Your Ultimate Guide to DOOM

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DOOM is upon us, and we have waited a long time to grab a shotgun and mow down those demons.

To celebrate the launch of the game, we have put together the ultimate DOOM guide, featuring launch day updates, install size, PC requirements and more.


Launch Day

13 May is the day we can all play the game, finally!  When can you pre-load the game and will your PC be able to run it?

Pre-Loading

Steam – Pre-loading already started at 6AM 11 May 2016. The game will be playable from 1AM on Friday 13 May 2016.

PlayStation Network – Pre-loading already started at 6AM 11 May 2016. The game will be playable from 1AM on Friday 13May 2016.

Xbox Live – Preloading has already begun, and the game will be playable from 1AM on Friday 13 May


System Requirements

Both the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game require at least 50GB of free space. Here are the PC system requirements:

Minimum 

  • Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions); Intel Core i5-2400/AMD FX-8320 or better;
  • 8 GB RAM; 55 GB free HDD space; NVIDIA GTX 670 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or better
  • Contains a single disc. Download of additional files from Steam (total amount 45 GB) is required to run the game.
  • Requires Steam activation and broadband internet connection for Multiplayer and SnapMap.

Recommended 

  • Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions); Intel Core i7-3770/AMD FX-8350 or better;
  • 8 GB RAM; 55 GB free HDD space; NVIDIA GTX 970 4GB/AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB or better
  • Contains a single disc. Download of additional files from Steam (total amount 45 GB) is required to run the game.
  • Requires Steam activation and broadband internet connection for Multiplayer and SnapMap.

You will need to download the latest NVIDIA and AMD drivers that fully support the game. These will be live by the time the game is launched.

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Campaign

We know that the DOOM campaign will last around 14-16 hours, but there is so much more to a campaign than just the length of it.

DOOM is set on the planet Mars, in a UAC facility that gets invaded by the forces of Hell. Demons have risen and the cause of it are the UAC themselves . You play as a marine who has awoken in a  bunker and realized that something is wrong.

The player then sets out to find out what or who caused this catastrophe, and put an end to it by any means possible. His means include a double barrel shotgun and a few BFGs.

id Software have stated that the single player campaign directly connects to the events of DOOM 3, even though the game is a reboot of the series. We can expect to go back in time, as the game will include all the demons we all loved killing as well as the classic keycard system and weapon system.

Basically, think of DOOM as a prettier and modern version of the classic DOS game. Running on the id Tech 6 engine, it sure looks fantastic.

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Multiplayer

I have gone hands-on with the DOOM multiplayer a few times and I expressed how well it runs and how it is basically a tribute to Quake 3 Arena. The game will feature 6 game modes at launch, with more to follow soon after.

Demons

There will be 5 playable demons which will spawn as Demon Runes in the game. The Revenant being one which we all tried in the beta. There will also be The Baron of Hell, The Mancubus, Harvester, and Prowler.

Modes

  • Soul Harvest -Kill players, collect souls. Kill demon, collect 5 souls. Basically all you need to do is run around killing players and racking up points by picking up the souls they drop.
  • Freeze Tag – Shooting someone will freeze them in a spot. You can thaw a team mate out of the ice, but once you are frozen you cannot get out. The team that freezes the entire enemy team wins.
  • Warpath – Think of Warpath as a control game mode where you need to keep the zone for the longest time. In DOOM however, the zone keeps moving, so you need to move with it along a path. This means if you found a place to camp, it will soon be gone.
  • Domination – Three capture zones are scattered around a map, kill enemies and take control of these zones. Be warned though, the Demon Rune will spawn and could turn the tide of battle.
  • Team Deathmatch – There is nothing like a good old team battle to the death. In Team Deathmatch, you kill enemies and get the highest team score to win.
  • Clan Arena – Classic elimination mode. When you are killed, you are dead for that round. There are no pickups and you cannot heal yourself.

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Maps

There will be 9 maps at launch which will be playable by everyone. These are:

  • Excavation. A modest-sized UAC mining outpost. Watch out for the rock grinder!
  • Infernal. A mid-sized Hell map with both interior and exterior elements. Lots of platforms and chasms, along with teleporters.
  • Chasm. This massive map takes you deep below the polar ice caps of Mars. A great place to play Freeze Tag.
  • Disposal. This smaller map is the main waste processing facility for the UAC research and residential complexes. Unsurprisingly, it’s full of radioactive slime.
  • Helix. This is where they experiment on demons and develop advanced weaponry. Which, naturally, makes it perfect for a quick round of Clan Arena.
  • Perdition. Disjointed and sadistic, this ancient arena is populated by the agonized moans of unfortunate souls who have suffered within its realm.
  • Sacrilegious. Set within a fracture of Hell, this map offers clear lines of sight. Move fast… or die faster.
  • Heatwave. An industrial UAC facility with glistening halls that will soon be slicked with human (and demon) blood.
  • Beneath. Before being beamed to Earth, the energies of Hell are harnessed in this symmetrical and cavernous location.

Guns

What is a DOOM game without the awesome guns? The game will feature some old school weapons, as well as a few new ones. There will be 16 guns in total in the game, of these you can expect to find:

  • BGF9000
  • Chaingun
  • Chainsaw
  • Combat Shotgun
  • Fists
  • Frag Grenade
  • Gauss Cannon
  • Heavy Assault Rifle
  • Lightning Gun
  • Pistol
  • Plasma Gun
  • Repeater
  • Rocket Launcher
  • Siphon Grenade
  • Static Grenade
  • Super Shotgun
  • Vortex Rifle

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SnapMap

When you are not playing the campaign or shooting players in the multiplayer, the SnapMap mode lets you build modes, levels, amps and even missions using the easy-to-use editor.

In this mode, you can create anything your heart desires using the game’s engine as a base. When you are happy with your creation, you can then hit the share button and upload it for the world to see.

Personally, I cannot wait to get into this mode and see what other people can create and build for the community.

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Post-Launch Content

id Software are promising free content across multiplayer and SnapMap. We do no know what, but they have assured us that we should expect certain free content updates across SnapMap and multiplayer for the rest of the year.

Regarding SnapMap, id Software are planning free content updates which will include map modules, props and objects, additional features and functionality, AI enhancements and more. So when making your own game modes and maps, expect new content to appear periodically.

Multiplayer will also see new game modes released for free as well as new maps, weapons, demons, armor sets, taunts and more, released after the launch of the game. These additional features will be released across three DLC packs:

  • Three new maps
  • One new weapon
  • One new playable demon
  • One new armor set
  • One new piece of equipment
  • New hack modules and taunts
  • New customization colors and patterns

The DLC packs will set you back R200 each, or you can save a bit of money and get the Season Pass, which will include everything released in the months ahead.

Are you picking DOOM up on launch or waiting for the reviews to flood in? Let us know in the comments and forum.


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