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*Various screenshots on the [http://www.mobygames.com/game/doom-ii-hell-on-earth/cover-art/gameCoverId,12332/ back cover] of the original Doom II game box display scenery and an [[arachnotron]] sprite which are not found in the officially released game. These were likely screenshots from a pre-release version of Doom II which had differing level structure and graphics than what was included in the official commercial release. These unconventional screenshots have been later used in various Doom II re-releases, including the [[Doom95]] repackaging in 1995, the [[Steam]] release in 2007 and on [[id Software]]'s own Doom II page.
*At the [[id Software]]'s official site, the page of Doom II shows a preview image of an unknown level not included in the game. The picture can be viewed [http://www.idsoftware.com/games/doom/doom2/images/full01.jpg here]. As seen in the picture, it displays the [[sky]] of ''[[Knee Deep in the Dead]]'' from [[Doom]].
 
   
 
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Revision as of 14:17, 13 March 2010

"Doom 2" redirects here.  For other topics with similar names, see Doom2.

Doom II title screen

Doom II: Hell on Earth, released September 30, 1994, is the sequel to Doom.

Story

The player once again takes the role of the Doomguy, who, after being stranded on Phobos and subsequently fighting his way out of Deimos and Hell itself, returns home to Earth — only to find that it too has fallen victim to the hellish invasion.

With all the major cities in the world in ruins, the remaining leaders plan to use spacecraft to transport the survivors of Earth's population. However, the starport is the only way for the ships to depart and the demons have protected it with a force field. All of humanity's remaining soldiers make a desperate assault on the starport, but eventually they are decimated and only the player remains. He continues on doggedly and selflessly, despite knowing that he will be left behind in order to save the rest of his race.

Once the Marine accomplishes this, he is free to live out the rest of his time alone on Earth while humanity hopefully continues on elsewhere. But along the way, he begins to learn how he might finally thwart the invasion once and for all...

Doom II CD from the Depths of Doom collection.

Gameplay

Doom II is not a dramatically different game from its predecessor. There were no significant technological developments and no major graphical improvements; gameplay still consists of the player negotiating non-linear levels, picking up keys to unlock new areas, and of course shooting hundreds upon hundreds of monsters.

Unlike Doom, Doom II takes place over a single continuous sequence of linked levels, with brief textual interludes in order to advance the story. The intermission screens following each level show a simple background image instead of a map. The player can carry his weapons throughout the entire game (unless he is killed, of course), rather than starting from scratch several times as one episode ends and another begins.

The level design, as with Doom, is only loosely based on the areas the player is supposed to travel through. The initial third of the maps have a techbase theme as the player moves through the different military installations of the starport. Afterwards, as the player roams the cities and residential areas searching for the source of the infestation, the levels have an urban look and somewhat resemble terrestrial locations. Toward the end of the game, Hell has begun to merge with reality, and the final levels take place in a nightmarish, Dante-esque subterranean miasma of flowing lava and hot springs.

New enemies include the chaingun zombie, hell knight, mancubus, revenant, arachnotron, pain elemental, arch-vile, and a new final boss. Being far more varied and innovative than the original Doom monsters, these dramatically changed the single-player gameplay.

The SS trooper from Wolfenstein 3D appears in the two secret levels, which are throwbacks in design (and music) to the Wolfenstein 3D game. Also, a Commander Keen figure makes a cameo in the second secret level.

The player's only new weapon is the Super shotgun. There is also one new powerup, the Megasphere, and a few new decorations, including a burning barrel, a couple of lamps, six hanging mutilated corpses, and three other small pieces of gore.

Doom II required slightly more powerful hardware than its predecessor, due to having larger and more complicated maps and larger groups of monsters in particular rooms.

Reviews and sales

Doom II went on to sell two million copies, making it the highest-selling id Software game to date. There was praise for its many new and varied enemies, and its innovative map design which aimed to be more non-linear than its predecessor. It also introduced the FPS multi-player world to MAP07: Dead Simple, which is regarded as one of the best deathmatch maps ever published.

In general, Doom II was well-received by the gaming community but was regarded in some areas as a disappointment. Its lack of major new features and its fairly homogeneous, sometimes drab level design were the biggest complaints. This was especially in comparisons made to later games such as Star Wars: Dark Forces and Duke Nukem 3D. Some have considered Doom II an expansion pack rather than a true sequel, akin to the future Serious Sam: The Second Encounter as it relates to Serious Sam.

Unlike the original game, Doom II had no demo or shareware versions, and was available only through retail stores. Doom II was thus also known as the commercial version of the game, while the registered version was only available via mail order. (In 1995, however, the original was upgraded and also received a retail release.) Like Doom, Doom II received licensed ports after the fact to numerous additional platforms, including the Classic Mac, PlayStation, Game Boy Advance and Xbox.

Legal issues in Germany

According to the German Strafgesetzbuch §86a, the usage of unconstitutional symbols is forbidden. Because the two secret maps Wolfenstein and Grosse use swastikas, the German version does not contain these maps to prevent the game from being the subject of search and seizure procedures (as Wolfenstein 3-D had been). This means that it is forbidden to sell, hire or otherwise give the game to anybody, although merely owning the game is legal.

On 31 December 1994 (date of official announcement), however, the game was put on the Index of the Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Schriften (Medien), which means only that the game can not be advertised, sold, rented, or otherwise given to minors. This restriction applies to all versions of the game, except for the Game Boy Advance version.

The German release is engine version 1.666, and doom2.wad is a little bit smaller than is standard. Under MS-DOS, the game instantly crashes upon using the level warp cheat for either of the secret maps.

Levels

The levels can be divided up into three episode-like sections, defined by their corresponding sky texture and separated by a textual intermission in addition to the standard intermission screen; as well as two secret levels. Additional textual interludes appear before level 7 (which splits the first sky-based section into two parts), before each of the secret levels, and at the conclusion of the game.

MAP01 to MAP06; subterranean/starport levels:

MAP07 to MAP11; hellish outpost levels:

1: Known as Circle of Death on the intermission screen.

MAP12 to MAP20; city levels:

MAP21 to MAP30; inside hell levels:

MAP31 and MAP32; secret levels:

1: This map is missed in the german version.

MAP33; bonus Xbox level:

Weapons

  1. The super shotgun is a new weapon which Doom II introduced to the series.

Monsters

Doom II includes all the monsters from Doom:

Doom II also has new monsters, which are:

Speedrunning

Current records

The Compet-N episode records for Doom II are:

Run Time Player Date File Notes
UV Episode, MAP01-MAP10 06:32 Drew "stx-Vile" DeVore 2002-12-02 Template:Competnftp
UV Episode, MAP11-MAP20 09:52 Radek Pecka 2003-08-08 Template:Competnftp
UV Episode, MAP21-MAP30 08:59 Radek Pecka 2004-09-28 Template:Competnftp
UV Run 26:09 Radek Pecka 2003-12-28 Template:Competnftp
NM Episode, MAP01-MAP10 07:11 Juho "ocelot" Ruohonen 2003-09-03 Template:Competnftp
NM Episode, MAP11-MAP20 11:19 Drew "stx-Vile" DeVore 2002-03-24 Template:Competnftp
NM Episode, MAP21-MAP30 13:35 Vincent Catalaá 2002-07-22 Template:Competnftp
NM Run 29:56 Drew "stx-Vile" DeVore 2004-10-18 Template:Competnftp
UV Max Episode, MAP01-MAP10 25:50 Radek Pecka 2001-06-15 Template:Competnftp
UV Max Episode, MAP11-MAP20 47:10 Radek Pecka 2002-04-18 Template:Competnftp
UV Max Episode, MAP21-MAP30 39:16 Radek Pecka 2002-08-29 Template:Competnftp
UV Max Run 113:18 Radek Pecka 2002-04-22 Template:Competnftp
NS Episode, MAP01-MAP10 14:25 Drew "stx-Vile" DeVore 2002-01-27 Template:Competnftp
NS Episode, MAP11-MAP20 23:48 Drew "stx-Vile" DeVore 2002-01-11 Template:Competnftp
NS Episode, MAP21-MAP30 18:27 Jan "Doomgeek" Vida 2002-07-15 Template:Competnftp
NS Run 56:00 Drew "stx-Vile" DeVore 2004-05-30 Template:Competnftp
UV -fast Episode, MAP01-MAP10 25:52 Ian Sabourin 2002-04-27 Template:Competnftp
UV -fast Episode, MAP11-MAP20 57:44 Radek Pecka 2002-08-31 Template:Competnftp
UV -fast Episode, MAP21-MAP30 61:35 Vincent Catalaá 2001-02-15 Template:Competnftp
UV -fast Run 128:04 Radek Pecka 2003-06-24 Template:Competnftp

TAS runs

See also

Trivia

  • Various screenshots on the back cover of the original Doom II game box display scenery and an arachnotron sprite which are not found in the officially released game. These were likely screenshots from a pre-release version of Doom II which had differing level structure and graphics than what was included in the official commercial release. These unconventional screenshots have been later used in various Doom II re-releases, including the Doom95 repackaging in 1995, the Steam release in 2007 and on id Software's own Doom II page.

Sources

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