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What is your singleplayer source port of choice?

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What source port do you prefer for playing single player Doom?

It looks like the major contenders are --

-Chocolate Doom
-Doomsday
-Doom Legacy
-EDGE
-Eternity
-GZDoom
-Odamex
-PrBoom+
-ReMooD
-Risen3D
-Vavoom
-Zandronum
-ZDaemon
-ZDoom

Which source port would you recommend to someone new to Doom?

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It depends a lot on what I'm playing:

Doom, Doom II, HacX, Chex: vanilla, Chocolate Doom, PrBoom+ (mainly because of demos, gameplay options, etc., while keeping that "classic" feeling); I use G/ZDoom, 3DGE, Legacy, etc. just for wads and/or mods that require it. The one I use more often is PrBoom+, or vanilla if I'm in my very old Doom-exclusive laptop (where I can play them the old way - DOS!).

Heretic: mostly vanilla, sometimes ZDoom

Hexen, Strife: GZDoom most of the time.

This is the right way. Everything else is wrong.

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Chocolate Doom for everything I can.

Zdoom for everything else I can't

GZDoom where required for particular maps. (eg winter's fury.)

Have never been able to make PRBoom work on my system.

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PrBoom for everything I can.
Zdoom for everything else I can’t.
[…]
Have never been able to make GZDoom work on my system.

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Since I'm only playing single-player, same answer as last month :
Chocolate Doom for Vanilla play
PrBoom+ (GLBoom+ more precisely) for limit-removing & Boom-compatible WAD's
(G)ZDoom when I have to

Sometimes, Crispy Doom for testing

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GZDoom. It's ease of use is unparalleled, and looks the best to me with some fine tuning (get rid of that shitty default blur for example). I include ZDoom a part of GZDoom, as theres no real difference between the two for me.

It also runs my favourite mod, Doom Expanded, so thats a plus.

Eternity is my second choice. Doomsday a distant third. No other port runs well enough for me or is stupidly complicated to use to the point of being useless.

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All of them. Seriously :) They all have strengths and weaknesses and they're all quite small in terms of file size.

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GZDoom here. I'm going to install Chocolate Doom this weekend, and dual wield the two if it does indeed feel like the good ol' Doom of ye olde days.

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Chocolate Doom only. Haven't tried other ports nor mods. I'm thinking sometimes about trying one of the multi-focused ports like Zandronum or Odamex but then I fear that I would very suck at Deathmatch (I think I suck generally at multiplayer.. though I played only one game multi! :)).

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RadTang said:

I'm thinking sometimes about trying one of the multi-focused ports like Zandronum or Odamex but then I fear that I would very suck at Deathmatch

The more you play, the better you'll get!

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Mine would be:

GLBoom
Great for normal Doom levels and for Boom, it looks pretty and is most Speedrunners' choice for recording. The only problems are the faults that come with OpenGL...

SkullTag / Zandronum
Had I not strayed from my statement of "ZOMFG Zandronum is a downgrade", this would have been a section dedicated to one Sourceport: SkullTag.
Of course, since SkullTag's dead :( and skulltag_data.PK3 exists, Zandronum is now my preffered choice.
With a whole host of fantastic new game modes and support for (an out-of-date build of) ZDoom, Zandronum is far and above my favourite Source port for Single player WADs that require it, and is easily my favourite multiplayer port.

GZDoom
As most maps are developed now in ZDoom: Doom in Hexen format, a form of ZDoom is certainly required. There's a reason it's perhaps the Sourceport most mods require to run. Adding dynamic lights and proper 3D floors, this is an extremely powerful mapping tool that breaks right through Doom's mapping limits and really lets you create whatever you see in your mind's eye, let alone full games (yes).

Oh, and it uses OpenGL.

Doom RETRO
I just love this one! It completely kicks ZDaemon's claim of "Doom how it was meant to be" in the crotch, keeping the graphics and gameplay properties near-intact but providing high-resoloution screens, new, tiny-but-neat features and an awesome twist on the red colour palette (it doesn't get darker, meaning the eyes of enemies and skulls in the background, as well as fire always loom and flare from the darkness out at you. That feature alone makes it look fantastic). I even called it my favourite Sourceport at one point. Is that true? Well, it's definitely a close second if not. ;)

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ZDoom unless otherwise specified.

I used to use Skulltag as my main port (and ZDoom if extra features were used in the mod), but it's a bit outdated now. :P Haven't used Zandronum very much.

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Honestly I don't care to play close to vanilla anymore so I just use GZDoom for single player.

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Depends what mapset I'm playing, or if I'm using a mod. Most of the time though (and for convenience) I drag/drop WADs onto a G/ZDoom shortcut.

When it comes to mapping though... source ports galore. Chocolate if I'm staying within limits, Eternity if I'm using Boom format, and G/ZDoom-based if I'm just going apeshit and fucking around with various UDMF features. Other ports for other formats, of course. Not that I really take much advantage of unique features found in stuff like EDGE or Legacy nowadays, but I still open 'em up and create stupid shit when I have time to burn.

All that being said, I download every port I find because I'm a bit OCD/stupid when it comes to Doom. I must have 30 copies of doom2.wad across various port directories by now.

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Doomkid said:

The more you play, the better you'll get!


It should be like this. My reluctant attitude is a little left-over after my (quite a long) stay with one very popular online game. I was bad (though not a complete meganoob) and I felt like I was playing with 101% pros who could do 1 vs 5, one-handed & without using keyboard ( playing only with mouse). As for Doom, there's a lot of online DW events. Maybe I should get into one.

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RadTang said:

It should be like this. My reluctant attitude is a little left-over after my (quite a long) stay with one very popular online game. I was bad (though not a complete meganoob) and I felt like I was playing with 101% pros who could do 1 vs 5, one-handed & without using keyboard ( playing only with mouse). As for Doom, there's a lot of online DW events. Maybe I should get into one.

Just get a multiplayer port and Internet Doom Explorer and play, seriously. No use being a pussy over it seeing as it is just a game. They all have strengths and weaknesses. Odamex; close to OS Doom, nor much activity however. Zandronum; Good advanced features (nowhere near as much as ZDoom), most popular but comes with a consequence of being not such a mature community. ZDaemon; mix between new and old school, comes with in built server browser like Odamex (unlike Zandrobum), pub CTF games are more common too, Kilgore will probably end up banning you at some stage for no real reason, not as advanced as Zandronum.

Heck, sunshine I am as shit as they come for DM but I am always up for a game. If you are bad, you are bad so what? If you are really that worried then come join me and DK at some point or Eris.

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Springy said:

Just get a multiplayer port and Internet Doom Explorer and play, seriously. No use being a pussy over it seeing as it is just a game. They all have strengths and weaknesses. Odamex; close to OS Doom, nor much activity however. Zandronum; Good advanced features (nowhere near as much as ZDoom), most popular but comes with a consequence of being not such a mature community. ZDaemon; mix between new and old school, comes with in built server browser like Odamex (unlike Zandrobum), pub CTF games are more common too, Kilgore will probably end up banning you at some stage for no real reason, not as advanced as Zandronum.

Heck, sunshine I am as shit as they come for DM but I am always up for a game. If you are bad, you are bad so what? If you are really that worried then come join me and DK at some point or Eris.


I'm downoloading them all. And reading the MP guide http://www.doomworld.com/vb/doom-general/69270-multiplayer-doom-online-tutorial-zandro-zd-odamex-legacy-etc/ . Hope that I will find someone.

Edit #1: ZDaemon doesn't work for me. "Cannot connect to master server". Closed all net-heavy programs - nothing. Closed firewall - nothing.

Edit #2: Odamex too. With similar error message.

Edit #3: Zandronum works in single-player. Doomseeker returns 0 servers O_O

Maybe I need to ask my brother to do something with ports on router or so. We're sharing connection (via cable).

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uHexen for everything it works with. PrBoom+ for everything else.

edit: ts;dr version here. Actually, since I made that post, trollwads have provided support for this policy.

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Grazza said:

uHexen for everything it works with. PrBoom+ for everything else.

edit: ts;dr version here. Actually, since I made that post, trollwads have provided support for this policy.

What does that old uHexen has to offer that (g)zdoom doesn't?

@BaronofStuff
That's why DOOMWADDIR exists!

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He might prefer it because it simpler, or because uhexen might be gpl complaint (as opposed to zdooms nonfree license special), although if the latter is the reason, chocolate hexen and jhexen would be better choices.

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I typically like zdoom or zandronum for single player source ports. I only use Odamex and ZDaemon for online multiplayer.

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