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This doom mod combines the creepiness of alien and system shock

The original Doom may have left players with an ominous sense of uneasiness, but its overall fun factor was boosted by the unparalleled feel of blasting monsters with shotguns. Modern Doom (2016) and recent entry Doom Eternal restarted the action fare, focusing on frenetic and fast-paced gunfights. But there were times when Doom tried to convey a different feel.

id Software went down the survival-horror route almost two decades ago with Doom 3, in stunning graphical presentation for the time, and the Windows PC game was later ported to Xbox in 2005. And a new mod (thanks PCGamesN), which has been in development for a while, reworks Doom 2 to place it squarely in the survival horror genre, with all the creepiness that entails.


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The mod is called Siren and is reminiscent of the spooky corridors of Alien or System Shock. Siren’s creator Dithered Output has been working on the mod for at least two years and the latest version is playable in a new demo. The modder says they wanted “an experience closer to an Aliens game, but with the variety and gameplay perks that the roster of Doom monsters brings.”

The mod is a creation based on Doom 2 released on PC in 1994 and ported to PlayStation a year later. Over on Sirens Mod page, the description sets the premise: “An intercepted distress signal lures you to a UAC covert site. Their mission: containment. Siren is a total camouflage [sic], of a kind, for ID’s latest: Doom 2. Brings a new Rosta [sic] of weapons obtained through his exclusive campaign.”

In the meantime, you can watch a v0.6 trailer from Siren above. When we look at it, the alien influence becomes clear, as we see a room full of eggs fixed to the floor, while the lighting and effects are reminiscent of the innovative immersive simulation System Shock. There is also a black smoke monster reminiscent of Prey.

To play Siren, PC users will need a copy of the GZDoom campaign demo and either Doom 2 or Final Doom. There really doesn’t seem to be an end to Doom and its many iterations and influences. For example, see this Minecraft Doom mod.

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