Without the original Doom released in 1993, the first-person shooter wouldn’t exist. Certainly not as we know it today. So we owe a lot of John Carmack, John Romero and the rest of the team at id Software. But they did miss a trick from almost every modern triple AAA title. So a new mod adds loot boxes to ZDoom, the modern source port of the legendary game engine.
ZDoom may have added useful features as an open source project which runs on modern computers. But whether it’s Overwatch, Battlefront 2 or Call of Duty, we’ve all seen the debate about Loot Boxes, and their impact on gameplay.
Now ZDoom gets the same mechanics, thanks to mod creator Rip and Tear. All of the weapons and power-ups from the game are now replaced by locked crates. And to access them, you need to either pick up a key from a rare random drop when killing an enemy. Or buy via a sales page which has been mocked up in-game.
Youtuber StronkiTube gave it a try and discovered that it makes Doom extremely challenging.
So if the challenge of the original Doom wasn’t enough, then you can now add a bit of extra difficulty. And support a comment on the state of triple-AAA studio titles using Loot Boxes as a gameplay mechanic (Battlefront 2), rather than to supply cosmetic extras (Overwatch).
If not, there’s always the good 2016 title reboot of the series as well. Or the 2005 movie starting Dwayne Johnson and Karl Urban.
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