Music To Rip And Tear By
June 18, 2016 5:35 AM   Subscribe

After initially rocky multiplayer beta impressions, Doom (or Doom 4 or Doom 2016, if you prefer) has turned out to be one of the best single-player experiences of the year. One of the most acclaimed parts of the remake is the crushingly heavy electronic and heavy metal soundtrack (YT Playlist). Composed, produced, and largely performed by Mick Gordon, who also did the soundtrack for Bethesda's Wolfenstein: The New Order, his YouTube channel hosts a two-part making of video showcasing the instruments and thought process behind the new/old sound of Doom.
posted by Punkey (39 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
Sadly, there's no news of an official OST release yet, but hopefully soon.
posted by Punkey at 5:39 AM on June 18, 2016

Doom 4 is easily one of the best games I've played- its pace is somehow even more frenetic than the original. Wish they'd been a bit more creative visually, though- the monster designs are a lot better than Doom 3, but the environment visuals pretty much match 3. I want the technicolor pandemonium of Doom's original Hells, rather than the caves and fire of Doom 3/4. Maybe in the expansion/sequel/whatever.
posted by Pope Guilty at 5:54 AM on June 18, 2016 [3 favorites]

Playing it now, and it is superfantastic. If you are on PC though, you should back up your save files. A known issue causes save files to be corrupted if the game or your computer crashes unexpectedly--in my case, caused by Windows auto-updating mid-game. You can "restore to previous version" with your save folder (do it to the desktop first, then copy over corrupted folder), but you will likely lose at least a level and possibly items you have found.
posted by oneironaut at 6:03 AM on June 18, 2016 [1 favorite]

The first ten minutes of the game are one of the best opens to a game I've ever played. Very clearly lays things out, takes a pause to spit some blood on the "being lead around by voices on screens/maybe they're ALIENS" plot of Doom 3, throws you right into killing demons within 5 seconds of hitting the Go button, and ends with a kickass cutscene.
posted by Punkey at 6:10 AM on June 18, 2016 [1 favorite]

This game is exactly what you dreamed up as a middle school kid after playing the original Doom.

Or alternatively, it's exactly what you remember the original Doom being like if you haven't played it since middle school.

It's quite an amazing feat considering essentially all of the original developers are long gone.
posted by selfnoise at 6:59 AM on June 18, 2016 [4 favorites]

I played a whole lot of Doom back in the day and solidly unimpressed with Doom 3. I played single player NuDoom for the first time last night. It was very well done, level design seemed solid and the enemy AI was pretty good... but yeah, that music, it definitely felt like an homage to that 90's industrial but well executed and updated.

Snapmaps though, can't wait to see what people pull off with those.
posted by davros42 at 7:24 AM on June 18, 2016

Was given a surprise bonus for helping out with some additional work-related duties this past week and decided to spend the money on something completely unncessary: video-games!

Was wanting a FPS and had the choice between DOOM or Overwatch. I opted for Overwatch. As much fun as DOOM looks, I think that Overwatch will ultimately have a longer play life. But maybe if I have some extra cash at the end of the summer. It does look like a lot of fun.
posted by Fizz at 7:59 AM on June 18, 2016

DOOM really surprised me, I went all in and pre-ordered it purely because I was feeling nostalgic & wanted to see the id 6 engine without expecting too much, but it really has been a great experience so far. The game feels challenging (to a casual gamer like me at least) & really makes skilled, speedy movement a core part of the experience (no standing still, very unforgiving when you miss a crucial shot).
posted by Ravneson at 8:20 AM on June 18, 2016

I've been on a linux desktop for 15 years, and thought I was done after UT's Operation Overlord burned me out, but this soundtrack brings me right back to the days when I used a joystick on the left instead of wasd and aimed with the mouse on the right... )

Should I get a PS4, or steal my daughter's win10 laptop and tell her, "Sorry, no minecraft tonight?"
posted by mikelieman at 8:28 AM on June 18, 2016

Ravneson, How is the multiplayer and online community? Would love some more Mefite feedback. The links in the main post seem to point to it being a kind of mixed bag, not everyone is a fan. The most common consensus is that it's basically Unreal Tournament/Quake-esque.
posted by Fizz at 8:29 AM on June 18, 2016

The multiplayer is pretty awful, which is exacerbated by Bethesda seeming to think that the multiplayer is what people care about.
posted by Pope Guilty at 8:39 AM on June 18, 2016


And also the new Doom. A bunch.

Doom 3 was too scary for me. I couldn't really get into it because I was just terrified (I'm a little bit of a wimp). This game? I feel like that scene from Watchmen - these monsters? They're locked in here with me. And I have a chainsaw.
posted by kbanas at 8:41 AM on June 18, 2016 [3 favorites]

A combination of Rock Paper Shotgun and Metafilter positive reviews have convinced me. Tonight, I'm going to Hell.
posted by Abehammerb Lincoln at 8:52 AM on June 18, 2016 [1 favorite]

Are you sure I should listen to the ingame soundtrack? 'Cause And Justice For All seems like the appropriate throwback to my highschool self.
posted by Abehammerb Lincoln at 8:57 AM on June 18, 2016

The multiplayer is pretty awful, which is exacerbated by Bethesda seeming to think that the multiplayer is what people care about.

Then I'm glad that I went with Overwatch, because I'm loving the fuck out of that game. I already have too many other games with campaigns that I've not played through, not sure I need another. DOOM isn't going anywhere. Besides, Steam Summer Sale is next week!?!
posted by Fizz at 9:01 AM on June 18, 2016

I was on the fence about this for a long time leading up to release- id is hardly its former self under Bethesda, I liked Rage (I think I may be the only one) but even I can admit it was an unfocused, detached mess, the multiplayer beta looked unspeakably awful and it seemed like they were cynically ripping off Brutal Doom with the "glory kills" thing.

The one thing that started to turn me around even before SP reviews started trickling in and revealed it to be more in line with Wolfenstein: The New Order than Doom 3? (Or Wolfenstein, for that matter, the one with no subtitle that seems to have been officially wiped out from at least Steam?) Hearing a newly recorded version of the immortal E1M1 music in the trailer.
posted by Merzbau at 9:18 AM on June 18, 2016

For some reason I had no idea the reviews were positive. The last shooter I played was the Shadow Warrior reboot, (not very challenging but lots of fun), so I guess it only makes sense to pick up the new Doom.
posted by postcommunism at 9:53 AM on June 18, 2016

Fizz, I've hadn't much time to explore the multiplayer fully yet. That said, it is slightly a mixed bag, one doesn't quite get the same feel as the SP game (yet). Multiplayer looks slated to get some sorely need upgrades soon, so if they manage to fix/tweak a bit it should turn out pretty fun. The whole upgrades/levels thing is a bit trite though, entirely unnecessary for what in essence ought to be a fragfest.

I'm curious to see how the upcoming Quake release will work vs. DOOM MP as they have a good deal of potential to be quite similar in many regards. Still going to do my fair share of MP on both in the end though, it seems.
posted by Ravneson at 9:59 AM on June 18, 2016 [1 favorite]

Ugh, so many games, so little time. I've barely touched the campaign for Wolfenstein: The New Order. And this thread really makes me want to just hit purchase, but I must resist. My queue is already full with Witcher III, Fallout 4 and Metal Gear Solid V. And as far as multiplayer goes, Overwatch has been taking up all of my spare time when I'm not at work. Damn you gaming!?!
posted by Fizz at 10:09 AM on June 18, 2016

Also, I haven't actually played New Order but I have listened to the OST. Mick Gordon is a talented man. E.g. Boom Boom (with bonus remix).
posted by postcommunism at 10:18 AM on June 18, 2016 [1 favorite]

Is New Order good? Are there any games it's especially comparable to? With the Steam Sale coming up it's on my radar.
posted by Pope Guilty at 10:48 AM on June 18, 2016

This game's combat is REALLY fast paced. It might give me a hard attack.
posted by naju at 10:54 AM on June 18, 2016 [1 favorite]

Is New Order good? Are there any games it's especially comparable to? With the Steam Sale coming up it's on my radar.

It's absolutely amazing. And compared to many AAA games, Wolfenstein: The New Order is focused on the campaign mode, so there's a lot of story and content built into the game. I need to go back and play it again. I only managed to get half way through before I was distracted by something else. The combat is very fast paced and such a variety of weapons to maim and kill Nazis with. Definteily worth picking up.

[Also, for anyone interested, add me on steam: FizbansTalking_Hat]
posted by Fizz at 11:02 AM on June 18, 2016 [3 favorites]

New Order is super good. Better than the new Doom, IMO.
posted by painquale at 11:14 AM on June 18, 2016 [1 favorite]

As much as I'm loving Doom that sounds like high praise!
posted by Pope Guilty at 11:20 AM on June 18, 2016 [1 favorite]

Good thing I kept reading... Originally I was thinking this was about a different kind of ripping and tearing.
posted by kinnakeet at 12:14 PM on June 18, 2016

Here's a little New Order tip. My favorite moment in the game came only because I chose to save the right NPC. Near the beginning, you get to choose whether to save a grizzled soldier or a yokel. I chose to save the yokel because I assumed that saving the soldier was the "right" choice and wanted to see what sort of story the devs would write in for the B choice. And doing so gives you a little side story that is way better than the alternative. (I didn't realize that it depended on the guy I saved at the time, so I kept wondering, "Why aren't people talking about this? This is so fun and funny!")

Both Doom and New Order are perfectly tongue-in-cheek in just the right way for their respective franchises. They're excellent reboots. (The Tomb Raider reboot is good too. All these 90's games properties really needed reinventions, and they're all getting the ones they deserve.)
posted by painquale at 1:15 PM on June 18, 2016

Came across a stat the other day that puts the original Doom in context:

The Average Webpage Is Now the Size of the Original Doom

Have a much harder time getting into these kind of games these days. Hopefully the new Doom stays true to the simplicity of game play. Look forward to giving it a try...
posted by mgalka at 1:16 PM on June 18, 2016

Can the new Doom compete with the Doom 32X soundtrack?
posted by knuckle tattoos at 1:50 PM on June 18, 2016

Because of this thread I downloaded the demo and holy SHIT it is a blast. Too bad I have to wait for the price to drop.
posted by brundlefly at 4:09 PM on June 18, 2016 [1 favorite]

Others raise a really true game economics point. There is a huge time discount on games, and the single player won't change. Multiplayer is dependent on it still being what your friends are playing or at least having an active community; your friends are a decent reason to spend the money for a new-new game much more than a cool campaign.
posted by a robot made out of meat at 6:24 PM on June 18, 2016

Oh yeah, if I don't care about the multiplayer, I love to ride the tail end of technology. There are more great games than I really have time to play so it's pretty easy for me. There are still so many games I want to play on the PS3 that I'll probably be able to jump to affordable 2nd gen VR by the time I'm ready to upgrade.
posted by VTX at 6:41 PM on June 18, 2016 [2 favorites]

Video lost me at 9 string guitar. I will not be a part of this heresy.
posted by bongo_x at 10:08 PM on June 18, 2016

There is a huge time discount on games, and the single player won't change. Multiplayer is dependent on it still being what your friends are playing or at least having an active community

The online multiplayer community also makes it difficult for new gamers to join into a universe that already has an active gaming base. I managed to pick up GTA-V a few years after it had already reached peak popularity. I gave up trying to enter their on-line community because it was too difficult for me to join in. All these crews who were far more experienced, had more access to money and guns, and it just made it difficult to try to enter into that gaming universe. That deck was already stacked against me.

There's something to be said about joining in on a multiplayer gaming experience when everyone else is joining in. At least for those early weeks/months, everyone is on the same skill level and learning the ins and outs of that particular game. It'll be interesting to see what Overwatch looks like in a year.
posted by Fizz at 6:24 AM on June 19, 2016

Actually one of the things I really quite like about Destiny is that the single player, co-op events and raids give you more than enough equipment and weapons to be at least decent at the starting levels of difficulty. I didn't start doing PvP really until year 2 started up with The Taken King, but I've progressed pretty well with it.
posted by Punkey at 4:50 PM on June 19, 2016

With all the talk of New Order in this thread, I'm really hoping you get to slap people in it.
posted by rhamphorhynchus at 9:19 AM on June 20, 2016

Been thinking about getting this game for single player, but I'm not sure if it has the longevity of Just Cause 3, which is the other game I am considering.
posted by rebent at 10:12 AM on June 20, 2016

Well damn you MetaFilter. I just spent money on a game I didn't need but really wanted. Fuck you and my wallet.
posted by Fizz at 7:09 AM on June 23, 2016

Doom is already 40% off for PC, if PC is your thing. Amazon, Steam, and whoever else feels like matching prices today.
posted by knuckle tattoos at 8:15 PM on June 23, 2016

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