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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 Meril · Posted
      Pretty good map in E1 base style (except Doom2 monsters) Nice design but there some texture alignment issues.
    • By Nems · Posted
      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.
    • By Summer Deep · Posted
      Played on UV, GLBoom+   This is a very decent map for its era, but is not without its flaws. Plenty of enemies and traps, but more than enough health, armour and ammo to deal with them. The trickiest bits are the section near the beginning, where a couple of the chaingunners appeared to be able to shoot through solid barriers, and an 'infinitely tall' imp can cause problems, and the encounter with a couple of archviles later on, which needs to be dealt with promptly and effectively.   The lyrically-related puzzles are an interesting element and work pretty well. The elevator device near the end is clumsy though - it takes an eternity to go up and down, and the situations it engenders are predictable and tame.   If you want to experience a more challenging and polished map by this author, try his later Hidden Mountain Factory wad.   Around 65/100 for this level though.
    • By pritch · Posted
      I can't in all conscience not give Sunlust 5 stars.   This was my first run through, I'm late to the party but don't have as much time for Doom nowadays. But if something like this were released every week, I'd probably never play any other game again.   I've gotten so used to playing such great maps and megawads created by this community that I can honestly say commercial games routinely feel lacklustre in comparison. And these are free - the best things in life truly are.   Sunlust isn't perfect. I dislike the glut of killed-to-end maps in the late teens and twenties - I think once an episode is enough to rebuild from a pistol start, especially when most of the weapons are given to you anew quite quickly due to the difficulty. I do get it though - the mappers want that BFG back at times, to force you to do it the hard way. I personally don't like too many maps that prevent you backtracking for health or armor that you save for later. Some of the later maps are, in my opinion, a bit too hard, and a bit too hit-switch-for-slaughter, too soon. Some of them are only average for design and visual appeal and I dropped below 60fps in places with a relatively fast CPU.   These, though, are minor niggles in context. This is a great mapset, and in particular one of, if not the best map 30s I've ever played. Map 30s are usually so constrained by the need to have a demon spitter - it's just not a very good final boss and we've seen every variation on a demon spitter map under the sun now. Far better to do a grand set piece finale with a four figure monster count - and that's what we get here. The final arena when the lost souls spawn above the main battle is visually one of the most impressive experiences I can remember in years of playing thousands of wads. It's not just the final arena - the entire map has a deeply impressive and imposing ambience and deceptively simple yet awesome architecture. It was a fitting end to a great set.   Too many good maps to state them all. I guess a special mention to map 13 - I love the flow and feel of this one, and it has a banging track. The music is very good throughout, and feels tailored to a lot of the maps. They modified one of the PSX Doom tracks for map30 and it is just perfect.   4.9/5 then - I wish they'd do it all over again...
    • By yourusernamee · Posted
      the whole package is pretty great. the progression of themes, the music, weapon and enemy replacements. i'll remember this one for a long time. 
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