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Cacowards 25 celebrates 25 years of Doom mods

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If you’re looking to observe this special Doomversary—a whole 25 years—you should check out 2018’s Cacowards (opens in new tab). Doomworld shines a spotlight on the best Doom maps and mods every year on the game's anniversary, and you’ll find plenty of great WADs in the list this year.

Browsing the top ten, the mods are often worlds apart in tone, art and systems. Maskim Xul (opens in new tab), for instance, sees you exploring a haunted, eldritch mansion, while The Golden Souls 2 (opens in new tab) looks more like Mario 64 than Doom. They’re an eclectic bunch. 

If you fancy some fast-paced multiplayer, Quake Champions: Doom Edition (opens in new tab), which won the multiplayer award, might be more up your street. It's exactly what it sounds like: Quake Champions made in Doom. 

Some of these are beefy megawads, much like John Romero’s upcoming Sigil (opens in new tab). Struggle—Antaresian Legacy (opens in new tab) has a whopping 33 maps, for instance, some of which will take 30 minutes or more to get through. It’s not a quick jaunt through Hell. 

Andi Hamilton explored the Doom mod scene (opens in new tab) way back in 2015, which we've republished for the 25th anniversary.

Fraser Brown
Fraser Brown

Fraser is the UK online editor and has actually met The Internet in person. With over a decade of experience, he's been around the block a few times, serving as a freelancer, news editor and prolific reviewer. Strategy games have been a 30-year-long obsession, from tiny RTSs to sprawling political sims, and he never turns down the chance to rave about Total War or Crusader Kings. He's also been known to set up shop in the latest MMO and likes to wind down with an endlessly deep, systemic RPG. These days, when he's not editing, he can usually be found writing features that are 1,000 words too long or talking about his dog.