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Watch a gun-toting cat massacre demons in this amazing Doom Eternal claymation short

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Doom Eternal (opens in new tab) is a very serious game about a large man with many guns and a very effective workout regimen who wages a one-man war against the relentlessly ravenous hordes of Hell. But what if, instead, it was a story about a group of friends having a picnic on a nice summer day—friends whose relationship is perhaps a little more fragile than any of them really understood? 

In that case, you'd likely end up with something very much like Claycat's Doom Eternal, a fantastically good claymation short by YouTuber Lee Hardcastle (opens in new tab).

It's sad, in a way, because it all starts off so nicely, but Claycat clearly had an inkling that there might be trouble—you don't pack a super shotgun in a baguette if you're expecting a quiet night around the campfire, after all. Predictably, the beef doesn't stay contained once the bullets start flying. 

It's a remarkably good recreation of Doom gameplay, and a lot bloodier than I expected, but also very cute in a "watch me chainsaw this guy's face in half" kind of way. (Everything's cute when a cat is involved.) Alas, the poor bunny—I won't spoil it, but if you've seen the end of the original Doom, you know what's coming.

This is actually Claycat's second trip into hell: His first journey took place in 2016, and was an equally blood-soaked affair.

Doom Eternal comes out on March 20. If you're not already geared up for it, be sure to check out the detailed system requirements and unlock times (opens in new tab).

Thanks, GamesRadar (opens in new tab).

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.