E3: Doom III Video, Interviews, More...
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As E3 progresses, a torrent of information regarding id Software and their highly anticipated title, Doom III, continues to be released. Of particular interest to many gamers will be a new Doom III QuickTime movie and many more first-impressions and interviews.
Doom III: The Legacy Movie comes in high and low resolution versions (92MB and 8MB, respectively), and shows much new footage from the game. Nearly every id employee is interviewed in the movie, including lead programmer John Carmack. The video also gives a short recap of the Doom series in general, for those who might be unfamiliar with the games. Many mirrors are available, so it shouldn't be too difficult to find a location to download the files. Apple buffs will also surely be able to spot at least one Mac flat screen monitor being used at id.
Outside of the movie, both John Carmack and lead designer Tim Willits have given brief interviews. In Carmack's talk with Gamers.com, he specifically notes how the team is concentrating very hard on the singleplayer mode:
This has been one of the areas where I know we are going to get some negative feedback. Doom III will only have minimal multiplayer facilities when released, because we are concentrating all of our efforts on making it an outstanding single-player experience. We have our hands full just breaking in the new technology and creating our world, so there just aren't enough resources to go around for doing spectacular multiplayer. You will still be able to deathmatch, but don't expect anything revolutionary. We will certainly be doing follow-up titles that refocus on multiplayer. I strongly believe that it is better to do more games with a tighter focus, rather than trying to be all things to everyone in a single title.Carmack also talks about rendering techniques, sound options, and the game will be "pushing the fear factor over the raw action." Definitely head over for more.
GameSpot has posted the result of a personal demo from Willits, especially noting the current status of the long-awaited project:
Willits said that the Doom III technology is completely done, and even though there are still some obvious optimization issues that need to be worked out, the design team is now fully engrossed in finishing the actual game itself. Interestingly, Willits said that id is creating Doom III backward--the team is designing the last levels first, and the first levels last. Even though this first section of the game is still incomplete, Willits said that players will start the game before the forces of hell are unleashed and will be able to roam around and interact with nonplayer characters freely.Along with the Willits feature, GameSpot also has a preview available, and be sure to have a look at the high-resolution screen shots of the while you're waiting for the movie to download. You can be sure this is only the tip of the hype ice berg surrounding the game, but we'll do our best to get any Mac-specific information out of the expo.
Interview with John Carmack
Doom III Demo with Tim Willits
GameSpot Doom III First Impressions
Download Doom III: The Legacy Movie
Buy DOOM 3
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