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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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    • By Gaia74 · Posted
      i played this in tardgold, beatiful wad
    • By BaraKornel · Posted
      It's great fun. I killed the Cyberdemon first try, 1% Health.    
    • By Gaia74 · Posted
      Excellent map, but the ammo is scarce, is the unique problem, another i dont see   the final boss!!!, i love it, the theme and he himself make me create some years ago a powerful boss, the dark lord of my wad of monsters   is great, but hard   4 stars
    • By whirledtsar · Posted
      What a shame. The atmosphere and visuals of this wad are very well-done and are perfect for me, a big fan of the game Blood. But unfortunately the actual gameplay is a huge letdown. It's just not fun. You're given so little ammo that even if you begin with perfect aim, you'll undoubtedly run out and be faced with hitscan cultists and zero ammo. So you need to use the pitchfork on the poisonous enemies in the beginning (unfun) to have a chance against the cultists later on. This sums up the entirety of the mod's progression. You need to take EXACTLY the right path and make EXACTLY the right moves or you will be fucked. Which is really stupid since the city is so non-linear. It's punishing players for exploring. Just started exploring the city and feel like checking out this warehouse? Nope, here's two mini-bosses you couldn't possibly defeat at this point! How fun. And also due to this non-linearity, one is liable to get lost, trying to find the way to progress or remember exactly where to backtrack to.   Some would say "it's supposed to be ammo-starved & punishing like Blood". Well really only the first few levels of Blood are ammo-starved, for most of the game you are given a reasonable amount of ammunition. Which is good, because running past enemies like a headless chicken or making painstaking effort to melee them is not fun.
    • By dylux · Posted
      The Good:   - Mapsets were awesome. Non linear. Larger than medium sized.   - "New" monsters were great!     - Loads of clever secrets - most of them rewarding   - Great monster placement   - Lots of shooting, some good puzzles   - There's a Titan II   The Bad: -  Maps 08 and 09 were a bit slaughtery, but nothing extremely outrageous. -  Music could have been updated   I didn't think I would like this WAD at first, but it turned out that I really did have fun with it. It was a little slow getting started, but after the first 2 Maps, this game took off like a bullet! I wished it was longer, but hey, there's Titan II which, according to the reviews I've read, is even better!   Great job! Thanks for making this great WAD. :)   4.5 out of 5 Stars  
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