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A rather menacing demon in DOOM

If you aren't too busy this weekend, Bethesda has a pretty solid offer that might be hard to turn down. Pack your bags for warm weather, because they're shipping you off to hell; it's time to check out DOOM.

Over the weekend, PlayStation Plus subscribers will get to try out DOOM free of charge. This is actually the second time in one week we're getting to write about players going to H-E-double-hockey-sticks, as folks on the Xbox One have a free go at Diablo III through the weekend.

But while Diablo is an isometric, loot-tastic action RPG, DOOM is a FPS that rewards players for shooting first, shooting second, and then shooting a third time rather than worrying about the whole "ask questions" part of the equation.

Bethesda announced earlier this month that they would be dropping the price of DOOM on virtual marketplaces including PC, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The game can actually be yours for just $14.99, which is a hell of a deal considering just how damn good it actually is. But that's not all. DOOM was recently patched with Update 6.66, which made all of the game's multiplayer DLC free of charge. So for that 15 bucks, you're getting the critically-acclaimed campaign, as well as three DLC packs that included nine additional maps, three more guns, three playable demons as well as customizable armor and special abilities. The DLC used to cost $40 on its own and now it's just rolled into the core game.

According to the listing on the PlayStation Store, the DOOM free trial will be open through the weekend, running through 9 a.m. on Monday, July 31. You'll need to have about 50GB of hard drive space free if you want to get the download started. As with similar free trials, you're downloading the entire game with zero restrictions other than the Monday cutoff. If you just want to blast through the campaign once and call it good, you've probably got time for that. If you just want to give the multiplayer a try, then you've got plenty of opportunity through the weekend. The best part is that, if you decide to buy the game after your free trial, all of your progress will transfer over.

DOOM is one of those games that really, really deserved to get more attention than it earned. Unfortunately, it suffered some ill side effects from a not-so-stellar beta. Players weren't impressed with what they experienced early, and it looks like that negative buzz may have cost the game dearly. That's a shame because, as it turns out, DOOM is pretty fantastic.

Anyway, we'd be interested in hearing your thoughts in the comments below. If you've never played DOOM and decide to give it a spin this weekend, share your thoughts.

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