Thursday, May 2, 2024
DOOM Retro v5.4

DOOM Retro is intentionally minimalist in its approach, and so it does a few things differently
 if compared with other modern DOOM source ports. Open the ¥ DOOM Retro Wiki for details.

DOOM Retro v5.4 is now available to download as either a 32 or 64-bit Windows app. Here’s a list of what’s changed since the last version:

  • DOOM Retro is now built using v17.9.6 of Microsoft Visual Studio Community 2022.
  • DOOM Retro now uses SDL v2.30.3.
  • Minor changes have been made to further improve the overall performance and stability of DOOM Retro.
  • Several changes have been made to text that is output to the console.
  • A slightly brighter color is now chosen for the surrounding pillarboxes when displaying certain lumps from PWADs that are only 320 pixels wide and the vid_widescreen CVAR is on.
  • A bug is fixed whereby grouping wasn’t being applied to the previous player message when displayed by pressing the ENTER key if both the messages and groupmessages CVARs were on.
  • Minor improvements have been made to certain animations on the intermission screen.
  • The status bar now shows when the player has picked up both a keycard and a skull key of the same color by introducing support for BOOM’s STKEYS6, STKEYS7 and STKEYS8 lumps.
  • Improvements have been made to drawing thing triangles in the automap when the IDDT cheat has been entered.
  • The underscores of the message displayed when the IDBEHOLD cheat has been entered now always line up.
  • The shadow cast by the status bar in the automap is now low detail when the r_detail CVAR is low.
  • The color of the player stats shown in the automap when the am_playerstats CVAR is on can now be changed using the new am_playerstatscolor CVAR, which is 4 by default.
  • These changes have been made to the support of MAPINFO lumps:
    • Scrolling skies are now supported if a value is specified with SKY1.
    • ALLOWMONSTERTELEFRAGS = 0 now works on all maps.
    • A bug is fixed whereby map names wouldn’t be used in some instances.
  • Minor improvements have been made to the parsing of DEHACKED lumps.
  • The status bar and widescreen HUD are now always correctly updated when the give or take CCMDs are used to give or take keycards and skull keys to or from the player. The order in which they are given has also improved.
  • The DSSAWUP sound effect is no longer heard in its entirety when the player equips their chainsaw.
  • If a sound effect lump in a PWAD is 0 bytes in size, now rather than playing the IWAD’s lump it replaces, nothing is played.
  • Explosions now cast shadows if the r_shadows CVAR is on.
  • These changes have been made to intermission text screens:
    • A sound effect is now played when a key is pressed to advance the text.
    • A crash no longer occurs if the text is too long.
  • The F1 key no longer interrupts the splash screen if pressed.
  • The console can no longer be opened while a menu confirmation message is displayed.
  • Further improvements have been made to the position of player messages in some instances.
  • These changes have been made to the load and save game menus:
    • If any STCFNxxx lumps are present in a PWAD, the savegame descriptions are now correctly positioned vertically.
    • The correct savegame description is now always displayed in the confirmation message when pressing DEL to delete a savegame.
  • The mouselook CVAR and the +mouselook action have been renamed freelook and +freelook.
  • These changes have been made when using the resetall CCMD:
    • A bug is fixed whereby certain actions bound to a mouse button weren’t being reset.
    • The automap no longer closes if it was open.
  • A bug is fixed whereby the sky wouldn’t be stretched if the +freelook action was bound to a button on a controller.
  • The text in the console has been brought in slightly from the left and right edges of the screen when the vid_widescreen CVAR is on, and even more so on ultra-wide displays.
  • Improvements have been made to the position of some elements of the alternate widescreen HUD.
  • The game may now be ended during intermission by either using the endgame CCMD in the console or selecting “End Game” in the options menu.
  • The number of keycards and skull keys the player picks up is now displayed by the playerstats CCMD.
  • The translucency of the trail of smoke behind rockets fired by the player and cyberdemons can now be toggled separately from other sprites by using the new r_rockettrails_translucency CVAR. This CVAR is on by default and off when vanilla mode is enabled.
  • Boss actions now occur when using the kill CCMD in the console.
  • Improvements have been made to displaying the disk icon when the r_diskicon CVAR is on.
  • Improvements have been made to the contents of files created using the condump CCMD.
  • Liquid sectors are now rendered correctly when their floor height is in line with the player’s view height and the r_liquid_bob CVAR is on.
  • The help CCMD has been renamed wiki.
  • Player messages no longer cast shadows when vanilla mode is enabled.
  • An infinite amount of ammo for all of the player’s weapons can now be enabled by using the new infiniteammo CCMD.