Mighty DOOM is the newest action mobile game brought to us by Bethesda Software. Bethesda is no stranger to the gaming community. They are known for AAA titles like Fallout 76, Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, and the Doom series.
Bethesda entered the mobile gaming space six years ago with its first title Fallout Shelter. Since then, they have also released the original Doom and Elder Scrolls: Blades. All three together have accumulated over 60 million downloads. With that in mind, Mighty DOOM has some high expectations to meet.
No Story, No Problem
Mighty DOOM has no story or narrative to follow. No story can be disappointing, especially since the Doom series has a light narrative in its AAA titles. However, fans of the series will be okay with it since this game focuses more on its addictive gameplay and fun factor.
The game stays true to Doom lore as players will discover enemies and weapons from previous titles. Mighty DOOM also stays true in the form of its M for mature rating for its gruesome violence. Fans of the series will feel right at home with all the blood-splattering action.
Mighty Difficult Fun
You play as Doomguy, and right away, the player starts on level one in this over-the-top shooter. Complete nine levels, and on level ten, fight the boss to head to the next stage. The game is straightforward; players control Doomguy’s movements as they dodge incoming fire while Doomguy fires back at enemies. Movement can feel clunky initially, but it is purposeful to keep the game challenging.
The first boss took me a couple of tries, but once I completed it, it felt gratifying. The game did not let up, but it always makes you feel like you are improving the more you play. This is where the fun and addicting gameplay shines. The only downside is energy. Players consume five out of 20 every time they jump into a stage. Once you are out of energy, you will have to wait for it to refill, buy some more or watch an ad. That’s the life of most mobile games, so it is a small complaint.
Mighty DOOM is an action-adventure with rouge-like elements mixed into the game to keep players coming back for more. Once you die, the player will be taken to the game’s main hub. The hub highlights your Doomguy, his gear, the rewards you receive and the upgrades you can unlock as you progress. Upgrades include Doomguy’s level, stats, gear and weapons. This gives players a sense of progression as they become much more capable of completing the upcoming levels. The game’s main HUD is also clean and easy to follow.
That’s My Doomguy
Customization is deep and detailed. Players can swap out Doomguy’s helmet, gloves, weapons, boots and more. The weapons are where customization really shines. So far, I have unlocked the rocket launcher, shotgun and chainsaw. I still feel like I have only scratched the surface of weapons to unlock, and I feel that there is much more to come. Weapons also come with different skins to unlock, so no Doomguy’s gun is the same.
Sadly, the same cannot be said for armor as its only purpose is to build up stats. Doomguy will always look the same unless the player spends money on the skins currently in the game’s shop. The skins range from the original Doomguy to the golden Doomguy. The alternate skins look good and include stat upgrades but are not required to complete the game.
Graphically the game won’t wow many players. Bethesda’s other mobile game, Elder Scrolls: Blades, looks better visually than most console games. I feel like Mighty DOOM could have used the same treatment. The game looks and feels blocky. I understand that this is the art style they were aiming for, but I cannot help but feel a bit disappointed. However, the work put into the finishing animations for some of the bosses does not go unnoticed. Many are gruesome and so much fun to watch.
The sound design is also on point as players will be rocking out to some sick metal music as they slay demons. Mighty DOOM feels, plays, looks and sounds like Doom. This game feels like it was created with passion and love for the series. The lack of story and graphics might disappoint a few, but the addicting gameplay, deep customization and music will keep many coming back for more.
Is it Hardcore?
Doom is considered one of the most hardcore franchises out there, and Mighty DOOM is no exception.