Total Recall is an action comedy mod for Doom 3 singleplayer. Loosely based on the 1990 science fiction movie, the main focus of this mod was to create the ultimate Arnold Schwarzenegger gaming experience using the id Tech 4 engine. You take on the role of Douglas Quaid, a secret agent sent on a mission to Mars where you must embark on an action packed journey and fight some of the toughest intergalactic bad guys on this side of the solar system.

What kind of mod is Total Recall?

Work on Total Recall began back in mid 2008 and was originally planned as a comedy sound replacement mod for Doom 3's singleplayer campaign. But as the movie Total Recall and Doom 3 share similar story elements and setting, a futuristic Schwarzenegger spy mod seemed like an excellent idea. The storyline is loosely based on the movie Total Recall and the short story by Philip K. Dick entitled We Can Remember It for You Wholesale. By using the movie as a foundation, Total Recall has grown into quite a complex storyline which highlights a number of subjects including global warming and the end of days. As for the actual mod itself, Total Recall is strongly story driven and will not be classed as a total conversion. However, as there will be many changes in the mod in comparison to the original Doom 3 experience and some of these changes include;

  • A refreshing singleplayer campaign with approximately 7 custom levels to play
  • Over 20 additional weapons and items including the Minigun and Total Recall Hologram
  • Advanced enemy AI where most of your main targets will now be in Human form
  • Completely new soundtrack with improved NPC interactions and original score
  • Hilarious multiplayer cooperative mode using all the best of Arnie's One-Liners


Total Recall is set in the year 2087 where global warming and overpopulation of Earth have forced mankind to colonize the planet Mars. The main character is Douglas Quaid, a secret agent working for the world renowned mega-corporation, Earth Intelligence, who has been assigned with a mission to infiltrate central administration on the Mars colony. However, Quaid's identity is soon uncovered by the colony's administrator, Vilos Cohaagen, who tries to stop Quaid in his tracks using any means necessary and keep him from discovering the mysterious findings that lie deep within the planet's core....

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: I haven't seen any updates for a while, is Total Recall dead or what?
A: No. There will be times when you won't see much Arnie action around but I can assure you, Total Recall is not going to die. So, Chill out Dickwad!

Q: Will Total Recall be released as a standalone game or as a Doom 3 mod?
A: Yes, my aim is to have Total Recall released as a standalone free game when the time comes.

Q: Can I expect to experience Sikkpin's Sikkmod while playing Total Recall?
A: Yes.

Q: How long do I have to wait until I can play Total Recall the game?
A: Total Recall will be released to the public in 2014, hopefully before the Christmas Period.

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5 comments by douglas_quaid on Jan 1st, 2013

Good Morning!

Hello to all my fellow Total Recall enthusiasts out there. I'm back again, as promised, with my 2013 news post and while yet another year has gone by in the modding world, Total Recall remains unfinished. I mentioned in my previous news post that due to the loss of my backup files while travelling around Australia, this ultimately meant that I would be losing one year of work on the mod. Yes that's right, an entire year! You can imagine my frustration and while away I was actually considering to forget about the mod altogether. But I'm glad I didn't as Total Recall would have just ended up on the ever growing dead mods list.

The only thing that kept the creative juices flowing during my time abroad was a trusty sketch pad, pen and pencils which were used daily for jotting down any ideas or concepts that came to mind. I can say with much delight now that I'm back in action and I have just completed another level which is just one more step closer to the mod's completion. My plan for this year is to knuckle down and finish up on all the level design and then get cracking with the coding aspect and other general duties. It's gonna be a tough year but I'm ready for it as I want to see this little beauty released some time in 2014. Right, time to show off some progress...

The first couple of shots I would like to reveal are scenes from Mars Federal Penitentiary. The level is set in a futuristic prison which was partially influenced by the movie Fortress starring Christopher Lambert. I personally have never seen a prison level in a FPS game and I think that it really fits in well with the Total Recall world. In the story, the prison was originally intended as a holding facility for psychologically troubled mine workers but is now used for interrogation and execution of captured colonists fighting for the rebel cause. The gameplay behind the level is basically Quaid waking up daized and confused where he must escape his cell, find his weapons, and sabotage the prison's security system. This will inevitably lead to a lockdown where a frenzy of gunfire will break out between the guards and prisoners! I don't want to blow my own trumpet but I'd say this level will be a favourite with players of the mod.

This next shot is my first attempt at Total Recall's final level which is set inside the alien reactor. My initial plans for this level were to have some similarities with the alien architecture from Prey and I know I'll be editing it a dozen more times to get what I'm after. My aim with this level is for it to be split up into a few sections with half the map being dedicated to flying. When quaid stumbles across some of the reactor's alien hardware ie. the shuttle, he must try it out. This will give players a nice sence of freedom compared to the original Doom 3 experience while taking part in some exciting aerial combat with alien space crafts.

Well I think that's pretty much it for now regarding my progress. Hopefully my next news post won't be too far in the future and will have more to show so keep an eye out for updates. Most of the Total Recall mod followers have probably lost interest and turned away but I can understand this. Since it's beginning, Total Recall has remained more or less a one man job. At times it would have been nice to get some help but I understand that Total Recall is a fan based movie mod and new idea mods are usually what modders opt for. To add to this, the Doom 3 modding community has pretty much always had a cult following and right now most of it's modders who have any talent are either preparing portfolios or working hard on their own personal projects. But with this year's release of the Doom 3 source code, hopefully we will see more modders migrate to the id Tech 4 engine as it is now a good competitor with Epic's UDK.

Anyway, that's it from me for now and I hope you all had a good holiday season!

All the best,


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TheUnbeholden Jun 13 2013 says:

Good luck... I'll see you at the party Richter.

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Miia Jun 9 2013 says:

You think this is the real Quaid? It is.

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Stoudemire15 May 24 2013 says:

I have created your project in Wikia. Please don't let it died. a lot of people are supporting you ever since you have started.

Here is the link:


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douglas_quaid Creator
douglas_quaid Jul 26 2013 replied:

Thanks for the help, appreciated!

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Stoudemire15 May 18 2013 says:

Oh yeah I forgot, try to make this project a long Campaign as long as you can. Because nowadays people are so sick of short Single-player Campaign due to focusing so much on Multiplayer. I really wish, you guys can do this without any troublesome. Although, it take even more time to developed. But However, the wait will be patient. So Good Luck.


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luiz0regis May 10 2013 says:

Nice to see some screens!

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Stoudemire15 May 10 2013 says:

I hope this can go standalone as well. Right after the Source Code release in two year ago. It required no need for Doom 3 to play it anymore due to all around the world continuing advancing as a lot of OS are now Win 7, Win 8, Linux and Mac. It probably won't run very good in those Operation System due to not compatibility. If you guys can make it, a lot of people will be very appreciated and enjoyment.


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Gzegzolka Apr 26 2013 says:

What exactly will be in this update?

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douglas_quaid Creator
douglas_quaid Apr 30 2013 replied:

More Screens and my first bad guy video!

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Gzegzolka Apr 30 2013 replied:

That should be interesting :) I hope You find time for that "Soon"

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