Mods

NEW WAYS TO DIE


Traditionally, Doom mods were considered anything that changed anything about the game. Sound replacements, graphics replacements (things, textures and weapons), and even level replacements all fell under the banner of "modifications". This blog overwhelmingly sticks to reviews of original mapsets with whatever gameplay modifications are baked in, but in this feature - "New Ways to Die" - I'm shining the spotlight on mods that alter Doom's gameplay, whether they include original levels or are meant to be played on top of existing levels.

There are two tables. The first, "Gameplay Mods", consists of works that can be played on top of existing mapsets. "Built-In Mods" come with their own map packs and aren't explicitly designed to work with others. They're sortable via several columns. The most significant, for compatibility reasons, is the target port. "Classic" mods achieve their effects via DeHackEd and will work in any port that supports it, which is pretty much all the popular ones. Boom's extended format (BEX) is a step beyond DeHackEd; it won't work in vanilla, but it works in a lot more ports than DECORATE, which is the realm of Zternivoom. I've thrown all BEX and MBF stuff under BooMBF, for what is the current cross-port standard of supported "advanced" features. As for the rest, if it has an X in the column, you can expect the following, to varying degrees:

W marks mods featuring weapon behavior that differs from the originals (not just re-skins).
E marks mods featuring enemy behavior that differs from the originals (again, not just re-skins).

I am shying away from looking at levels that feature only new graphics, cool as they are. Sprite artists are fantastic people and so are those that make new textures, but I want to highlight things that change the way Doom engine games actually play, if ever so slightly.



GAMEPLAY MODS

Filename
Title
Date
Game
Engine
W
E
13ZD-RGR.WADThe Ranger2011HexenZDoomX
EWPACK.WADExtreme Weapon Pack2013Doom / Doom IIZDoomX
FD_ZD_v0.2.4B.WADFractal Doom2013Doom / Doom IIZDoomXX
INSTADM.ZIPInstadoom2015Doom / Doom IIVanillaX
PIRATES!.WADPirate Doom2013Doom IIGZDoomXX
QUAKE-DIH1.PK3Quake: Descent Into Heresy2015HereticZDoomXX
RDND15.PK3Random Deaths and Decoration2015Doom / Doom IIZDoom
RSLCHAOS.PK3Chaos, Uprising2014HereticZDoomXX
ZP_ZEROT.WADZero Tolerance2008Doom / Doom IIZDoomXX


BUILT-IN MODS

Filename
Title
Date
Game
Engine
W
E
AA_E1.WADAlpha Accident: Terra Nova2016DoomVanillaXX
AALIENS.WADAncient Aliens2016Doom IIBoomX
ALIENSCM.PK3Aliens: Colonial Marines TC2011Doom / Doom IIGZDoomXX
ALITCWAD.WADAliens TC1994DoomVanillaXX
ALK-EP1.WADAlkylation Episode 12011Doom IIZDoomXX
ALLHELL.WADAll Hell is Breaking Loose1996Doom IIVanillaXX
ANUBIS.WADI, Anubis1995 Doom IIVanillaXX
APOSTATE.WADHeretic: Call of the Apostate2011HereticZDoomX
BASTION.WADHeretic: Dark Deity's Bastion2011HereticZDoomX
BATMAN.WADBatman Doom1999Doom IIVanillaXX
BRFINAL.WADBeyond Reality2012Doom IIZDoomXX
CH133.WAD Chosen 2003 Doom IIZDoomXX
CR_59.7ZStar Wars: Chibi Rebellion2011Doom IIZDoomXX
CYBER110.WADCyberdreams1998Doom IIVanillaX
DMF.WADDoom Must Fall1995DoomVanillaXX
DISRPAIR.PK3Secret Doom: Disrepair2014Doom IIGZDoomXX
DTS-T.PK3Dimension Time Space-Traveller2012DoomZDoomX
ECHELON.WADEchelon2016Doom IIZDoomX
ENCRYPT*.WADEncrypter2013HereticZDoomX
FLYMAPS1.WADLord of the Flies1996Doom IIVanilla
X
GD.WADGoing Down2014Doom IIBooMBFX
GE5-PD.PK3Prime Directive2015Doom IIGZDoomXX
GOLDENS.PK3Doom: The Golden Souls2014Doom IIGZDoomXX
HA.WADHell Awakened...2011Doom IIZDoomX
HACX.WADHACX: Twitch'n Kill1997DoomVanillaXX
HGARDEN.PK3Hanging Gardens2011Doom IIGZDoomX
HOSTAGE3.WADHostage Rescue 31998Doom IIVanillaXX
INQSTR.WADThe Inquisitor2012Doom IIGZDoomXX
INQSTR2E.WADThe Inquisitor 22013Doom IIGZDoomXX
JENESIS.WADJenesis2011Doom IIBooMBFX
KZDOOM1.WADKZDoom11999Doom IIZDoomXX
LABOUAC.WADLaboUAC2014Doom IIGZDoomXX
LMTEMPLE.WADTemple of the Lizard Men2009Doom IIGZDoomXX
LMTMPL2.PK3Temple of the Lizard Men 22010Doom IIGZDoomXX
LMTMPL3.PK3Temple of the Lizard Men 32013Doom IIGZDoomXX
LOSTEPIS.WADDoom: The Lost Episode2009DoomZDoomXX
LUNATIC.WADLunatic2011Doom IIBooMBFX
MA-PUT.PK3Putrefier2012DoomGZDoomX
MAYHEMM.WADMayhem Mansion2016Doom / Doom IIZDoomXX
MOC11.WADMasters of Chaos2012HereticZDoomXX
MOHU1.WADMonster Hunter Ltd Part 12014Doom IIBoomX
MORDETH.WADMordeth (Episode 1)1997Doom IIVanillaX
NIHILITY.WADNihility: Infinite Teeth2016DoomVanillaXX
NJGTB4TS.PK3Gene-Tech: Before the Storm2014Doom / Doom IIGZDoomXX
OBTIC.WADObituary1995Doom IIVanillaXX
OSIRIS.WAD Osiris 1996 Doom IIVanillaXX
PHOBOS-G.PK3Phobos Directive, The2011DoomGZDoomXX
PIRATES!.WADPirate Doom2013Doom IIGZDoomXX
PLCSKORN.WADPallace Skorn2011Doom IIBooMBFXX
REELISM-X2.1_.PK7Reelism2012Doom IIGZDoomXX
RESURGE.WADResurgence2014Doom IIBooMBFX
RF1024.WADrf 10242016Doom IIZternityXX
ROTT_TC_FULLReturn of the Triad2011Doom / Doom IIZDoomXX
SCMAIN.ZIPSoulcrusher2013Doom IIGZDoomXX
SHADOWO*.WADShadow of the Wool Ball2016Doom / Doom IIZDoomXX
SIHR2FIX.WADSurvive in Hell2012DoomBooMBF
X
SKULDASH.PK3Skulldash2015Doom IIZandronumXX
SPACWARS.WADDoomed Space Wars2015Doom IIGZDoomX
SPAWN.WADSpawn2011Doom IIGZDoomXX
SPIREC.WADSpire Complex2011Doom IIBooMBFX
SQUARE1.PK3The Adventures of Square2014The Adventures of SquareZDoomXX
STRAIN.WADSTRAIN1997Doom IIVanillaXX
STRANGE*.PK3Strange Aeons2016Doom / Doom IIZDoomXX
T-MAYA.WADMayan Mishap2014Doom IIBooMBFXX
TEITENGA.WADAssault on Tei Tenga1999Doom IIZDoomX
THEREFINERY.PK3Refinery, The2012DoomGZDoomX
TITAN.WADTitan2004Doom IIZDoomX
TTP.WADTroopers' Playground, The1996Doom IIVanillaX
TWZONE2.WADTwilight Zone II1999Doom IIBooMBFXX
UACULTRA.WADUAC Ultra2010Doom IIBooMBFX
UNHINGED.WADUnhinged2012Doom IIZDoomX
UNLOVED.PK3Unloved2010Doom IIGZDoomX
VALIANT.WADValiant2015Doom IIBooMBFXX
VAPRDEMO.WADVaporware Demo2011Doom IIEternityX
VG.WADVoodoo Guns2011Doom IIGLBooMBFXX
VOID.WADVoid2003Doom IIZDoomXX
WINTER'S_FURY.PK3Winter's Fury2012Doom IIGZDoomXX
XA-DWIRE.WADdead.wire2015Doom IIGZDoomXX
ZDCMP2.PK3ZDoom Community Map Project: Take 22012Doom IIZDoomXX
ZENDYN_X.WADZen Dynamics2006Doom IIZDoomXX