Beautiful Doom is the grandfather of most enhancement mods, including the well-known Brutal Doom. First released back in 2008 this mod aims to improve each and every single object in Doom, making them smoother, more impressive visually and having better sounds while retaining VANILLA gameplay. Keeping original vanilla gameplay is the core of Beautiful Doom. You will see smoke, casings, debris, hugely enhanced gibbing system, smooth weapon animations, but it will all play the same as vanilla Doom plays with (G)ZDoom. However, for those, who don't like fully vanilla things, there are two player classes: the 'Vanilla Guns' class will give you guns that only look better but act the same as original Doom guns. The 'Enhanced Guns' class introduced as number of changes: for example fist and pistol are slightly more effective, and many weapons have alternative attacks which, while not really more powerful, provide certain tactical variety. Choose whichever you want!

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Beautiful Doom 6.2.0 is out with a number of updates and improvements. New blood, cooler ressurrection animation and a brand-new alternative attack for BFG9000, and more!

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Beautiful Doom 6.2.0 is finally out! It's been a few months since the last update (6.1.4.1). It went through a few internal updates before I decided I gathered enough new features and improvements for a full new release. So let's take a quick look on what I was working on.

Blood

Blood code and animations has always been a key component of the mod, and almost every update brought some improvements to this aspect. 6.2.0 brings the biggest update for a while, although it's mainly not thanks to me but thanks to a new feature now supported by GZDoom: flat sprites. This allows to easily create images on floors and ceilings without ugly and expensive workaround like flat 3D models.

As a result, blood pools are now actual pools. In addition to that, after some brain-racking and asking around I was able to implement a code that makes these pools always be placed on the floor. Have you ever noticed in other mods how pools sometimes hang partly in the air when they fall next to a ledge, like on a stairway? Well, it doesn't happen in Beautiful Doom.

There are a few other additions. Blood can now spray on the ceiling and slowly drip down in nicely-animated blood drops.

That's not all aboud blood. The code and behavior of blood has generally been improved and made more consistent; decorative blood looks much better; but you'll see that in the game.

And a feature we've all loved since Duke Nukem 3D: bloody footprints! Cross a large enough puddle of blood and you'll be leaving bloody footprints behind you for a while. They fade away eventually. They can also be of 3 different colors depending on the blood of your enemies (red, blue and green).

Resurrection

Among other noticeable visual updates, Arch-Vile's resurrection now looks much cooler on gibbed monsters because gibs don't just disappear but move towards the place of ressurrection, as if trying to stitch the torn monster back together.

Better-looking BFG9000 attacks and new alternative attack

BFG9000 got a visual update: its main attack is now prettier, with more consistent lighting and green sparks. BFG bplasma also doesn't obscure view so much anymore and is closer to its vanilla size.

If you like using Enhanced Weapons, you know most of them have alternative attacks. Until this version BFG9000 used the attack styled after the BFG attack from press-release beta version of Doom: 40 bouncing plasma balls. That was definitely boring. So instead I created the Heavy Laser.

This short-range ray pierces all targets dealing equal damage and can also be channeled for about 5 seconds (100 cells) until it automatically starts cooling off (notice that the cooldown period is shorter if you let go of the fire button yourself than if you wain until it starts automatically).

In terms of raw damage I could say it's more or less equal to BFG's primary fire, but it's hard to compare them. It may be more effective in some situations (like cleaining a hallway of multiple closely positioned monsters), while completely ineffective in others (like clearing big areas). Nevertheless, it's always fun!

Other stuff

There are plenty of other minor improvements and bug fixes that you can read about on Beautiful Doom 6.2.0 download page. Most importantly, it'll work properly with GZDoom 3.1.0. Unfortunately ZDoom is no longer supported because of the number of features that are unsupported or glitchy with it. Well, it's sad to see ZDoom go, but considering it has been officially discontinued by the developers, it's not a surprise. Zandronum isn't supported either, at least for now. There are plenty of things that can't be done even in its development versions, and for now I'm not sure if it's worth trying to cut out stuff or find workarounds to make the mod work with it. Ultimately you can always go with an earlier version.

That's it for Beautiful Doom 6.2.0. Now go and rip and tear, until it's done!

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SgtJackV
SgtJackV

Can you add an option to bring the old BFG9000 alt-fire back?

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Vuud
Vuud

How dare you. Doom is already beautiful and sexy and perfect!

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LKMax
LKMax

Interesting mod, it combines some high-res sprites and additional effects, but the explosions could do some work, I don't think the half-life-esque transparent explosions are exactly beautiful.

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Jekyll_Grim_Payne Author
Jekyll_Grim_Payne

There are actually very few truly high-res sprites. They are mostly of a bit higher resolution than vanilla ones, but I strive to retain some of the retro look of the game and don't fill it with sprites from modern games. The rocket explosion, IIRC, is originally from Descent. There aren't that many things you can do with them in GZDoom though.

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