Doom 64 is a first-person shooter developed and published by Midway exclusively for Nintendo 64 in 1997 with support from id Software, the original developer of the popular Doom franchise. Unlike previous console ports of the Doom series, Doom 64 features a significant amount of original content including an all-new campaign comprised of thirty-two levels, a true polygonal 3D graphics engine and a new atmospheric soundtrack.
A split-screen multiplayer mode is notably absent from the final game; Midway claimed they did not receive the necessary programming support from Nintendo to include a multiplayer option in Doom 64.
The game takes place after the events of either Doom or Doom II: Hell on Earth. Following his successful one-man campaign against the ravenous legions of Hell, the nameless space marine is called upon to exterminate a new threat. Despite bombarding their abandoned bases on Mars and its moons Phobos and Deimos with lethal radiation in order to destroy any surviving demons, the UAC's remote sensors fail to detect a powerful demonic entity that suddenly appears in the area. The entity begins to resurrect the hordes of rotting demon corpses strewn about each base, making the demons even stronger in the process. Eventually a barely-functional communications satellite in orbit over the red planet relays its observational data back to Earth, finally alerting the UAC to the rejuvenated demonic presence on Mars.
With Hell once again poised to launch a full-scale invasion of Earth, the UAC scrambles to execute a preemptive strike against the demons' new leader. As the only living human with firsthand combat experience against Hell's forces, the battle-hardened space marine is sent back to Mars with orders to eradicate the mysterious entity and its newly-risen army of the damned.
The core gameplay of Doom 64 remains the same as that of its predecessors: players assume the role of a lone space marine exploring dozens of demon-infested levels from a first-person perspective, with the ultimate goals of reaching each level's exit and eventually defeating the game's final boss. Most levels contain one or more keycards that must be collected to reach the exit, as well as hidden rooms that may hold useful items.
Players begin the game with only their fists and a basic pistol, but they can expand their arsenal up to a total of ten different weapons over the course of the campaign. All non-melee weapons require ammunition to use.
The player's basic melee attack. Due to its low damage per hit, the Fist is typically used only as a last resort after exhausting all other weapons. However, picking up a Berserk Pack increases the Fist's melee damage tenfold, making it possible to gib weaker enemies with a single punch.
A more powerful melee weapon that is very effective against lesser demons. Like the Fist, the Chainsaw does not consume ammo, but players must close the distance to attack enemies with it.
The game's starter firearm sports a slow rate of fire and relatively weak damage. The Pistol becomes largely obsolete once the Chaingun is acquired, as they both share the same type of ammunition.
The reliable single-barrel Shotgun packs a stronger punch at close- and mid-range than the Pistol, and it is even capable of striking targets at long range for reduced damage.
Two barrels means double the damage potential of the standard Shotgun, but the short-range Super Shotgun also takes longer to reload than its single-barrel counterpart, and its spread is much wider.
Due to its high firing rate, the Chaingun is very effective against creatures with high "pain chance," i.e. Lost Souls, Cacodemons, Pain Elementals or Bull Demons; these enemy types are unable to act while under constant fire. However, this weapon also consumes its ammunition very quickly.
Rockets are a versatile means of attack, able to both deal high amounts of damage to a single tough enemy or destroy groups of weaker enemies with their area-of-effect splash damage. Care must be taken to avoid the rockets' explosive radius, which can easily kill players at close range.
An advanced energy weapon that deals three times the per-shot damage of the Chaingun. The Plasma Rifle requires Energy Cells, the same ammunition type used by the BFG9000 and Unmaker, so it is generally recommended to use a "burst-fire" technique when firing this weapon in order to improve accuracy and conserve Cells.
The biggest gun in the game fires large spheres of plasma that deal devastating damage; perfect for eliminating large groups of medium-strength enemies at once. It is also effective against heavy foes like Arachnotrons and Cyberdemons. Unfortunately, the BFG also requires about a second to charge between pulling the trigger and actually firing. It also consumes forty Cells per shot, making it a highly-situational weapon.
A powerful alien weapon unique to Doom 64. It fires red laser beams and can be upgraded up to three times with Demon Artifacts found in the game's secret levels. These artifacts enhance the Unmaker's rate of fire and increase the weapon's total number of beams up to three, making its piercing shots even more devastating.
Besides weapons and ammunition, players can discover power-ups scattered throughout each level to extend their life and grant a variety of other benefits.
While most enemies are carried over from previous series entries, certain legacy Doom enemies were omitted from Doom 64 in order to conserve memory space on the cartridge; Heavy Weapon Dudes, Arch-Viles, Revenants and Spider Masterminds do not appear in the game. Doom 64 also adds a new standard enemy type, the Nightmare Imp, and features a unique final boss not seen in any other Doom title.
Also known as “former humans”, these guys are among the first undead enemies that can be encountered in Doom 64. They move slowly, only carry a standard pistol and fire single shots. Both on close and on long range, Zombiemen do little damage and are therefore no real threat to our Marine.
Looking quite similar to Zombiemen, these were also a human beings once and served in higher ranks of the United Aerospace Corporation; they are armed with a standard shotgun instead of a harmless pistol and can be quite hurtful in larger groups as their damage output is substantially higher when they are near by.
Imps have brown, leather-like skin, glowing red eyes and spikes protruding from the upper back. They usually attack by throwing fireballs when they are further away or by using their sharp claws to rip off the skin of our fellow Marine when they are on close range. Imps are tougher and can stand a few pistol or standard shotgun bullets.
A more vicious version of the classic Imp; Nightmare Imps move a lot faster, are harder to spot as they are only partially visible and their fireballs also have a higher projectile speed. So for your own sake, better get rid of them quickly – especially in dark areas.
Half pig, half demon and heavily muscled like a body builder on steroids! Bull Demons are one of the faster, more aggressive enemies; it is advised to stay cautious, if they are in range they will use their claws and fangs to bite off our Marine's face. At least these creatures are easy to hit due to their size and present themselves well enough for target practice.
Except for the skin color, Spectres are very similar to muscle-packed Bull Demons; running around with terrifying grunting noises they try to surprise our Marine, especially in darker areas where Spectres can take full advantage of their partial invisibility.
When it comes to awarding the title “Most annoying creature”, Lost Souls easily could enter the Top 3. These burning skulls are hyperagressive, flying around silently, only waiting for a chance to charge into our Marine on sight and spark a fire in his face! Better keep some distance to these enemies, a chaingun will help a lot to fight these demons.
Considering their looks, Cacodemons are comparable to a fat, flying Meatball; mostly they are high up in the air, hovering around relatively slowly and attacking with fireballs, which spawn inside their throat.
As if Lost Souls were not enough already, there are creatures which make it even worse, the Pain Elementals! After they spot a threat in their territory, these guys start spawning Lost Souls non-stop. Consequently, the sooner Pain Elementals get killed, the better – because there is a sweeter way to die than in a room full with burning skulls.
Goat legs, a muscular body and a terrifying, diabolic head normally spell trouble – and in this case, big trouble! Hell Knights are tall, mostly in a bad mood and throw around big clumps of acid. Basically they lack high movement speed but it's a little more difficult to dodge their projectiles as these are faster than the usual Imp Fireballs.
Classified as the Big Brothers of the Hell Knights, they have very similar looks but appear with a notorious red skin color. Additionally, with twice as much health, Barons are much tougher and mostly appear in groups together with Hell Knights, where they can cause a lot of trouble, especially in narrow hallways.
Without a doubt, these fat, brown humanoid demons easily rank among the ugliest enemies in Doom; they have Elephant-like legs, a fat torso and a spiky, bat-like head with blazing green eyes. Mancubi are slow but are quite dangerous as they are equipped with two flamethrowers which can deal heavy damage. They have a high firing rate and attack multiple times in quick succession. They shoot two fireballs with each attack, so consequently dodging is not that easy for our Marine.
Spiders often cause cruel nightmares – but the appearance of Arachnotrons will make it even worse; unfortunately, demonic technology made it possible to embed and fuse a gigantic spider head in an armoured, mechanical body with six hydraulic legs! Arachnotrons have an average movement speed, but a high firing rate as they are armed with two Plasma guns. At least they are easier to kill than many other enemies because of their moderate health.
Even the stomping sound of its cybernetic leg already spreads fear and terror; looking like half-Cyborg, half-Minotaur, this hellspawn creature is probably the tallest, most dangerous one. Due to its powerful rocket launcher and high endurance, a Cyberdemon is capable of turning whole armies of the living into dead, rotten flesh. Unfortunately this enemy shows no real weak points, so our Marine should be armed to the teeth when he faces one of this devils – otherwise, ordering an appropriate coffin is recommended.
Doom 64 contains thirty-two original levels. The game's cartridge does not feature battery backup, requiring players to either enter a password or connect the N64 Controller Pak accessory in order to retain their progress during the campaign. Some levels are optional, either accessed through secret exits hidden in the campaign's normal levels, or by entering a special password at the game's main menu.
An asterisk (*) indicates a secret level, and a dagger (†) indicates a password-only level.
- MAP01: Staging Area
- MAP02: The Terraformer
- MAP03: Main Engineering
- MAP04: Holding Area
- MAP05: Tech Center
- MAP06: Alpha Quadrant
- MAP07: Research Lab
- MAP08: Final Outpost
- MAP09: Even Simpler
- MAP10: The Bleeding
- MAP11: Terror Core
- MAP12: Altar of Pain
- MAP13: Dark Citadel
- MAP14: Eye of the Storm
- MAP15: Dark Entries
- MAP16: Blood Keep
- MAP17: Watch Your Step
- MAP18: Spawned Fear
- MAP19: The Spiral
- MAP20: Breakdown
- MAP21: Pitfalls
- MAP22: Burnt Offerings
- MAP23: Unholy Temple
- MAP24: No Escape
- MAP25: Cat and Mouse†
- MAP26: Hardcore†
- MAP27: Playground†
- MAP28: The Absolution
- MAP29: Outpost Omega*
- MAP30: The Lair*
- MAP31: In the Void*
- MAP32: Hectic*