Action Doom

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Action Doom
Title screen
Author Stephen Browning et al.
Ports ZDoom, GZDoom
IWAD Doom II
Year 2004
Link Original version
Rampage Edition
Cacoward.png This mod received one of the 2004 Cacowards on Doomworld!

Action Doom is a total conversion that attempts to simulate 2D sidescroller shoot 'em up gameplay in Doom's first person perspective. The project was spearheaded by Stephen Browning (Scuba Steve) with additional help from Mike Watson (Cyb), Julian Aubourg, and Kara Rader (Nanami). The author of Action Doom dedicated a significant portion of time to creating blogged "advertisements" and held contests for various events to give away prizes that related to Action Doom.

Action Doom is heavily influenced by 90s shoot 'em up games, such as the Contra and Metal Slug series of games, both visually and in terms of the gameplay mechanics presented. It also has many references and callbacks to other games from the 90s as well as other Doom mods, with an often humorous style with ample Easter eggs to be found.

A prequel, Action Doom 2: Urban Brawl was released in 2008. A remastered version of the original mod for GZDoom, dubbed Action Doom: Rampage Edition, was released in 2022, by Scuba Steve and Kaelan Evans (kevansevans).

Content[edit]

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Gameplay changes[edit]

Unlike most Doom mods, Action Doom presents a number of significant departures from the original formula. The player's arsenal is limited to holding two weapons at any given time. Additionally, Action Doom does not feature a traditional health bar, instead having enemy attacks deal the same amount of damage with every attack type. To help deal with this, and also to reinforce the mod's influences, every enemy attack is either melee or projectile-based, with no hitscan to be found. The amount of attacks a player can withstand depends on the custom skill level chosen:

Practice
Five health points
Easy
Four health points
Normal
Three health points
Contra
Two health points

Custom enemies[edit]

Custom weapons[edit]

Custom items[edit]

Custom objects[edit]

Levels[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Each level has a set of tracks associated with it. The list below shows only track numbers. Full information about each track is displayed in the Tracklist subsection.

  • MAP01: 1, 3, 6, 11, 21
  • MAP02: 2, 4, 6, 9, 10, 11, 20
  • MAP03: 5, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 22
  • MAP04: 8
  • MAP05: 7, 8, 18
  • Title screen: "Action on a Street" by dez

Tracklist[edit]

  1. "Main Theme" by Takushi Hiyamuta (Hiya!), from Metal Slug
  2. unknown track (D_IMPOSS)
  3. "Ground Theme" by Koji Kondo, from Super Mario Bros.
  4. MIDI rendition of "Silence" by Hirokazu Tanaka, from Super Metroid
  5. "Serpent room theme" from Venture
  6. "The Street" by Julian Aubourg
  7. "Action Doom" by Julian Aubourg
  8. "Ending" by Julian Aubourg
  9. "Funky Chase" by Julian Aubourg
  10. "Slasher" by Julian Aubourg
  11. "Da Boss" by Julian Aubourg
  12. "Tykrod" by $volkraq
  13. "Super Mario 3 - World 6 Ice Remix" by Robert Smith
  14. unknown track (FINALBOS)
  15. unknown track (CHOPPA1)
  16. MIDI rendition of "VS. Marukara" by Minako Hamano and Akira Fujiwara, from Metroid Fusion (sequenced by Tsu Ryu)
  17. "cunfuzion" by rufferto
  18. MIDI rendition of "Environmental Sound (Silence 2)" by Minako Hamano and Akira Fujiwara, from Metroid Fusion (sequenced by David)
  19. "Bloodlust" by tARANTULa
  20. "necroscope" by Martin Wall (Mantronix)
  21. "Mission Complete - REAL" by Richard B
  22. MIDI rendition of "San Francisco Highway" by Nobuo Uematsu, from Rad Racer (sequenced by Tony Thai)

Development[edit]

The physical box made for Action Doom

Action Doom began life in 2001 as a simple weapons mod that fired projectiles instead of bullets, and went by the name Metal Slug Doom. Not until the summer of 2003 would anything become of the project or would it evolve any levels.

The purpose of Action Doom was to not only create a modification for Doom, but to invent and market an imaginary product with the intent of simulating the environment surrounding the golden era of gaming of the early 90s. Coupled with the hopes of invigorating the stagnant Doom community, the author tried to generate as much hype and interest while showing almost no preliminary screenshots or information, leaving those items up to the community's imagination.

Action Doom featured several first and never before seen Doom tricks using the ZDoom engine. In the second level, the player is confronted with three separate paths to take. One path led on a high speed boat chase which allowed the player to manually control the boat and navigate a river dodging rocks. The third level featured what was to later become the first of a series of ACS mini games: Andrew Stine (Linguica) was responsible for the Doom Racer arcade machine, which was a parody of Rad Racer.

In terms of length, Action Doom has four levels, with an optional fifth level if played on the "Contra" setting. The WAD's gameplay and shelf life are expanded by the inclusion of five separate paths to take each with their own unique theme; however, none of them have any impact on the ending. Action Doom also features six new songs all created by Julian Aubourg.

In the end, Action Doom was an interesting experiment in WAD making. It had little to no impact on what was expected from projects, its biggest accomplishment was pulling the player away from the confines of just a third party video game addon, but to actually interact with the player outside of an impersonal Internet community.

Promotional offerings[edit]

From late October 2003 until its release on July 3, 2004 the author ran a series of advertisements on his blog on Doomworld. All the ads are chronicled here on the Action Doom webpage. In addition to countless silly "ads", the author also went as far as to make three t-shirts which had the Action Doom logo, and even more extreme lengths to create a DVD case with a fully assembled instruction manual, high gloss cover and printed CD. The 10 boxes were given out in various contests the author held through Doomworld's forums.

The first contest encouraged people to submit their own advertisement and say how much they loved Action Doom. James McChesney (DooM Anomaly) was the winner of the t-shirt, and the results of that can be found here.

The second contest was a High score contest with three places.

A third unofficial contest was held on the website. The first two people to complete a fake pre-order form received a box. Owen Lloyd (Sarge Baldy) and again, James McChesney (DooM Anomaly) were the two recipients of boxes.

The remaining 6 boxes were awarded to members who contributed to or others.

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