In 2009 I wrote a review of Plutonia 2, and called it a worthy
successor to the original Plutonia. Now I have the task of writing about another wad bearing the
As is usual with Plutonia style wads,
playing on UV will keep you busy for a very long time, and Nightmare is nearly impossible.
There is no time to stop and enjoy the scenery; that's fine though, because the scenery is
fairly simple, with an emphasis on good map layouts and ease in speedrunning. Regardless
of its flaws, Plutonia Revisited is an excellent megawad that once again lives up to the
expectations of the Plutonia name.
Normally a demo isn't worthy of a Cacoward, it's finished projects only around here.
That's because most project demos always feel woefully incomplete despite how good they may be.
Vaporware Demo is an exception to the rule.
This is the best single level wad this year, and is probably one of
the best single map levels ever. An atmospheric techbase with gorgeous new resources everywhere
you look, it's sometimes surprising that this map is built for Doom. And better still, this map
is a gorgeous showcase of the little used Eternity Engine.
- Paul DeBruyne (skillsaw)
Lunatic is gorgeous set of five maps that shows off how a modern Doom wad can stay true to
the style of the original game while still being interesting now.
Throughout the five maps, you'll battle the standard hordes of demons in good layouts, but
what really stands out is the atmosphere of the wad. Using the moon as a somewhat unique
setting, with plenty of custom textures, a nicely detailed environment, and music that
perfectly matches the mood, getting drawn into this adventure is easy and enjoyable, for
any skill level of player.
- Plutonia Revisited
- Double Impact
- Khorus' Speedy Shit
- Best Multiplayer
- Best Gameplay Mod
- Mordeth Award
- Mapper of the Year
Changing of the Guard
This year, Scuba Steve retired from doing the Cacowards and passed the responsibilities on to Hobbs.
We appreciate Scuba's service to the Doom community and his unique contribution to the awards process.
He will be missed. Thanks Scuba!
The 18th Annual Cacowards are written entirely by Hobbs, except for a much appreciated guest
appearance by Esselfortium, who wrote the Mordeth and Mapper of the Year awards.