There’s no denying the effect that Id Software’s DOOM series has had on the industry. When the first DOOM was released in 1993, it was the most controversial title of the day. DOOM had gore and violence aplenty, but was extremely successful. When DOOM II was released only a year later, it was just as gory and violent a romp as the original, but with new guns. Then cue the arrival DOOM 3 in 2004, a game that was the most likely inspiration for Dead Space. Now, in order to build up hype for the upcoming DOOM 4, Id has resurrected the classic series for the re-release treatment in DOOM 3 BFG Edition. Containing the entire franchise, does DOOM 3 BFG Edition remind us how great the franchise was? Not only that, but DOOM 3 BFG Edition shows that great games age just as great. First off, you’re getting a lot of content in this package: DOOM (the XBLA port of The Ultimate DOOM), DOOM II (the XBLA port that includes a new episode titled “No Rest For The Living”), DOOM 3, DOOM 3: Resurrection of Evil (the first DOOM 3 expansion), and the brand new DOOM 3: The Lost Mission (a campaign set during the events of DOOM 3). These games take a while to beat, giving hours of single-player content. Furthermore, the main games (DOOM, DOOM II, DOOM 3) contain multiplayer, adding even more content to the mix. Graphically, it’s the DOOM 3 titles that are given the HD facelift. Though they run on the same engine as before (Id Tech 4), the enhancements include additions from Id Tech 5 (the engine used to run 2011’s RAGE and the upcoming Wolfenstein: The New Order), as well as new 3D TV support. Another change to DOOM 3 is the flashlight. Rather than having it as its own item, it now acts as an “armor-mounted” flashlight. However, there is still a restriction when using it. Rather than being its own item, there is now a battery that recharges when not in use. The original titles remain in their pixilated glory, however, with no changes to graphics or gameplay. Gameplay-wise, DOOM and DOOM II are completely different experiences than the DOOM 3 titles. DOOM and DOOM II are about running around at near superhuman speeds, spamming rockets like crazy at hordes of Imps. The DOOM 3 titles are about managing your ammo as you fight a few enemies at a time. The combat style in the DOOM 3 titles is tense, as ammo can be extremely rare to find at times. Storywise, it’s the DOOM 3 titles (not the original titles) that take center stage. DOOM 3’s story is, at first, a simple reskin of DOOM. However, as you go deeper into the madness, the story becomes more complicated. Part of what makes the story of the DOOM 3 titles so brilliant is the setting. DOOM 3’s Mars City feels like a place that could be in our future. Like Black Mesa before it and Rapture after it, Mars City feels real and almost becomes one of the main characters, which makes the sudden descent into madness all the more believable. Along with a total of 9 single-player experiences (4 episodes in DOOM, 2 episodes in DOOM II, DOOM 3, Resurrection of Evil, The Lost Mission), there are the multiplayer components of each game. DOOM and DOOM II allow for 4-player online and offline versus and 2-player offline and online co-op, while DOOM 3 allows for 8-player online versus. The multiplayer in all of the games are as chaotic as you may remember. However, be prepared to have friends over if you want to play the classics, as almost no one plays DOOM or DOOM II online. So, even after 20 years of DOOM, these classics are as good as ever. If you haven’t checked them out yet, get this package. It’s worth it.