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Is DOOM 2016 supposed to be hilarious, badass, or scary? We don’t know.

There’s a lot to take in about the DOOM E3 2015 gameplay trailer: the close-ups of the weaponry and the satisfying sound effects they emit, the glorious slow-mo takes of guts and gore and what-have-you flying to and fro, all stuff that appears very true to DOOM’s nature. It’s almost art.

Making its debut at E3 last year, the gameplay trailer leaves nothing to the imagination when it comes to the dirty. Fans were also treated to a campaign trailer earlier this month on February 4th.Said trailer shows off some choice DOOM gameplay- the player dispatches entire hordes of enemies in the smoothest way possible; like they’re doing an everyday chore, no big deal! Poor corpse-turned-keycard!

Check it out below:

The game was previously known as Doom 4 before Bethesda decided to roll with plain ol’ DOOM, although some still refer to it as the former. From what we’ve seen so far, DOOM looks like it’s turning out to be a high-octane, over-the-top experience. Except at some points, it’s so gory and so badass, it kind of ends up being a bit funny- but then again, that just might be the tone they’re going for.

As the official site claims:

There is no taking cover or stopping to regenerate health as you beat back Hell’s raging demon hordes. Combine your arsenal of futuristic and iconic guns, upgrades, movement and an advanced melee system to knock-down, slash, stomp, crush, and blow apart demons in creative and violent ways.

Ah yes, creative bloodshed. And while Doom isn’t a purely horror-driven game franchise in the vein of Soma or System Shock, it’s always been known for the creeping sense of dread it gives players and the in-your-face enemies that have left many a pair of pants soiled on top of the FPS action. As for the 2016 version, it’s kind of hard to tell if they’re going to still aim for that horror-ish vibe.

And recently we’ve gotten a shiny release date to tie up the blood-stained package: the game is officially set for release on May 13th, 2016 and will be playable on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

DOOM will feature both single-player campaign and multiplayer modes, along with a brand new mode called Doom SnapMap, which will allow players to create, play and share their own maps.

Publisher Bethesda and developer id Software initially planned on a sequel to follow 2004’s Doom 3, but they eventually settled on a Doom reboot. And from the looks of it, it’s going to be bloody good, free-flowing fun. It should be of note that it appears the developers are trying to stick close to the original tone of the first games, awash in generous doses of metaaal! Automatic yes? And as the granddaddy of modern first-person shooters, the series deserves as much, especially after that horrible Doom game-to-movie adaption we got eleven years ago. The first-person segments were cool, but we’d rather forget the rest of it.

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Ellie is a writer and chronic puppy-petter. Her favorite things are collaging, fighting games, books, and swooning over K.K. Rider.
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