Phoenix Rising

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5-level set with a tech-base theme, using Quake2 textures, new sprites, and a cool new sky. While not truly a hub-type of structure, these levels are interconnected. Let's call it a quasi-hub structure, 'kay? (Read Notes, below.)

0417 hours, March 23, 2056: An observer at a listening post in the Jean-Pierre Maisson Observatory in Vichy, France, receives a terse voice-only message from the Deimos Station orbiting Mars -- "Something has activated the anomalies. It wasn't us; it must have been them. We are monitoring the situation, and we believe we are fully prepared." That was the last transmission received from Deimos.

March 25, 2056: Several military and research satellites orbiting Earth disappear from sensors, and mysterious communications and power disruptions are detected on the Einstein Orbiting Platform, the Copernicus Array, and other unmanned space stations.

0142 hours, March 26, 2056: Garbled holo-messages are received from the Erwin Rommel Geo-Stat Military Weapons Post. The only decipherable phrase is "Mein Gott! So viel! Was konnen wir tun? Alles is abgefucked!!", Deutsch for "Jesus! There's too many of them! We're screwed!" Minutes later similar communiques are received from several other GMW orbital posts. By the end of the day military installations on every continent and the Arctic are under full-scale assault from what can only be described as a hellish force.

1030 hours, March 27, 2056: A hastily-scheduled meeting is called between the Chairman of the Organization of Galactic Research & Exploration (OGRE) and the Commanding General of the Inter-Planetary Defense Alliance. The agenda -- a counterstrike using newly- developed plasma weapons. The Chairman urges restraint. "Lets study them first," he argues. "This is a unique opportunity to examine ET life-forms. Your plasma weapons may leave nothing but carbon residue." "Good!" replies the General. "Then all we'll need to do is mop up the floor with water and a bucket!"

1400 hours, March 28, 2056. Rockport Command Center, somewhere in the Canadian Rockies: Brig. General Ed Stone summons four personnel to his bunker. "I'll be brief," he barks. "I don't see any way out of this mess. We've had no time to mobilize armor, so it's been hand-to-hand. Plus they got to our fly-boys too, so we got no air cover. Even with the experimental plasma shooters we've got shit. They outnumber us fifty to one, and now I'm getting reports of some big-ass suckers that are tough as nails and shove rockets where the sun don't shine. I need volunteers for the Sleep Room. Now I know we've never tried putting anyone into stasis before, but the egg-heads in the lab guarantee it'll work. The plan is to bring your metabolism and vital signs so low that it can't be detected by normal means. For practical purposes you'll be dead; and that may be enough for those bastards to leave you alone. We'll set the timers to bring you out of stasis in a year. Then it'll be up to you to do what you can. Volunteers at dozens of installations throughout the world are undergoing the same "procedure". Maybe you can organize some sort of resistance movement. If you make it out.

"Keep in mind that we're going to scramble our security protocols and you'll be reduced to alpha-level clearance only. Clean up the joint if you can, and then your best bet is to try to make it to the Comm. Center to contact the others. Then get to the Shuttle Port and fly the hell out of here. You four are our best. I don't know what you'll face when you wake up, but I don't think I want to be in your boots."

0630 hrs, April 1, 2057. Rockport Command Center: A computer console above the Stasis Chamber comes softly to life. A light blinks, the console beeps, and the glass cover of a stasis module slides noiselessly open .....

Map_01 -- Out of Stasis Entry-level type map, where you figure out a way to gain entry to the installation. Practice your jumping skills.

Map_02 -- The Smell of Death Explore the waste tunnels, sewage treatment, and hazmat processing.

Map_03 -- Daylight Again Exit the Waste Area and run for cover. Blaze through Power Generation on your way to the Supply Station, and finally into the Installation.

Map_04 -- Theater Ops. Basic Training. Armored Assault. Arena Combat. 'Nuff said.

Map_05 -- Flight of the Phoenix Re-enter the installation, wreak havoc in Research, arm yourself in Weapons Systems, find your way back into the Stasis Chamber, phone home in the Comm. Center, and finally rev up those engines in the Shuttle Port.

Notes: All the levels are set in a single military installation. Therefore in some maps you will see inaccessible areas, or doors that cannot be opened. Most of these areas/doors are accessible in later levels. All maps are original. However, in Map_04 I have "adapted" areas from two of my earlier levels. ("Lazy?!! You callin' me lazy? Ah, well, you're probably right.") I take credit/flames for three sprites (in the Stasis Chamber at the beginning of the game), and for most of the signs. The original Q2Tex.wad contained signs for "Warehouse", and "Supply Station". Using these as templates in MS Paint, I edited the letters to create new letters, but mostly I cut and pasted to create 14 new signs.

The demos were created with ZDooM V1.22. Pistol start with 100% secrets & kills. To view them, use ZDLaunch. Otherwise, load Phoenix.wad in ZDooM v1.22, bring up the console (use the ~ key) and type: playdemo demoxx.lmp where xx is the map number (i.e., 01, 02, etc.) If you're playing a demo and try to load another demo, the second demo gets screwed up. Exit the first demo before loading up another.

Credits

Nick Baker (nbaker1@titus.force9.co.uk) and Derek MacDonald (derekmd@ hotmail.com) for their Q2Tex.wad, which contains the great textures of Quake II. Rick Clark (rickclark@xoommail.com)for his Biolage textures, biotex.wad Stian Skjondal (http://members.xoom.com/zerosignum, zsignal@organizer .net) for his skypack1.wad, which contains fantastic skyscapes. Team TNT (http://www.teamtnt.com) for their Retres.wad, from which I got many textures (including the nukage falls, computer displays, glass, railings, etc.) and two tree sprites John Wriston (as344@detroit.freenet.org) for his Dark Forces enemies in Stwargfx.wad Jonas Feragen (jonasf@stud.ntnu.no) for his Christmas tree sprite in his excellent XMas Doom '99 id Software for DooM, DooM2, Quake, Quake2, Q3A.

Base

New levels from scratch (although I swiped some stuff from my earlier levels

Build Time

About 3 months (3-4 hours a day).

Editors Used

Map editing -- WadAuthor v1.30, an excellent utility Graphics editing and wad merging -- Wintex 4.3 Adjusting height of sky -- DEEP 97 Sprite & graphic editing -- MS Paint

Bugs

The flying monsters sometimes get stuck. Don't know why this happens, but it doesn't affect the playability.




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  • 2
  
The author has spent time crafting these levels. And while I recognize this, I feel the final product could use more polish. MAP01 should have been a opener instead of MAP02. The levels do not have a sense of progression or clear path, just rooms stitched together. I didnt prefer to finish due to a lack for luster on my end.

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  • 5
  
The two previous comments hasn't idea. It's a pretty wad, I like Quake stetic. You do good maps. 5/5

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its like a big gigantick puzzle god i hate big gigantick puzzles 1/5

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Textures dont look good...too random and ugly. Bad level design too.

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    • By galileo31dos01 · Posted
      Done on HMP/continuous/saves   A nice mapset with a wide variety of styles. There isn't an unique theme, given that is a community project, and I liked that after all. From short to large maps, from simple to obscure progression. There are maps that have incredible architectures and multiple textures, Toooooasty's map 29 is a tutti frutti, hell-gothic-brown-vines-blue-tech-meat-etc. Each map does not follow the previous one, but some do feel like a sequel from a previous map, like 20 from 17, and this one from 12. As a japanese mapset, I expected to see anime textures, but it's not the case, instead some rooms have shapes of fruits, ice cream, a caco, an anime character, comics. I'd say weirdness is present in the wad, which I have fun with.    Features incidental combat, claustrophobia, slaughter(ish), puzzles, a lot of stuff. It isn't a hard mapset, but it has its nasty moments. Map 28 for example features a lot of instant appearances. Map 26 has an archvile in almost every section. On the other side, some maps like 05 and 31 that are full of zombiemen, fun to use the rocket launcher occasionally. Map 11 plays with voodoo doll traps and uses colours to keep progression. Map 22 has a 1 vs. 1 against a cyber, hilarious to two-shot if you don't take it seriously. And more and more, a mixed bag to sum up.   I like the midis and I'm pretty sure I heard a few of them before, map 28 has my favourite midi in the mapset. Also, map 22 has a remix of Death Bells, I like the original more but this one was good too. Secrets are also a mixed bag, Tooooooasty's maps feature so much detailing that it's hard to spot the secrets, and I remember a few of them being completely obscure and non-intuitive (map 29's secret blue door, how could I know?). There are also a few bugs, in map 31, the spiders are all so cramped that cannot move. In map 15, something really weird happens if you use the red key with a linedef marked as red door in the start room, basically a lot of walls lower causing HOMs and crashing the game.    My favourite maps are 04, 19, 22, 25, 27 and 29. Least favourites are 13, 31, 18 and 24, they are not bad but I did not enjoy them so much, specially 18 and it's pitch darkness. Appreciated the short and easy IoS fight. Map 28 would have been in between my favourites if it wasn't for all the loud pop ups. The other maps are good too.    So, play this if you like weirdness and variety. I'll give this a 7/10   
    • By felgro · Posted
      The good far outweighs the bad. Short and sweet maps that are relatively crap free. With one exception - map 18 has one of the dumbest and most annoying teleport puzzle/traps ever, with no way of knowing how to solve it other than moving in random directions. No shame in noclipping past it - it is a game ruiner, a spanner in the gearbox of an otherwise fun time. So bad I'm subtracting a star for it.
    • By Glaice · Posted
      Full of action but other than some aesthetic issues (misaligned/pegged(?) textures), it's not terrible.
    • By Summer Deep · Posted
      I played this on UV difficulty and it was okay, if a bit repetitive, until the final episode (4 levels). At this point it became seriously frustrating with contrived ambushes at regular intervals involving revenants or archviles (3 or 4 at a time, even 6 on one occasion). "Expert placing" of enemies is all very well, but when done so perfectly and artificially, creating endless crossfire and triangulation situations, it just becomes tedious. In level 29 you are faced with three cyberdemons and a spider mastermind in a cramped inescapable arena, with inadequate ammunition and 30-40 revenants at the perimeter firing homing missiles. In the unlikely event that you survive this, there's an almost impossible 'timed lift'  gimmick to exit the arena. Might have been alright as a 12-15 level game without the stupidly difficult finale.