DooM 3 BFG
Enhancement Project

by Tore Andersen

DooM 3 BFG Edition (2012) is a re-release of DooM 3 (2004), which includes the "Resurrection of Evil" expansion, plus DooM 1 & DooM 2, the two classics games that made first-person shooters popular. DooM 3 was a milestone for shooters back in 2004, which put the latest hardware at the time to the test. Even though the visuals are still decent today, time has caught up with parts of the game. This project aims to rejuvenate the graphics & effects with a few modifications, and some new HD textures. The project also has a new custom render which greatly improves lighting and image quality.
This project builds upon "Doom 3 BFG UltimateHD 2.1.1". Another popular project by the name of "Doom 3 BFG Hi Def" is also available at BodDB. See screenshot comparison below.

1: Requirements
2: Installation
3: DooM 1 & DooM 2 Enhancement
4: Comparison with DooM 3 BFG Hi Def
5: Screenshots
6: Artwork

   Original DooM 2 BFG                                                                      With Enhanced Graphics
    

    

 

1 - Requirements

DooM 3 BFG Edition.
*The files here will NOT work on the first DooM 3 release from 2004

 

2 - Installation

1: Getting DooM 3 BFG Edition running on newer systems
For whatever reason, the game refuses to launch on some systems, unless the screen-resolution is instructed as a load parameter.
To fix this problem (If you experience it), just add a small string to the game's startup:

Steam Version: Open Steam, then open the DooM 3 BFG game properties and click "Set Launch Options".
Insert the following line: +set r_fullscreen -1 +set r_windowHeight "1080" +set r_windowWidth "1920" +set r_windowY "0" +set r_windowX "0"
*Change "1080" and "1920" to match your screen-resolution.

GOG or other non-Steam version: Right click the DooM 3 BFG desktop shortcut and click "Properties".
Insert the following line into target AFTER the already inserted file-path:
+set r_fullscreen -1 +set r_windowHeight "1080" +set r_windowWidth "1920" +set r_windowY "0" +set r_windowX "0"
*Change "1080" and "1920" to match your screen-resolution.

2: Download Doom 3 BFG UltimateHD 2.1 (LINK)

3: Unpack the file into the DooM 3 BFG game folder. *Overwrite existing file(s)

4: Download Doom 3 BFG UltimateHD 2.1.1 update (LINK)

5: Unpack the file into the DooM 3 BFG game folder. *Overwrite existing file(s)

6: Download Doom 3 BFG UltimateHD lighting fix (LINK)

7: Unpack the file into the DooM 3 BFG game folder. *Overwrite existing file(s)

8: Download Doom 3 BFG Enhancement Project ReShade (LINK)

9: Unpack the file into the DooM 3 BFG game folder. *Overwrite existing file(s)

10: Steam version:
Open the DooM 3 BFG game folder and rename "Doom3BFG.exe" to "Doom3BFG.exe.backup".
Then rename "Doom3 BFG UltimateHD.exe" to "Doom3BFG.exe".
*If you want to play the original Doom3 BFG instead of the Enhanced version, just rename the files back to original names again.

10: Non-Steam version:
Make a shortcut to "Doom3 BFG UltimateHD.exe". Use this shortcut start DooM 3 BFG Enhanced version.
*If you want to play the original Doom3 BFG instead of the Enhanced version, just use the regular shortcut.

DooM 3 BFG Enhanced version is now ready to launch

 

3 - DooM 1 & DooM 2 Enhancement
If you don't care about the classics, just skip these last steps

11: Download GZDoom, latest version for your OS of choice (LINK)

12: Unpack the file into the "\base\wads\" folder inside the DooM 3 BGF game folder.

13: Make a shortcut to "gzdoom.exe". Start DooM 1 & DooM 2 from this shortcut from now on.

 

4 - Comparison with DooM 3 BFG Hi Def

DooM 3 BFG Hi Def (LINK) is another very popular "make-over" project for DooM 3 BFG Edition. It uses the same HD textures as Doom 3 BFG UltimateHD, which the DooM 3 BFG Enhancement Project builds upon, but it has no configuration to disable the build-in HDR lighting, which significantly decreases the visual quality. Another reason not to use DooM 3 BFG Hi Def, is the level edits that make the game crash in certain places unless certain original game files are removed. Doom 3 BFG UltimateHD works perfectly, with the exception of bad HDR lighting, which this Enhancement Project corrects, and it doesn't overwrite any original game files. Worth taking into consideration for stability and easy switching between original and enhanced version. See pictures below for comparison. Pay attention to the lighting. You can see how the bad HDR-brightness in "DooM 3 BFG Hi Def" makes the compression squares in the textures visible. It's especially clear in the first screenshot.

             DooM 3 BFG Hi Def                                                                     DooM 3 BFG Enhanced Edition
    

    

    

    

5 - Enhanced Edition Screenshots

          

           
 

6 - DooM Artwork

           

           

Classic DooM Art

          

 

                              

 

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Game Info

DooM 3 BFG Edition was launched in 2012, shortly after ID Soft came under the Bethesda umbrella. The original DooM 3 was released in 2004 by Activision, followed by the "Resurrection of Evil" expansion in 2005. The game was absolute state of the art at it's first release back in 2004. It was a highly anticipated follower to the biggest shooter classics of all times, DooM 1 & DooM 2. The games that revolutionized the first-person shooter genre. DooM 3 didn't have any new revolutionary ideas or technology, but it did managed to bring the DooM name to a leading position in the genre once again. The game has was, and still is, a very solid and well-made shooter with a simple yet immersive story.
DooM 3 BFG Edition includes the previously unreleased "Lost Missions". The lost missions are about the last surviving member of the Bravo team, which was ambushed by demons in Doom 3. The player is contacted by a scientist working on teleportation experiments, and asked to help him destroy an experimental teleport-array that was captured by demons. The player must first acquire some components to activate the teleportation system, then travel to the demons dimension and destroy the physical array.