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Dutch Devil

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An large tech style base with an high ammount of detail, it uses several Zdoom features. Overall an pretty good looking map, much time went into detailing all the areas. First serious attempt in making an non-linear map, im pretty pleased with the results I got. The map has skill levels so it should be playable for all types of skilled players. NOT designed for jumping sorry, you can grab the BFG9000 by jumping for instance. There are probably more things that will screw up gameplay if you jump, thats all and have fun.

Credits

-IDsoftware for bringing us DooM,DooMII,and Final DooM. -Randy heit for zdoom. -CodeImp for doombuilder. -All other authors out there for giving me lots of inspiration. -All doomworld members for helping me and others with their projects keep up the good work guys. -Anyone I forgot to mention thanks.

Base

From scratch

Build Time

Over three monts, yeah I know im not the fastest mapper.

Editors Used

Too much

Bugs

Not that I know off




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  • 5
   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member
Plays as good as it looks.

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  • 5
   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member
Heh, I like it when maps are non-linear when I want them to be. Dutch Devil, you really outdid yourself this time. -dljosef

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  • 4
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Despite the lack of custom monsters, this map was still amazing.

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Cacodemon9000

  • 5
  

Cool visuals and nice atmosphere. There is a lot of room to explore and map itself is quite nonlinear, but without too much switch hunt. Start may be a bit tough, but overall difficulty is relatively easy, not many traps and all of them are predictable. Good work.

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Doominer991

  • 5
  
Very well made.

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NuMetalManiak

  • 4
  
really good map

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  • 5
  
This is the bread and butter right here. The atmosphere is ace, the gameplay is brilliant, and the architecture is very good! The level of minute details is just insane that sometimes you can get trapped or caught so be careful! Either way this is just very playable, very pretty DOOM. 5 stars again to the Dutch Devil. -TRRobin.

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  • 4
  
Here we have an atmospheric high-tech ZDoom ambience again. The map is very detailed with some really nice editing ideas, which are put in the limelight by a lot of coloured lighting mainly. Gameplay, however, is a bit too easy. Most ennemies are former humans, so you're provided with tons of ammo, and health is opulent, too. The fact that I got a BFG and Plasma Gun which I never needed, demands a sequel map with harder villains. 4/5 -Milian

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  • 5
  
to the reviewers who say it's too hard: ever heard of difficulty settngs? I really liked this. 5/5

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  • 4
  
I've said it before, and I'll say it again, I love non-linear maps. :D Detail is really nice too, I liked the defense doors you had throughout the level. I wish I could have been able to use them for defense though, as is, most are just window dressing. I also wish there would have been a place where the BFG could have been put to good use; as is, unless you want 100% of everything, there's no need to bother with it at all. Otherwise great level; your best one yet. Keep up the great work Dutch. - Nuxius

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  • 4
  
A very nice map, though due to non-linear design you need good map knowledge to play it effectively, esp. at the start of the map. Low health and hitscan enemies are the reason. The BFG can be use in a variety of ways, most often for solving fights faster but I agree that it isn't a crucial item. I liked the previous maps more, but this is still a solid 4/5 - Belial

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  • 3
  
Great looking map but with too many monsters and too predictable battles to make much sense... It hasn´t a bad gameplay when you get to know the layout but it´s far too long to encourage players to go on without saving and some battles are just mindless... Still, you will enjoy it if you like to hold your "fire" key :). 3 stars.

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  • 4
  
Didn't bother to play it SP, but in coop it was a bag of fun. Good work. 4 stars.

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  • 5
  
Masterpiece - Vote: 9!

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  • 5
  
A very very good map. Non-linear, so you have to find you way around, but puts you into challenging battles and also has some clever secrets. I actually didn't use the BFG once, so I can't say you need it for this map. Detail is superb 4.5/5

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  • 5
  
Just finished on UV first attempt. When I got to the exit I thought it was a bit weird there was about 100 monsters left so had to go back and find them. Got all but one secret and one monster (the one at the exit). Excellent job. 5 from me.

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  • 4
  
Fun wad. Lots of nicely different sound effects and challenging battles and weird lighting effects and things that go BOOM!

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  • 3
  
Deserves a 5, but not a fan of the "where do I go? Hey look a chaingunner, damn there goes my health. Now where do I go again?" style. -epyolol

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  • 3
  
Pretty nice looking map, but very boring to play. The fights were nothing special at any point and the keys were used in a pretty unoriginal way too. They didn't open new parts of the map. They opened closets at the corners of the map with new keys. 3 stars. The architecture and detailing saved a little.

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  • 4
  
I loved the detail and lighting but didnt care for the layout. I prefer more linear layouts. 4/5 -Superdavey

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  • 3
  
A lot of effort was put into this map, but what a waste. It's full of boring and useless detailing, it's too dark (and the colored lighting made my eyes bleed), and the enemies are placed all over the level in a boring and uniform manner. I couldn't make myself finish this map even with cheats on. There simply wasn't anything interesting here. I'm tempted to give it 1 star to balance all the positive reviews, but I think it deserves two.

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  • 5
  
ECELLENT architecture, fun gameplay. Definantly worth cheching out, one of the best single maps of 2005 IMO.

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  • 5
  
Excellent

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  • 5
  
"...but I think it deserves two." Wow that's nice of you! Awesome map, I absoultely loved it. I really didn't find the fights boring as some others did, and the detail was awesome. I still play it every once and a while and hope to get some good inspiration from it. -Tango

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  • 5
  
must have wad!! epic hard gameplay, great map, nice monster replace survival! wish there would be a mega wad :(

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    • By Cacodemon345 · Posted
      Pretty solid megawad. Everything about this wad is simply excellent.
    • By galileo31dos01 · Posted
      Done on HMP/continuous/saves.   Ever wondered what is that "slaughter" thing that everyone talks about?... Here it is! Well, a part of it, and if you are totally new to this genre, you came to the right place. This is a very fun wad in many aspects, not just the slaughter component but also visually, almost every map is placed in a different theme: starting from ruined techs entering to snowland, then arriving to a gothic fortress and, well more gothic/hellish environments, culminating into a massive dark underground (gothic of course) citadel, which has top notch detailing (and no, details do not interfere with gameplay, I assure you). I quite appreciated this variation, and I have to admit that hordes + gothic textures are a great combination. Plus, the soundtrack is amazing, some strong and some smooth tracks depending on the case, I particularly loved maps 08 and 12 midis as they are more quiet yet fitting.    The combat component is pretty consistent, usually offering hordes to slaughter in multiple ways, with a moderate demand of crowd control, trap-based or not. One of the most common ways to handle the situations Rush provide is via circlestrafing + infighting, periodically removing what gets in the way. I preferred the occasions in which you must shape the scenario to be able to control the herd, which required some quick reactions and movement skills. In terms of progression, save for maps 06 and 12 that are more complex, the maps are fairly linear and easy to understand. As far as monster placement goes, revenants can be nasty in this wad, in companion to hell knights for your typical infighting shows. Yeah, mid and high-tiers in the majority, and rare presence of former humans, leaving the hitscan action into your hands, and a few spiders scattered in the set. Plus, there's a new mancubus a bit tougher and creepier than the ordinary, not an outstanding addition but something to be alert of. Archi made good use of the areas to put pressure not only from the monsters on the ground but from a considerate number of turrets. He also didn't abuse of lock-ins, so don't be surprised if you can leave and camp behind a hole, but expect to find more stuff ready to punish you for cheesing. When it comes to my personal highlights, I share some of Alfonzo's ones, particularly his last point, that was hilarious as one second I was exploring all cool all relaxed and the next one I was running in panic on lava like oh shit!. I'll also add that part in map 10 where I was pushed against my will into a room with monsters on grandstands, it was so funny.    Secret-wise, they are the usual different/misaligned-texture with a power-up or weapon inside, but there are also secret telefrag chains to save ammo, and secret fights!. The most complex map (12) has the hardest-to-find ones, so pay attention.    For favourite maps I'll pick 01, 06, 10 and 12. Unfortunately the last one has a bug that prevented me from exiting, otherwise a gorgeous map. No disliked maps.    Overall, I found it pretty accessible to anyone with enough experience in the game, so give it a try, at least on HMP, it's fun and worth of replay. Of course, avoid it if you hate hordes, after all, it's not the author's fault if you don't take a second to read the description ("boom-compatible slaughterish maps", yeah it's pretty clear to me), or play something else... My rate is 8/10.
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    • By Fonze · Posted
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    • By Agent6 · Posted
      Alright, another wad finished (moments before writing this), played through GZDoom 3.2.5 in Software.   So what do I think? Well it's damn good in my book. The gameplay is solid and fun for the most part, not very challenging though, and the levels are consistent in general, except perhaps MAP15 which is my least favorite due to the confusing design and the fact that it's a simply boring level (and ugly). Another one would be MAP18 "Cargo Bay", a rather simple and tricky level, but which offers very little and apparently also suffers from a game-breaking bug, the first time I played the map the yellow door was inaccessible even with all the switches pulled, I had to restart the level, after which it was fine. The tech based levels rely mostly on simple gray-ish textures, but they all look pretty good in general.    Being made by TeamTNT it's unavoidable to answer the question "How does it compare to Evilution?" And my answer is that, overall it is superior, even the bad levels. TNT was much more experimental and it didn't handle non tech based levels very well, and the maps that sucked, sucked really, really bad, whereas this one does a much better job, my favorite maps being MAP14 "Fortress of Evil" and MAP19 "Blessed Are the Quick" . Despite being well balanced most of the time, there are some maps which do troll the player, MAP16 "Bootcamp" being one such offender. A Cyberdemon in a very cramped space? How about no, I preferred to run away.   There are also some dumb design decisions in some levels, for instance, in MAP20 "War Temple" you have to take a lift to access a teleport which takes you back to the starting area. Now the problem is that, that lift is very small and in its middle is a red pillar which makes the movement and entering the aforementioned area very, very difficult, and for no reason. But, it's poor choices such as this that can ruin the entire experience, an otherwise very good map which is also challenging. Other bad maps, despite actually looking nice, have, well, absolutely terrible gameplay, one such example being MAP28 "Excavations". As good as it seemed to be initially when I looked through a window back at the starting area, I was quickly let down. There's a sheer amount of enemies in this map overall, but the area to the right of the starting zone that is reached through a short section of tunnels is the worst by far. It becomes infested by Cacodemons and Pain Elementals which will teleport immediately after killing the only Shotgun Guy there, and all you can do is hide in the tunnels and use a powerful weapon of your choice to obliterate the large wave of enemies, I used the BFG. This is nothing but detestable... why? Well, I understand that it is supposed to be challenging and catch you off guard, this area makes it very obvious that it's nothing less than a nasty trap, but there's a night and day difference between challenge and poor gameplay, just like the Cyberdemon in Bootcamp, those are obstacles which only serve as a means of artificially increasing the difficulty and not making the player do something intelligent to beat the area, or map, and contribute to frustration.   The final map is unusually easy, quite possibly the easiest I've played to this day, needing to destroy a reactor this time around but since the area is very large everything goes very smooth and you don't even have to bother with the enemies at all. In fact, I daresay it's not challenging at all.   The music in this wad is solid, there's not much else I can say about it, TeamTNT surely has a good ear for quality music which helps creating the overall atmosphere of the levels.   I have only ever run into one but major bug (see the second paragraph), but beside that, no other technical issues encountered. All things considered, I very much enjoyed this. It could've been a little better, yes, but it's solid for the most part, so I give it 4 stars.