Doom 3 Phantasm Mod
Fans of the psychedelic horror film “Phantasm” will totally lose it when they unpack the “Doom 3” Phantasm mod. “Doom 3” was a great game but after you use the soul cube and waste the final cyber demon boss, you pretty much run out of replay value. The game engine is a programmer's delight, however, because it is easy to modify and switch out the familiar Mars textures for new ones. Howling demons can be turned into anything from Smurfs to Barrack Obamas. The “Doom 3” Phantasm mod builds on this tradition and was handled with loving care. Plus, it is just plain weird.
- The original movie. The “Doom 3” Phantasm mod is based on the cult flick “Phantasm.” Why would someone make a “Doom 3” mod based on a movie? Well, the basic plot involves a kid named Mike who believes the local mortician (or the Tall Man) is killing the citizens in his town and converting them into zombie dwarves. Yes, zombie dwarves. Naturally, Mike discovers the town mausoleum is actually a portal into another dimension where the zombie dwarves are the Tall Man's slaves.
- The original game. The basic plot of “Doom 3” involves some shadowy corporate scientists working on a teleportation device on Mars. Naturally, they push things too far and demons use the teleporter to invade the lab. So, swap some demons with zombie dwarves and you have the genius behind the killer “Doom 3” Phantasm mod.
- Why you should play it. The programmer behind the “Doom 3” Phantasm mod is an artist and it shows. This is definitely a labor of love. The visuals are actually an improvement over much of the “Doom 3” textures. Much like the movie, things crawl and everything seem slow to mess with your mind. But then some seriously bizarre, over the top violence suddenly erupts and you find yourself battling vicious little cranial orbs or the aforementioned dwarf zombie slaves. This “Doom 3” mod is one of the best in both style and game play. The little (hah, get it?) surprises in the “Phantasm” translate wonderfully to enhance the usual stand and slaughter gameplay of “Doom 3.” Unlike most “Doom 3” mods, you could argue the "Phantasm" mod is an improvement.