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DOOM Eternal: 10 Things You Need to Know

First things first, this game is FUN. Boiled down, DOOM Eternal is basically: Find guns, kill demons in style. This time around, you’re trying to stop the Demons from ruling Earth. Here's what you need to know:


Bigger and Better

Enjoy the first DOOM in 2016? DOOM Eternal not only is longer (13 hour campaign vs ~22 hour campaign) but the maps themselves are much larger!

More guns, more fun, more glory.

A giant gun shoots blue rays as two Cacodemons (round, flying demons with one eye) emerge from a swirling green portal that is destroying the structure around us.Source: Bethesda

No found resources? No Problem!

Down to a sliver of health with no health, armor, or ammo around? Find some enemies! In DOOM Eternal, you can destroy your enemies in certain ways to drop resources.

For example, chainsawing some folks will result in ammo shooting out of them, while performing a finisher will release life-saving health potions, and setting them on fire will give you armor.

A chainsaw is held at the ready in a hellish world as a large demon with firing guns for hands lunges toward the camera.Source: Game Revolution

Difficulty can be fine-tuned.

Looking to murder some demons with varying amounts of stress? DOOM Eternal offers four distinct difficulty settings ranging from: “I’m Too Young to Die” to “Ultra-Nightmare.”Depending on your mood and experience, you can switch to any of these mid-game to suit your playstyle.

A giant gun is aimed and ready as three demons prepare for battle on a dilapidated staircase with an explosion at the top.Source: Bethesda

Battlemode - L4D Versus Mode Lite

A welcome addition to the DOOM franchise, Battlemode is a new 1v2 game mode where one player (playing as Doom Guy) faces two other players (playing as special Demons) in a five-round frenzy.

  • Each round, the Demons can set traps and send lesser-demons in their mission to kill the Doom Guy. Meanwhile, Doom Guy has to kill both player-demons, utilizing every loadout feature from the campaign.

  • At the end of each round, players are able to upgrade their respective perks and abilities to keep things interesting.

  • A quick pro-tip: Finish (or atleast start) the campaign before playing! Knowing how Doom Guy’s loadout works along with each demon’s pros/cons will help your game here.

A multiplayer game is shown from the point of view of Doom Guy. As the player reloads a shotgun with 10 rounds left, two flying demons shoot red lazers from the upper left of the screen. A cacodemon hovers above and two zombies approach from the front. A heads up display shows 106 next to an armor symbol and 175 next to a blue cross indicating health. The top of the screen says "2 - Round Time 4:08 and a score of 1 to 0. Player icons at the top of the screen read DOOTguy, DaisyRabbit and HellRazer.

Upgrade your ammo capacity ASAP!

In my experience, running out of ammo was one of my biggest causes of death, especially in the higher difficulty levels. Upgrading your ammo will allow you to annihilate enemies with less pause and prepare you more for the late game.

A hellish, stony room is viewed from the first person as a large gun fires on six demons of various appearances.Source: Bethesda

Move, move, move!

Run and gunning is the lifeblood of this game. Doom Guy isn’t invincible, so staying on your feet to escape every fireball is essential! Keeping on the move will keep the damage down, but ultimately, you’re gonna be hurting regardless. Chain finishers if possible to get resources from enemy to enemy, as any standing-still time can be deadly.

A large demon with horns pulls an arm back to strike. His skin is leathery and black with red embers rising out of various cracks. His hands are on fire. A large gun shoots the demon with blue energy as another, smaller demon watches next to a staircase in the background.Source: Bethesda

Dying is a part of the game.

Running and gunning around in Doom Eternal may seem easy, but it’s more than likely you’ll die at some encounter in-game: that’s okay! This game was meant to be difficult, so dying is a part of the process. Try a different path on your next life or take a more careful approach with your resources!

A large demon raises his arms, fire shooting out of his hands and all around him on a metal platform. An intricate sword is held from a first person's point of view with a long, angular blade made of red light and glowing symbols.Source: Bethesda

Platforming May be Finicky

Doom Eternal has added tricky platforming elements to the game that require double dashes and jumps to pass them.

Can’t make a particular jump? Are you falling to your death? No problem, just take your time with each jump/dash. Get the most distance you can from each before double-jumping or double-dashing to get to that next section. With practice, you’ll know immediately if you can make certain distances.

An armored hand reaches out to a doorway in the distance, protruding from the side of an ice-covered cliff. Below the door are three groups of glowing red circles.Source: Gamespot

DOOM Eternal Recommended PC Requirements

Ready to run the game? Since the game is coming out on Nintendo Switch, you can expect the graphics requirements to be lighter than normal.

Doom Guy, the armored protagonist of the DOOM franchise, stands with a full moon behind him. A red flash of energy and swirling lines fill the sky.Source: Bethesda

Here’s a list of what id Software recommends for at least 1080p on high:

  • 64-bit Windows 10
  • Intel Core i7-6700K or better, or AMD Ryzen 7 1800X or better
  • 8GB System RAM
  • At least 50 GB hard drive space
  • For 60 FPS @ 1440p on High, here’s what they recommend:
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB), RTX 2060 (6GB) or AMD Radeon RX Vega56 (8GB)
  • For 60 FPS @ 1080p on High, here’s what they recommend:
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB), NVIDIA GeForce 970 (4GB), AMD RX 480 (8GB)

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