The Ultimate DOOM

Critic Score User Score
Windows
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4.6
Xbox 360
82
3.7
DOS
82
4.3
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Description

Demons from Hell have overrun the planet, and you are the brave space marine who is forced to defeat them and send them back to where they came from.

Ultimate DOOM is a full copy of DOOM with an additional fourth episode, titled Thy Flesh Consumed, which offers nine levels of more demon-slaying and bigger challenges.

Screenshots

The Ultimate DOOM DOS A pair of Hell Barons guard the Phobos Anomaly at the end of episode 1
The Ultimate DOOM DOS This cacaodemon seems to have some issues with his employer
The Ultimate DOOM iPad Main menu (2.0 ver)
The Ultimate DOOM DOS Deimos' massive Cyberdemon awaits you at the end of Chapter 2

Alternate Titles

  • "The Ultimate Doom: Thy Flesh Consumed" -- European title
  • "DOOM: Special Edition" -- Working title
  • "DOOM Classic" -- iPhone title
  • "DOOM" -- Xbox 360 title

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

The beginning of (a love story with) FPS Windows vicrabb (6976)
Prepare to meet thy doom! DOS *Katakis* (37871)
What more could possibly be said? DOS Paul Budd (334)
A pointless extension to the original masterpiece. DOS Tomer Gabel (4362)

Critic Reviews

BlogCritics Magazine Xbox 360 Sep 28, 2006 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Eurogamer.net (UK) Xbox 360 Oct 03, 2006 9 out of 10 90
Spazio Games DOS Feb 20, 2006 8.8 out of 10 88
Video Game Talk Xbox 360 Oct 02, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) iPhone Nov 30, 2009 8 out of 10 80
UOL Jogos Xbox 360 Oct 06, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpy DOS Dec 09, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Over Online Xbox 360 Oct 11, 2006 75 out of 100 75
Pocket Gamer UK iPhone Nov 01, 2009 7 out of 10 70
High Score DOS Oct, 1995 3 out of 5 60

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
release date? 2 Terok Nor (19788)
Jan 25, 2015

Trivia

Developer commentary

  • According to John Carmack, The Ultimate DOOM "was never a real focus at id", which is why there wasn't a new end boss, among other things.

    [Source: John Carmack Interview (Doomworld.com)]
  • When asked "who's the guy responsible for Ultimate Doom (...) in fact why did they make an ultimate Doom", John Romero had this to say:
    "Actually the decision to create Ultimate DOOM was brought up by me but it was going to happen eventually.

    You see, every id Software game was released as shareware, then at some point down the line, we would release the registered version into retail stores (where previously you could only purchase the full registered version over the phone).

    Ultimate DOOM was the retail version of DOOM, but with an extra episode. I thought that we should create an extra episode and give the buyers more value, so Episode 4 was born. I had several people creating maps for the episode, which is why the consistency isn't there like Episode 1.

    And the 4th episode was supposed to be VERY tough, which is why we had lots of outrageous names for the levels. We were putting together the 4th episode as early work on Quake was happening and I was busy doing executive producer work on Hexen."
    (source: rome.ro)

Easter eggs

  • In the first level of the fourth episode, it is possible to lower a platform, and as such uncover the logo of the band Nine Inch Nails: "NIИ". It's interesting that the music of the next id Software hit, Quake, was written by the band's frontman Trent Reznor.
  • The revised version of the map E1M1 in The Ultimate DOOM contains 666 sidedefs. A sidedef contains the wall texture data for each linedef, while the linedefs themselves are what make up the "shape" (for lack of a better word) of a map. 666 is, of course, the Number of the Beast.

Episode 4 as update for registered Doom

id Software released a free patch to upgrade registered Doom v1.9 to Ultimate Doom.

References

All level names of Episode 4 (with the exception of the secret level) were taken from the following passages in the King James Version of the Bible:

  • Thy Flesh Consumed

    Proverbs 5:11 - And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed

  • E4M1: Hell Beneath

    Proverbs 15:24 - The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from Hell beneath.

  • E4M2: Perfect Hatred

    Psalm 139:22 - I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.

  • E4M3: Sever The Wicked

    Matthew 13:49 - So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just

  • E4M4: Unruly Evil

    James 3:8 - But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

  • E4M5: They Will Repent

    Luke 16:30 - And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.

  • E4M6: Against Thee Wickedly

    Psalm 139:20 - For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.

  • E4M7: And Hell Followed

    Revelation 6:8 - And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

  • E4M8: Unto The Cruel

    Proverbs 5:9 - Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel

Steam version

The Steam download version of the game is listed as Windows 2000/XP/Vista platform because the executables are modified to use a DOSBox variant (v 0.70); additionally the traditional setup.exe is missing.

Is confirmed that neither Valve or id Software contacted the DOSBox project staff and initially the game didn´t includes the TXT´s that must be present under the GPL license (so they failed to fulfill 2 points of the GPL license).

2 days after the launch, there was an update that includes COPYING, AUTHORS and THANKS .txt of the DOSBox 0.71

Xbox port

In April 2005 a full port of this game was brought to Xbox as part of the Doom 3 special edition.

Xbox 360 version

The game's Xbox LIVE Arcade version is notable for being one of the (if not the) only game on the service to get delisted and then added again later. What happened is that, in October 2010, the game was delisted from the Xbox Marketplace at the request of Bethesda Softworks due to Activision (the port's publisher) no longer being able to maintain the game on there, due to id Software's acquisition by ZeniMax, who also own Bethesda (the Xbox 360 port of id's previous Wolfenstein 3D, also published by Activision, was not removed, strangely). Then, on January 2012, the game was finally put back on the service, under the publishing of Bethesda.

Information also contributed by DarkDante, JudgeDeadd, Medicine Man, MegaMegaMan, and Rola

Related Web Sites

  • ClassicDOOM.com (Walkthroughs, cheat codes, passwords, demos, FAQs, reference files and more, for game-console and PC Doom games.)
  • DoomWorld (The latest Doom news, levels, Total Conversions (TC's), ports and more.)
  • JDoom (Arguably the best revisited Doom engine. Take your original WAD files from Doom 1, 2 etc. and run them on this D3D/OpenGL and A3D enabled engine.)
  • S&F Prod.'s Doom Page (Here you'll find a Duke Nukem in Doom add-on and more.)
  • Ultimate Doom (The official homepage)
Contributed to by Terok Nor (19788), Benjamin Tucker (270), DarkDante (4324) and me3D31337 (45026)