Jon and Rob discuss how the developers of 2016's DOOM reboot pursued a philosophy of 'push-forward combat', utilizing smartly-design systems and AI to give the player a sense of agency and empowerment.
(We also referred to DOOM 2016 as Doom 5, thinking that there had been a previous, underwhelming Doom 4. No such game was ever release -- we were probably thinking of Quake 4 instead. Our bad!)
There's a ton of great information out there about DOOM's development. Here are some of our favorites:
- 'Make me think, make me move': New Doom's deceptively simple design (Gamasutra)
- Cyber Demons | The AI of DOOM (2016) (Gamasutra)
- Embracing Push Forward Combat in DOOM (Youtube)
- Bringing Hell to Life: AI and Full Body Animation in DOOM (Youtube)
- DOOM: Behind the Music (Youtube)
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Header image from DOOM (2016) by id Software