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The Darkening Episode 2

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After a hard nights driving about in the galaxy, your trusted space vessel "Margie" runs out of fuel and you crash on some ugly planet.

Uhm... thats it I think.

Oh yeah; You have to kill stuff too.

(If you depserately need a storyline, go play something else or think of one yourself.)


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printz

  

Epic wad in the style of Quake 2 (whereas Darkening I was in the style of Quake), with lots of fresh new textures, new music and complex techbase design, and headed by an author who's online even today.

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P41R47

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Quite an improvement from the first episode, thats for sure.
Ukiro brings us here a magnificent set of new textures that, along with some of the best mappers of the moment, contributed to make and incredible wad full of details and incredible challenging.

Its pretty clear the influence of this mapset on later mapsets like Suspended in Dusk by Espi, and Back to Saturn X by Esselfortium et all.
Not only this maps are organic and fluid, they were made in a way that you revisit previous areas while opening new ones, as much of the best mapsets of the modern standar did on this times.
The new way of mapping to come shows its roots on this mapset as no other from the 90's did.

Its amazing how new textures might open the mind to new way of using them, creating new possibilities on the creative flux of the mappers, and invigorates the community to always move forward.

I really want to thanks 

-Ola Björling

-Nick Baker

-Ben Davies

-Derek MacDonald (Afterglow)

-Jan Van der Veken

-Anthony Soto

-Lee Szymanski

-Richard Wiles

-Adam Windsor
for making this amazing and influential mapset.


Only thing i could name as a drawback is the music. It didn't fit the maps most of the times.

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Breezeep

  

Great mapset! Loved the atmosphere and architecture and details that were achieved with the unique texture set. Gameplay's got its ups and downs (one instance of a bunch of barons 😠), but it's still got a good challenge and fun stuff in it. Music is kinda eh, but there's some tracks in here that are pretty good.

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Gato606

  

Overall, a nice megawad with nice and entertaining maps, nice design and architecture/geometry placing, it completes with the nice futuristic new textures that gives it nice future look and the feel you're on a different game and story

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Flammable

  
Very nice textures 10/10 Flammable4444 17.09.2015

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Guest

  
It's like Quake 2, but fun. Looks good and plays good. When you're lost, try looking for a small crate to hop on, or hit use on some of the wall computers.

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Guest

  
Music is kinda grating on some levels. And sometimes the path to progress isn't too obvious. Looks nice, and some decent moments, but Darkening 1 is far better.

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Guest

  
No good at all. Progression in every map is terrible. Given the size of the maps, having no indication at all of what switches do gets very tedious and frustrating. Keys are often put in completely random, nonsensical locations. Every map has the same issue. Don't bother playing it.

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Not bad.

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Terrible music, also plays bad, cookiecutter texture scheme that simply doesn't look good in Doom - keep that realistic stuff in other games. How the author went from the masterpiece that was the first darkening to this, I can't fathom.

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Most of the visuals haven't aged very well (the new textures are a mixed bag, ranging from "Photoshop beginner" to "stolen from Quake 2") and there are some questionable design decisions in the maps, but it's still a pretty good time, though not nearly as much so as the reviews here would have you believe.

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Superlative level set in design, flow and architecture. Only slight gripe is some of the music is really quite bad. Still 5/5

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Oh, that's right. Some music in the game really sucks a**. Definetely not the best music I ever heard in a Doom wad. The gameplay is pretty good for a modern wad. It can definetely improve so not legendary.

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is it smashing or is it smashing very msashing

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Solid mapset based on custom textures. Levels have varying sizes, and overall good layout. Texture use and decoration are as-is quite nice, but do imo not vary enough for 12 maps - it feels like it is one large level. Gameplay @ UV has its fine moments, but is overall a bit too easy: I used a few rockets and cells in map 12 only. Overall: not legendary, but solid 4/5. BTW I don't like the music at all, but that can be switched off - therefore no minus points.

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This washed the horrible taste of UACMN out of my system. Thank you, Ola Björling, for a fantastic wad. 5/5

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OMFG OMFG, finally, a good wad... wait not good, best, awesome, greatest, omfg, this wad owns, 5/5, alot of effort put into this and im only on map01, VERY nice

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Marcaek

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Wow. After being quite disappointed with Darkening 1, I was blown away by this. The levels are gorgeous, sprawling, and entertaining almost all the way through. Really, the only complaints I can level are questionable midis and horrible baron usage, but this is a top-tier mapset.

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Forget about playing this in Ultra-violence, there's not enough health packs to go around. Fatal mistake. 1/5

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i like this game so much

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Guest

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^ I finish in UV with those packs. Maybe you are a bad player. This is not HR2. 5/5 for one of the best wads ever

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Guest

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Wow! Even ever better then the one before!

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Extremely well made set of levels. Real 3D feeling, so beautifully textured and layouted! I never saw so wonderful architecture with the DOOM engine before, really, and I've played lots of levels. Only the new music is lame and anoying.

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the most awesome textures i've seen used in doom!!!!! 5/1 ;)

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Has a higher chance of getting into repetition compared to the first. That said, the components themselves are all quite good - design, textures, overall look, even most of the gameplay. And it has a considerably longer playing time if you don't get tired of it. Try it, at least.

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    • By Arrowhead · Posted
      Great '94 map. Don't be discouraged by the seemingly impossible scenario the map starts your w/! There is a secret area that will allow you to activate a crusher that'll kill the cacos in the first room.   Once you get past that first tense section, the map really opens up. There are some toughish fights in this map, but nothing too frightening - due to the lack of Doom 2 monsters.   The gameplay in this one is superb, check it out! Really surprising how well put together it is, seeing as this one came out before Doom 2 did!
    • By Thrustpeak · Posted
      Good tunes, cool visuals, fun gameplay.
    • By Arrowhead · Posted
      A very detailed (but nearly microscopic) techbase map.   The detailing is quite good - truly feels like a real place.   Gameplay wise, the map is too small to offer much of a challenge. It took me under 3 minutes to UVMAX. I enjoyed what was here, but really wanted to see more.   3/5
    • By Arrowhead · Posted
      Decent map w/ a lot of symmetry - but that's to be expected from a WAD based on a real place.   I took it upon myself to look the library up on Google Maps, and you can definitely see what the author was going for architecturally - the library in this map is pretty close visually to the one in real life! It even has the little cube sculpture out front!   Doom isn't the best medium to recreate real places, but it does an adequate job here. In terms of gameplay, the map is very easy! One should have no problem beating this map on UV. The most difficult part of this map is its navigation. It is a little bit of a switch-hunt.   Monster placement is surprisingly good for a map of this type.   Check the map out, and then look it up on Google Maps! You'll definitely see the resemblance! :)
    • By Arrowhead · Posted
      A bit of a cramped map, but there are many fun fights to see here. This is one of those maps w/ very little room to run around. You better be able to dodge revenant fireballs in close quarters if you are to have success here. This map isn't too difficult, but it is a fair challenge. I'd say it'd be a 6/10 on the difficulty scale today.   There is some mean archvile placement in this map, too. A lot of fights involve hit and run tactics, as there isn't nearly enough room to circle-strafe in this map. Because one can't circle-strafe, the map is far more difficult.   There is one absolutely great trap involving a dark corridor near the end of the map. I don't want to spoil it, as its quite a 'scary' section of the map.   I recommend you play w/ a port that supports MAPINFO, as there is a message at the end of the WAD when you win.   Great map from the early 2000s. Check it out!
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