Happy Halloween! We at Ars invite you to celebrate the most morbid of Western holidays with one of the most morbid Western game series ever: Doom. Specifically, with a free version of the less-popular version on the Nintendo 64 system, now restored and updated by a dedicated group of fans and modders.
While finding working copies and digital restorations of other Doom games isn’t hard, the N64 version, created by Midway Games’ San Diego studio in the ’90s, has never seen an official retail re-release (fan attempts to port the game to PC popped up in the early ’00s though). Which is a shame, because the N64 Doom was made up of entirely new levels and content that stood toe-to-toe with some of Doom 2‘s best maps, and the game offered some effective visual upgrades to the original idTech engine.
Now, fans have stepped in with the stunning-looking, tough-as-nails Brutal Doom 64. Even though it was made by people who worked on last year’s Brutal Doom mod, this newer version is tuned to recreate the N64 version rather than to supercharge it, at least in terms of gameplay (though the authors admit to tweaking and changing certain levels to make the game more modern, including a brand-new opening sequence that pits marines against Hell’s worst monsters).