Cacowards 25 celebrates 25 years of Doom mods

Posted by: on pcgamer December 10, 2018

If you’re looking to observe this special Doomversary—a whole 25 years—you should check out 2018’s Cacowards. Doomworld shines a spotlight on the best Doom maps and mods every year on the game's anniversary, and you’ll find plenty of great WADs in the list this year.

Browsing the top ten, the mods are often worlds apart in tone, art and systems. Maskim Xul, for instance, sees you exploring a haunted, eldritch mansion, while The Golden Souls 2 looks more like Mario 64 than Doom. They’re an eclectic bunch. 

If you fancy some fast-paced multiplayer, Quake Champions: Doom Edition, which won the multiplayer award, might be more up your street. It's exactly what it sounds like: Quake Champions made in Doom. 

Some of these are beefy megawads, much like John Romero’s upcoming Sigil. Struggle—Antaresian Legacy has a whopping 33 maps, for instance, some of which will take 30 minutes or more to get through. It’s not a quick jaunt through Hell. 

Andi Hamilton explored the Doom mod scene way back in 2015, which we've republished for the 25th anniversary.

Other DOOM News


This mod makes Doom a literal corridor shooter

DOOM - April 8, 2019

"All Doom Levels are Straight Line now" says the description for Linear Doom. "No more mazes." This self-described "jokewad" by modder DeXiaZ released on April 1 takes all of Doom's classic levels and tightens them down into one long corridor. There's enough room to strafe a little so you can still potentially dodge those imp fireballs, but otherwise this is just a straight line run through all of Doom's enemies, weapons, and pickups one after the other. I look forward to seeing the speedruns of this.

Further Back

New direct-to-video Doom movie gets first trailer and it doesn't look great March 11, 2019

John Romero's unofficial fifth Doom episode Sigil delayed until April February 18, 2019

John Romero's Sigil, the spiritual successor to Ultimate Doom, is delayed February 18, 2019

Doom II mod Eviternity teaches everything to know about demon slaying February 11, 2019

Doom megawad Eviternity hits final revision February 11, 2019

Hallucinated HD textures and distorted deep dream tilesets February 1, 2019

CES 2019: Doom feels like a new game with Razer s HyperSense haptic feedback tech January 11, 2019

Play golf in Doom with the Hellshots mod January 6, 2019

Doom went golfing and exploring Roomba brains over the holidays January 2, 2019

Doomba turns your robotic vacuum cleaner into a Doom map-making machine December 24, 2018

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