‘The Retro Play Show’ #23: “Doom” (32X)

I had been thinking a lot lately about the Sega 32X and thinking that it might be nice to stream at least a couple of the better 32X games as part of The Retro Play Show, but was unsure what to stream first. The natural answer for some may have been to stream Knuckles Chaotix, which is perhaps the best game in the system’s limited library, but since I had already streamed Sonic Adventure not all that long ago, I felt it might be better to mix it up and stream something different. So, in the afternoon of June 5, 2014 I did a live-stream of Doom for the 32X.

As a happy accident, this year marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the 32X version, though it should be noted that the original version was released a year earlier for the PC. To be honest, Doom is a game I’ve only seen someone play a handful of times and I really never played it much (if at all) myself, so it was interesting to get to play it. The 32X version isn’t bad by any means, but the game does not run at full screen, the graphics seem very low-quality even despite the reduced screen-size, and the music leaves a good bit to be desired (despite that the 32X cartridges could hold more data than a regular Genesis cart). Also, from what I have read, the game is missing several things that were present in the computer release, although it does feature more the first two episodes of the PC game (minus 1 stage).

Overall, it isn’t a bad game, and certainly might be worth playing. It was fun for what it was, and hopefully you guys will enjoy getting to see it!

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Jessica Brown

Retro Games and Technology Editor. She'll beat pretty much every Mega Man game without breaking a sweat.
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