At this point, if you haven’t played Doom 1 or Doom 2 in your life and wish to fix that, make sure you download or get the original PC version(s). If Bethesda’s past or recent actions hold any indications, stay away from this new port that censors the game. As of now, the company is working on a new update to fix in-game lighting and audio issues.
I’m not sure how Bethesda managed to break old and complete games where they have to go back and issue out updates to fix the re-released versions of titles that have been out for 20 plus years, but here we are.
As of today, another update is in certification that will fix in-game lighting and audio problems. The tweet suggests that owners will have to wait before going hands-on with said update:
We’re working on a new game update for DOOM and DOOM II re-releases, which improves in-game lighting and audio to match the originals. The update also brings game performance improvements. Stay tuned for more details. pic.twitter.com/PpwKfAb670
— DOOM (@DOOM) August 30, 2019
Seriously, I don’t understand why someone would opt for this version after knowing what content lies within the re-releases? The game censors the Wolfenstein SS soldiers, as found on r/Doom and in the below tweet:
But does it uncensor the Wolfenstein levels?! pic.twitter.com/uBI41VYKtw
— AlphaBlaster (@Alpha_Blaster) August 30, 2019
I bet you’re wondering what else has been hit with censorship? Well, the pickup sprites for the stim-pack, medi-kit, and berserk are modified in compliance with the Red Cross. This means the old symbols are replaced by a red and white pill.
All Wolfenstein SS have been search-and-replaced by zombie-men, which means any Nazi iconography such as Hitler portraits, swastikas, Reichsadlers, and so on now look like their unadorned counterparts.
Thanks to YouTuber Kippykip we can see the censorship in action:
The last update seemingly fixed the meme issue where players had to log in to their Bethesda.net account to continue playing one of the two re-releases of DOOM 1993 and 1994 respectively.