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A themed map series intended for single player exploration and conquest. Designed to be visually exciting, different and fun, as well as provide intense combat situations with as many enemies as could be packed in and survived. This set is NOT at all meant to kill the player in 60 seconds.


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galileo31dos01

· Edited by galileo31dos01

  

Done with these settings:

 

- Crispy Doom 4.2

- Ultra-Violence.

- Continuous combined with a pistol start mindset.

- Saves every 10 minutes or so.

 

An ok wad, for a lack of a proper word. Consistent execution, appealing visuals, but partially uninteresting gameplay, to sum up my general impressions. On the theme side, the marine was sent to an asteroid in order to do the dirty work. You start in a sort of military base, casually infested by ex-soldiers, arrive to a power station, traverse some sewers, the named crimson canyon, several cramped tech rooms in a space ship, until you arrive to the gate where you must shut down the demon infestation, or something, for story lovers the author wrote a full single text file. So in terms of visuals, there're a lot of new textures, such as stock walls painted to dark grey, which doesn't look so bad, extra computer panels, different red bricks and lava textures for the canyon maps, and much more. Nothing extraordinary, I did like the new additions though, particularly the flames in the way they were used (until their usage became repetitive, you'll see...). The interesting side of the visuals is that, assuming you've read the plot, you'll understand the cohesiveness between the maps, they thematically end in map 10, and the last two maps are extras. Finally, the soundtrack was quite nice to hear, at least the ones that weren't a bit repetitive. I loved map 02's track, it reminded me to BTSX1 first track, and if a midi brings me back to a mapset I loved, it's a huge plus personally speaking. 

 

The action is what some people would call "grindfest". Basically, monsters come in packs, usually appear in front of the player, or teleport in somewhere one by one. Ambushes and hordes of the same kind of monster are the most frequent, particularly packs of zombies that will be gift you with plenty of ammo, not that there scarcity is a thing in any of the maps, even if you're pistol starting you'll stumble upon ammo in narrow passages that can't be avoided. Figure in continuous how embarrassingly common was that... At times, you'll find hitscanners easy to grind from the other side of a corridor, at others, only projectile-based in complete open spaces, which only makes them look tiny and disoriented. At least once in every map there's the old-fashioned pinkies + chainsaw combo, which I always took gracefully, even though it's often labelled as "boring". As you can read, the combat is on the grind side, not real threatening in earlier maps, but maybe that can sound appetizing to you. I still found a few fairly challenging parts in later maps, in comparison to what the majority of set provides, where number of monsters is in compliance with the cramped area, less "nonthreatening grind" in other words, like being caught in between a bunch of hell knights coming from every narrow corridor. The 10 maps that compose the story basically play similar, with progression being naturally linear, but with a lot of backtrack in between (I recall only one map providing a teleport back to a recently opened area), so it's easy to keep track of what you're doing. Exceptions are the canyon maps, although if you're in the mood, there are many apparently "glide-able" gates, good for when you loose interesting in killing stuff. The two extras also appear in the Claustrophobia 1024 series, I think, they are absolutely straightforward and too awkward to play to be honest, no idea why they are in this wad... Despite the sort of combat here, the story maps can serve for a casual not-so-hard experience to new players, or when you feel like mowing down zombies and grabbing their ammo, that is funny to me from time to time. One little thing, in some maps it is possible to be unable to max them, due to broken teleport lines in several monster closets. It happened to me in map 03.   

 

Secret-wise, not hard to find them all except for the ones behind random unmarked walls. One of the most common is a secret in every map that contains a special thing, usually opened after doing some progression, don't forget it if you're playing on continuous. There is one secret in map 07 that only rewards you with pointless backtrack, if you happen to find it, well, I am sorry for you.

 

Overall, it was ok, I was in the mood for something like this so I enjoyed it, more or less. I would recommend it only if you love anything from what I said above, or just for the music, honestly. Regardless, not bad. My rate is 6/10. 

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JudgeDeadd

  

The gameplay is dull, way too simple and repetitive (oh hey, three Hell Knights again. Yawn. And two more. And then, two more. Snore), with a lot of tiny groups of monsters in overlarge, mostly empty areas. The visuals are boring as well, with a lot of nearly indistinguishable areas. Pass.

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Blackmore1014

  
Very nice megawad. In first I love architecture. And also balance. Very sad only 12 levels. 4/5.

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Zahid

  
Awesome architect..cool designs and groovy layouts..catchy music...lots of hit scanner..not fun for speed-running..worth playing...4.4 stars rounded

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Guest

  
Every time that I play Doom, I make sure that Crimson Canyon is in my folder. Another one of my personal favorites, with solid difficulty implementation, item placement and opposition from monsters complementing such defined layouts and architecture - this map pack will surely leave you entertained like myself!

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NuMetalManiak

  
some of the maps here I remember playing in other wads. as for the whole mapset, it's more or less so-so. while MAP05 and some other ones looked cool, the gameplay leaves quite a lot to be desired. sometimes there's a ton of hitscanners, sometimes there isn't any at all.

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I'm genuinely surprised that this won a cacoward in 2005, when much better stuff was being released. This wad is average in just about every way, except the music which I found above average. Ho hum gameplay, bland texturing, weak architecture - huge, open levels that rarely exceed 215 monsters. 3 stars, because I thought the music was cool.

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Kind of uneven in terms of game play pace, and some levels aren't as well done as others, but it's a decent set of maps overall. 3/5

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A tasteful collection of levels. It kind of took me by surprise as I never heard about it until I played it. I like the overall style, quite atmsoferic, stylish and recognisable, and the gameplay is mostly very good as well, proveded you have a taste for longer maps.The only odd part were the last 2 small maps which I thought didn't fit in (it's as if they were, perhaps, some 1024x1024 contest leftovers),but it's still a 5/5 from me.Great!

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if you use this with jdoom's high res textures, this kicks ass. (i play zdoom now) - Xolzo 5/5

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Good. Play it. 3/5

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Maldoror

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Just beat it. Last two levels did feel out of place and some levels were a bit too long and annoying (like map 5) but overall it was fairly good. I liked the way you used the Archviles, the Spider Mastermind and the Cyberdemon. Not too soon and not too much. Overall I'd give it a 3,5/5. Fairly good but a bit too long - on the last levels you seemed to be running out of ideas.

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These levels are not bad. I was not a fan of the red hellish looking levels except level 9. I think I may have played level 12 before somewhere along the way. Anyway these levels are fun with lots of ammo, maybe a little to much, and a good amount of health too. 3/14/07

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Not bad.

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A lovely-looking collection of levels. The author has compiled a tasteful bunch of textures and the detailing is attractive, with metal cages and broken wall panels and so forth. In jDoom, with the jDoom Environment Pack, it's awesomely attractive. Plays good, too, reminds me of Doom 64 in places; level 3 is my favourite, the others tend to be too large and exhausting. As the textfile notes, the last two were written for Congestion: 1024 and seem out of place.

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A good set of maps. My favorite from the author.

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Deffinitely recommended, if you're into classic style gameplay and some nice detailed architecture. I normally don't like red cave levels, but this pulls of the style so neatly I still enjoyed it. Gameplay is on the tougher side. Also proves that you don't need zdoom scripting, fancy effects and stuff to make a great fun levelset, so I'm giving it a 5. Oh yeah, the 2 1024 inclusions were really unnecessary...-TeH NeXuS

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"This set is NOT at all meant to kill the player in 60 seconds." Haha what a joke, I died about 20-30 times so far, I'm at map 07. I have to blame AEOD for throwing at me hard monsters, or the maps having too many enemies in open space, where they can easily kick your ass, without even knowing what hit you! I give this 3 stars, the health scarcity is what killed it, ammo placement was fine though! (yes I found secrets too, thank god for health spheres!)

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Excellent mapping, great new textures, nice music, great gameplay... This one goes down as a true classic in my book! ***** -julz_d

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haha, exactly what i was looking for! my doom fix has run a little low lately, i hate playing just 1 level

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Very nice and simple gameplay. Has a classic Doom feel to it. Nice placement of weapons, ammo, and monsters. 4/5 -r_rr

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Really very nice! The only quip I have is that the last level is neither up to par with the rest (quality-wise) nor really fits into the whole thing.

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just brilliant, i loved this megawad!! thank you :)

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The only flaws:switch-hunt backtracking and last 2 levels were a a letdown in the gameplay dept.Still,4*-d.d.ko op

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SO FUCKIN SWEET!!!!

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