I'm in agreement. It's either "DOOM 3 sucks," "DOOM 3 is fun", or "you're stupid for having opinion (x)!" I agree with the "fun" statement. Something fun doesn't have to be groundbreaking, it just has to amuse you.
One of the few things that makes one FPS stand out from another FPS is an inventory system. I'm not talking about numbers 1-0 inventory, but something like "System Shock 2" or "Deus Ex" had. Find something that might be useful? Put it in your backpack. Run out of room? Decide what you want to keep.
The only other (broader) thing I'd suggest is try to add an RPG element to the games. Besides inventory, interact with people, have a more freeform environment when not shooting things, and maybe upgrade yourself. "Deus Ex" had this, and "System Shock 2" ahd this to a degree (just about everyone else was dead). Half-Life, eh, it had it, but only to the degree to tell the actual story; you couldn't reall get around it unless you really tried hard.
Beyond that, just about everything else is:
- Run around and kill monsters / aliens / soldiers / etc.
- Find object A, "activate it," and event B occurs.
- Progress through level by fighting enemies, activating objects, and finding "keys."
- Fight the occasional boss.
- While you're at it, try telling a story.
Every FPS ever made has most of those bullet points, it's the way the game is actually delivered that makes it different. Maybe this game will have the occassional vehicle, while that game has in-game stories. Maybe this game simply requires flipping a switch, while that game requires "carrying" a battery from one room to another (which is essentially just like activating 2 objects instead of 1).
Nothing is really
original anymore when it comes to FPS games.
Doom 3 did what id wanted to accomplish. They made a gorgeous FPS, added the basic FPS elements, and tried to make it scary. In the end, it's the engine that matters to them, as they're pushing technology forward.
Hope for anything beyond that, and you have a distorted view of what FPS games are.
Let it stand on its own merits, and move on. If you like it, great! If you don't, then good for you. If you disagree with the other person's opinion, then leave it at that. Arguing over it is just nonsense.
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