Beautiful Doom is a visual enhancement mod for Doom designed to work under GZDoom. 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. 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.

Beautiful Doom now has a GitHub repository: Github.com

You can also join my Discord server: Discord.gg

For those, who want to shake things up a bit there are three weapon sets (can be changed from Beautiful Doom Settings):

  • The Vanilla Guns only look better but act the same as original Doom guns.
  • The Enhanced Guns introduce a 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.
  • Modern Guns is a new weapon set with more modern features such as recoil, reload, more complex mechanics, but they still fit the same concepts as the original guns. Choose whichever you want!

Beautiful Doom is NOT open-source. While it's fine to learn from it, or make personal addons for it, mod authors may NOT use the contents of Beautiful Doom as a base for their own projects without first obtaining the author's explicit approval. You can find more details in the README on Github.

Beautiful Doom © 2008-2021 Jekyll Grim Payne aka Agent_Ash

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Here's a sad fact: gamplay mods for the ZDoom family of ports are rarely compatible. Most of the time they aren't, and if you try to run several mods together, either something will break, or you simply won't see certain features.

Mods also don't always work with all maps. Sometimes they break balance on some maps, other times they can make something too easy or too difficult, and if a map is highly advanced and has its own scripting, certain things may not work.

But why? The simple answer is: it's very hard to make things compatible under ZDoom. This problem is actually not unique to the ZDoom family of ports; it appears in many other games, but perhaps in this engine it's a bit more apparent.

First of all, if a mod is a gameplay mod (i.e. it has no maps and is intended to be played on existing maps), that means that when it adds a weapon, or a monster, or a prop, it has to replace an existing object. So, if you have two mods that replace the Shotgun with some other weapon, you can't combine them: you'll either see one weapon, or the other. Or, say, a mod adds a small feature to the Cacodemon: its blood is now blue. Then there's another mod that changes a whole lot of things for the Cacodemon, such as adding new attacks and changing its stats, but guess what? Those mods can't be combined, because the one that simply redefines Cacodemon's blood has to replace the whole Cacodemon to do it. So, these mods won't work together.

In addition to that, there dozens, hundreds, thousands of little things that a mod author can simply forget to take into account. For a example, you're playing an advanced map with a weapon mod; an event happens in that map that takes away all your weapons and then gives you back the Fist... except you get the vanilla Doom Fist, not the one from your weapon mod. Why? Because that's how that map's script was written, and because both the vanilla Fist and the modded Fist are present in the code, and it's something that's pretty hard to take into account.

Thankfully, nowadays GZDoom has ZScript, which is an expanded version of DECORATE, its former actor scripting language, and ZScript offers many more tools to increase compatibility.

Okay, so how do I play Beautiful Doom with other mods? Do I need to change something in the settings?

Yes, you may need to!

Let's look into this in an orderly fashion.

Load order

If you want to play Beautiful Doom with another gameplay mod (such as a monster pack, or a weapon mod), it's usually important to make sure that Beautiful Doom is first in the load order, and the other mod is last. Because whatever is loaded last takes precedence, so, for example, if you want to see the HUD from another mod, that other mod has to be loaded after Beautiful Doom.

If you're using ZDL, just make sure the second mod is at the bottom of the list:

And if you're using a .bat file or command line, the second mod should be last:

gzdoom.exe -iwad doom2.wad -file BeautifulDoom700.pk3 OtherModName.pk3

Beautiful Doom Compatibility Settings

Now let's take a look at this settings menu:

Beautiful Settings

There are many options under Beautiful Doom Settings, but these five are the most important ones for compatibility. Let's take a look at what they do and when to use them:

Beautiful Doom Weapons: Disabling this will remove Beautiful Doom Weapons from the game. If you load another weapon mod with Beautiful Doom and make sure this option is disabled, then the other mod will spawn its own weapons. This allows you to play Beautiful Doom with other weapon mods, while still enjoying Beautiful Doom monsters and decorations, enhanced textures, footsteps, etc. This option also affects ammo replacements.

You can see an example of this in this video, where Beautiful Doom is being played with a lovely weapon mod known as Naku-Naru:

Beautiful Doom Monsters: Similary, this option governs whether you'll see Beautiful Doom monsters or vanilla monsters. Disable this if you want to play the mod with a monster pack (e.g. Colorful Hell). This will also disable enhanced monster projectiles, since only Beautiful Doom monsters use those. This also disables enhanced pre-placed monster corpses. (In case you didn't know, many monster corpses can be used as decorations and are placed by map authors; with this option enabled monster corpses will look more varied, to match the actual monster death animations.)

Beautiful Doom Items: This controls things such as keys and power-ups. Beautiful Doom items are not different in any way from vanilla items, but if you're playing another gameplay mod, or if you just don't like them, you can disable this.

Beautiful Doom decorations: This option affects props: torches, lamps, columns, decorative corpses/bodies (such as a victim on a stake, hanging torsos, etc.).

Safe actor replacement

This is a complicated topic, so I'm making this into a separate secton. It has 3 options: Disabled, DEHACKED only and DEHACKED and sprites.

First, if you don't know what DEHACKED means: it's an old tool that was capable of modifying Doom actors back in the DOS era, and it's compatible with every source port out there. It's sometimes still used nowadays with map packs that strive to keep vanilla compatibility. A good example of an excellent recent map pack that uses DEHACKED is Eviternity.

Eviternity contains a custom green Chaingunner, a Cyber Baron and a mechanized Pinky that are defined in DEHACKED. Now, you could just disable Beautiful Doom Monsters, but that's not very fun to do just for 3 monsters, right?

If you use DEHACKED or DEHACKED and sprites option, those DEHACKED actors will be automatically detected by Beautiful Doom and they won't be replaced, even if you're using Beautiful Doom monsters. Neat!

What about the sprites part?

Well, imagine you're playing some really old wad, or a very retro-styled one. Sometimes wads directly replace sprites to make one thing look like another. For example, a forest-themed map that replaces a floor lamp sprite with a green bush sprite. It doesn't contain any code, it doesn't replace the actor itself, it just replaces the sprite by using a different graphic with the same name. And in this case you likely want to see the bush, not a lamp, because that'd break the map's aesthetic, right? This is quite common in Deus Vult II, for example.

Well, if you use DEHACKED and sprites option, Beautiful Doom will detect if more than one sprite with the same name is loaded, and it won't replace the actor. Note, for animated objects it'll only check for the first sprite; for example, for Red Torch it'll check if TTRBA0 sprite is loaded more than once.

If the option is set to Disabled, Beautiful Doom Actors will always spawn, regardless of sprite or DEHACKED replacements. Most of the time DEHACKED and sprites is the preferred choice, but things may vary.

Per-monster replacement settings

This submenu is mostly for edge cases, when things either go really wrong with custom monsters, or when you just dislike a specific replacement and want to get rid of it.

The menu is exactly what it says: if Beautiful Monsters are enabled, in this menu you can define whether each specific monster will be replaced by a Beautiful version of not.

Don't forget to restart the map!

Note, changing any of the compatibility options require loading the whole map in memory again. That means restarting the map, and you won't be able to load a save that was made on the same map before you made the changs. That's because everything related to actor replacements happens at the start of a map and can't be changed dynamically.

It's totally fine to set the settings as you like in the main menu before hitting New Game as well!

What about the HUD?

Many people have asked me if it's possible to add an option to disable Beautiful Doom HUD. Sadly, it's not that easy, because GZDoom doesn't allow to just load multiple HUDs and switch between them.

But you have some options:

  • Navigate to Options > HUD Options > Alternative HUD and set Enable Alternative HUD to On. Alternative HUD is a special HUD defined in GZDoom that will override all other HUDs. Enable this, and it'll override Beautiful Doom HUD.
  • Load another mod that defines its own HUD. As long as you load it after Beautiful Doom, the mod's HUD should take precedence.
  • Open Beautiful Doom's PK3 file and delete SBARINFO. This will remove the HUD entirely.
Installation

Installation

Other Tutorial 2 comments

How to install the mod and play it in case you don't know what GZDoom is and have never really played Doom on modern systems. Or maybe something just...

Beautiful Doom is now on GitHub

Beautiful Doom is now on GitHub

News 6 comments

Beautiful Doom 7 is in heavy development and is now available on GitHub.

Beautiful Doom 6.2.1

Beautiful Doom 6.2.1

News 1 comment

It's been just over a week since 6.2.0 and yet 6.2.1 is out with a lot of new features and bugfixes.

Beautiful Doom 6.2.0

Beautiful Doom 6.2.0

News 4 comments

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...

RSS Files
Beautiful Doom 7.1.6

Beautiful Doom 7.1.6

Full Version 17 comments

Combines 7.1.0, 7.1.5 and 7.1.6 updates, will work properly on GZDoom 4.6.0.

Beautiful Doom 7.0.0

Beautiful Doom 7.0.0

Full Version 32 comments

GZDoom 4.5.0 required. Finally, I believe I've done enough to warrant a proper 7.0.0 release. It's likely that it's going to receive a minor updates in...

Beautiful Doom pre-7 dev build c0d410c

Beautiful Doom pre-7 dev build c0d410c

Full Version 40 comments

As I'm struggling to finish all the finishing touches, here's an almost complete release of the mod.

Beautiful Doom pre-7 dev build 7d9dbf8

Beautiful Doom pre-7 dev build 7d9dbf8

Full Version 9 comments

A number of optimization updates and visual updates.

Beautiful Doom pre-7 dev build 3f5db43

Beautiful Doom pre-7 dev build 3f5db43

Full Version 20 comments

This build largely fixes a number of issues and updates the visuals for a few objects, such as BFG ball, Heart Column, Brown Tree.

Beautiful Doom pre-7 dev build 92446d5

Beautiful Doom pre-7 dev build 92446d5

Full Version 10 comments

Pre-7 development release 92446d5. I started making pre-7 releases on GitHub and thought it's probably a good idea to upload them here, since some people...

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slipknat
slipknat

can i use ur mod with doom metal soundtracks ?

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Guest
Guest

Broken and outdated

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[dataexpunded]
[dataexpunded]

Куда исчезли анимации смерти Думгая? В старых версиях у него было несколько дополнительных анимаций смерти (расчленение, потеря руки, что-то ещё), в новой версии же ничего из этого нет. Как так то? Баг?

Where are DoomGuy death animations? In old versions he has a few extra death animations (gibbing, lose of hand, something else), in the new version there is nothing of all it. How is that? Is this a bug?

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zombsk98
zombsk98

Would it at all be possible to change the Enhanced weapons audio to use the original (or in with this mod the HD audio)? Just not a huge fan of the change of sounds but really like the alternative fire modes. :)

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sneaksiebeast
sneaksiebeast

Same here, i would really like to know. Even with the weapons disabled, it still uses the HD sounds.

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zombsk98
zombsk98

Ah I mean specifically the self titled "enhanced" weapons to use the "remastered" doom sounds that come with the mod... instead of the new and different sounds. Though also for it to use the "original" doom sounds would be a nice addition!

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Mylliah
Mylliah

Could you please add a setting to disable projectile rotation for monsters & weapons, please?

I don't know why, but it give me headache!

Thank you for your amazing mod by the way!

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jimflasch76
jimflasch76

BeautifulD Doom 7.0.0 gives the following error in GZDoom 4.6 that it did not give in GZDOom 4.5:

"beautiful_doom_700.pk3:z_bdoom/bd_menu.zc, line 43: Function isGrayed attepts to override parent function without 'override' qualifier."

Please fix.

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Morgan0987
Morgan0987

In video "Beautiful Doom 7: Modules are back!" game sounds are different, unlike default gzdoom and DOOM sounds. What's the trick?

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fandbrttr33
fandbrttr33

I’m starting a discord for textures if you would like to join Discord.gg

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