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For many people, DOOM is one of the first video games that got them hooked.

In the original, you ran through corridor after blood-stained corridor, picking up ammo, dodging fireballs and blasting demon's heads off with your shotgun. And if you got really angry with one of those hellish enemies, you could put all your guns away and smash its brains out with your fist.

DOOM is a truly legendary video game. And so when the teaser trailer for the next-gen DOOM 4 dropped at this year E3, fans were understandably excited.

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Take a look at that trailer here:

DOOM 4 and The CyberDemon

It doesn't tell us *that* much, except of course that at some point we will be meeting the Cyberdemon, the rocket-launcher wielding horned monster who was the most fearsome beast in the original game.

So what - apart from the fact that it will be released at QuakeCon on July 17th - do we know about DOOM 4?

Well, by all accounts, the first DOOM game to be designed for the PS4 and Xbox One will be set on Earth. This may disappoint some fans, who prefer to define DOOM strictly as a game about blasting your way through legions of Hell's Demons, while on Mars - but it could be an interesting development, too.

The voiceover of the teaser trailer, seemed to hint at a sort of origin story for the DOOM franchise.

We were standing on the edge of discovery. A powerful new technology with infinite possibilities. Instead, we let them in; fused an unholy union of flesh and metal. Now, this brave, new world has gone to Hell.

The possibility of seeing how earth was overrun by Hellspawn would surely be a nice touch. But there are other concerns, too, which relate to how much DOOM 4 stays true to it's legacy.

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The original DOOM Cyberdemon
The original DOOM Cyberdemon

PS4 and Xbox One's DOOM: Classic Killfest, or Moody Horror?

DOOM 3 was a very good game. It was scary as Hell, and amazingly even involved a sequence where you defended into the lava-drenched fiery pit itself! But was it really a DOOM-type game?

Some fans thought objected to details such as the game's limited ammo and the monsters which shocked you by jumping unexpectedly out of the darkness. It was scary, sure, but it wasn't DOOM, which began as a game in the style of a Sam Peckinpah movie: blood soaked and battered, but fighting on.

So which direction will we see DOOM 4 go in? Will it be an atmospheric, moody horror, or a gun-toting blast-em-up? Either way, it won't be resting on its laurels. Bethesda marketing executive Pete Hines spoke out recently about how they cannot rely on the legacy of the game to capture fans' attention:

We are going to have to prove that this is something that's going to be fun and different that you need to pay attention to.

That has to be our default position, we can't be: 'It's Doom. Of course you're going to play it.' But that just makes us work harder.

So would you like to see from DOOM 4, a classic one-man-takes-on-Hell gore fest, or a slower, more spooky game? Or something in-between? Write in with your thoughts below the line!


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