9 Fan-Made Mods That Make Great Video Games Even Better

9. DOOM - Brutal Doom

Doomguy's blood-soaked journey through Hell and back in the original DOOM was enough to cause a storm of controversy in 1993, so just imagine what sort of response a gorier, more visceral version would have elicited.

Marcos "Sergeant Mark IV" Abenante's mod, which continues to see updates even now, takes id Software' provocative shooter and turns the dial way past 11 on the carnage scale, earning its moniker and then some.

Besides drenching the demon-filled corridors of Phobos and Deimos in several-thousand additional buckets of the red stuff, Abenante's spruce job includes superior lighting, dismemberment, executions, screen-shattering explosions and, well, everything else you'd expect to fall under the textbook definition of brutal.

Put simply, Abenante's efforts make the original DOOM appear as if it were family-friendly entertainment intended to keep the kids occupied at Sunday church.

Excessive, visceral and comically violent; everything one would expect of id's classic.


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