Ever since gaming began, an extra life was just that; more lives to help you get to the games end. But as any DOOM fan knows you only get 1 life in DOOM. If you have seen the reveal video you will definitely have noticed the large floating green head that was picked up midway through. If you missed the reveal we’ve got you covered, take a look at it HERE.
Once collected the words extra life appeared in front of your eyes! Does this mean that DOOM Eternal has a life system now? The answer is no!
Executive Producer Marty Stratton, sat down with VG24/7 and explained how the life system works:
“It’s just like our checkpoint system, We have a similar checkpoint system, it’s just now you don’t have to go all the way back to the checkpoint and playback through that combat encounter. So if you’re almost to another checkpoint or you’re in a boss fight or something, your extra life, if you die, kicks in and the screen goes grey and you are invulnerable for a little bit. You can keep fighting, reposition yourself, and you’re right back in the action where you left off without losing any progress. Some people might see this as stripping out some of the more hardcore elements of Doom, but there’s a very good reason they’re in Doom Eternal. In this sequel, your game can be invaded by a squad of player-controlled demons, and having an extra life will take some of the sting out of an unceremonial death from a group of skilled players.
“They do work in invasions,” creative director Hugo Martin explains. “It still counts as a death, but yeah, you don’t get penalised by going back, you can continue where you left off. It’s a fun gameplay loop and it’s a proven gameplay loop – it’s a safety net you’ve provided for yourself.”
What do you think about this extra life system?
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