So with the unbridled success of the 2016 DOOM reboot, there's been a renewed interest in revisiting id Software's classic FPS. Besides the "edgy" violence and the addictively quick run and gun gameplay, the engine itself was a brilliant technical achievement back in the day, making immersive 3D enviroments out of what was basically (from the computer's perspective) a 2D map that allowed it to run smoothly on practically every kind of hardware imaginable. This ease of access led to an incredibly large modding community, where aspiring game designers could share their creations using the easily transferable .WAD format to spread their bizarre work across the Internet during the dial up days. So we're taking a look at some of the more INTERESTING creations to come out of this community that's still making cool stuff TO THIS DAY.

The best part is, you can STILL play all of these games, even on that potato-quality netbook you got in 2013. Just get a special updated client like ZDOOM and start joining the WAD squad right now!

1. Pokemon DOOM

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Gotta smash them all! One of the most common tropes in the world of DOOM fan mods is the "murder a bunch of childrens' characters" genre. While I'm not going to judge anyone for wanting to digitally murder the Teletubbies (too harshly)  this Pokemon mod shows a lot of work and dedication. Featuring custom maps and a wide variety of Pokemon to exsanguinate, nows the time to lock and load and go full ham on Pallet Town:



Ok, so with the caveat that the sound design is a nightmarish wall of gunfire, pokemon cries, and blaring old school chiptunes. I'd say it's a decent attempt to make a true hybrid of Pokemon and DOOM aesthetics. Plus we're giving bonus points to the only original sprite work seeming to be shotgun-wielding charmanders and totodiles.

Download it here

 

2. Mega Man 8-bit Deathmatch

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If you're an old school Mega Man fan who's still feeling slightly burned over Mighty No. 9's underwhelming release, this fan project might be for you. Probably the most "complete" of the games on this list, it's a love letter to the 8-bit Mega Man games and sports unique levels, 32-player simultaneous online play, and over 50 weapons based on the roster of Robot Masters over the years. I'm really in love with the art direction on display here, it feels like you're actually running around in these classic pixelated environments blasting away renegade androids with your trusty Mega Buster. The last major update was released in 2015 and you should check out the boss trailer to see what you can expect from this project:

There IS a single player campaign based around bot-matches (no pun intended). I haven't been able to get a big multiplayer game going, but then again I haven't been able to play a multi-player DOOM match since computer lab in 7th grade. Maybe I need to start a LAN party...

Download it here.



3. Seinfeld

This one went viral a little bit ago and the attention to detail is immaculate. According to the creator this map is the result of over 100 hours of work and in his disclaimer he stated:

The characters were put into the replica as a bonus to add to the tribute. The only reason they are killable is because I wanted to keep it in traditional Doom fashion, because what is doom without violence and death?

You'll never guess who the final boss is by the way...



Download it here.

 

4. Batman

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Y'all remember Gotham City Imposters? It wasn't a particularly great take on the FPS genre, or the Batman genre. Perhaps Batman wasn't meant to be the protagonist of a genre about holding a gun and killing people? Luckily this total conversion has no guns... just automatic micro-batarang gauntlets... which aren't guns FOR SOME REASON. There are a lot of classic villains on display like The Joker, Bane, and Two-Face, and this is a pretty expansive conversion. Check out the video below:



I think what's most enjoyable about this is how lovingly it captures that 90s "Dark Age" of Batman comics, everything from the weapons, the focus on street thug enemies, and the TWIZTED splash screens harken back to that time when Batman was a cool claw monster. ALSO YOU CAN THROW EXPLODING BATARANGS AT PENGUINS. TENNNNNOUTTTATENNN!

Download it here.