Doom 3

Doom 3 Graphic Novel (with tongue firmly in cheek) by Gamespy’s Fargo.

So it had to be done. Even though I’m almost never impressed by ID’s games (their 3D engines AMAZE me but their games are generally fairly generic) I had to follow the herds and buy Doom 3 even though it was over-priced ($55).

And guess what? So far its been fairly generic. And sluggish as hell on my GeForce FX 5600 card. So out I went today to plop down $250 more for a Radeon 9800 PRO. Happily for me, the next-gen cards (ATI’s X800 [er, or is it 800X?] and nVidia’s 6800) are harder to find than an honest politician, so I didn’t have to resist the temptation to spend $400 on a danged video card.

That said, Doom 3 sure looks pretty, and already people are starting to Mod it in interesting ways, so in the long run I imagine I’ll be happy to have it. But I can’t help worry that I’ll be thinking “This experience cost me $300” when I’m playing…

New info: here’s a hefty forum thread full of Doom 3 tips and tweaks