Action DooM 2: Urban Brawl is a first-person shooter that is inspired by side-scrolling beat 'em ups like the classic arcade game Final Fight (Capcom, 1989). The player fights primarily with his fists and other melee weapons, like knives and bottles, although occasionally guns can also be found and used.
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Now comes the downside of my review, and that’s the fact that this game has all the flaws of Doom, and that includes – surprise – horrible melee combat. It consists of running up, hitting someone, and darting backwards before they can hit you, and that doesn’t exactly make for a compelling mechanic to base a whole game around. Don’t get me wrong, you can do it, and it does have a certain challenge to get the timimg right – the game is ruthlessly hard – but it’s still a bit frustrating. The main reason I kept playing ended up being my obsession with finding new weapons, which was just plain FUN. Wrenches, chain whips, beer bottles, the list went on, and it was pretty frelling awesome.
So the long and short of it is that Action Doom isn’t a phenomenal game, but it’s definitely one of the more inventive Doom mods, and well worth a once-through. Kudos to Scuba Steve for trying something new, even if it came out with mixed results.
The unusual choice of engine, aside from being really charming, is something of a mixed blessing. The combat can be awkward at times, but the Doom engine also allows for plenty of unexpected features that add to and round out the game without taking away from the beat-em-up feel. The sense of atmosphere, of being in the environment, is surprisingly strong. There are tons of secrets and easter eggs. If you take a wrong turn, you can find yourself in a legitimately creepy survival horror game.
The music is excellent, and the story is well told. Playing through multiple times to get the different endings gives it more depth—and I found the game engaging enough to be replayable.
There are lots of retro games, but few are as classy as Urban Brawl.