Bashing is warranted in this case given the fact that gameplay is non-existant and the engine is more of a tech-demo than anything else.
This game also puts the nail in the coffin for SINGLE PLAYER GAMES MADE BY ID!!! They are still in the Kommander Keen days of gameplay. HAS CARMACK even played of the modern [1999 and above] games to see how far the single-player experience has progressed.
I don't remember the original Doom being bashed for 'no gameplay' and as this is a remake that has added features and story ( namely pda's scripted events, npc's ).
I wish people would stop blaming Carmack for gameplay issues. Carmack writes the 'Engine' other programmers and artists add the gameplay and assets to the product.
Maybe we need a list of gameplay & engine features that a top FPS game should have now?
[x] Something to shot at.
[x] A plot with some story events.
[x] Reasonable AI.
[x] Some simple puzzles along the way ( no jumping ones!! )
[x] Indoor and outdoor levels (I know D3 as very little outdoor areas)
[ ] Vehicles - some driving/flying around to save walking.
( technically vehicles somefar have been 3rd person )
[ ] Maps with more than one way to reach target/objective.
[ ] Multiple non-order depend objectives per map.
[ ] Viable stealth alternative to some objectives
( is that still a FPS if you don't need to shoot? )
[x] Realtime lighting
[x] Realtime shadows
[x] Realtime video playback in game world
[x] Interactive gui's / computer teriminals in game world
[x] Shader support
[x] Surround sound
[x] A Physics engine with ragdolls
[x] Vehicle support
[x] Support for scripted events
[ ] Support for large open area ( not seen in D3 yet but maybe possible )
Only game that comes close to all of those features is FarCry and it's enging doesn't have the first 4 engine features I listed. Infact I don't remember it having any puzzles either - just run a gun most of the time.
COME ON people - Think of more gameplay features a good FPS shooter should have, you MUST know them or you wouldn't be complaining so loudly that they are missing.
Quake IV looks prmosing from the early screenshots.
I'm still waiting to see something in HL2 that hasn't already been done or seen. ( Gravity gun has been done before. In fact there's a mod in beta for a gravity gun in Doom3 ).
id remained true to their design spec - remake Doom - now if that's not what you want then don't buy it.