This is my favorite post to write every week. Initially, I wanted to post this series on Fridays but it turned out to be a most time-consuming post. Mostly because I’m playing the games for far too long. It’s so much fun.
This week’s retro game is Doom. It’s a classic. It first came out when I just started college back in 1993. I had a brand-new computer for school which ran Doom perfectly.
Even though Wolfenstein was technically the first 3D first-person shoot, I see it more as an MVP for Doom. Doom brought a more varied world and a stronger storyline.
From a Wikipedia:
“In the year 2022, an unnamed space marine has been punitively posted to Mars after assaulting a superior officer, who ordered his unit to fire on civilians. The space marines act as security for the Union Aerospace Corporation’s radioactive waste facilities, which are used by the military to perform secret experiments with teleportation by creating gateways between the two moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos. Deimos disappears entirely and “something fraggin’ evil” starts pouring out of the teleporter gateways, killing or possessing all personnel. The Martian marine unit is dispatched to investigate, with the player character left to guard the perimeter with only a pistol while the rest of the group proceeds inside the base and is killed.”
Here’s the full gameplay completed in 134 minutes.
Of course, you can play it online. I chose the Gameboy Advance version because this version performs the best in your browser. It has fewer details than the original though to keep up the frame rate on the underpowered GBA. For instance, the support pillars in level one where you pick up the armor have been removed.
- Only works in
- ENTER = start
- X = select, activate switch, open door
- Z = shoot
- Move = arrow keys
- Strafe = Q + E