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Gato606

  
Why the doors are textured as walls? I had to use IDDT on everymap to know where the doors where and I'm talking about regular doors, not secrets

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Budoka

  
the oldest full megawad I could find. Surprisingly enough, most of these maps are quite satisfying to play overall, and there are a lot of cool moments to be found throughout. I can't rate it too high though, because some puzzles are too obtuse (E1M6/E1M7), there are several points where you can gets tuck permanently, and some areas are very ugly. Best moment is the Cyber fight in E3M4.

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NuMetalManiak

  
a mixed bag, filled with large maps, small maps, awkward maps, and E3M4. many of the bigger maps made me sleepy though.

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Guest

  
Wad is awfuly boring and REPETIVE all these boring maps with shotgunguys allover the place just gets painfully boring after a while.

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Some good and few even great '94 levels here, but those by AL looks out of place and plays horrible by itself. Also I think what statement about "permission" is wrong.

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4/5 There are some great maps here, and Al has improved upon them all in some way or another. His own levels are for the most part tough but fair challenges. There's some neat ideas present to keep it from becoming just a Doom replacement. A few levels are very bland/boring, though, and I don't like most of the new sounds. - KMX E XII

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its cool!

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It might be closer to 3/5 material all things considered, but I'm going to pass along a 4/5 because it would be nearly impossible to pick 36 random single levels that allow modification in 1995, and have them all be good. Many early era gems in here, and Al's modifications make them just that slight bit fresher in many cases.

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Memfis

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Brilliant, amazing, unbelievable. The density of IDEAS per square meter is higher than in any other wads. 7 stars.

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Doomkid

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These maps are pretty damn great for 1995, I had to cheat to pass E1M1 I'll admit, but I'm up to E1M4 now and I'm really enjoying it. Some of them seem distantly familiar, as a child I may have played them in their stand alone state over a decade ago.

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I really enjoyed this - there were maybe a couple or few maps I didn't like as much - but as a whole it was a very enjoyable 90's experience. ~vf

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Not a bad idea to include a collection of classics. I haven't recognise most of the levels (I may have missed a lot of Doom1 WADs from the old times), but I do recognise the sounds and musics. The only bad thing is that I can't see any credits/nfos of the original authors and WAD names for each level. Historically interesting for me, respectfull for the author. I am gonna download Heroes 2 now. Hopefully I will recognise more gems there..

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The music was good, but the level layouts were bland, the textures were awfully chosen, and some of the walls were misaligned with textures. Also, I rated this megawad with two stars because there was no complexity of sectors within sectors. When I play a wad, I want eyecandy, lots of sectors, decent amount of monsters, and complexity (not just room after room); and for God's sake, make all of these things fit together NICELY!

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I must have played and quit this multiple times before I was finally able to beat it. It takes a different kind of mindset to play early Doom levels like this versus modern user-made maps. While I still think the overall package is a mixed bag, I walk away from it with a better appreciation for the beginnings of Doom mapping where wallhumping is a necessity, mandatory secrets are commonplace, and examining your area map to figure out where to go is essential.

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HEROES.WAD is the perfect Doom time capsule. It has everything from cheesy MIDIs and awful sound replacements to brilliant id-quality maps and STARTAN3 shit. Its legality might be dubious, but I did find some new gems I had never played before (E2M3, E3M3, and E3M6) and the crappier ones I probably would've never played separately. After removing the sound effects and playing only with pistol starts, I really had a blast with this megawad. 4/5

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Nice, kinda boring but some fun maps are in this map. Design sucks. Gameplay - OK. Monsters and ammo placment - OK. 3/5, average. -Moti

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Overall it's really rather good - far better than the average compilation wad from those days. It's worth checking out Never-Again's complete set of UV -fast demos for this megawad.

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Combines many of the top 1994 maps into one package, and that's why I'm giving a 4/5.

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HA! this was one of the first wads i played! and it was awesome!!

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I expected something better.

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Heroes 1. Good Doom 1 megawad. It is the first I played Doom with DOSBOX on. Great atmosphere. The songs and sounds are on par. The action is on par. The finale is on par. Play it now. Heroes 1 gets a 5/5 rating for all this.

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Very cool! Impressive, esp. for the original Doom. VERY challenging! Nice! 5/5

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A classic Wad for all time my favorite ever - Wobbo

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      Awesome small map set focusing on tiny corridors and exploring huge interconnected maps. I really, really enjoyed traversing the different maps and although they are very, very crammed and chock full of nooks and crannies, I rarely got really lost. Sure, once I got a key, I had to find that specific red / blue / yellow door again, but as with any exploration focused games, it is best to remember where important locations are in a map.   What really amazed me was the look of the maps. This is the perfect amount of vanilla detail, imho. Every room looks detailed without being too crammy or confusing. All maps have a very concise look and clear sight lines, which makes navigation really easy and overally just fun. Monster placement also makes good use of all the crammed corridors, the windows, the corners, etc. by placing monsters in a way, that they more often than not surprise you from behind a corner. It's best to slowly and methodically proceed through those bases and take your time. This is not run and gun Doom.   Absolutely gorgeous in all aspects, amazing works.
    • By P41R47 · Posted
      I struggle to replay this one for a long time. I didn't remember much of this so its was like a first time. Strain is a different beast to anything from the same time. It uses dehacked to great extents adding new enemies and changing the behaviour of some of the weapons.
      Well, first episode is pretty solid, with neat maps and really awesome ideas as the authors of the wad start to unfold their dehacked trickery all around. Second episode its not that good, with some cryptic maps with not so clear progression, but well overall.
      Third episode has some maps like the second, but they are a little more fleshed out and with a lot better visuals also. The end map was somewhat anticlimatic, but anyway, a really great experience through and through.

      Now what i don't liked much is that most ports have to use the Strain Fix to properly been able to play this mapset, and the authors of that fix, don't know why, changed the sky textures of the different episodes.
      Its nothing really bad, but well, it strange that they didn't respected the authors original choice.

      Dystopya 3 maps really stands out from the mapset, or maybe i remember them more as i have fresh memories from a recent replay.   The mood of the megawad is greatly achieved through the use of neat textures and map tricks. I really miss that there are no fake 3D bridges anywhere in the megawad, and i really love them when they are given good use.   The story of is somewhat mixed bag: theres a new invasion, you are the only marine that survived to the Invasion of earth, and they government made some experiments with you. Now you are a bloodthirsty machine that only wants the destruction of the invaders.
      The text screens during game are strange, with a snarky humor and poking fun of some common tropes. Not bad, but i would prefer something more serious as the megawad has really cool details everywhere, like revisiting zones and fully developed reactor areas, etc. making the storytelling side of the maps really awesome to follow. But again, some maps has poor progression hindering the experience a little.   Anyway, this is something that needs to be played and replayed, just to see those dehacked tricks and for theose awesome good maps. I had better memories of this than what i actually play, so i was expecting something more and better, but thats my problem, the megawad is amazing as it is.
    • By vdgg · Posted
      This mapper did create good stuff, pazuzu, diabolos and odyssey. This is way, way below these WADs. I am the first reviewer to mention massive (but massive) HOMs on MAP10! 2 stars for: - awesome grey blocks area in motion in the middle of MAP08 - some occasional decent moments, I guess MAP03 is fine, MAP04 is okayish. - visually it is not bad for 1996. But come on. One motif is: "press switch A to lower a lift, press switch B that opens a door somewhere far, but press it a bit later, just to get in time to the lift, not too early as the door will shut". After that door you often have a wall of monsters, so sometimes you retreat and repeat. This motif is used over and over and over again. You also experience cramped mazy hallways quite a lot and lots of damaging floors. Some of these damaging floors are used for extra spice during combat, but most of them are there to make you think faster about the puzzle solution :) It is not easy for me to pick the worst map, MAP05, 07 and 09 set the bar quite high. And it is me who is writing this, I enjoy cleim20, odessas, some cryptic stuff, but I just can't stand >80% of this creation.
    • By chlef · Posted
      Not the prettiest maps, but very nice to play. Old school goodness.  
    • By chlef · Posted
      Yeah, this is what Doom is supposed to be. Basic and enjoyable, no gimmicks or stupid sound/graphic mods. Just pure Doom. This is a keeper.
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