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Zaero: Episode 1

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The first episode of a 4 wad mission pack. Created in the style of Quake 2, with unique textures, ZDoom Features and Monsters.


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trrobin

  
Wow what a great little episode this is. All 3 maps are really good both design-wise and gameplay-wise. Give it a blast.

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Guest

  
Exceptional in every way. It a real shame that author left Doom mapping.

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Ezepov

  
nice architecture and gameplay

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scifista42

  
Pretty neat, awesome looking wad with Quake 2 style playability, which is inevitably different than Doom's native one. I prefer the Doom's one, but still, I've enjoyed this wad a lot. One star down because there was a hardly noticeable mandatory switch in MAP01, which made me cheat and then quit during my first attempt. 4/5

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NuMetalManiak

  
holy shit this was cool, gameplay is quite progressive. although having a pistol for most of MAP01 was a bit uninspiring, the rest was good and never manages to be too unfair.

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Guest

  
Real forgotten Zdoom gem. Must play for anyone who enjoys large, quasi non-linear exploration-driven maps with craploads of well hidden secrets. Reasonable difficulty, great visuals, excellent atmosphere. 'Tis a real shame that Author never finished rest of Zaero megawad, and even bigger shame that this masterpiece seems to be lost amid seas of time - despite obvious quality and high rating it is barely ever mentioned today and will likely be completely overlook'd by newer Doomers.

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Excellent atmosphere. Visual Candy. And u were ripped by those cacolichs :D. Overall beatiful. 5/5 Move On

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Great Wad Guys. Definitly one of the better ones I've played all year.

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This is excellent ! We're waiting for you to continue this very good work. Levels and music are impressive, and your new monsters are really cool ( Cacolich, humm :) ). Great gameplay which reminds me of the first episode of Doom. 5 / 5 -- William H. aka Wilou84

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does definitively deserve a try

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This is unreal!! SO good. WOW. I played through the whole thing in one go and it was surreal. The pacing is excellent. This is far better than Quake 2, which shares the same theme. OMG so good. Music in my opinion is good as well, although I understand where you guys are coming from in your complaints about it. Dam DAm dam feels like I bought a new game. Congratulations!! --- 5 Stars.

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Excellent. I wished he had finished this project. All this guy's other works are for D64.

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4 1/2 starzzz = Pretty darned excellent! - however, I'm marking it down a half point 'coz I couldn't figure out how to open the little door to the left of the big slimepool in map 1. More pleeez...

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the best wad i have ever played (honest) 5/5 stars.

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Awsome wad. I love the new enimies. 5/5 - Sonicrulez10

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Download is definitely worth it. The maps are challenging and you should keep an eye on your ammo list, because near the end I kept nearly running out of ammo. The maps are all quite large and complex. The secrets are very well hidden, and I only found half of them in every map. Maybe gameplay is a bit repetitive throughout the maps. They've all the same textures and ambience and the same monsters. But the finish brings a great change. 4/5 -Milian

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OK

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very nice 4/5 only where is that damn blue keycard

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I'm usually sceptical of these graphic-intensive wads; the gameplay is usually dire. But these levels are excellent. The maps are large and free-form but not impossible or confusing. The general grimy graphic style reminded me of bits of System Shock and Nintendo 64 Doom. I never listen to music when playing Doom. Lots of clever secrets that seem to involve shooting targets. Generally subtle new monsters, creative and subtle use of ZDoom features (slopes etc). Class.

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Brilliant! Hope there's more to come. 5/5 -jb

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it's like Daedalus 10 times better

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Nice, long levels. There's a lot of back tracking and that can be annoying. The music is pretty good, but it should be available in a seperate download to reduce the size. Too bad there aren't any more levels.

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Excellently done. I actually thought the music was pretty good. The levels are long and challenging, but not too challenging. Very fun. 5/5 -Zim

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I honestly have to say that this was one of my favorite wads to play through.

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Really cool quake tech atmosphere. Gotta finish this too..

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