The 32X version of Doom was published by Sega in 1994. The game features 17 maps from the first two episodes but none from the third episode and hence lacks the BFG9000, although it is documented in the manual and a cheat code can give the weapon to the player. Unlike most console ports of Doom, there are no console-exclusive maps. This version also has no multiplayer mode.
The game disappointed many fans since it did not play in a full screen, was missing many levels from other versions of the game, and only had the front sprite for the monsters. Because of this, there is no Monster infighting in this version.
Due to poor use of the YM2612 FM synthesis chip in the Sega Genesis, this version's soundtrack is noticeably inferior to that of other versions. Many sound effects are also missing. As with the Jaguar version, the levels have been edited and the game does not feature the Cyberdemon, Spiderdemon or the Spectre (however, unlike the BFG9000, they are not mentioned in the manual). There is also no way to save games, although there is a level select option that allows the player to start on any of the first fifteen levels.
If the player cheats while playing or uses the level select option, they will not see the real ending to the game and instead be presented with a DOS prompt (C:>) after completing level 15. The game manual incorrectly states that the game will then warp the player back to level 1 to try again without cheats, which doesn't happen.
Like in the Jaguar version, circlestrafing is not possible in this version due to the use of a "strafe on" key rather than separate left and right strafe keys.
It should be noted that there were a number of prototypes of this version leaked onto the internet by prototype collecter drx on February 23rd, 2008. A few are very early and feature a slightly better interface. From the looks of things, Sega had tried to make their own version before deciding to use the Atari Jaguar version as a base. There are also a few builds that were dated after the release, indicating Sega was working on the engine some afterword, possibly for a revision that was scrapped.
|Doom for Sega 32X|