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If you miss the pistol in Doom Eternal, there's an unofficial way to access it

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Honestly, I was a little relieved that Doom Eternal did away with the classic Doom starter pistol. While its 2016 iteration was pretty useful, what with its infinite supply of ammo, going straight to the shotgun felt right, and besides, you don't need infinite ammo when you've got a chainsaw and an abundance of ammo-spewing imps.

But for those who still miss it, it turns out the weapon does actually exist in Doom Eternal's code. New Blood founder Dave Oshry posted footage of it on Twitter:

Unfortunately, Doom Eternal doesn't provide out-of-the-box access to its command console like classic id Software games of yore, but there is a way to access it if you use a Cheat Engine table. I haven't used it myself, but that's how the pistol was accessed in the Twitter video above. 

Meanwhile, this YouTube video courtesy of Postposterous spends a bit of time playing with the hacked command console, discovering wholesome cheats like 'gibalicious', which basically spontaneously explodes all visible enemies.

Shaun is PC Gamer’s Australian editor and news writer. He mostly plays platformers and RPGs, and keeps a close eye on anything of particular interest to antipodean audiences. He (rather obsessively) tracks the movements of the Doom modding community, too.