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NCC1701.wad

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- Ncc1701.wad uses over 300 new bitmaps, 55 sound effects, and a dozen new level-maps to depict the look and feel of Star Trek (the original series and the Next Generation). This file will also replace the sprites for seven of the eight Doom2 weapons, as well as the "player 1" sprite, the "former human", "former sergeant", "chaingun soldier", and many of the items and scenery.

- In creating this Star Trek theme for DOOM, my original "vision" was limited to simply recreating the Starships from the various TV shows, reproducing the look and feel of the shows using Bitmaps and Sound FX. I only created three different levels, and it has occurred to me that a crucial aspect of "Star Trek" is missing from my wadfile. (ie: the variety that comes with visiting a different planet each episode). It didn't seem enough for me to just re-create the various TV sets as "walk-throughs-with-monsters", without somehow addressing the "serial" nature of the Star Trek genre.

So, then I redesigned my WAD under the following premise: a small-sized version of the Enterprise could be created, and carried through from one level to the next, with different "level-maps" connected to the Enterprise via the transporter room. The player would become familiar with the Starship Enterprise after just a few levels, but the variety comes from having a different "adventure" connected to that same Starship on each level.

In this wad, the Enterprise changes very little from one level to the next, but in each level the "planet" is different; just go to the transporter room and "beam down" to the area of the map that DOES change from level to level.

In deathmatch games, the battles tend to center around the different "planet" areas; since the player will always rematerialize on the "ship", he/she can grab a few weapons & supplies before hitting the "transporter room" to rejoin the fight. (This adds a unique strategic element to the game as well, since players can be prepared before rejoining a dangerous situation.)


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This is a very ambitious partial conversion that deserves a few stars for effort, although I sense more passion than skill in the making. The maps are square and dull; the weapons are based on the same laser pistol design and are hard to tell apart; and the author isn't sure whether the wad is supposed to be serious or jokey, and there's a cartoonish look to everything. The last few levels are almost identical. I'm sure the shotgun sound comes from Star Wars.

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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.
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