Reply 2840 of 3106, by Namrok
Well, after some issues with my graphics card, I successfully saddled up in Doom 3 again. Just wrapped up the Hell level. Midway through it, Doom 3 began hard locking the system in a specific room with a berserker powerup. To add insult to injury, if I quicksaved immediately before the room, Doom 3 crashed trying to load the quicksave. To get past it, I turned all the settings down and turned off EAX. I strongly suspect EAX was the culprit, but I have no motivation to go back and rigorously test it. Could also have been the way I "fixed" my graphics card. Or any of the other vagaries of 90's/00's pc gaming.
Hell had actually been the hardest level so far. Found myself regularly getting below 50 health, and actually died for the first through fifth times this playthrough. 2 falling, once to a hell knight, and twice to a combination of a 10x10 room, respawning evil babies, a mancubus, and a door that locks behind me. Found myself just barely clearing that room on the 3rd try, with 15 health, and just running as fast as I could through the rest of the level. Which successfully took me to a teleport room to the boss of the level, and lots of goodies. Beat the boss, got the soul cube, left hell.
Turned the settings back up to high with EAX on. See how that works next time I give it a go. I think I have 7 levels left? It's funny because I started off loving it, felt like the transition between Alpha and Delta labs was a serious slump, and am now very pumped again. Especially with the end getting closer. Add another game to my retro trophy list. I enjoy taking photos, not screen shots but photos (well, on my phone), of the victory screen of each retro game I beat on an actual retro system. Something about having the CRT in frame adds a certain je ne sais quoi. Not sure what I'll do with them. Might actually get them printed and put in an album, just to see the look on my wife's face. Might have to check if my insurance covers emergency eye surgery from her rolling her eyes so hard first.