutal chainsaw killls. But I get a bigger kick out of the more straightforward, and very Doom-like, gameplay: Conserving ammo by plinking at enemies with the pistol, circle-strafing with the shotgun, or carving through a soft, squishy enemy with the chainsaw. The Cacodemon and Pinkie Demon look great, too.     

Your mileage may vary, of course, and what's important here is that we finally get a proper look at the single-player component, which based on the comments I've seen is awfully important to an awful lot of potential players. And not a moment too soon, too—Doom is set to come out on May 13, just a couple of weeks away.    

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.