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What's your favorite multiplayer port?

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Title says it all.

 

For me, some of you probably know the answer because i keep posting about it, i really like Odamex.

It has the most solid netcode of all multiplayer ports and is playable for up to 250ms, which is very impressive. It also has vanilla demo-compatibility and is a very fast performant engine, and even has a truecolor renderer. (Much simpler than the one in GZDoom, but still really good) It's extremely portable too only requiring SDL2 and libagar if you want the launcher.

 

Zandronum is a very close second, and it has still decent netcode and modern GZDoom features (well, modern 5 years ago lol) comes with many new modes for a good refreshing experience, it's also pretty customizable which is always a plus for me. Bots really suck but at least they are competent at fighting.

 

ZDaemon, i don't really see the appeal with this one. For one, the netcode is the worst out of all ports, people often praise it but it really sucks, i mean, an awful lot of teleporting around with 150ms?! There's heaps upon heaps of missed shots even though the target was so close i could count it's pixels by hand. The bots are terrible too, while their navigation is really awesome, they are very lackluster in terms of combat, and rarely (if ever) fire a shot.

The software renderer has the worst performance out of all ports, which is VERY suprising, considering it has less features than last ZDoom and still lags a lot even on relatively simple limit-removing levels. I guess the only real pros are the truetype fonts, very good customization and nice launcher, but that's about it.

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I'd have to say Zandronum cuz the only time I've had issues is when internet connection was shit. Though I have heard good things about Skulltag, I didn't really play online during that time. GZDoom 3.7 is functional for the most part but when playing with more than 2 people you'll sometimes switch places between 2nd and 3rd after dying for some odd reason, other than that I have no complaints.

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I've only tried Zandronum with bots so i do like that one. I needed to try Dwango5 and a few others to see what i've been missing out on and they were actually fun. I've downloaded Odamex and ZDaemon but haven't tried either of them yet. I do have Doomseeker installed as it came with my Zandronum.

 

I did have some issues with bots getting stuck in certain maps though, but overall they are okay i guess. They kept getting stuck in "id Map01", American McGee's DM map so i couldn't really play that one lol.

 

I wish i would of played Doom online during the Skulltag era. I heard that time period for online Dooming was just amazing!

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Can't choose between Zandronum and ZDaemon, eventhough I don't use them very often I sometimes use Zandronum for some quick Jumpmaze rounds and ZDaemon because it's easier to find active classic survival servers there with no gameplay addons loaded.

I tried Odamex once but there was nobody playing, maybe because different timezones or because people don't use it very much. I used to play Skulltag aswell but came very late when the site was already promoting the developer's next project "Wrack", few weeks later and I replaced it by Zandronum, The master server of skulltag remained online for a while before it was shut down though.

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2 hours ago, tempdecal.wad said:

I tried Odamex once but there was nobody playing, maybe because different timezones or because people don't use it very much. I used to play Skulltag aswell but came very late when the site was already promoting the developer's next project "Wrack", few weeks later and I replaced it by Zandronum, The master server of skulltag remained online for a while before it was shut down though.

People sadly are against waiting in an Odamex server so you have to go through the Odamex Discord if you want to get a match. However, i promise the experience playing is better than in any of the other ports, feels extremely solid and smooth, and also like Vanilla but even better.

 

Here's a link to the Discord: https://discord.gg/aMUzcZE

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Thanks for the suggestion but I prefer quick and easy to pick up and play source ports, so Zandronum and ZDaemon will have to do for now :) It's easier and faster to find people there.

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I have changed my opinion after spending more time on all 3 ports it is now
1.ZDaemon
2.Zandronum
3.Odamex
I'm down for a game on any port they all have strenghts and weaknesses.

Edited by NationwideMoose : Changed my opinon after playing longer.

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Odamex seemed very fun from the two games I played in it. :P

 

For me it'd be Zandronum > Odamex > ZDaemon. If Odamex had some regular players I don't think I'd use ZDaemon that often. ZDaemon seems to have slightly less reliable netcode for me and I like Odamex's 32 bit color renderer. I think Odamex could use some community events to promote its usage.

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I'm gonna have to say ZDaemon, though I'll admit it's out of nostalgia. Some of my first real Doom experiences are playing Invasion UAC co-op, and deathmatch on DWango5 and other classic DM wads on ZDaemon.

 

I tried to play some Ghouls vs Megaman on Skulltag or whatever, but it never stuck. I am trying to get back into it though on Zandronum.

 

As others mentioned, Odamex seemed like lots of fun, but sadly not a lot of people on there. I need to get one of those game browsers that does all 3 again. What does everyone use nowadays?

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Just now, DuckReconMajor said:

I'm gonna have to say ZDaemon, though I'll admit it's out of nostalgia. Some of my first real Doom experiences are playing Invasion UAC co-op, and deathmatch on DWango5 and other classic DM wads on ZDaemon.

 

I tried to play some Ghouls vs Megaman on Skulltag or whatever, but it never stuck. I am trying to get back into it though on Zandronum.

 

As others mentioned, Odamex seemed like lots of fun, but sadly not a lot of people on there. I need to get one of those game browsers that does all 3 again. What does everyone use nowadays?

Internet Doom Explorer. Or some other people mention Doom Explorer, which i think is the same but continued development (or the inverse is true? dunno really)

 

Nostalgia is pretty powerful; my first match was with ZDaemon and had lots of fun, but that was when there were more people playing around where i live so i kept playing ZDaemon every now and then. Until lots of people left and most servers were pretty far away and so i got upwards of 100ms, which made me take off my nostalgia goggles and notice the netcode freaking sucks. Besides the very poor netcode and being quite redundant when there's 2 other ports that do basically the same but better, it's not really a bad port.

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