Necrodoom

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Author

Xaser Acheron

About This File

Gameplay modification for Doom(2).

You're the pilot of the experimental AS-66K Necrosuit, an assault exoskeleton developed for heavy- duty military operations. Asskicking and name-taking are your daily duties, so when the Union Aerospace Corporation wisely decides to open a gateway to Hell one fateful day, you decide to do what you do best: suit up and kick some demon ass!

The mod serves as a 'conversion' of sorts of the arsenal from Raven Software's obscure car-combat shooter "Necrodome," featuring a stylish set of suit-mounted guns loosely inspired by their Necrodome counterparts. Melt the competition with laser cannons, heat-seeking missiles, twin chainguns, and rocket scatter pods. Kablooey!

See the "Gameplay Notes" section below for a breakdown of the mod's more subtle features, like entering/exiting the Necrosuit and inventory basics.

Credits

Kate: love and sanity Raven Software: Necrodome and CyClones (where I snagged the sabre glove and rocket sprites from). amv2k9: the lion's share of Raven/Strife support. combinebobnt: multiplayer balancing n' LMS support Bouncy: improved shotgun and suit-voice sounds. Jute: posting the original Necrodome rips. Blox: some sprite edits (clawless gloves) Carlcyber: ACS stuffage (quick sqrt function) Cory Whittle: those oh-so-famous casing sprites. Rogue Entertainment for Strife (where I stole the radar-map graphic from ;)

Base

Resources from Necrodome by Raven Software, ripped by Xaser. Code from-scratch by Xaser. Exceptions noted in "Additional Credits" above.

Build Time

Two-ish weeks for release #1, followed by years of endless tweaking and idling. Word.

Editors Used

SLADE, PSP7




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Nems

  • 5
  

I can name three available stompy mech suit mods off the top of my head. Of those three, not only is NecroDoom one of them but the cream of the crop. It's polished and done, for one. Two, the weapons are satisfying to use (but that's been a staple of just about every Xaser gameplay mod I've tried out). Three, it strikes a balance between being fair while also making you feel like a total badass piloting a stompy mech suit blowing up demons. Four, you can even get out of your stompy mech suit and detonate it if you so desire. But don't worry! If you go back to the start spawn of the level you're on there's a shiny new mech waiting for you so you can resume your murderous shooty-bang rampage.

 

If you don't feel like blowing up demons, give D'Sparil's and Korax's minions a beatdown. Yep! You can use NecroDoom in Heretic and Hexen! It also works in Strife for the three people who play that game!

 

If you like gameplay mods like I do, this is a must-have for your download library. <3

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