Doom update adds Arcade Mode and other goodies

We weren't sure what to think of Doom as previews rolled out and the game approached release. As it turned out, the reboot completely understood its source material, making for a fast and fun single-player campaign. Since then, the team at id Software has continued to support the game, adding support for Vulkan and a fan-requested deathmatch mode. That support continues this week with the release of the Free Update 4, which packs a new Arcade Mode and lots of other goodies.

The highlight of this update is the new Arcade Mode, which will give speed-runners and fans of the single-player mode a new way to play the game. Arcade Mode lets you jump into any level with any loadout of weapons, runes, and suit upgrades. The mode is accompanied by a scoreboard so that we can all find out just how good or bad we are at mowing down demons. Doom's SnapMap level builder now has Classic-Doom modules, giving players access to assets based on the original 1993 title, as well as a few maps built by the development team.

On the multiplayer side, there are two new game modes. Prowlers vs. Marines puts what sounds like an Aliens vs. Predator spin on the game, pitting marines against wall-crawling Prowler demons. Each marine that falls will come back as one of the Prowlers, giving each remaining marine a tougher battle. The second new match type is Bloodrush, a free-for-all mode that gives each player a draining meter that can only be refilled by killing and assisting in the kills of other players. A drained meter means defeat, and the last player with any of his meter left wins.

The update is out now and ready to play. It's a whopping 12GB download, so get it started before you plan to fire up the game.

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    • jts888
    • 3 years ago

    Free updates are great, but I’m hankering for actual new single player map content at this point.

    Has there been any word on a Resurrection of Evil/The Old Blood style expansion packs?
    Or hell, actual mapping and modding tools beyond SnapMap?

      • the
      • 3 years ago

      With more music. The sound track for campaign is great. Need more.

    • Mat3
    • 3 years ago

    Played a level on arcade mode last night. You still have to find your way through the level and collect key cards and body parts to open doors. I’d prefer to be lead by the hand to each objective so I could go direct from one fight to the next non-stop instead of getting (even briefly) stalled wondering exactly where to go next.

    • Entr0py
    • 3 years ago

    Man, I wish they would make a “classic mode” where you have that 1993 ridiculous move speed, no cutscenes or story, just killing demons like the original doom. Also less of the weird weapons and attachments. Then I’d play the crap out of this game.

    However, free updates! That is something we need more of form developers. Keep it up, id!

      • DPete27
      • 3 years ago

      Fast forward to 0:38 in the article video.

        • Entr0py
        • 3 years ago

        Yeah, I saw. That’s nice, but I meant more like the new maps with the old doom play style.

      • bthylafh
      • 3 years ago

      My favored way to play OG Doom these days:

      GZDoom: [url<]http://gzdoom.drdteam.org/[/url<] + Project Brutality: [url<]http://www.moddb.com/mods/brutal-doom/addons/project-brutality[/url<] + Ultimate Doom Visor: [url<]http://www.moddb.com/mods/brutal-doom/addons/doomvisor-hud-for-pa1nki113r-v51[/url<] + Doom High-Res Texture Project: [url<]https://github.com/KuriKai/DHTP/wiki[/url<] + Doom Metal Soundtrack: [url<]http://www.moddb.com/mods/brutal-doom/downloads/doom-metal-soundtrack-mod-volume-4[/url<] launched using ZDL: [url<]https://zdoom.org/wiki/ZDL[/url<] After that all you'll need is the original IWADs, which you can buy (with the games) for $5 to $10 each, or you could use FreeDoom's instead: [url<]https://freedoom.github.io/[/url<]

        • Entr0py
        • 3 years ago

        I’ve been playing a lot of the zdoom multiplayer with a couple friends. I like Gzdoom though.

        • DoomGuy64
        • 3 years ago

        I prefer BDJ: [url<]http://forum.zdoom.org/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=47229[/url<] Mostly because it's more balanced, and has voxel pickups.

    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    Free DLC is great!

    I’m eagerly anticipating the opportunity to throw more money at them for DLC2 on 27th October. These guys deserve every dollar they ask for.

    • PrincipalSkinner
    • 3 years ago

    Not often do you get updates like this for free.

    • Dposcorp
    • 3 years ago

    If I can ever find the time to game, this is what I am going to buy

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