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OBERON BASE

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Idustrial base with lots of teleporting enemies. Watch your back!


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This one is fascinating. It's a squiggly techbase full of wacky oldschool angles drawn off-grid. The design has a lawless '90s vibe of "appealing ugliness," but with a higher detail level that befits its actual release date (the current Doomworld Files screenshot doesn't reflect this). The mapper clearly had an education in craft, shown by skillfully intricate use of the sky horizon trick and other effects. It reminded me of Didy's mapping in a few places.

 

Runtime was unexpectedly short, under 15 minutes for me. Many of the 200-odd monsters appear in messy but satisfying brawls, using lots of low-tiers with bulkier stuff tossed in for emphasis. The balance is very lenient and favors near-total dominance of the SSG, once you are equipped with it. Power weapons exist but are provisioned stingily.

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This is dated April 2003, although it looks and feels like a very good 1996-era level. It has an eccentric, intricate design that resembles a kind of LEGO construction base; it's frustratingly cramped and confusing at times, but undeniably clever. And there's a lot of fighting, which is always a good thing. You get plenty of health and ammo, and it's never hard, but I enjoyed it. The level's nooks and crannies are fun to explore even without the monsters.

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Like the other maps made by the author, there is too much ammo and health (and barrals). The rooms here are clever conected with a good high variation; good architecture and layout - design is average. Maybe worth 4*, I give 5*.

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Great level!!!!!!

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Quite good and difficult

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Art

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cool 4/5

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Not bad... Not bad at all :-D

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great

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    • By InDOOMnesia · Posted
      Love the map's flow. Pretty tough for me (regardless of difficulties), yet it felt just right.
    • By RetMenTos · Posted
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      Three levels in three separate WADs (EHD11, EHD12 and EHD14) dated March 31 1994 - 26 years and a day ago. The author, Ed Jankovsky - a student at Northern Arizona University, announced them on the same day in newsgroup alt.games.doom in a thread titled "Try These New Levels!!!"   https://groups.google.com/d/topic/alt.games.doom/VUFq8jK-RxM/discussion   The number of the exclamation marks in the subject reflected the author's excitement rather than the quality of the levels. Even by the standards of the day they were rather poor - Michael Kelsey's STONES had been out for several days already.   The only noteworthy level in this pack is EHD14. It's a 5x5 grid of empty 256x256 rooms, each with a teleporter in the center. No monsters or exit, this was probably meant to be a DM-only board. All weapons except the shotgun are present, as well as some ammo. There are a couple more rooms extending north from the north-easternmost grid cell, but to proceed you need to raise the bridge across the nukage first. The switch is in the center of the grid. Once you get to the northernmost room the things finally start getting interesting.   You can walk out of the map into the void through the north-eastern corner of that room. Then you can go west and circle the map to your heart's content, provided you keep far enough away from the two nukage sectors. You can even travel in the void between the individual grid cells and examine their contents from outside. Once you drop into the nukage sectors extending out into the void the journey is over, however. The nukage won't harm you and you can get back into the map but you cannot get onto the walkway or back into the void.
    • By DoomShark · Posted
      Good wad, Although its an old wad but I really enjoyed playing it.
    • By Denim Destroyer · Posted
      Going Down is hard for me to review because of how unique it is despite being just another Boom compatible megawad. Plenty of megawads exist that have unique themes and brutal open ended levels but Going Down sets itself apart through intelligent use of Boom actions. No two maps feel exactly the same because under the hood they always have something different going on. Walls falling to reveal a new hellish underside, a dark mirrored version of our world, rooms that transform faster than you can blink an eye, and a literal descent into the mouths of hell are just a few of the things Going Down does to stay fresh. Go play it and you will not regret it. 
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