Everyone’s coofing! Well, except for you hopefully! Thankfully Doom Eternal is here to entertain while Corona-chan does her thing.
And what timing for this game to release! What do I mean? Let's get into that.
I'm sure we all remember back in 2018 Eternal generated some controversy with its 2018 demo. This controversy revolved around some voice lines spoken by an AI. These lines were globalist talking points.
Please remain calm. You may notice a slight change in the environment. Fear not. It’s all part of the plan!
My brothers and sisters, lets help to make our friends’ transition into their new world a comfortable one!
Remember, demon can be an offensive term. Refer to them as mortally challenged.
And most eye-catching:
Earth is the melting pot of the universe!
When the game was delayed I was worried these lines would be removed, along with any other potential lines that jabbed globalism, but thankfully they remain and so did a lot more. Like 2016 the story is very simple but the lore surrounding it is really cool.
The story here is heavier in comparison to 2016. Set 8 months after the events of the first game, 60% of Earth has been conquered by the demonic invasion. Due to military failure and massive casualties, the Armored Response Coalition (ARC) and Allied Nations are formed to preserve humanity and evacuate them into orbit. As this is going on Doom Slayer returns.
Doom Eternal confirms that Doom Slayer is indeed Doomguy from Doom 64. We discover that the Night Sentinels bring him into their kingdom. Doomguy talks about demons and having to kill them. This intrigues the angelic race Khan Maykr. The design of Argent D’Nur and the Night Sentinels draw parallel to western civilization, mainly the Roman empire. So The Doom Slayer fights in gladiatorial combat and makes a name for himself among the Sentinels, eventually earning his famed reputation. At the fall of Argent D’Nur the Doom Slayer was the last one remaining, continuing his one-man fight against Hell for ages.
What lead to the fall of Argent D’Nur?
Thanks to Valen, or better known as The Betrayer, Argent D’Nur fell. Valen aided hell priest Deag Grav and his cabal in the promise of resurrecting his dead son. This action cut off Valen's comrades and left them stranded in Hell. Ultimately Valen’s son was resurrected as the Titan Icon of Sin, which the Doom Slayer kills at the game's end, as it is prophesized in Argenta legend. At Argent D'Nur's fall, Deag Grav begins using the godlike beings of Argent D’Nur, which the Night Sentinels were sworn to protect and worship, as energy farms.
Saving your people will not bring you peace, only make the burden you carry worse.
Another hell priest by the name of Deag Ranak served beside the King of Argent D’Nur, guiding the world’s spiritual growth as a hallowed figure. After D’Nur’s fall, he joined Khan Maykr and began personally overseeing the transformation of viable planets. He served as one of Hell’s emissaries to Earth, laying the foundation for the planet’s invasion. He leads a cult, which is based over the ruins of an ancient Argenta settlement. Ranak secretly prepared a Hell gate, waiting for the omen of the sixth seal, with signals the Age of Rapture. As foretold by the Maykr Prophets this will cleanse the Earth.
Speaking of Earth the third and final hell priest, Deag Nilox, is charged with Hell’s invasion of Earth. He commands from his demonic titan. As Earth collapses, the previously mentioned ARC (Armored Response Collation) is formed. Due to nations and boundaries no longer existing a handful of remaining bureaucrats, government officials, and military leaders surviving in bunkers kept secret to the greater population rule under the flag of the Allied Nations. This is a single world government. ARC is considered the last hope for humanity.
Ultimately the Doom Slayer slays the three priests and eventually Khan Maykr herself. Before their battle she states:
For a millennia, we have survived. Made others sacrifice in the name of our prosperity. Who are you, a human, once a mortal, to defy our traditions?!
And at her death:
You have destroyed all that I was meant to rule, and all just to protect them- mere servants to our beliefs! You have broken the holy seal of Urdak! [Home world of the Maykrs] Your transgressions here will jeopardize all of Creation...
After she dies an orb from her chest flies into the sky, where a mysterious voice yells “No.” This could be in reference to the warning from the King of Argent D’Nur to the Doom Slayer.
What you interfere with now is bigger than you can imagine. It is written. It is their time to give penance. If you continue you will bring down the Heaven’s Wrath. You are but one man- they are no longer your people to save.
If one were to draw parallels we could see this being the struggle of nationalism against globalism. The Doom Slayer fought to defend his previous home Argent D’Nur. He failed but still fought on throughout the passage of time. He fights to defend Earth and his fellow man. The Maykr’s act to exploit it for their own personal gain under the guise of greatness.
Now am I suggesting Id believes this stuff? Of course not, in fact, I’d bet money on the opposite. Realistically, Id is most likely focused on the villains being a cult, as game director Hugo Martin talked about them in depth for Doom 2016. You can see this in the Doom 2016 No clip documentary. But I believe this can be extended to globalism. Political figures like Tucker Carlson have a point in calling globalism and multiculturalism a cult. We can see that with this coronavirus outbreak. We’ve seen the media call Trump a racist for saying the virus is Chinese based, And everyone knows the worst thing you can be in the modern world is intolerant.
Back on point! The lore of Doom Eternal draws some very cool and interesting parallels of history and the modern world without being too on the nose. It’s very cool and well done. And, it’s nice to finally see a popular form of media not shoving globalist propaganda down our throats.
But regardless this is a fantastic game and I recommend you give it a go while you’re trying to avoid coofers!
Stay safe everyone!