In recent times, particularly this year, we have seen plentiful controversy surrounding the dreaded loot boxes that serve as part of microtransactions in video games. Most recent examples include Middle earth: Shadow of War, and perhaps what takes the crown for the most heat, Star Wars Battlefront 2, which has seen both EA and DICE taking a pummeling from fan backlash. It’s a subject that we just can’t seem to get away from at the moment, and thankfully we have the likes of a Doom mod to poke fun at it and make light of the situation.
Mod creator Rip and Tear has created the Doom Loot Box Mod, which sees the legendary 90’s shooter take a humorous twist which makes the game much harder if they aren’t opening loot boxes at regular intervals.
The video below showcases the Doom Loot Box Mod, which sees the player only able to pick up items from loot boxes, though they can only be unlocked by keys that are dropped randomly or by enemies. If the player cannot find a key, they are left to wander aimlessly around, or alternatively pay for keys at the marketplace.
The Doom Loot Box Mod doesn’t seem to be setting out to emphasize just how dangerous loot boxes can be to those who are playing the games that contain them. What it does do however, is showcase that locking items behind them is an easy way to ruin even the best of games such as the title that is considered the godfather of first-person shooters.
Doom is renowned for its fast-paced, high-octane action, which are both traits that made it so popular in the first place. However, as you can see from the video, it just isn’t very fun to play at all, and that is precisely the point. It’s something that completely transforms the game, going from running around the depths of hell collecting ammo and blasting demons away to being faced with the kind of tedious and predatory issues that we face in gaming today.