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smeghammer

  

I played vrack2 for ages before playing this one. That unfortunately biased my view of it... Vrack 1 is certainly epic and big and superbly designed and when I did eventually get round to playing it I really enjoyed it. It is an excellent hours worth of epic gameplay that is challenging but never unfair. I would recommend playing this before number 2 though...

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Endless

  

The peak of challenging map design. Vrack works in every way, from its elegant and technological design, the fantastic texture work, the unique and well done theme, the magnificent difficulty developed through fantastic enemy placement as well as items and secrets and a theme as unique as it is subtle.

 

Many maps developed with the idea of being ''challenging'' followed in Vrack's footsteps, seeking to offer a quality as sublime in its creation as an equally challenging but still enjoyable without crossing into ''unfair'' zone.

 

It's just a classic that, surprisingly, holds up extremely well today.

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It'd be even better if it didn't get 14FPS at 1024x768.... -GeeDougg

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It's clearly not as good as its sequels, but 5/5 for a solid map and a classic.

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SUCH a cool map, can't believe I waited this long to play it. Clever level design and tricks with incredible architecture and detailing. 5/5

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Perfect gameplay, difficulty and design. 5/5 - Belial

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The same author went on to do two more Vrack maps, which are near the pinnacle of Doom level design, and "Castle of Eternal Carrot in the Sky", which is odd. This is relatively normal, but still very good. The detail was splended for 2000 and is still fine today. It's basically a techbase writ large; not a great paradigm shift, it's just taken to the extreme. It makes you fight your arse off for clips and stimpacks, like some kind of polygonal dominatrix.

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It's so great and challenging and fun gameplay! 5/5 - Optimus

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Given the hype associated with this map, I was expecting something at least enjoyable. Instead, I got a nicely made techbase with annoyingly misaligned textures, ridiculous traps which require prior knowledge to survive and ammo/health placed so illogically that backtracking the whole level multiple times is almost guaranteed. Couple that with an amazingly nerfed endgame and I can't rate this higher than 2/5. j

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Loved it. The gameplay was smooth and fast, the design was great, I like the symmetry in some areas. 5 stars and recommended. -TRRobin.

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Amazing in 2000, amazing now. Finest work from Fredrik. 5/5 - Netherstorm

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Awesome Stuff!

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The prequel to the justly celebrated Vrack2b, and like that map it's large and detailed (and marred slightly by an irritating end battle). I found one Hissy, and I killed him.

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so far its the best i've found

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This is a medium-sized spacestation, stuffed with lots of monsters. The challenge is increasing during the game, though it's never really hard. But I liked how I got the heavier weapons only some time after I could have needed them for the first time. The map is looking good, too. A nice map, but maybe some more difficult battles would have been well here. 4/5 -Milian.

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impressive - 4/5 Daimon

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Looks fairly good given it's age, with a reasonable soundtrack and a nice enough aesthetic. Orthogonal map design that's prettied up a bit with lighting and repeating motifs is used to present us with a quickly thickening wall of resistance. Progression is linear and some non-secret power-ups are probably more well-hidden than the actual secrets are. The battle in the exit room is tiresome if you've already used your heavier weapons up. 4* -Phobus

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Good looking map and a good way to spend 20-25 minutes. Not too difficult but it kept me engaged. 4/5

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    • By digithead100 · Posted
      Pretty long maps and there are some real stinkers in there like map 19. But overall, its fun even though it can get frustrating at times.
    • By joepallai · Posted
      A fun, non-linear base level somewhat on the easy side but still worth playing and has good replayability.  
    • By MuratMikal · Posted
      The only thing good about this set of maps are the encounters which are balanced. All the rest are horrible, noob designing with invisible pillars in all the maps, unavoidable damage without radsuits, keys required to progress in secret places, hidden teleport required to progress, everything bad in designing you can find in those maps. Be sure to avoid this, certainly one of worst set of maps I've ever played.
       
    • By Zolgia108 · Posted
      How could i miss this gem for all this time... This is going to inspire me so much, level design is fantastic, top level creativity and a nice challenge. Texture usage is perfect and new sprites and monsters fit in perfectly.   1000/5, easily one of the best megawads ever made! Thank you Skillsaw!!
    • By Hellektronic · Posted
      I'd have to say this is a pretty creative one for Doom 2, its hard with lots of enemies, kind of plays like a direct sequel to Doom 2 in a lot of ways. One thing I will say is that the puzzles are hard to figure out, and might take you awhile to solve (use your map). The music is fantastic though, you don't really miss the classic music, and it's engaging to gameplay.   I will say though, like Doom 2 or Plutonia, ultraviolence is pretty brutal and isn't for everyone. You will get swarmed by absurd amounts of monsters at times, and they'll give you a beating, but it's doable. I'd say the puzzles will snag you more than the monsters, level 2 is a real humdinger, lol.   But, it's a big improvement over wads like Perdition's Gate, the mapping style is pretty creative. I give it 5/5, just so people will try it out.
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