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GROVE - ALTERNATE

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Phyne

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I feel a bit late to the party discovering the whole custom doom wad scene only just a year or two ago, but I have managed to play through almost all of the most memorable and awarded wads that have been created over the past 2.5 decades by sifting through the Cacowards and highly reviewed wads from the archive. Grove easily takes the cake as my favorite custom doom creation, and possibly my favorite custom creation from any game I've ever played, be it Starcraft: Broodwar custom maps, Fallout mods, or any other content.

How the author managed to create such a sense of spooky ambience and wonder is really quite amazing. From the hand drawn automap, to the fantastic original music, and everything in between including even the quirky story and setting that B.P.R.D. seemed to think was silly; It all contributes to a great experience that every old school gamer should play through, although you might just need to leave your expectations of a typical doom wad at the door.

 

One downside to the original level was the fps trouble, but the alternate version eliminates the issue entirely while still maintaining the original feel (or by playing on modern hardware/source port). My only real issue with this version is the very difficult to find switch in the cave.

5/5, I love it, even in 2018.

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Most worthy of a five indeed

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5/5 but.. Any walkthrough? :P

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WOW THAT WAS AMAZING! I actually quit because I was too scared! Doom 3 never even scared me, but the atmosphere and not knowing what was coming next freaked me out. 5 STARS!

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This is one of those novelty levels, like The Sky May Be, that's technically striking but no fun to play. It's the most atmospheric Doom level I have ever seen, with a moody sky, some attractive new graphics, and bags of darkness. But the few "straight" bits are crude and old-fashioned, and the gameplay revolves around hunting for tiny switches in near-constant darkness, godgarbage. It's more fun to admire with IDCLIP than to play.

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Legendary.. 2174/5 -NMN

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Worth the download just for the atmosphere alone. - shitbag

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Yeah! Finally works with PrBoom! Still don't know what to do in this map though... -- 5/5 (For what I've seen so far :-P)

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A creepy, beautiful, enchanting, haunting masterpiece with one of the best custom tracks I've ever seen in a Doom WAD. The game play was very challenging due to the complicated switch hunt and darkness, but it's innovative. 4.5/5

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An original concept in a small map. A bit confuse, especially the switch in the cave, but funny. 4.5/5

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This is a perfect example of what makes B.P.R.D such a great mapper. He manages to take a game that many people nowadays consider obsolete and turn it into an atmospheric, action packed, epic adventure. The music, the sprites, and the map itself all work together to create what can only be described as a work of art. Halo 2: Eat your heat out. 5/5 -Craigs

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The type of atmosphere and design dreams are made out of! 50/5 for this fantastic work

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your awsome dude. im putting this on my rw disc with the rest of my fav wads. 5/5 - (Admiral) Xolzo

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    • By Doomkid · Posted
      Classic funny little skin, still used in servers to this day so I think it deserves some love.   I like that the voice clip says “WHERE ARE A MY PANTS?”
    • By Chipchase · Posted
      More an exercise in 3-d artwork than a game. Just someone's bedroom with a HK in a tiny lobby outside the door, and a Caco in a tiny yard outside the window. A BFG and Invisibilty Sphere are also in the yard but you can't get out there. I think the name is a clue - maybe this was the start of a bigger level, then abandoned. He ought to have allowed it as a base for development.
    • By Chipchase · Posted
      Starts with all monsters with their backs to you, and you might as well leave it that way and just listen to the music. One big rectangular room with no finish switch. They couldn't even make the rectangle properly - freehand I guess. Kill the monsters if you want, it's easy.    
    • By Chipchase · Posted
      Superb firework display of thousands of fireballs seeming in slow motion because of the vastness - mostly avoidable as they land where you were ages ago; but worth playing just to see it. A HUGE square surrounded by tiers with hundreds of imps and a few others, plus a blockhouse you can enter first to collect ammo.  Fighting through the hundreds of monsters when you get onto the tiers is another matter, overwhelming at UV. I cheated to finish so at least I could review.  Some HOM bugs.
    • By CountArchvile · Posted
      Terrence For fucks sake...
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