Posts Tagged ‘Doom’

Steam Charts: Demons And Souls

I say top ten, but there are actually only seven different games in the past week’s Steam charts, once pre-orders and deluxe editions are filtered out. It seems like a lifetime ago that Stardew Valley and Factorio were doing a little indie rampage around the charts, as Steam’s best-sellers have now very much reverted to big-brand type. Also: pre-ordering sure doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon, no matter how unwise it might seem.
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First Impressions: DOOM

Doom 4 DOOM [official site] is out in most places as of this morning, but I managed to squeeze in a few hours of Bethesda’s demon-botherer last night by catching a private jet to New Zealand, where it had launched a little earlier. Naturally, I flew straight home afterwards to write the following thoughts.
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Playing Doom? Skip Intros, Unlock Nightmare, Reduce Mouse Smoothing

Are you trying to punch Hell in the face? Here are some quick and easy tips to make your DOOM [official site] experience a little smoother. By adding the commands below to the game’s launch options in Steam, you’ll be able to skip those pesky intro movies (particularly useful for me since they run really slowly even though the game runs fine), unlock Nightmare difficulty without completing the game on a lower level, and reduce the mouse smoothing that may make your journey through Hell a little too gloopy.

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Doom Gets Ready To Rip And Tear With Launch Trailer

Doom [official site] is impending. Whether it’s imminent Doom is a matter of perspective – sure, it’s been in development for eight years, but its launch in eight days is still far enough away to feel imaginary to me. Is it inescapable Doom? I suppose we have posted about it a fair bit. And unless something unprecedented happens, it’ll be inevitable Doom. All of which means that yes, it’s time for the new Doom’s launch trailer. Onwards to meet your Doom!

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How Brutal Doom’s Gore Works

“Saved my hide, it did. The alien’s broad back shielded me as its brethren flung their fiery mucus wads; the fireballs burst, spraying flaming, red liquid that dribbled down my dance partner’s legs to pool on the ground, lighting the room with a hellish, red glaze. I fired nine or ten times, finally blowing a hole clean through the alien … a gory loophole through which I turned on the rest.”

Knee Deep in the Dead, Dafydd Ab Hugh and Brad Linaweaver’s novelisation of Doom, is perhaps a little more theatrical than the Doom that played in my head during the summer of 1994. It features a sidekick and talking demons, and dramatised sequences in which protagonist Corporal Flynn Taggart finds ammo and bumps up against walls to find secrets. But it captures something of Doom’s intensely graphic nature. Doom was the first game I played that felt truly fluid and direct.

Playing Brutal Doom [official site] today feels like Doom always did, despite its custom levels and gouts of blood and gore, death animations and chugging live versions of Doom’s MUS originals. It overhauls pretty much every element of the original, and yet it’s the Doom that plays in my memory, amplifying the original’s gore and immediacy to suit a post-COD, Gears of War – heck, Soldier of Fortune – world. For me, the latest version, v20b, reaches a state of the sublime. But while the blood that drips from ceilings and screen-filling viscera are its obvious achievements, something far more prosaic lies at the root of how it works so well.

THE MECHANIC: Hitboxes.

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Hell’s Hordes: An Hour Of DOOM Singleplayer

“This isn’t Doom 4. This is actually Doom, straight up, from the beginning.”

That’s part of the introduction to an hour-long walkthrough of DOOM‘s singleplayer campaign. The video divides into three main sections, with the player jumping forward to later levels in order to show various features, and the whole thing has commentary. The combination of that commentary and the video itself has eased my concerns after the disappointment of the multiplayer beta. I want to play this. I’ve explained why below, as well as providing handy links so you can jump to interesting points in the video rather than watching the full thing.

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John Romero Releases New Doom Map

How can John Romero convince prospective Kickstarter backers that he’s still got it, that he’s ready to make a new circle-strafing gibfest? The Doom and Quake level designer is currently trying to crowdfund a new ‘classic’ FPS with his fellow former id Software pal Adrian Carmack (no, John Carmack was id’s tech guy; no, no relation), but so far they’ve only shown artwork and ideas from Blackroom – not much when you’re trying to get $700,000. So, as a warm-up and to work the crowd, Romero has released a new Doom map, a replacement for E1M4 – Command Control. Download it here.

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