Doom 2 megawad Valiant offers 32 new maps and custom weapons

Doom 2 - Valiant

You might remember the time—it was literally a day ago—when games media sites all across the world informed you that a selfie stick had been modded into Doom. Important, nay, life changing news, I think we can all agree. Still, that's exactly the quirky kind of attention-grabbing mod that's able to rise to the surface. Underneath, there's a bubbling array of mods and maps being shared around by the Doom community.

Here's a recent one: Valiant, a 32 map megawad. It's an entirely new set of levels, all with a distinct look and some surprising design. It's neat, and a good reason to spend more time with the classic shooter.

"I did aim to make a wide variety of maps," writes creator 'skillsaw'. "There are short punchy maps (MAP03, MAP22), sandboxes (MAP06, MAP18), long adventure maps (MAP10, MAP28), silly gimmick maps (MAP07, MAP19), and everything in between. Most maps are densely packed with monsters, and occasionally you'll see something resembling full on slaughter."

It can be a little too trap-heavy for my tastes, and that leads to some pretty awkward sections that feel somewhat removed from the type of gunplay I associate with Doom. Nonetheless, the quality and effort that's on show is remarkable.

You can download Valiant from the link above. If you want to play it, you'll need a copy of Doom 2 and a source port like GZDoom.

Phil Savage

Phil has been writing for PC Gamer for nearly a decade, starting out as a freelance writer covering everything from free games to MMOs. He eventually joined full-time as a news writer, before moving to the magazine to review immersive sims, RPGs and Hitman games. Now he leads PC Gamer's UK team, but still sometimes finds the time to write about his ongoing obsessions with Destiny 2, GTA Online and Apex Legends. When he's not levelling up battle passes, he's checking out the latest tactics game or dipping back into Guild Wars 2. He's largely responsible for the whole Tub Geralt thing, but still isn't sorry.