How to Play Doom, Hexen and Heretic WADs on Windows 10 or 11
If you are a fan of classic first-person shooter games like Doom, Hexen and Heretic, you might be wondering how to play them on your modern PC with Windows 10 or 11. These games were originally designed for DOS and require a special emulator to run them. However, there is a better way to enjoy these old-school shooters with improved graphics, sound and controls: using the Doomsday Engine 2.
The Doomsday Engine 2 is a free and open-source source port that allows you to play Doom, Hexen and Heretic WADs on Windows 10 or 11 with high-resolution textures, dynamic lighting, 3D models, enhanced audio and more. It also supports multiplayer modes, custom mods and add-ons, and various configuration options. In this article, we will show you how to install and use the Doomsday Engine 2 to play your favorite Doom, Hexen and Heretic WADs on your PC.
What are WADs
WADs are the files that contain the game data for Doom, Hexen and Heretic. They stand for \"Where's All the Data\" and they include the levels, graphics, sounds, music and other resources for the game. There are different types of WADs, such as IWADs (Internal WADs) and PWADs (Patch WADs). IWADs are the official game files that come with the original game or its expansions. PWADs are custom-made files that modify or add new content to the game.
To play Doom, Hexen or Heretic on Windows 10 or 11 with the Doomsday Engine 2, you will need the IWAD files for each game. You can either use the original game discs or download them from online sources. You can also use PWAD files to play fan-made levels or mods for these games. You can find many PWAD files on websites like Mod DB[^1^] [^2^] or Doomworld.
How to Install Doomsday Engine 2
The Doomsday Engine 2 is available for download from its official website: https://dengine.net/. You can choose between the stable version or the unstable version. The stable version is more reliable and tested, while the unstable version has more features and updates but may have bugs or errors. We recommend using the stable version for playing Doom, Hexen and Heretic WADs on Windows 10 or 11.
To install Doomsday Engine 2 on your PC, follow these steps:
Download the installer file for your operating system from https://dengine.net/download.
Run the installer file and follow the instructions on the screen.
Choose a destination folder for Doomsday Engine 2 and click Next.
Select the components you want to install and click Next.
Click Install to start the installation process.
Click Finish to complete the installation.
You have successfully installed Doomsday Engine 2 on your PC.
How to Play Doom, Hexen and Heretic WADs with Doomsday Engine 2
To play Doom, Hexen or Heretic WADs with Doomsday Engine 2 on Windows 10 or 11, follow these steps:
Launch Doomsday Engine 2 from your Start menu or desktop shortcut.
Select the game you want to play from the list of supported games: Doom (or Ultimate Doom), Doom II (or Final Doom), Heretic (or Shadow of the Serpent Riders) or Hexen (or Deathkings of the Dark Citadel).
Click Play to start the game.
If you want to play a custom PWAD file, click Add-ons from the main menu and browse for the PWAD file on your computer. You can also drag and drop the PWAD file onto the Doomsday window.
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