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Riverwood Village

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Still phased after your trek through Korax's homeworld and beyond, rebuilding Cronos has been far from a flawless experience. Much of Korax's minions still wander the world, most unfound by any tasked to slay them.

That is, until one day you get a summons to the town of Riverwood, academic stronghold where all three orders mingle under the root of nature. Korax's minions have regrouped, but under who none can assess.

You arrive at Riverwood to find the town already overrun. This mission is no longer a defense on your part... it's an assault. You swear to the gods that you WILL get to the bottom of this. Readying your strength, you walk through the town gates, which swiftly close behind you....


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whirledtsar

  

Great level with a dark and gloomy atmosphere throughout. The author did a great job representing a town with the stock textures and engine limitations. The level design & gameplay are good, although there is a bit of a difficulty spike (for the fighter on berserker difficulty at least) starting at the crypt. There could've been a lot more items around, as the fighter doesn't get a ranged weapon until right before the boss fight. Speaking of which, the boss (the Heresiarch) was challenging but fun, just like the rest of the map.

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Grain of Salt

  

Solid setting, atmosphere and detailing. Engaging and very well-judged gameplay. It's a shame it's only one map.

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129thVisplane

  
Fun map. Easy at first, a little bit harder later, and with a relatively hard boss fight. Appearance-wise, looks a bit repetitive but otherwise nice; reminded me of Heretic city maps. All in all I had fun. 4/5

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A good map. I wouldn't particularly say a GREAT map, but quite a good one. Looks very nice, and playing in vanilla the visual glitches are not as bad as the author makes it sound (I've seen worse in vanilla-intended maps). The final battle is not really that hard, if you know effective tactics for fighting that enemy. My biggest complaint is the number of small, fiddly rooms in the "houses" area that don't really serve a gameplay purpose but are just decoration.

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repetative a little, but good overall 3/5

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A map that is looking very similar throughout, making it hard to distinguish the different areas from eachother. Automap will be quite helpful. The game play is lacking, the item placement is rather bad. Starts off real easy, but suddenly you'll be facing slaughtaurs in pitch darkness, and if you've spent your quartz flasks that you pick up at the start, you are basically up shit creek for the rest of the map. 2/5 Kristus

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very good.

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needs more salt

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Great architecture, monster placement was standard but that too works. The end was a bit too diccicult comapred to the rest of the level but it was a well set-up boss fight.

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wow, nice-looking map with some good details, but needs of more. 3 stars and half Daimon

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amazing. probably the best ever village/town level for hexen since the original maps (and e1m3-e1m4 from heretic). i gotta agree with another reviwer that the end fight was hard. :-( p.d

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      Pretty good. The combat was fun and design wasn't bad at all.
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      Despite the browns and grays that are prominent in this megaWAD, I found it to be fun. I also found it to be quite the challenge. The first map gives you a taste of what to expect in terms of enemy encounters. The author makes good use of mid-tier enemies to apply pressure on the player. Monster count for most of the maps barely breaks the 150 mark but, as said before, the use of mostly mid-tier enemies puts pressure on the player. I also like how the megaWAD handles level progression. Most of the levels you go through consist of caves, cities, islands, and tech bases in space. In fact, there's only one real Hell-like level and even it's within the confines of the moon base you fight through in maps 21 - 30.   About the only gripes I have with this megaWAD are with regards to maps 32, 29, and 30. I know the text file and map 31 give warnings about map 32 but there really should be some kind of alternate exit in map 32 instead of trapping you in place if you don't pass one of the puzzles. I wasn't a fan of how close quarters the IoS fight was in map 29, especially since it can get cramped quickly with monster spawns. Finally, the randomization of what keys spawn during your escape in map 30 isn't fun either. 10 minutes seems like plenty of time but between navigating the vent system (again) without light goggles and dealing with mid-tier enemies, that 10 minutes can get eaten up really quick.   Overall, it's still a fun megaWAD. I'd recommend at least giving it a shot.
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