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i dont know what to call the art style in doom64.

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I think one word would be "gothic" and maybe a mix of "muscular For the monsters. But i dont know the "patterns" of this art design, if that makes sense. Does this art style have a name? And how can it be replicated?

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Check out brutalism - I think it's the closest actual style to Doom and Quake (early ones at least, and including D64).

 

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H.R Geiger uses distortion, stretching, and smearing. I don't think D64 has that style. Everything looks more "realistic" and "tim burton's batman" in D64. The demons look like clay figures instead of cartoons.

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D64 has limitations on texture sizes and it's looks like that because it optimized being like that. Never been a fan of sprites (except weapon sprites which are cool though shotguns less animated).

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The original concept for Doom 64, supposedly, was to represent different Earth cultures' varying depictions of Hell, including Egyptian and Central American. You can see in some of the textures patterns that evoke those cultures, as a handful of resources had already been made with a "multicultural hell" in mind. I think this would have been fantastic had it stuck, and easily would have made for the most horror-soaked game in the series.

 

As to the monster designs...they're somewhere between semi-realistic and cartoony, kind of like the originals. Proportions are off in order to make details like heads more visible, and at least one enemy, the pinky, was based on a sculpted model by Gregor Punchatz, who did clay/sculpture work on the original games. The big departure from id's style is that, in the end, all enemies were made into 3D models and converted into sprites. They're a bit smeary looking, probably owing to the trend of the time of eliminating pixelation as much as possible if the hardware allows as such. There's a nice anti-aliasing effect on their edges as a result, but I think they could have been a bit overall sharper. Also worth noting at the time that material rendering was extremely primitive, as was 3D modeling in general for smaller scale productions; take one look at any high-res scans of the models, and you'll see they're a bit crude, though very effective.

 

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@Szuran

 

I agree. Ugly, dehumanizing, oppressive, claustrophobic, hopeless, utilitarian, a total lack of regard for the individual and utterly soul-crushing. It perfectly fits Doom but Quake 2 even more. In real life I hate brutalism for these reasons but in a virtual environment it is an interesting aesthetic experience to explore. The demons are a force of nature that created hell out of pure base instinct but humans modeled their spaces with intelligence and specific purposes. No other game than Doom 64 has explored this feeling quite like this. 

 

So yeah, I guess you could call it a kind of abstract gothic-brutalism. The irony being that Gothic architecture was created as an evolution of Romanesque architecture to bring in more light but the Romantic concept of Gothic explores its total opposite which has stuck ever since in pop culture.

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