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Tremor: Part I - Genesis

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Tremor is a medium-sized techbase map, fairly open-plan but cramped in some areas. This is my first proper released map but I think I've definetly come a long way.


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Gallic00

  

Tried this out after reading 40oz's review.  I was not disapointed.  Very nice map.

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Here's a Doom history lesson:

 

This wad is a perfect (and rarely referenced) example of the OMGDETAILZOR mid 2000's era of Doom level design. This wad is especially nostalgic for me because it best represents the time period in which I was most inspired to get involved in mapping for Doom. Sector density and high linedef counts were drooled over. Massive dumps of beautiful screenshots once populated Doomworld forums and welcomed more cynical and artistically inclined visionaries to create worlds out of sectors that rivaled true 3D games that were saturating the market. Many of these screenshots have been lost in the sands of time to downed image hosting services like imageshack and photobucket, and a lot of these mappers come and go within the community. Unfortunately these types of maps take a lot of time and patience to make and many works in progress that were promoted, and highly anticipated at the time will likely never see the light of day. Few mappers who made this kind of stuff are still actively mapping today; this torch carried almost exclusively by mappers such as Viggles, Lutz, Mechadon, tourniquet, and Ed Cripps.

 

More pessimistic Doomer's feared the death of good clean homemade Doomy gameplay, with non linear layouts, emphasis on exploration, and chaotic run n gun gameplay. This wad especially is no exception. At the cost of bumpy floors and grindy gameplay, you get some of the most artistically crafted square rooms and corridors you'll ever find in any wad. Pay respect to the attention to detail applied to every ceiling light, the borders adorning the steps, and every flat surface occupied by a computer terminal. There's no shortage of visual stimulation with every corner you turn. There's a lot to take in if you'll set aside the time to look around and really appreciate the energy and dedication that was put into every insignificant thing.

 

This style of mapping, perhaps, has not held up well to the test of time. It has since been answered to by the birth of vanilla megawads like DTWiD, BTSX, and Reverie, and later by the surfacing of both visually impressive gameplay-centric wads like Sunder, and Vanguard. We've come a long way since then, and fewer people have such long and committed attention spans today than ever before, but a part of me is still hopeful that this nearly-lost mapping culture will rebound in a whole new way. If you like this kind of stuff, you may also be interested in maps by Fredrik Johansson, Ian Cunnings, Tormentor667, AgentSpork, Vader, and Ola Bjorling.

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JudgeDeadd

  

An excellent map with great visuals. The hell knights get a little boring and the action doesn't get truly dangerous till the very end, but in general this is well worth playing.

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NuMetalManiak

  

A very well designed map that plays well enough to work your way around everything with no major flaws. Supplies should be sufficient enough for the average runner.

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Lightning Hunter

  
This map is spectacular looking with decent game play, but there is way too much health and armor. I read the comments before playing this in Risen3d, and fixed the bad linedefs that had Zdoom only actions. However, I encountered another bug that may only happen in non-zdoom ports: around 100 monsters did not teleport in near the end (they didn't wake up). Too bad this map wasn't tested in other ports besides Zdoom...

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Great map,starts off quite hard,with great monster placement, but ammo is sufficient overall. The final battle is very nicely set up. Only thing I criticize is there were some spots where one could get stuck too easily, so its necessary to make a few saves, and some unmarked secrets grrr.. Still ***** for gameplay :)

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Very good. Could be even better but I think I'll give it 5 stars.

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Guest

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Great level - I sure hope to many many more releases from you in the future!

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Exquisite level design and smooth yet challenging game play. The varied weapon and monster placement throughout this large level, keeps the player on his toes. It's a 5/5 no doubt. Highly recommended!

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TimeOfDeath

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fuckin cool except for the several zdoomisms - starts off fighting monsters with crappy weapons, but it gets a lot better

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Guest

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Clever coverage of conceptual blandness with repetive, extremely detailed architecture. However, deserves 4 stars for amount of work.

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This level is absolutely amazing! Fabulous job, zarkyb! 5 stars! - Carnevil

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I agree with the previous comment. Sectors 603, 742 and 821 are affected.

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Poo. I just hate running out of shells and taking on a Hell Knight with a Pistol.

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Awesome map, but hard as sin on UV with all the nasty, unfair traps. I made it to the end by miracle and lots of saving (and I'm no save-save player usually), it's perfection design-wise tough, and I have no complaints so just play and enjoy this awesome level. Bravo. -TeH NeXuS

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I found the gameplay to be very good and acceptable here and the design and architecture are obviously top notch.

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This map is looking very good with many nice details, and it's a large map with lots of monsters. On skill 3 I found it too hard, so I decided to play it on skill 2, which made the game still challenging in places, but not really hard due to a lot of spheres lying around on this level. But it still was a great fun. 4.5/5 -Milian

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Oh my! This one reeks of quality! Great, hard but balanced gameplay and very good looks. The description is little misleading; while the level might be 'medium-sized', it's complex and chock full of monsters...

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While I feel the overall design of the wad is good, there is FAR too much copy/paste. I don't care how detailed it is, I felt that alot of areas didn't have much personality and lacked depth. It's good, but not great.

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Great detail + good length (600 monsters)

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It's a good large map, but it's unintentionally Zdoom-only due to errors, which kinda sucks (the claim "tested with prboom" is surely not true). Why not fix the errors and re-release the wad?

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Awesome detail and a good challenge 5/5 -DarkSoul

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i didnt even need to finish this before i gave it 5 stars. i never knew it was possible to make such a sexy map without using slopes! absolutely gorgeous! -BioHazard

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    • By galileo31dos01 · Posted
      Done with these settings:   - GLBoom+ 2.5.1.4. complevel 9. - Hurt Me Plenty - Continuous combined with a pistol start mindset.  - Saves every 10 minutes or so.   Beautiful demanding set of fabulous maps. First time I got my hands into something made by this author, and I'm not disappointed at all. A colour scheme consisting of shades of brown/grey and primarily purple inclined to magenta, which replaces all greens if I'm not mistaken. There's a lot to experience in terms of design, part is because of the colour selection, both contrast perfectly with each other in many ways, all positively: aesthetically pleasing to the eye, no overdose of the strongest shades nor monochromatic rooms; giving new visuals or at least the feeling of wandering in an unique world, outside of hell or the tech-bases we all know; the level of detailing, the complexity of the terrain you step, all outstanding; easy to recognize the texturing and environment the player's in, which is closely connected to the extensive variety of geometry that can be seen and felt (physically, above all). In gameplay, this combination seemed optimal to me, as it gave each section a bit more personality. A bunch of atmospheric midis to emphasize the spaceship theme of the wad, casually fitting even in the most punchy situations, can't say anything negative of them to be honest.    I found the gameplay to be strong and consistent, most of the time. The offerings are varied but the overall style is what I'd characterize it as an "arcade game". To be more clear, the action/progression is setpiece-centric, non-linear, and sometimes multitask-based. The player isn't instantly thrown in the heat of the battle, but they're asked to make decisions and plans in order to claim your resources and thus, victory. These decisions include not only what to do but where to start and how to stay steady, something that usually differs from the incidental, mostly frontal combat style. A mistake won't necessary cost your entire life, though, depending on the difficulty the person chooses (HMP can still be highly demanding for less experienced players, and forget about UV on a blind first try), this sort of gameplay can be perfectly studied at the moment of playing them, one can anticipate and prepare themselves more or less for what's going to happen. Some clues are sheer silence, creating suspense, and checking the automap regularly, whatever suits you. So, in basic words, traps with lock-ins and some incidental surprises, composed of a variety of monsters in determined places in order to be efficient if the player is caught off-guard, or in other words. They generally have one more than solution, the usual is some sort of gimmicky infighting scenario involving an enemy or various to call the attention of others, since in some cases they appear in idle state on purpose, this while you need to keep an eye at everything, grab the ammo and health if necessary, plus the way out via switches that might unleash more opposition... ergo the multitask I mentioned above. Monster count can be low or high depending on the composition, the slaughter ingredient is regularly present, but the "cherry of the cake" is usually kept for the finale or near it. Progression being non-linear means that, after a chill or hot start, the maps open up and you can choose where to go, as far as available. Mobility and stability is also important, the environment can become an extra enemy too (curvy shapes that can provoke elastic collisions, combat on stairs which means bumpy floors, platforming on thin pillars while turrets attack, darkness and spectres, etc), which in this kind of wad I found to add more seriousness and fun, that is excepting the platforming, in map 06, just, no... not for me.   Secret-wise, standouts are the secret arenas that reward the player with, combat first and then cool pickups, or viceversa in case of new weaponry. A thing is for sure, once I figured out the most used hint from earlier maps, they were all much easier to find later, that is with extra help of the automap, but this is one of my favourite ways to hint a secret so all cool. For favourite maps, I can pick maps 05 and 07. Only one I didn't enjoy myself much was map 06, I have yet to replay it to find something else to do in that finale. The other maps were really fun too, with 31 being a funny kind of "joke" bonus map.   Overall, fun is guaranteed, anyone who hasn't tried this before should stop by and take a look. Pick skill 2 or 3, if you feel intimidated by the description file, this is fabulous Doom after all, nothing invented to be mad at (; . My rate is 9/10.
    • By Poncho · Posted
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