What is it?

A video game and the latest instalment of Doom from Bethesda Softworks' id studio.

If binge-watching TV simply isn't cutting it anymore and you yearn for a different form of escapism, then Doom Eternal could be your saviour.

You play a character known as the Doom Slayer who is tasked with saving humanity from creatures that have risen from hell. Frantic game play, humorous cutscenes and gore await potential demon hunters.

It is available on multiple platforms: PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC and Google Stadia.

Good points?

The developers have mostly stayed true to the franchise's roots with frenetic levels filled with monsters to blast and slash using an array of weaponry. Fun additions include "glory kills" and power-ups which resemble Mortal Kombat's classic finishing moves.

Graphically compelling cutscenes provide brief but much needed respite between levels full of action that only mainlining copious caffeine can prepare you for.

Maintaining your health and weapons through the methods you dispatch foes adds to the constant tension that follows through to the conclusion of an epic experience.

Bad points?

The absence of a traditional one-on-one mode lets the game down significantly. Instead the creators have opted for a two-on-one mode as only one player can control the Doom Slayer and a single demon on their own, which is no match for the firepower he wields.

Best for ...

Fans of the previous Doom editions. Or those looking to impress the grandkids with their nimble-fingered, game-playing prowess.

Avoid if ...

You prefer a more methodical adventure. It is more about quick thinking than devising a long-term strategy.

Score: 7/10.

Doom Eternal, £54.99 (amazon.co.uk)

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