Doom 3 in modern computers

In this post I explained in summary what you have to do to run Doom 1 & 2 in your modern PC. Doom 3 is a totally different story.

The reason is that ID released two games named Doom 3 which are considered totaly different by hardcore gamers:

  1. Doom3 (vanilla version). This version was released on 2004 and it is considered an old game. Doom3 vanilla version was designed as a thriller.
  2. Doom3 BFG, released on 2012. Doom 3 BFG was designed as a shoot em up.

I think the most important difference between these is the flashlight. In original Doom 3 you cannot hold a flashlight and a weapon at the same time (doh). Although this is an awkward choice it adds up to the atmosphere of the game (less light = more scary). In Doom 3 BFG on the otherhand, this was “fixed”. Additionally some shadows were removed and wide screen support was added, making the game more brightful and less scary. Whether this is good or bad is up to you to decide.

Another important difference is that Doom3 supports more mods. So you have many options:

  1. Run Doom3 as it was released. Graphics will be old style and you will have to switch between flashlight and other weapons frequently.
  2. Run Doom3 BFG as it was released.Graphics will be slightly better
  3. Run Doom3 with mods:
    1. If you want light then add ducttape. This will add light to some of your weapons. This will not change graphics, but it will make the game easier to play, especially if your room is bright.
    2. If you want better graphics then add AbsoluteHD
    3. If you want a different experience you may try Perfect Doom 3

You can combine mods so the possibilities are endless provided you have the necessary time to spend. The easiest way to configure Doom3 though is to read this thread and download a premade configuration file from that thread. Also read this thread. Alternatively you can watch this video, but from the two threads mentioned you will learn more.

In summary, these are some of the most used mods:

  1. Sikkmod
  2. Wulfen’s high-res texture pack v2.0 (texture improvement)
  3. Monoxead Texture pack (texture improvement)
  4. Trent Reznor’s sound pack (sound improvement, i disagree)
  5. Parallax Occlusion mapping mod
  6. Venom Menu Enhancement Pack

 

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