According to the folks at id Software, they said that back in April, no one in the company has managed to beat DOOM’s Ultra Nightmare mode yet. Given that they are the developers and should pretty much know the game inside out, it sounds like the Ultra Nightmare mode will indeed prove to be a nightmare for gamers attempting it.
Or maybe not. According to a recent video uploaded onto YouTube by a gamer calling himself Zero Master, it seems that he has managed to beat DOOM’s Ultra Nightmare mode a day after the game was released, and he only managed to do so in about 5 hours, which is pretty impressive if the difficulty is really all that it’s made out to be.
According to Zero Master, “It’s not entertaining gameplay in some parts, but it gets the job done. Making a run this long was completely new for me, my longest single segment run was just under 45 minutes with my old Final Doom: TNT Evilution record. So almost 4 hours and 45 minutes was exhausting. That is also part of the reason why I couldn’t be bothered to grab some of the secrets, but I’m sure someone else can do a 100% run, it has never been my kind of thing.”
For those unfamiliar with DOOM’s difficulty modes, Ultra Nightmare is the hardest and what makes it tricky is the fact that once gamers are killed in the game, they’ll need to start all over again. Now this is an obviously long playthrough but if you want to check it out, you can by watching the video above which is actually rather entertaining as Zero Master is rather skilled.