When you’re up against all the forces of Hell, it’s important to have the right tools for the job. Thankfully, DOOM delivers in spades, offering as many perfectly gruesome tools a Slayer could ever hope for.
While we eagerly await spending time with DOOM Eternal’s dramatically expanded arsenal of weapons (just take a look at footage of the DOOM Blade and Equipment Launcher for an idea of what to expect in future versions of this list), let’s look back at the best weapons the series has given us so far.
3. The Chainsaw
“A Chainsaw! Find some meat!”
That’s the message that greets players the first time they discover the Chainsaw in DOOM (1993). You can probably guess what kind of meat the game has in mind.
If you want to talk about up-close-and-personal weapons, it’s hard to get any more personal than the Chainsaw. Partly, that’s a result of the range; you have to be practically in petting distance of a demon in order to reach them with the Chainsaw.
Adding to its brutality is the beautifully twisted design of the weapon. See, the Chainsaw freezes enemies in place, since it’s essentially hitting them over and over, extremely quickly. Those hits don’t do that much damage individually, but they do stun its prey while each strike of motorized chain does its work. The result? A nice, long session where the player has the Chainsaw plunged into a demon’s guts and there’s little they can do about it.
While the Chainsaw is delightfully devastating in any form – shout-out to DOOM (2016) and DOOM Eternal, where Chainsaw kills grant free ammo – we have to give special props to its incarnation in DOOM 64 where it appears in a double-bladed form. Twice the blades means twice the damage, twice the carnage and twice the fun!