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"Over the centuries, mankind has tried many ways of combating the forces of evil... prayer, fasting, good works and so on. Up until Doom, no one seemed to have thought about the double-barrel shotgun. Eat leaden death, demon..."

Doom started off as a first person shooter created by id Software in 1993 as a followup to their earlier shooter Wolfenstein 3D. The premise was relatively simple: the UAC, a giant Mega-Corp, stumbled onto alien facilities on the moons of Mars. The facilities contained strange teleportation technology, so the UAC began to experiment on them. Except that some of the teleporters led straight to Hell itself, and once activated, disaster struck. The player takes the role of "Doomguy", the last survivor of a squad of marines sent to clean up the mess.

It became a huge hit, codifying the First-Person Shooter genre and setting in motion a expansive franchise. It got a sequel the next year, followed by several alternate ports and variations of these two. A third game rebooted the series to take a more traditional horror tone (and take place on Mars itself), while a fourth game quasi-un-rebooted it (setting the first two games as canon in Broad Strokes).


Adaptations in other media include a over-the-top comic book, a set of novels based on first game that diverged somewhat from the (admittedly limited) canon, another pair of novels based on the third game, a 2005 film starring The Rock, a virtual pinball table and even a board game.

List of Doom media

Main Series Games

  • Doom (1993)
    • The Ultimate Doom (1995, adds a fourth episode to Doom)
  • Doom II: Hell on Earth (1994)
    • Master Levels for Doom II (1995, collection of Doom II maps by various creators contracted by id)
  • Final Doom (1996, expansion pack that roughly continues Doom's story with 2 megawads: The New Technology (TNT): Evilution and The Plutonia Experiment)
  • Doom 64 (1997, sequel to I and II. Nintendo 64 exclusive until 2020 port to Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC. Also has fan port to original PC Doom engine.)
  • Doom 3 (2004, Continuity Reboot)
    • Resurrection of Evil (2005, an expansion pack sequel to Doom 3's story)
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    • The Lost Mission (2012, a separate mini-campaign comprised of previously-cut content included with Doom 3: BFG Edition)
  • DOOM (2016, another Continuity Reboot / Stealth Sequel to Doom I, II and 64)
  • Doom Eternal (2020, direct sequel to Doom (2016))

Other Games

  • Doom RPG (2005)
    • Doom II RPG (2009, also a sequel to Wolfenstein RPG)
  • Doom Resurrection (2009, iOS game taking place during Doom 3)
  • No Rest for the Living (2010, an expansion for Doom II previously exclusive to the Xbox 360 port prior its inclusion in Doom 3: BFG Edition)
  • Doom 3: BFG Edition (2012, a remastered version of Doom 3. Includes Doom and Doom II, and an extra campaign called The Lost Mission)
  • Doom Classic Complete (2012, a compilation of the original Doom games and their expansions for PlayStation 3)
  • Doom Pinball, a virtual pinball adaptation of the 2016 reboot, available as part of Zen Studios' Bethesda Pinball pack
  • DOOM: VFR (2017, a VR spin-off of the 2016 DOOM for HTC Vive and PlayStation VR)

Comic Books



  • Doom (1995)
    • Knee-Deep in the Dead
    • Hell on Earth
    • Infernal Sky
    • Endgame
  • Two adaptations of Doom 3 were written by Matthew Costello
    • Worlds on Fire (2008)
    • Maelstorm (2009)

Tabletop Games

  • Doom: The Boardgame


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