DOOM 3: BFG Edition

DOOM 3: BFG Edition

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Rebind keys on an Xbox 360 controller
By Celebren
A basic guide on how to edit the controls on the Xbox 360 controller for all games in DOOM 3 BFG edition
So, I decided to install Doom 3 BFG edition for some classic Doom fun but wanted to play with the 360 controller. I was dismayed to find out there was no way to rebind the buttons layout though.

After a few minutes of fiddling around I found a workaround by rebinding the keys individually through console commands. Note that these changes work for all games (1, 2 and 3) and you don't have to do the change separately for each individual game.
Enabling the console
To enable the console you need to add the line “seta com_allowconsole 1” (without quotes) in the default.cfg file in the game's base folder (location: [steam installation folder]\steamapps\common\DOOM 3 BFG Edition\base) by opening it with any text editor. Enabling the console might turn off achievements but once you're finished editing with the console you can re-enable them by turning off the console again. Just delete the extra line you added or change it to “seta com_allowconsole 0”.

While you are in the default.cfg file you may want to add the “com_skipintrovideos 1” line (if you haven't already) which automatically skips the intro videos when you start the game (Bathesda and id logos).

To activate the console, just press the ~ button on your keyboard
Controller keys
Now that you have the console enabled you can edit the keys with the “bind” command. Here's how the game sees each Xbox 360 controller button:

JOY5___________________left bumper
JOY6___________________right bumper
JOY7___________________left stick pressed
JOY8___________________right stick pressed
JOY_TRIGGER1__________left trigger
JOY_TRIGGER2__________right trigger
Game actions
Here's how the game recognises each action:

_impulse15____________previous weapon
_impulse14____________next weapon

As far as I know there's no command for the pause menu so you'd better not change JOY9 (start).
Console command
Now that you know the individual keys and functions you can freely rebind them in the console with the bind command. You do this by typing

bind "[key you want to edit]" "[action you want to assign]"

and then press enter
For example I wanted sprint to be on the left trigger for the classic Doom games which did nothing by default (and holding down the left stick to run is VERY uncomfortable) and since in Doom 3 left trigger is the flash light, I moved it to left stick down. Here's what I did:

1. activate console in the game with ~
2. type (or copy/paste): bind "JOY_TRIGGER1" "_speed"
3. type (or copy/paste): bind "JOY7" "_impulse16"

remember to use the quotes.
Once you are happy with your new key binds remember to disable the console to re-enable the achievements by exiting the game and changing the default.cfg file.

If you want to restore the default controls just delete the D3BFGConfig.cfg and consoleHistory.txt files that are in the saves folder (location: [user name]\Saved Games\id Software\DOOM 3 BFG\base). The game will create a new D3BFGConfig.cfg file next time you run it. This basically resets most of the game's settings, if not all of them.

I hope this guide helps. Enjoy!
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ShinDigPig Mar 9, 2016 @ 8:49am 
Hey, just leaving this here incase someone has the same problem. I fixed it by going into the console, in DOOM 1, as opposed to in the main menu. I could then rebind the keys and close the game, and turn the console off while retaining the new binds.
ShinDigPig Mar 9, 2016 @ 8:35am 
I did
1. activate console in the game with ~
2. type (or copy/paste): bind "JOY_TRIGGER1" "_speed"
3. type (or copy/paste): bind "JOY7" "_impulse16"
As that's exactly what I wanted to do, but I go into DOOM after disabling console, and they aren't sticking. any ideas?
cowboygeorgy Jul 16, 2014 @ 8:08pm 
Very usefull thanks
Celebren  [author] May 13, 2014 @ 5:28pm 
Vagrant, what really baffles my mind is that the Xbox version of DOOM 2 (and maybe DOOM 1 but not sure since I don't own that one) has a far better button layout to the BFG edition. Of course there's this terrible trope of not allowing to rebind they keys on almost any console game which to my opinion is a terrible design decision and needs to change.

Homernoid, you can't bind weapon buttons to the gamepad for the classic games for some reason as far as I know. You can use _impulse 0,2,3,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 for DOOM 3 though. I believe _impulse 3 is the shotguns. You can bind them on the D-pad as well. Here's the default values for the D-pad:

bind "JOY_DPAD_RIGHT" "_impulse0"
bind "JOY_DPAD_LEFT" "_impulse12"
bind "JOY_DPAD_UP" "_impulse7"
bind "JOY_DPAD_DOWN" "_impulse10"
Homernoid May 13, 2014 @ 12:11pm 
Thanks for this great guide, helped me a lot to get the dpad working for strafing. Any idea how I could bind a button to the shotguns? Binding some _impulseXX doesnt work :(
Vagrant May 12, 2014 @ 12:05am 
Thumbs up'd. I, like you, absolutely hate sprinting with left joystick click. Worse game design ever that a lot of other devs are doing since it's like COD. :bleach:

I mean, it's weird. Why would they go all the trouble to make D3 fully customizable and not D1-2?