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Chaos Rush v1.0

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I created this back in 1997 as an experiment to learn the new features of Hexen. As you can tell by the rather square nature of the map, I started playing with Hexen right after I finished WATRCITY.WAD for Heretic.

The map consists of a central icey area which branches out and expands as you proceed to hit switches, though there aren't that many. I made this to learn many of the features present in the original MAP39, so there are one or two things (such as the crushers) which should only kill you if you're really crazy and run under one. :)

I'll admit, this level is short, hard, and not for everyone. Try playing not only on varying skill levels, but also with different classes. It's considerably harder to complete with the Fighter then it is with the Cleric, and the Mage has a fair time due to his distance weapons. The enemies vary by class too, so bear that in mind as well.

This makes a great DM map, as there's a nice amount of supplies but not too much to make any one class overbearing. It's hilarious to see an enemy chase after you with a much more powerful weapon, only to be frozen solid by the ice shards in the central area of the map. Use this section to your advantage!

Finally, thanks to the freaky numbering in the retail Hexen maps, this is MAP39 but you'll need to do a "-warp 30" on the command line, NOT "-warp 39".

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I still think I prefer the original "Vivarium", mainly because there was nothing as chaotic, and I didn't seem to be in a rush on this map - quite a boring map. 2 stars.

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Smallish level inspired by the "Vivarium" level and using some of the same elements, though not too much of a knockoff thereof. Thematically a mix of the tomb and ice themes, including wendigoes. Somewhat fun, and no major flaws, but nothing spectacular.

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    • By Marlamir · Posted
      Pretty good. The combat was fun and design wasn't bad at all.
    • By Meril · Posted
      Despite its age, nice details and well designed. Way how blue key is hidden is really clever. But map is dark and cramped. Enemies are only imps and hitscanners.
    • By Dovahxul · Posted
      the more I play the more I get more sad that this map pack is going to end soon its really great :)
    • By Meril · Posted
      Pretty good map in E1 base style (except Doom2 monsters) Nice design but there some texture alignment issues.
    • By Nems · Posted
      Despite the browns and grays that are prominent in this megaWAD, I found it to be fun. I also found it to be quite the challenge. The first map gives you a taste of what to expect in terms of enemy encounters. The author makes good use of mid-tier enemies to apply pressure on the player. Monster count for most of the maps barely breaks the 150 mark but, as said before, the use of mostly mid-tier enemies puts pressure on the player. I also like how the megaWAD handles level progression. Most of the levels you go through consist of caves, cities, islands, and tech bases in space. In fact, there's only one real Hell-like level and even it's within the confines of the moon base you fight through in maps 21 - 30.   About the only gripes I have with this megaWAD are with regards to maps 32, 29, and 30. I know the text file and map 31 give warnings about map 32 but there really should be some kind of alternate exit in map 32 instead of trapping you in place if you don't pass one of the puzzles. I wasn't a fan of how close quarters the IoS fight was in map 29, especially since it can get cramped quickly with monster spawns. Finally, the randomization of what keys spawn during your escape in map 30 isn't fun either. 10 minutes seems like plenty of time but between navigating the vent system (again) without light goggles and dealing with mid-tier enemies, that 10 minutes can get eaten up really quick.   Overall, it's still a fun megaWAD. I'd recommend at least giving it a shot.