Doom 3: BFG Edition

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Doom 3: BFG Edition
Doom 3: BFG Edition cover
Developers
id Software
Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil
Doom II: No Rest for the Living
Nerve Software
Doom 3 (2019) Panic Button
Publishers
Bethesda Softworks
Engines
Doom 3 id Tech 4
Doom 1, 2 id Tech 1
Release dates
Windows October 18, 2012
Reception
Metacritic 59
IGDB 71
Taxonomy
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Shooter
Themes Sci-fi
Series Doom
Doom 3: BFG Edition on IGDB
Doom 3: BFG Edition on MobyGames
Doom 3: BFG Edition on Wikipedia
Doom
Doom (1993) 1993
Doom II: Hell on Earth 1994
Final Doom 1996
Doom 3 2004
Doom 64 EX (unofficial port) 2008
Doom 3: BFG Edition 2012
Doom (2016) 2016
Doom VFR 2017
Doom Classic 2020
Doom II Classic 2020
Doom Eternal 2020
Doom 64 2020

This page is for the BFG Edition. For the original release, see Doom 3.

Key points

Doom 3: BFG Edition consists of Doom, Doom II, Doom 3, Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil, and The Lost Mission.
Source port and mod support available.
Supports higher maximum frame rates compared to the original Doom 3.
Doom and Doom II are censored and contain unique IWADs; however, they can be decensored.
In-game cutscenes in Doom 3 and its expansions are unskipable unlike the original Doom 3. Use DOOM: BFA Edition to enable cutscene skipping.
Mods for the original Doom 3 are not compatible with the BFG Edition unless converted for DOOM: BFA Edition.

General information

Doom Wiki
Differences between Doom 3 and Doom 3 BFG Edition
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Windows
Amazon.com
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Windows
Bethesda.net
Bethesda.net Launcher
Doom 3: BFG Edition.
Windows
Bethesda.net
DRM-free after installation through Bethesda.net Launcher (see notes)
Doom 3 (2019). DRM-free when launched directly from its executable.[1]
Windows
GamersGate
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Windows
Gamesplanet
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Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Single-player only. Multiplayer is not included in the GOG release.
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Steam
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Windows

Version differences[edit]

Doom 3 (2019) is a discounted version of Doom 3: BFG Edition that only has the single-player content and does not include Doom or Doom II.

Essential improvements[edit]

Using the following modifications (aside from skipping intro videos) will disable Steam achievements (unless you use this add-on).

Skip intro videos[edit]

The copyright screen and the photosensitive warning from Doom 3 (2019) will still be displayed.
Modify the intro videos[2]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\base\video.
  2. Rename/delete/move loadvideo.bik.
Use +set com_skipintrovideos 1 command line argument[3]
Use com_skipIntroVideos command in autoexec.cfg[4]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location or <path-to-game>\base.
  2. Create and open autoexec.cfg.
  3. Add set com_skipIntroVideos "1" and save the file.

Modifications[edit]

DOOM: BFA Edition[edit]

A fork of the inactive RBDoom3BFG that adds some improvements and mod support for Doom 3: BFG Edition and the classic Doom games, the ability to play Doom II's other expansion and classic Doom command line arguments support. It is also compatible with the 2019 Bethesda.net re-release of Doom 3.
Comes bundled with a pk4toBFG tool that can convert original Doom 3 mods to be compatible with Doom 3: BFG Edition to an extent.

Doom 3 BFG Mod Launcher[edit]

Enables usage of basic Doom 3 mods consisting of replaced sounds and textures (e.g. Perfected Doom 3).
Comes with a build of RBDoom3BFG for Windows and a tool which extracts all contents of Doom 3: BFG Edition to a moddable structured folder. Mods with modified dll files will not work.

Decensoring Doom and Doom II[edit]

Install DOOM: BFA Edition and use the original Doom and Doom II IWADs[5]
Back up the original Doom 3: BFG Edition's DOOM.WAD and DOOM2.WAD files before replacing them.
DOOM: BFA Edition has support for using the uncensored MS-DOS versions of The Ultimate Doom's and Doom II: Hell on Earth's IWAD files.
Use decensoring patch (Windows only)[6]
  1. Back up the original Doom 3: BFG Edition's DOOM.WAD and DOOM2.WAD files.
  2. Download the decensor patch and extract the bfgdecens folder to somewhere temporarily.
  3. Go to <path-to-game>\base\wads, copy the DOOM.WAD and DOOM2.WAD, and paste them into the bfgdecens folder.
  4. Run doom1.bat and doom2.bat. These should generate two new .WAD files (udoomcen.wad and doom2cen.wad).
  5. Rename udoomcen.wad and doom2cen.wad to DOOM.WAD and DOOM2.WAD respectively.
  6. Put the newly uncensored DOOM.WAD and DOOM2.WAD files back into in <path-to-game>\base\wads.
Works best with a source port (particularly ZDoom, DOOM: BFA Edition, and their derivatives).
meds.wad works on both Doom and Doom II, but other files are exclusively for Doom II.

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.
In-game options menu (for Doom/Doom II).
In-game options menu (for Doom/Doom II).

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\id Software\DOOM 3 BFG\base\
%USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\id Software\DOOM 3\base\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/208200/pfx/[Note 1]
DOOM 3 BFG is for the BFG Edition and DOOM 3 is for Doom 3 (2019). DOOM: BFA Edition uses the DOOM BFA folder.
Some settings are stored in profile.bin where the save data folder is located.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\id Software\DOOM 3 BFG\base\
%USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\id Software\DOOM 3\base\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/208200/pfx/[Note 1]
Doom 3: BFG Edition and Doom 3 (2019) are limited to only 14 manual save slots, which are shared across all 3 campaigns. Doom and Doom II are limited to 6 save slots.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
80-100°. Default is 80°. See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed
Can be toggled with Alt+ Enter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
8x only. Use +set r_maxAnisotropicFiltering 16 parameter.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 16x MSAA (Nvidia) or 8x (AMD/Intel). For SMAA, use DOOM: BFA Edition.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Vsync and Smart Vsync.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Frame rate can be set to 60 FPS or 120 FPS. See High frame rate.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Custom world FOV[8]

Use the +set g_fov <value> parameter to adjust the world FOV.

Custom view model FOV[citation needed]
  1. Install DOOM: BFA Edition.
  2. Use the pm_vmfov <value> console command to adjust the view model FOV.

High frame rate[edit]

Frame rate can be set to 60 FPS or 120 FPS.
Set custom frame rate cap[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Create and open autoexec.cfg.
  3. Add set com_engineHz "144" and adjust as necessary.

Notes

Chain gun firing rate depends on frame rate.
See Issues fixed to set the fullscreen refresh rate manually.

Input[edit]

In-game general control settings.
In-game general control settings.
In-game key/button map settings.
In-game key/button map settings.
In-game gamepad settings.
In-game gamepad settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
No mouse acceleration.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller must be enabled with mouse/keyboard from the Options menu. Use DOOM: BFA Edition for proper full controller support.
Controller remapping
Many bindings in Doom 3 and its expansions are also tied to the classic Doom games in BFG Edition. Use DOOM: BFA Edition to being able to bind them either on DOOM 3 or on the Classic Doom games.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Xbox 360 variant.
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Requires DS4 Windows or Steam Input.
DualShock button prompts
Install DOOM: BFA Edition to toggle DualShock prompts from the Controller Layout setting.
Light bar support
Connection modes unknown
Tracked motion controllers
Use Doom 3 BFG VR.[9]
Button/gesture prompts
Generic/other controllers
Does not support DirectInput controllers. An XInput wrapper is required.[10]
Button prompts
For DualShock 3, Xbox One, DualShock 4, and Switch Pro Controller prompts, use DOOM: BFA Edition. Options vary between BFG Edition and Doom 3 (2019).
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Only for Doom 3 and its expansions. Use DOOM: BFA Edition to implement haptic feedback for the classic Doom games in BFG Edition.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Enable always run toggle on Classic Doom[edit]

Use DOOM: BFA Edition[citation needed]
The always run toggle works on Doom 1 & 2's single and multi-player; on Doom 3 it works only on multi-player.

Enable crouch toggle[edit]

Launch the game with +set in_toggleCrouch 1 parameter or use the console command in_toggleCrouch 1[4]

Enable zoom toggle[edit]

Launch the game with +set in_toggleZoom 1 parameter or use the console command in_toggleZoom 1[4]

Re-enable zoom function[edit]

Use the console command bind [desired key, mouse, or controller button] _zoom[4]
Use DOOM: BFA Edition and bind Zoom via the in-game configuration menu[11]

Audio[edit]

In-game audio settings (for Doom/Doom II).
In-game audio settings (for Doom/Doom II).

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Available only for Doom and Doom II. Not available for Doom 3 and its expansions.
Surround sound
7.1; Doom and Doom II also benefit from surround sound in this bundle.
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
Use Classic RBDoom 3 BFG with its ROE addon

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Use the +set sys_lang "english" parameter.
French
Use the +set sys_lang "french" parameter.
German
Use the +set sys_lang "german" parameter.
Italian
Use the +set sys_lang "italian" parameter.
Japanese
Use the +set sys_lang "japanese" parameter.
Spanish
Use the +set sys_lang "spanish" parameter.
Russian
Full audio and text translation can be downloaded here.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
4 Versus
Steam only. Co-op mods are available as well as ones that increase the total number of players allowed in a multiplayer match.

Connection types

Despite the GOG.com version being single-player only, it is possible to play multiplayer by adding seta net_useplatformbackend 0 in default.cfg and use the console command connect in order to join the server.

VR support[edit]

In-game 3D settings.
In-game 3D settings.
3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
Headsets Native Notes
HTC Vive
Use Doom 3 BFG VR.[9]
Oculus Rift
Use Doom 3 BFG VR.[9]
OSVR
Windows Mixed Reality
This game might be playable with the Revive Compatibility Layer (compatibility list).
Devices Native Notes
Tracked motion controllers
See Input settings for details.
Traditional controller
See Input settings for details.
Keyboard/Mouse
Play area Native Notes
Seated
Standing
Room-scale

Issues fixed[edit]

Run the game at screen refresh rate[edit]

By default, the game only accepts exactly 60 Hz or 120 Hz refresh rate via in-game option.
Set refresh rate with DOOM: BFA[12]
  1. Install DOOM: BFA Edition.
  2. Set the frame rate option to the desired refresh rate.

Notes

The refresh rate and the frame rate are both a singular CVAR.
Set refresh rate with CVARs[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Create and open autoexec.cfg.
  3. Add set r_vidMode "-1".
  4. Add set r_displayRefresh "0" to set screen refresh rate (also accepts custom values).
  5. Add set r_customWidth "XXXX" to set the fullscreen resolution width.
  6. Add set r_customHeight "YYYY" to set the fullscreen resolution height.
  7. Add set r_fullscreen "1" to set fullscreen (0 = windowed, 1 = fullscreen on monitor 1, 2 = fullscreen on monitor 2, etc.)

Chain gun fire rate is slow[edit]

Chain gun fires more slowly if the game is running at 60 FPS.
Set the frame rate option to 120 FPS[13][14]

Wrong language selected by default[edit]

OpenGL startup fix[edit]

Launch the game with +set r_fullscreen 3 parameter[16]

Game crashes on loading screen[edit]

Use old AMD OpenGL driver[17]
  1. Download old Catalyst 13.1 atioglxx.dll.
  2. Extract atioglxx.dll into the installation folder.

"Achievements have been disabled" prompt appearing when taking screenshots when the console is not enabled[edit]

By default, the game and the client's overlay use F12 for taking screenshots, which is considered enabling the console with the former.
Unbind the in-game Screenshot key and reload to a save before it happened[18]
Disable the console[3]

Use +set com_allowconsole 0 command line argument

MSAA has no effect (RBDoom3BFG)[edit]

The only anti-aliasing technique that works with HDR is SMAA.
Disable HDR to use MSAA[19]
  1. Open the console with ~.
  2. Type in and enter set r_useHDR 0.
  3. Restart the game. MSAA should work now.

Screen flashes white when taking damage (RBDoom3BFG/DOOM: BFA Edition)[edit]

Certain video settings combinations can cause visual bugs such as pain flashes being replaced with a white flash in these source ports.
Disable motion blur if using SMAA or use MSAA instead when using motion blur (RBDoom3BFG)[20]
Disable filmic post-processing effects when using motion blur or vice-versa (DOOM: BFA Edition)[21]
  1. Open the console with ~
  2. Type in and enter set r_useFilmicPostProcessEffects 0 to disable the filmic post-processing effects or disable motion blur from the in-game settings.
  3. Now type in vid_restart. The game should no longer flash white when taking damage.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
OpenGL 3.2 Compatibility profile.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
Use DOOM: BFA Edition for 64-bit.

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio DirectX XAudio2
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer Steamworks

Play Final Doom and the Master Levels in DOOM: BFA Edition[edit]

Playing Final Doom and the Master Levels in DOOM: BFA Edition[22]
  1. Copy the PLUTONIA.WAD and TNT.WAD files into <path-to-game>\base\wads.
  2. Create a new folder named master in <path-to-game>\base\wads, then copy all 20 *.WAD files from Master Levels of Doom II into the master folder.

Miscellaneous modifications[edit]

Change the flashlight mode in Doom 3[edit]

Use DOOM: BFA Edition[23]
  1. Install DOOM: BFA Edition.
  2. Go to Settings → Advanced Options, and set Flashlight mode to either Original (Doom 3), BFG (BFG Edition), or BFG Mix (hybrid).

Re-enable Steam Achievements on DOOM: BFA Edition[edit]

Use DOOM: BFA Edition[24]
  1. Install DOOM: BFA Edition.
  2. Download the binaries with Steam of Open Platform
  3. Extract the OpenPlatform.dll to <path-to-game>\base (Select which one to use based on OS and CPU Type)
  4. Extract the steam_api.dll to <path-to-game>
  5. Create a steam_appid.txt on <path-to-game> and write in it the game's steam id (208200)

Doom 3 BFG Hi Def[edit]

Offers higher poly-count models, TGA textures, and effects including soft shadows (RBDoom3BFG).
A .resources version of Doom 3 BFG Hi-Def mod adds support for Classic-RBDOOM-3-BFG.

Ungibbable[edit]

Enables corpses to remain after enemy death (instead of disappearing), a common complaint of Doom 3 upon release.
Converted to work with Doom 3 BFG Hi Def and RBDoom3BFG/Doom 3: BFA Edition.

Old Ammo count on pickups[edit]

Brings back the original ammo count from Doom 3 (2004).
Works even with the vanilla game.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) 2.0 GHz Dual Core
System memory (RAM) 3 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 11 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT
ATI Radeon HD 5750
512 MB of VRAM

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/208200/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (208200) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. Verified by User:Neurochild on 2020-02-28
  2. Lostie's intro movies fix (retrieved)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Steam Community :: Guide :: Unlock Nightmare + Skip intro videos
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Verified by User:AmethystViper on December 9, 2017
  5. Steam Community :: Guide :: How to play multiplayer and load mods on Doom 1 & 2 - last accessed on September 20, 2018
    "Support for the original DOOM and DOOM II IWADS"
  6. BFG Edition uncensoring guide. - Doom 3 - Doomworld
  7. ZDoom • View topic - [Uncensored BFG / Censored Doom]Make IDKFA Wolfenstein Again
  8. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-04-12
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 New version 0.22 of Doom 3 BFG VR released. Includes fixes for cutscene cameras, IK arms, Oculus Touch hand pose support and more : oculus
  10. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-04-12
    Tested a Switch Pro Controller on Doom 3: BFG Edition by itself which did not register any inputs. Launching the game via Steam with Steam Input enabled for Switch Pro Controllers allowed the game to playable with said controller.
  11. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-04-12
  12. doesn't properly match refresh rate · Issue #17 · MadDeCoDeR/Classic-RBDOOM-3-BFG
  13. How do you run BFG edition smoothly??
  14. no 144hz option? :: DOOM 3: BFG Edition General Discussions
  15. Support switching the game language at runtime · Issue #389 · RobertBeckebans/RBDOOM-3-BFG
  16. Fix for the OpenGL issue. Should work for most of you. - Steam Community Discussions
  17. RADEON (ATI/AMD) graphic card users crashing? Look in here for solution! - Steam Community Discussions
  18. Verified by User:ChaosBahamut on 2018-10-09
  19. AA not working, lighting bug · Issue #283 · RobertBeckebans/RBDOOM-3-BFG
  20. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-04-13
  21. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-04-12
  22. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-04-13
  23. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-04-12
  24. Classic-RBDOOM-3-BFG/New-Parameters.txt at master · MadDeCoDeR/Classic-RBDOOM-3-BFG