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The Final Gathering

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This is the DOOM 2 version of "The Gathering."

The moon base water treatment and recycling center started reporting strange happenings deep in there sewer system a few weeks ago. Just days later a garbled transmission during the sounds of battle made it through to the UAC outpost on Deimos 4.

"Nuke us.......it's the only.....have to... ....cant make this......sewers...cavern... from hell"

was all that could be understood from the message. Not much to go on, but that's what you're used to. They don't give you any easy ones, and you don't get to ask to many questions.

The UAC needs you to investigate and "rectify" any potential hazards on the water treatment facility.

Good luck.

Dang! what the heck was that? Just two tunnels and an underpass from the UAC water treatment plant. The driver never saw the creature waiting in the tunnel. In a flash it was over. Nothing could have survived that crash... you could be wrong ... you did. I guess your on foot now. Be careful, the truck that was escorting you was carrying emercency supplies for the plant personnel and some toxic waste. Watch it, that stuff is flammable.

Rumor has it that the hellspawn are constructing a stronghold near the water plant. If you make it to level four, you'll have your work cut out for you.

Level five is located in the depths of the earth below the enemy stronghold. This level was designed with deathmatches in mind. If you're going solo it should prove to be a very challenging game.


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JudgeDeadd

  

A reminder of the more innocent times of 1994, when whimsy, original ideas, and cheesy MIDIs ruled the day... Of course, these ideas were rather hit-or-miss, and so MAP01-MAP03 from this mapset heavily show their age (although the first half of MAP02 has a certain charm of its own). MAP04 is a winner, with it sprawling, nonlinear design and hidden yet oddly intuitive doors. MAP05 is a bit confusing but very well designed; it's just a pity that most of the map is unnecessary for reaching the exit.

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NuMetalManiak

  
this is super old and interesting to play.

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Map04 gets kinda boring. Too much ammo, and too few monsters... and I don't consider myself a bad-ass Doomer, either.

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Most excellent old stuff!!! I applaude the author of "Shrine of the Warriors" aka "SHRINE II", thus I don't understand this release, when we have the 5 levels version... Those wads can be find as Map26 to 30 in the compilation "OneMore3.wad" at DLW - 4 stars - Jive

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blegh. this map didn't age very well. 1/5

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OMG classics! Kinda vast and boring for my current taste, but I remember I loved few of them when I first played Doom maps! 4/5

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Fantastic map set. The first two levels were OK, but the last three were great fun. The WAD gets better as you progress, so don't let MAP01 discourage you. ~vf

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A classic early pair of levels from 1995, with three poor warm-ups. The first level is awful, the second is totally generic 1994/5 blah, the third is a sort of novelty slaughter deathmatch-style wad, but the fourth and fifth maps are very good, the fifth best of all. It's as if the author was growing before our eyes, like a bamboo tree, but a bamboo tree made out of meat and bone and gristle etc. Map 3 is actually quite good fun in a brainless way.

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Ça commence tranquillement pour plus tard difficile 4/8 - Eye's

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Great mapset, even if it starts a little crudely. Map04 is the main highlight - this huge nonlinear battle demonstrated the possibilities of the Doom engine back then and is interesting to play to this day. A strong sense of fun pervades the wad, something which is lacking in many other maps.

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Irregular mapset. Map04 is very good. 02 and 05 are decent maps. 01 and 05 horrible. Too many ammo in all maps. 3/5

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Utterly legendary. Maps 1-3 are nothing too special, though memorable in their own way, but maps 4 and 5 are superb.

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Wow, this hasn't aged well at all. Maps 1 and 2 are terrible and 4 is way too confusing. The music reminds me of the jokeWAD "The New Adventure", as well. However, maps 3 and 5 are surprisingly good by themselves, though 5's exit is a little tricky to find. So I give the good maps 4/5 and the rest 1/5.

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Utterly boring. Maps 1-3 are meh, map04 should be named 'the temple of confusion' and map05 is very good, except for the pathetic use of a Romero-on-a-stick for an ending. Gameplay is nowhere most of the way, tons of cells, nothing to use them on, bad monster placement. This is a wad that definitely hasn't aged well. 2/5 - Belial

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I liked it - COOOOOL - I played new.wad

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MAP04 is pretty good.

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Surprisingly fun.

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Map04 = godly. The first three are a bit more "variable", though map02 is quite fun apart from the need for backtracking and waiting for the central lift to rise/lower several times.

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    • By guitardz · Posted
      Some very cool techbases with a nice texture set and pallette.  The music is pretty epic.  And it all runs in vanilla! (Or so it is said, I played it in GZDoom)
    • By Philnemba · Posted
      I honestly can't believe that this whole megawad is 100% vanilla compatible and its only the first of THREE episodic megawads! Esselfortium and her team of creative energetic mappers has done an amazing job from the unique texture set, the music, the maps & even the tweaked color palette that fits the mood of the whole thing.    100% highly recommended! 5/5 
    • By Erick · Posted
      A pretty straightforward map to run through, packing in tons of enemies in rooms both big and small. Most of the monsters you'll be killing are E1 monsters such as Zombiemen and Imps, so while there isn't much in monster variety, there are plenty of ways to get them to fight each other which I like. It might be better to try and get as many monsters to start attacking at the same time since once you get the Chaingun, not even the groups of Spectres are much of a threat. Overall though, the map is still fun to blast through if you just want to kill tons of monsters in packs.
    • By NuMetalManiak · Posted
      this is a strange wad, with assets similar to Darkest Hour and other Star Wars-themed wads, many of the maps focus on small killings, as most of the maps are actually small. Pinchy's finale sure makes this worth it. oh yeah, quite a few custom stuff was done. the flamethrower marines were quite annoying, while other monsters gained multiple attacks, new ones, it's all so zany. the maps are pretty well done overall and this is worth a try.
    • By Doomkid · Posted
      Okay, I get it, it's a megawad mainly for speedrunners who are intricately familiar with the mechanics of the game down to the nitty-gritty. A series of challenges/obstacles that, for the most part, seem to be possible but are generally ludicrous (and sometimes outright laughable, in a good way).   This was is not a "pile of junk" as a few have said however it's really, really lacking in a lot of ways. I get that the wad is meant to have a fun-and-not-serious tone despite it's overall extreme difficulty but the texturing looks like the insides of a toilet bowl after a Taco Bell buffet. Seriously, these maps are jealous of how beautiful and futuristic maps like UAC_DEAD look. The DWANGO series looks like fucking Ancient Aliens compared to this.   The MIDIs are lighthearted, silly and fun, which adds a layer of appeal for me personally. I loved seeing Patrick Stewart at the intermission too, rofl   I had some fun with this IDCLEVing through the whole wad and giving each map a try or 2 before moving on to the next but I seriously doubt I'll ever be back. The same idea with better texturing and overall taking itself just a tiny bit more seriously would warrant a higher rating. Ass-ugly texturing, silly MIDIs and a silly titlepic/interpic are fun in their own right so don't take me the wrong way but a lot of it crossed into "looks like the authors gave 0 fucks" category and I just have to take points away for that.   Also,   lol wtf is this bullshit is this a terrywad or somethin i mean jeeeezus   Overall, this is worth a peek just for some fun but unless you're a highly skilled speedrunner that also doesn't mind looking into a crapchute map after map, this probably doesn't really have much for you.
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