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Doom 3 is a 2004 horror first-person shooter video game, developed by id Software and published by Activision. Doom 3 was originally released for Microsoft Windows on August 3, 2004. The game was adapted for Linux later that year, as well as being ported by Aspyr Media for Mac OS X in 2005. Developer Vicarious Visions ported the game to the Xbox, releasing it on April 3, 2005.
Ignoring the events of the previous Doom games, Doom 3 is the first reboot to the series, however Doom RPG states that it is a prequel to the first game. Doom 3 is set in 2145 on Mars, where a military-industrial conglomerate has set up a scientific research facility to research into fields such as teleportation, biological research and advanced weapons design.
However, the teleportation experiments inadvertently open a gateway to Hell, resulting in a catastrophic invasion by demons. The player character, Doomguy, an anonymous space marine, must fight through the base and find a way to stop the demons attacking Mars. Doom 3 utilizes the id Tech 4 game engine, which has since been licensed out to other developers, and later released under the GNU General Public License in November 2011.
The game was a critical and commercial success; with more than 3.5 million copies of the game sold, it is the most successful game by developer id Software to date. Critics praised the game's graphics and presentation, although reviewers were divided by how close the gameplay was to that of the original Doom, focusing primarily on simply fighting through large numbers of enemy characters.
The game was followed by Resurrection of Evil, an expansion pack developed by Nerve Software in April 2005. A series of novelizations of Doom 3, written by Matthew J. Costello, debuted in February 2008. An expanded and remastered edition, titled BFG Edition, was released in the fourth quarter of 2012, while a version based on BFG Edition of the game was released without online multiplayer for Android on June 2015, and Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in July 2019.