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THE DARK PORTAL

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This is the first-ever Hexen HUB created by 3D Delta Developers. Many pain-staking hours of production have been used to perfect the workmanship in these five handcrafted levels. We kept the same theme that Id Software (c) and Raven Software (c) originally planned for their own master WAD (Seven Gates, Ice, Fire, Steel, Etc.), but we added new twists and turns that are sure to please the dedicated Hexen fan. The hub ends in an exciting conclusion that can only be experienced by completing every puzzle and hitting (almost ) every switch. We have play-tested this hub for hundreds of hours, searching for every bug, so you don't have to! Each board contains around 300 or so lines of script code, but none of these boards compare to our steel board's 1000 lines of code! This heavily developed code gives the hardest puzzles that extra edge: randomization! Each level averages around 300,000 bytes a piece! This is the largest hub around! We also took full advantage of the "Ethereal travel" by making the players warp from board-to-board for puzzle solving fun, rather than the "Head-straight-for-the-end-switch" routine where you run, well, straight to the end-- just to get to the next board! That was no challenge for us. BE WARNED: only the most advanced players will tough out the challenges that we throw at them; so, are you up to our challenge? -- Roots/CoFounder Of 3D


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Dr. Crowley

  
Not the best wad I ever see but still somewhat good. Some maps are too big (or should I say "too tall"?) and overall feel rushed.

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Very enjoyable - however because the maps are so big, it is easy to lose track of how many switches have been pulled and where. I do love the music, and the map designs - some nice Heretic-esque touches around the place too. I particularly love the vastness of the Guardian of Fire (even though there wasn't much fire involved). Also, congratulations is not spelled with a 'D' ;)

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Terrible. Half of the scripts don't even work. It's impossible to finish without cheating.

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Hexen entertaining puzzle, but a bit messy and not very good gameplay 3.5/5

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very very good. when i first played it i didnt really like it at first so i put it aside, but now that i gave it another chance im glad i did. its focus is more on puzzle solving than straight up action but there are some good battles here and there as well. the entire hub is like a recreation of the original seven portals but much longer and much more complex.

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I would say this is very good for hexen wad there isnt many like these 4.5/5

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Very well done. The hub is truely a massive one, and it can be easy to get a little lost as you go through. I got to a point where I couldn't find a way to progress onwards, but I think that has got something to do with my inability to play massive Hexen levels. But overall, very well done and challenging. A definite 4 stars!

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Nice one, as far as I played it.

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      This is a solid contender for being the absolute best Megawad that I've ever played. 
    • By NuMetalManiak · Posted
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    • By dylux · Posted
      BACK TO SATURN X E1: GET OUT OF MY STATIONS REVIEW:   The Good:   - Stunning visuals   - Great monster placement   - Lots of (clever) secrets and they are rewarding   - Enough ammo to keep you going   - The names of the Maps LOL!   - Loads of fun   - Awesome music!   The Bad:   - Not long enough. LOL! I loved it so much, I didn't want it to end!   In Short: I've actually played this fantastic WAD at least 6 or 7 times. Why? This is my second favorite WAD of all time, only bested by its successor, BTSX Episode 2: Fountain of Sparks. I remember the very first time I played it a couple of years ago like it was yesterday. How many times can you say that (in a good way) about a game?   I remember being completely blown away by the architectural designs at the time. I even remember giggling as I sunk in the ocean on the final Map, only to read something like "To Be Continued..." and thinking, "Awww....it's over." But I admit that, like everyone else, I had loads of fun with this.    There is lack of a "customary" final boss (I wasn't certain if this was a "Good" or "Bad" element of the game, hence why it's in neither category above - it really will depend on the player so I kept it neutral). But don't let that deter you! The final "stage" in the last (playable) Map is as memorable as it is wicked, and it'll keep you on your toes just like any other customary boss!   Play this WAD if it's the only WAD you ever play. Definite replay value.   Well deserved Cacoward. Thanks, Team, for making it!   5 out of 5 stars with me.  ~ dylux
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