Doom Eternal will have centred weapons as an option at launch

Want to hold your gun like it's 1994? Doom Eternal will let you, with Classic Weapon Pose in the options menu at launch. (Doom 2016 added the option after launch, in the same patch as photo mode.)

Centred weapons come from a time before crosshairs and mouse-aim were common, when having a gun in the middle of the screen was how you lined up your shots. That changed in the mid-90s, when games like Star Wars: Dark Forces and Iron Angel of the Apocalypse first let us shoot guns while also looking at their sides a bit. It's nice to go back when given the chance though, like when you're wielding the old school Quake rocket launcher in Team Fortress 2.

Neither option's 100% realistic, as the internet's army of gun experts will happily explain to us, but it's nice to have another retro option while shotgunning cacodemons.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.