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Earth

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Ten level episode for the game engine, ZDOOM. This episode fully accomodates ZDoom's enhancements of free-look, jumping and the Boom/ZDoom enhanced set of line specials. It also has areas of complexity and grandeur of archetecture and settings not previously possible under DoomII. EarthZD also has a custom sky specifically designed for ZDoom. It is based upon the Earth.wad episode for DoomII by the same author.

Story Line You arrive home in Earth's planetary system exhausted from enduring vicious combat that started on Phobos and led to the Gates of Hell. You are on your way to sun, surf, and fishing for a spell of well earned vacation. However, upon arrival in low Earth orbit, you learn the terrible truth--Earth is not free. You study your options and decide to insert upon a remote and rocky coastline. Levels: The Ruins (MAP01): You stand at your point of arrival, facing out to sea with rolling breakers splasing on the rocks. This looks like it should have been your vacation site. But behind you are the ruins of civilization, haunted with alien hellspawn... The Tomb (MAP02): To have hope of freeing the world, you must take back the one place the enemy considers special. It is located under the great pyramid... Mines of Moria (MAP03): Like its Lord of the Rings namesake, it is crawling with evil things... The Chasm (MAP04): The enemy is bivouacked in rugged coastal terrain. You mission is to clear them out... Strategic Defense Command (MAP05): A deep underground command and control center, one of the last great hopes for mankind in repelling the alien invasion. However, it seems to be off line, You need to find out why... Observation Station (MAP06): This place has seen some action before it fell to the enemy. Beware!... The Emerald Tower (MAP07): The Enemy has established a command post in a giant ornate emerald green tower. Your mission is to disrupt their communications by taking it back... Ammo Pit (MAP08): This is the domain of the arch-vile. Trick him into helping you... Islands (MAP09): You arrive on an rocky island in a rugged fjord. Out to sea and somewhat up the coast is another, larger island that you must somehow reach... The Hill (MAP10): You must capture a heavily defended fortress on a hill...

Combat These levels contain a wide variety of combat situations requiring different strategies. To win these levels, especially at the more difficult skill settings, requires thinking in terms of fields of fire, planning your cover, looking out for your flanks and backside, and keeping open your lines of retreat. Most of the monster placement is randomized so that their location and response are different each time these levels are played. Hence, you will be unable to count on finding specific monsters at specific locations. (And there will not be many opportunities for blasting monsters in their sleep.) The monsters occasionally show sneaky behavior due to features in the level designs. Setting: This episode is set on a rocky coastline. with spectacular outdoor views. These include high vistas and overlooks, live surf crashing onto the rocks, scenic elevator rides on the outside of tall buildings, spectacular bridges and a spectacular hilltop fortress new to EarthZD. General: Secrets generally have some clue that the thoughtful and observant player can spot. These levels are designed to be winnable at the easier skill settings without finding the secrets, but to win the more difficult settings requires locating most of the secrets. There are no totally hidden hazards or traps; there will always be some visual or audio cue to warn of there presence. Some of the pools and slime pits have depth, ie, you will sink into them, sometimes up to your eyeballs. Remember, though, this is ZDoom with free-look and jumping that plays more like Quake than the original Doom. Objects like trees, barrels, etc., are not infinitely tall and the player can jump up onto objects as tall as 56 units; this will be an important factor in navigating some places and finding some secrets. One final note; cliff edges at most of the high vistas are lethal to fall off of (one cannot expect to survive a fall of several hundred feet in real life).


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This is the Zdoom port of the original Earth. As before, the readme hypes it up. Little bits of design work are clever (the waves at the beginning of level one, the ladder in level two, the elevator ride at the start of level five) but a lot of it is just crude and blocky. The random monster placement is a superficially clever idea that, in practice, tends to pit your pistol against barons of hell. And it's often much too dark. The sky appears to be corrupted in this version.

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New for its time, but somewhat outdated now.

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as bad as the original, needs zdoom 1.xx which isnt that hard to find if you know where to look. probably runs in ports based on zdoom 1.xx like zdaemon and odamex but i didnt bother trying them.

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Level design is boring. Boring game play. The graphics do not work with the latest version of ZDoom. 2/5

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The waves in the sea alone are worth the download

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I don't really like any of these levels, sorry. They all lack detail and fun. 4/7/07

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    • By guitardz · Posted
      Some very cool techbases with a nice texture set and pallette.  The music is pretty epic.  And it all runs in vanilla! (Or so it is said, I played it in GZDoom)
    • By Philnemba · Posted
      I honestly can't believe that this whole megawad is 100% vanilla compatible and its only the first of THREE episodic megawads! Esselfortium and her team of creative energetic mappers has done an amazing job from the unique texture set, the music, the maps & even the tweaked color palette that fits the mood of the whole thing.    100% highly recommended! 5/5 
    • By Erick · Posted
      A pretty straightforward map to run through, packing in tons of enemies in rooms both big and small. Most of the monsters you'll be killing are E1 monsters such as Zombiemen and Imps, so while there isn't much in monster variety, there are plenty of ways to get them to fight each other which I like. It might be better to try and get as many monsters to start attacking at the same time since once you get the Chaingun, not even the groups of Spectres are much of a threat. Overall though, the map is still fun to blast through if you just want to kill tons of monsters in packs.
    • By NuMetalManiak · Posted
      this is a strange wad, with assets similar to Darkest Hour and other Star Wars-themed wads, many of the maps focus on small killings, as most of the maps are actually small. Pinchy's finale sure makes this worth it. oh yeah, quite a few custom stuff was done. the flamethrower marines were quite annoying, while other monsters gained multiple attacks, new ones, it's all so zany. the maps are pretty well done overall and this is worth a try.
    • By Doomkid · Posted
      Okay, I get it, it's a megawad mainly for speedrunners who are intricately familiar with the mechanics of the game down to the nitty-gritty. A series of challenges/obstacles that, for the most part, seem to be possible but are generally ludicrous (and sometimes outright laughable, in a good way).   This was is not a "pile of junk" as a few have said however it's really, really lacking in a lot of ways. I get that the wad is meant to have a fun-and-not-serious tone despite it's overall extreme difficulty but the texturing looks like the insides of a toilet bowl after a Taco Bell buffet. Seriously, these maps are jealous of how beautiful and futuristic maps like UAC_DEAD look. The DWANGO series looks like fucking Ancient Aliens compared to this.   The MIDIs are lighthearted, silly and fun, which adds a layer of appeal for me personally. I loved seeing Patrick Stewart at the intermission too, rofl   I had some fun with this IDCLEVing through the whole wad and giving each map a try or 2 before moving on to the next but I seriously doubt I'll ever be back. The same idea with better texturing and overall taking itself just a tiny bit more seriously would warrant a higher rating. Ass-ugly texturing, silly MIDIs and a silly titlepic/interpic are fun in their own right so don't take me the wrong way but a lot of it crossed into "looks like the authors gave 0 fucks" category and I just have to take points away for that.   Also,   lol wtf is this bullshit is this a terrywad or somethin i mean jeeeezus   Overall, this is worth a peek just for some fun but unless you're a highly skilled speedrunner that also doesn't mind looking into a crapchute map after map, this probably doesn't really have much for you.
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