LOS ANGELES – Pairing up Doom Eternal with Google Stadia is, technically, a match made in Hell — but at least it’s a fun version of Hell.

During a meaty demo of Bethesda’s new first-person shooter, I went headfirst into the depths of a demon-infested Mars, tearing hellspawn apart with pulse rifles, combat shotguns, rocket launchers, chainsaws, flamethrowers and — when all else failed — my bare hands. It’s a supremely satisfying romp, and coincidentally, it’s also an excellent way to test out how Google’s Stadia platform performs under pressure. After all, one false move in Doom Eternal will send you to the underworld right alongside your foes.

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I had a chance to go hands-on with Doom Eternal and Google Stadia at an E3 2019 press event, and I was mostly impressed with the experience. However, the Wi-Fi connection at the event wasn’t perfect, which gave me a glimpse of how Stadia deals with disconnections, and this turned out to be, arguably, even more instructive than playing the game under ideal circumstances. Stadia has a novel way of addressing unstable connections, and it’s fairly forgiving.


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