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Doom launch trailer is half callbacks, half ass-kicking, all demon guts

The launch trailer for Doom (opens in new tab) is only a minute long, but it's spattered with loving nods to the game that started it all. From the industrial remix of the trademark E1M1 music to the game-assets recreation of the original Doom's box art (opens in new tab) (above), it's all there, and it's fantastic.

Aside from callbacks, there are also a few hints at an unexpected narrative wrinkle: the android near the start of the trailer chuckles and observes that "you've returned", and the Doom Guy's armor appears to be enshrined in some kind of unholy altar. It's not much to go on, but if this is meant to be the original Doom Guy who somehow ends up back in a parallel dimension of the original game where he proceeds to kick ass all over again, I would be totally OK with that.

Bethesda and Id only recently started showing off Doom's single-player campaign (opens in new tab), but it looks like it will be good for much more than a respite from the multiplayer mode. You'll be able to go wading knee-deep in the dead when Doom is released on May 13

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Connor Sheridan
Connor Sheridan

I got a BA in journalism from Central Michigan University - though the best education I received there was from CM Life, its student-run newspaper. Long before that, I started pursuing my degree in video games by bugging my older brother to let me play Zelda on the Super Nintendo. I've previously been a news intern for GameSpot, a news writer for CVG, and now I'm a staff writer here at GamesRadar.