Doomsday: Doom + Heretic + Hexen
Some of you may have heard of a nifty utility called Doomsday. This tool has the ability to not only allow you to play classic ID Software titles, but it also allows users to apply modern day graphical effects and enhance the core visuals and sounds in the games.It's a very powerful tool. The problem is, it's not very newbie friendly, especially when you start applying the enhancement packs. That's what I put this collection together for. I want to simplify the process as much as I can for you, while still including the best enhancement packages that are out right now, for these games. So if you're a fan of the classic Doom series, Heretic, or Hexen, or possibly all of them, just follow the instructions and you will experience the most impressive versions of these games.
I've included all the enhancement packs from the jFiles website which were important. If I have left out a pack, then it was because the pack had a conflict with another pack, or it impacted the performance in a severe way, or because it was such a minor modification that it wasn't worth the effort.
- Ultimate Doom - DOOM.WAD
- Doom 2: Hell on Earth - DOOM2.WAD
- Final Doom: Evilution - TNT.WAD
- Final Doom: Plutonia Experiment - PLUTONIA.WAD
- Heretic - HERETIC.WAD
- Hexen: Beyond Heretic - HEXEN.WAD
- Hexen: Deathkings of the Dark Citadel - HEXDD.WAD
Many of the enhancement packs are compressed inside 7z files. You will need 7-Zip to decompress them. It can do everything WinRAR can, and more. You can find it here:
All of the 7z files are compressed in a way so it is easy for you to insert them into Doomsday. The folder paths are all automatically layed out for you. You simply open a 7z file, select all the contents, and extract to the main Doomsday folder. Done.
The files in this collection are all ordered by installation priority, with a number before their filenames. I suggest you install everything in this order, starting with the main folder, and then sub folders. If you are ever asked to overwrite something while extracting, say yes.
- Extract the Doom, Heretic, and Hexen WADs to a temp directory.
- Run "jDoom v1.8.6.exe". Install in default directory of C:\Doomsday.
- When it asks for the WAD files, point it to each of the WAD files in the temp directory you made. Remember that DOOM.WAD is actually Ultimate Doom. Don't bother linking Shareware Doom or Doom 1. Just link Ultimate Doom to DOOM.WAD.
- Say yes to placing a desktop icon for Doomsday KickStart, if you like.
- Extract the contents of "GLBSP.7z" to C:\Doomsday.
- Begin installing the enhancement packs for the games you have installed. Do them in the numbered order which the files appear. If the file is a 7z, extract it's contents to C:\Doomsday. If the file is an exe, tell it to install in C:\Doomsday. Simple right? If you are asked to overwrite the files or folders, say yes.
- Run Doomsday Kickstart from the Desktop or Start Menu. It may not pop up above your current open windows, so look on your taskbar for it.
- Choose the game you would like to play from the pull down box. Check the "Add-Ons" tab, and if anything is listed, be sure to check it.
- Now go to the main "Graphics" tab, and pick OpenGL, or Direct3D. Pick your Color Depth. Pick your screen Resolution. Don't check any of the boxes to the right unless you know what you are doing.
- Click the "Play" button. It may ask you for the game's WAD file. Allow it to search for it. When it finds it, click yes. When asked about processing the WAD, click yes. All of this will only need to be done the first time you run each of the games. After that, you will not need to do this again.
- Exit out of the game. Follow steps 8 through 10 for each of your other games. If you don't do this, some enhancement packs may not be enabled on other games. You are almost done.
- Each of the games has control panels built inside, as well as traditional ID-Style configuration menus. Set the games to your liking. Use common sense when changing settings. Map the controls to resemble modern day FPS games if you wish. You will want to enable Jumping and Mouse Look. You will also want to raise the sound quality to 44100htz, enable 16 bit sound, and possibly enable 3D sound. Make sure "Preferred Music Source" is set to "External Files", so that the enhanced soundtracks will play. Repeat this for all your games that need it.
- That should be everything. Have fun!