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Phouse: "The great arena"

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Phouse: "The great arena" is a rather special wad created especially for an lmp competition (on my site). It exists out of 32 levels (30 single player, 2 deathmatch). Each level exists out of the same enviroment (The great arena) but keeps getting harder untill it's almost impossible to play (for me that is). The difference between the difficulty settings mostly lies in the amount of health you get. On uv and multiplayer tough, there are some extra monsters. You can read the rules of the competition on my site. BTW, if anyone knows some cool monster combinations for the arena, mail me.


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NuMetalManiak

  

here is an experimental wad that tries some arcade-style gameplay for Doom. make a simple arena repeated over the span of 32 maps, give the player a reasonable set of amenities in the weapons, ammo, and health provided, and then fight a wave of enemies. it in fact was made specifically for an lmp competition, and I wonder what it's about? going through as much as you can a la Ironman-style?

 

for the casual players out there, The Great Arena will likely bore, especially with the first waves since you get so many supplies. you'll also realize a complete lack of armor and a lack of BFG, which tries to amp the challenge a little more. the general strategy for most maps is to find where your enemies start and when you can, circle around the arena continuously until everything demonic stops moving, then use the lift and exit, although if you're bold you can just exit any time. notable rounds are 20 and 28 with their multiple cyberdemons, as well as a sort of breather in 29 with like two archies before the mancubi-riddled finale. most of the waves consist of just one enemy, which probably makes things a bit boring, although some rounds do have two types of monsters. note that 31 and 32 are pretty much unused, with scattered powerups and no monsters, you get the feeling these were deathmatch levels. also no monsters show up in the stands. this is a simple time-killer, and you could do better elsewhere.

 

also this mapset for some reason crashes ZDoom at times when trying to load the next level after hitting the exit switch. I have no idea what could potentially be causing this, especially with every level being the exact same layout.

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MuratMikal

  

I completed the whole megawad in only 36 minutes. The same arena is repeated over 30 times but there're not armor and no BFG in any of the maps. The authour could at least add/change some items to make it less boring. There's no design as the maps are the same over and over. It would be wise to just avoid it altogether.

 

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Zahid

  
Seems Prototype of 1monster idea...A single medium size arena used in all 32 levels with same ammo/items placement. 1 monster group to fight each level some maps have 2 breeds mixup too which i personally dont like much...so visual/architect lovers would not like it as its just gameplay..1monster idea is good as it eliminates "infight" element in combats ,making things more tactful...i enjoy it...

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POOR LEVEL.

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COOL! Êðóòî!!

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Rez

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You'd think it would be boring, but it proved strangely addictive, more so as it progressed and you know you're going to get hammered harder each time. Worth a look if you're in the mood for tactical slaughter.

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Copy/paste the same level thirty times and you have this. Ignore.

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It's kind of pointless but the later levels are good for testing your skills. And of course also for recording demos (since you only have 1 chance to survive per recording attempt).

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Guest

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Shit ^_^

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Guest

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This wad was created specifically for a lmp contest (which generated quite a lot of interest - see http://www.doomworld.com/sda/phtga.htm) and should be assessed in that context.

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Meh, it's average.

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Boring.

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Guest

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LOL

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Ok, its still bad!

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I enjoyed it. I did not like the ending, however. A group of mancubi being the last map? After ending cyberdemons and archviles on the previous ones? Give me a break... :-P. --Zellonous

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    • By slef · Posted
      Amazing this is still floating around on the interwebs!! I have downloaded them all again and firing up ZDoom for a trip back.   Maybe it's time I finish this series? Thanks for the kind feedback @Doomkid ... I made this when I was 15 or 16 and obviously full of teen angst, at least that seems apparent from the language in the readme.
    • By Forli · Posted
      I'm just writing this review to let everyone know that you are supposed to run this choosing the original plutonia as the iwad and not doom2, or else (on zdoom at least) the plutonia textures will be shown as black and the midtextures will not be drawn at all, causing confusion since the blocking lines are still there. I made that mistake the fist time I played this wad.
    • By Herefornow · Posted
      We need a full remake of doom 1, but in a doom 3 style.
    • By kfpopeye · Posted
      Expected more from the makers of Plutonia. The use of an all black texture almost everywhere didn't do much for me and the use of player blocking lines just made it confusing when running from a horde. Couldn't pass level 29 without using no clipping because the final steps were too high.
    • By 666shooter · Posted
      [HMP, Continuous w/ pistol-start mindset, regular saves]   I went into Requiem with relatively low expectations. Having not been thrilled by the Memento Mori series and having just come off playing the superb Alien Vendetta, I expected a solid if relatively forgettable megawad with desgin concepts in the old school. In many ways I was pleasently surprised: solid map design through about the first 20 maps, a Quake homage in Map 31 that made me smile, a few obnoxious encounters due to tight spacing and poor distribution of the Sshotgun, okay, but better city levels than the IWAD, so that was nice. Map 15 was frustrating to navigate and Map 18 actually forced me to restart since I saved after the red key, but no real bs otherwise. But then came Map 21: Be warned, it is possible to softlock yourself out of the lift in the X room if you are backtracking; upon restarting I found the switch to lower the panel in front of the red door did not work and remained "active" and non-function despite repeated Uses. I would recommend an updated version of this map because this simply wasn't acceptable. (For reference, I was running this with GZDoom 4.1.3; your mileage may vary.) Nor was Map 24, as commented below. After the grueling and frustrating Map 23, this almost made me want to stop playing the Wad or at least skip this one, which would be a first for me. Not enough ammo, revenants and a few more revenants, the only nice thing I have to say about this debacle is you will learn just how effective (of often inneffective) that stupid chainsaw can be against enemies that can do over 40% damage in one hit. Not. Good. Design. But there is hope, as Map 27 is one of the nicest vanilla Maps I've seen in one of these older Wads (The Labs of MM 1 notwithstanding), and its winding journey almost redeems the package to the finish. The unfortunate and clumsy Icon of Sin encounter at the end of Map 23 aside, I found the final map mercifully short and I appreciate the little bit of lore in the text file giving us a semblence of an "alternative" final boss. Overall, worth checking out for several of the maps here. A compliment to map 20 while I'm here- short, sweet, and nice outdoor environment design w/ vanilla assets not unlike Scythe meets Plutonia. A few bumps with the weapon placement and some points off for 21 and 24, but a solid recommendation going in forewarned.  
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