Without a shadow of a doubt, Doom is among the most recognizable names in the history of video games.
The original Doom was a landmark title for id Software alongside Wolfenstein 3D and Quake. As is the norm for popular games, the series eventually expanded to include more than a dozen entries for a wide range of consoles.
For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of every Doom game ever made, complete with brief summaries of each.
Why “Doom” Is Still Fun
For a PC game released in 1993, before graphics acceleration, Doom’s fast-paced action caused quite a stir. Its innovative network support and thrilling atmosphere, violence, and dark themes led to widespread consumption. Doom received high praise from reviewers for its polished presentation and engaging gameplay. The foundation for subsequent first-person shooters was laid by this game.
The original Doom is still enjoyable to play despite significant improvements in graphical technology since then (just look at 2020’s Doom Eternai). Compared to modern first-person shooters, id Software’s classic plays like a breeze. This is because it has easy-to-use controls. There’s no need to jump or look up and down, so the game still has that classic arcade feel.
With a free, modernized version of the game engine, you can play this classic on your personal computer (PC or Mac) with a contemporary game controller and online multiplayer. The best part is that it can be played in high resolution on any monitor, including ultrawide 21:9 displays.
The Magic Comes from the New Doom Engines
The Doom game engine’s source code was made publicly available by id Software in 1997. The company solicited help from programmers all over the world to make the product work on different platforms and with more features. Since then, hundreds of “source ports”—new implementations of the Doom engine—have appeared to expand upon and improve upon the “vanilla” Doom experience.
ZDoom is one of the most well-known Doom source ports, so we’ll be using that to run the game in a modern widescreen resolution. It works with a wide variety of operating systems.
Where to Get Episode Files (WADs)
There is a caveat to using updated Doom source ports. Rarely do they include “WAD” files, or game data files. None of the original Doom maps, images, or sounds are public domain or free to use. When working with source ports, such as GZDoom, you must locate your own WADs.
Fortunately, there are a plethora of resources for acquiring Doom WADs, such as:
- Doom was first released as shareware with a single episode available for free. That episode is still available for legal download and use. The necessary file is typically referred to as DOOM1.WAD.
- Freedoom is an online fan project that aims to create a free and open-source Doom engine graphics, sound, and mapping package. It’s free to grab, and it plays nice with GZDoom.
- Combining Freedoom with additional fan-created WADs allows for a wide variety of play styles and mechanics. These user-created maps previously required the original Doom or Doom II WADs, but now can use Freedoom instead.
- The original Doom is available for commercial purchase and installation on Windows via GOG. To use with a source port, such as GZDoom, simply navigate to the game’s directory and copy the DOOM.WAD file. This also applies to other games like Doom II and Final Doom. The DOOM.WAD files can be copied from the game’s original floppy disk or CD-ROM if you own both. These WAD files could potentially be made available online. However, getting the original WAD files from unofficial sources is the same as getting ROMs for old video games.
How to Install GZDoom on a Windows PC
If you’re using Windows, you can get started with GZDoom by downloading it from the website. It supports Windows 10, 7, and even Vista, and it comes in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors. Download the 32-bit version if you’re unsure which one to get.
Extract the contents of the GZDoom ZIP file you downloaded to a new directory. This folder’s destination is up to you, but the desktop is a good option.
The WAD files should now be placed. The original Doom WAD files, either the freeware or commercial versions, should be copied into the GZDoom folder. If you don’t have them, you can get the Freedoom WAD by downloading the ZIP file and unpacking its contents into the GZDoom directory.
Launch GZDoom by double-clicking the.exe file. If you see a “Windows Protected Your PC” window in Windows 10, select “More Info,” then “Run Anyway,” to dismiss the security alert. Allow the program to run if Windows 7’s UAC asks for your permission to do so.
When you launch GZDoom with more than one WAD in the GZDoom folder, you will be presented with a list of available WADs. Once you’ve decided which one to play, click the “Play GZDoom” button.
GZDoom will use the desktop’s resolution to display by default. To adjust the visuals, hit the Escape key. Press the Enter key after using the arrow keys to navigate to Options > Display Options or Options > Set Video Mode.
Get the ball rolling and enjoy the game!
How to Install GZDoom on a Mac
Widescreen Freedoom WAD playback.
GZDoom is Mac-compatible. After installation, it’s identical to the Windows version in every way. Get GZDoom from its main site first. Take the “Macintosh (Intel)” file and open it. To install GZDoom, launch the DMG file you downloaded, and then move its GZDoom.app icon to the Applications folder.
Download the ZIP file containing the Freedoom WAD, and then extract its contents to a temporary folder if you don’t have any other WADs.
The Doom WAD files will need to be placed in a dedicated folder for GZDoom to access them. Files for gzdoom will be stored in /Library/Application Support.
Copy /Library/Application Support/ and press Shift Command G in the Finder before clicking “Go.”
The WAD files should be copied into a new folder named “gzdoom” in /Library/Application Support/.
After the WADs have been copied, you can return to the Applications folder by closing the Finder window. To launch GZDoom, simply double-click its icon.
If your Mac displays a warning when you try to launch GZDoom, you’ll need to grant it elevated privileges. There is no malicious code in GZDoom. It’s a free hobbyist project, so it hasn’t been registered with Apple; however, macOS automatically disables any unfamiliar software.
Go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General to activate GZDoom. If you see “‘GZDoom.app’ was blocked from use because it is not from an identified developer,” near the window’s bottom, and you want to use it anyway, select “Open Anyway.” If another window appears, select “Open.”
When you launch GZDoom, if there is more than one WAD in the GZDoom folder, you will be given a list of WADs from which to select. Click “OK” after choosing the one you wish to play.
GZDoom should launch in full screen mode at the desktop’s native resolution automatically. You can alter the visual settings by pressing the Escape key. Choose Options > Display Options or Options > Set Video Mode with the arrow keys and press Enter to confirm your selection.
Get the ball rolling and enjoy yourself.
Date of publication: 10 December 1993
Id Software, Inc., Developer.
Supported systems include: Microsoft Windows, Sega 32X, Atari Jaguar, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, PlayStation, 3DO, Sega Saturn, Acorn Archimedes, Game Boy Advance, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, iOS, and Android
The first game to be discussed is the one that started it all—the original Doom. Since both games were created by id Software, pioneers of the first-person shooter genre, they shared many similarities.
In terms of story, the game is lacking. The player assumes control of an anonymous marine from the United States, later immortalized as the game’s iconic Doomguy, and is thrust into the middle of a demonic invasion of Mars armed only with a handgun.
Doom was quite a technological achievement in 1993, despite its apparent simplicity in comparison to modern games. Its success can be attributed in no small part to its superior 3D environments, which were a marked improvement over those of its predecessor, Wolfenstein 3D.
Meanwhile, the game’s high levels of gore, Satanic imagery, and graphic violence have made it one of the most controversial games of all time, up there with Mortal Kombat and Grand Theft Auto.
In addition, the original Doom is playable on more systems than any other Doom game because it was ported to several 90s video game consoles. The Xbox 360, iOS, and Android mobile platforms, as well as the latest generation of consoles, received it later.
Originally published on September 30, 1994
id Software, the creators
Compatible with PC (DOS), Mac (OS X), Game Boy Advance (GBA), Xbox (360), Xbox (One), PlayStation (PS4), Switch (Nintendo), iOS (iOS), and Android
Following that is Doom II, also known as Doom II: Hell on Earth. Naturally, it was not immune to controversy, but it did a lot more and was better than the original game.
The second game takes place, as the name suggests, on Earth rather than Mars. Like its predecessor, Doom II has a relatively simple premise and isn’t particularly plot-heavy.
Doom II’s gameplay is largely unchanged from the original. The game’s core mechanics have not been altered, and the addition of the Super shotgun is the only new weapon. Doom II is easily distinguishable from its predecessor thanks to its wide variety of new enemies.
Doom II’s initial release was for the MS-DOS, just like the original, but it wasn’t ported to quite as many platforms. In the early 2000s, it made its way to the Game Boy Advance, and later, the Xbox 360, and now, eighth-generation consoles, iOS, and Android smartphones.
Date of publication: August 3, 2004
id Software, the creators
Systems: Microsoft Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and Xbox
Doom III was the third installment in the series, and it came out ten years after Doom II. The game relied heavily on high-resolution visuals and intricate 3D environments when it was released in the early 2000s. It was a welcome break from the norm, but not everyone took to it.
Although the story is still secondary to gameplay, it receives much more attention here than in either of the previous games. Thanks to advancements in technology, Doom 3 was able to give players a real story with real characters. Doom 3 technically explores the events leading up to the recognizable demonic invasion on Mars, making it something of a reimagining of the original Doom.
The gameplay of Doom 3 reflects the game’s emphasis on creating a tense horror atmosphere rather than simply dumping the player into a bloody shooting gallery.
The pace of the game has slowed down and the strategy required to win has increased. As a result, the player is forced to rely heavily on a handheld flashlight that cannot be used in conjunction with any other weapons because most of the levels are extremely dark.
The game received mostly positive reviews, but it isn’t even close to being one of the most played or influential games in the series. It debuted on Windows, but ports followed for Linux, macOS, and the original Xbox.
Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil
Published on April 3, 2005.
Nerve Software and id Software are the creators.
Systems: Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Xbox
The Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil expansion pack was released shortly after the main game for Windows, Linux, and the Xbox. Visually and mechanically, it’s not too dissimilar from Doom 3, but it does add some welcome new features.
Levels aren’t as gloomy, and the game is generally faster-paced and more exciting to play compared to its predecessor, but the story continues the new take on the Mars invasion seen in Doom 3.
The game’s only substantial alteration is the inclusion of some new enemies that weren’t in the original release. The Grabber, modeled after Half-Life 2’s iconic Gravity Gun, is a particularly welcome addition to the arsenal.
Resurrection of Evil was made available for Windows, Linux, and the original Xbox, but it was never ported to Mac OS like the original game was.
Doom 3: BFG Edition
Publication date: October 16, 2012
id Software, the creators
Available on PC, PS3, PS4, XBox 360, XBox One, Switch, NX, and Shield.
The remastered version of Doom 3, titled Doom 3: BFG Edition, was released in 2012, initially for Windows and the 7th generation consoles. It was not until July 2019 that the game was made available for the 8th generation consoles.
The BFG Edition of Doom 3 includes not only the original Doom and its expansion, but also the first two games in the series as a special bonus. More importantly, it improves upon the base game of Doom 3 and adds new features.
In addition, it fixed one of the biggest issues players had with Doom 3 by introducing a flashlight that could be attached to the player’s armor.
Date of Publication: May 13, 2016
id Software, the creators
System Requirements: PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch
While Doom 3 went for a more measured and realistic pace, the 2016 remake returned to the fast-paced, action-packed gameplay of the original, and the results are nothing short of spectacular.
The player assumes the role of a new Doomguy, this one elevated to the mythical status of “Doom Slayer,” who has awakened from a long slumber to prevent, you guessed it, a demonic invasion of Mars. The game is set on Mars once again.
The game has plenty of verticality and mobility, as well as a wide variety of weapons, power-ups, enemies, and graphic “glory kill” finishers. Together, these factors make the 2016 version of Doom one of the finest first-person shooters (FPS) ever created.
The game was initially released for Windows, the PlayStation 4, and the Xbox One, with a Nintendo Switch port following in 2017.
Due out on March 20, 2020.
Id Software, Inc., Developer.
Available on PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and Google Stadia.
Finally, in 2020, the newest installment in the series, Doom Eternal, was released.
The story of Doom 2016 continues in Doom Eternal, with the player once again assuming the role of the Doom Slayer. In contrast to Doom 2016’s extremely spare narrative structure, Eternal presents its story in a more traditional and straightforward fashion.
The gameplay is Doom Eternal’s main selling point, and while not everyone (including ourselves) liked how the game presented the story it wanted to tell, the execution was still good and was even better in some ways than its predecessor.
If you thought Doom 2016 was fast, you should try Doom Eternal, because it emphasizes movement even more than its predecessor. The majority of the weapons from the previous game return, albeit with some minor changes and new skins, and the gameplay formula is intensely focused, tense, and harsh.
Our comprehensive review of Doom Eternal is available here. The game has been released for Google’s Stadia platform in addition to the PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions. There is currently no set release date for the Switch version.
Published on June 17th, 1996.
TeamTNT & Casali Brothers, the developers.
Supported Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS X, and Sony PlayStation
Similar visuals, weapons, and enemies can be found in both Final Doom and Doom II. It’s a standalone expansion for Doom II that includes two level packs, TNT: Evilution and The Plutonia Experiment.
Final Doom was ported to the original PlayStation as well as MS-DOS and Mac OS, though the console release featured a slightly toned-down difficulty.
Date of publication: March 31st, 1997
Midway Games, the creators
Video game consoles: Nintendo 64, PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Doom 64 was a non-canon sequel to Doom II that was released exclusively for the Nintendo 64. However, after the events of Doom Eternal, it was pretty much confirmed as a canon entry in the series.
In the 1990s, it was largely ignored because it was exclusive to the Nintendo 64, whose infamous controller was not well suited to first-person shooters (FPS), especially fast-paced ones like Doom.
Compared to its predecessor, Doom 64 featured a more sinister aesthetic, a score that leaned heavily on atmospheric effects to the point where the game felt like a horror game at times, and fresh new sprites for each of the game’s many enemies.
It was ported to the PC and eighth-gen consoles in March of 2020, months before Doom Eternal was released. Those who preordered Doom Eternal received the port at no cost, and it comes with a bonus chapter.
Date of Publication: September 13, 2005
id Software, the creators
Environments: Java and Symbian OS
Strange as it may seem, in 2005, a Doom role-playing game was made available for Java and Symbian phones. The plot follows the events of Doom 3, but the game is a turn-based RPG rather than a first-person shooter.
Date of publication: June 26th, 2009
Creation Credits: id Software & Escalation Studios
A few years later, an additional Doom mobile game, Doom Resurrection, was released for iOS. It was based on the same story as Doom 3, but featured first-person shooter action in real time, unlike Doom RPG.
Doom II RPG
Date of publication: November 23, 2009
id Mobile, Inc.
Java, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, and iOS are all supported.
Doom II RPG, the sequel to the original Doom RPG, is essentially identical to its forerunner save for the fact that it has been ported to more mobile platforms beyond just Java, such as BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, and iOS.
Dropping on December 6th, 2016
Zen Studios, the creators
Windows, Mac OS X, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android are just some of the supported platforms.
Doom Pinball, released at the end of 2016, is exactly what you’d expect it to be: a pinball game based on the Doom franchise, with plenty of nods to the 2016 Doom reboot.
Date of publication: 1 December 2017
Id Software, Inc., Developer.
Microsoft Windows and the PlayStation 4
Doom VFR, a virtual reality game based on the 2016 Doom, has finally arrived. The fast-paced gameplay of Doom 2016 did not work too well in virtual reality, so the game was met with mixed reviews.
Are There Mobile Doom Games?
There were a number of spinoff mobile games, but they have since been discontinued. They are:
- RPG Doom (2005)
- 2009’s Doom Role-Playing Game
- The Rebirth of Doom (2009)
- Doom VFR (2017), and.
And that concludes the canon of existing Doom games.
Be sure to check back from time to time, as we will be updating this list as new Doom games are released.