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The Singularity Complex I

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JudgeDeadd

  

A pretty cool E1-themed episode. The beginning is quite shockingly difficult if you've gotten used to trivial E1-style maps. If you play continuous the later levels will become more manageable, though by no means easy.

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NuMetalManiak

  
weird hub episode.

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Ezepov

  
Super

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The maps are excellent, I like the hub idea (a little precursor to BTSX?, though I doubt there's really any connection). The E4 sky fits surprisingly fine. You get 4 regular levels (two were classic10 and 11) and then the hub which is used 5 times and I count collectively as one level (since it's not desolate). So more a minisode in terms of playtime, but quantity and quality are different. The repeating hub seems to emulate what can be done with ZDoom, a decent enough idea there.

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Enjoyed this a lot. It's another great Doom episode from Jan that's worth playing. Maybe not quite as excellent as Classic Episode 1, but still great. Recommended. -TRRobin.

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It's not bad at all, but I kinda expected more.

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Another excellent offering from Jan Van Der Veken, mixing clean, appropriate detailing with solid, interesting architecture and some of the best DOOM 1 gameplay I've ever experienced. Monster placement and traps are consistently well done and the challenge level is perfect. 5 well-deserved stars.

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Ugh, this wad's ruthless. After a few Doom II "kill 'em all!" levels where you just slaughter dozens of Hell Knights, Mancubi, and Cacodemons with your SSG, running like hell from a few Demons as they try to corner you is a revelation. The oppoistion is a lot fiercer than their numbers or types suggest )mostly shotgun guys, Imps, and Demons). Expect to be cornered, outflanked, ambushed, and generally raped many times. Too bad it's not a genuine hub, as the setup restricts the level count. --Woolie

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The first level just aggravated me - you have a pistol and a berzerk pack against masses of imps and demons, but the level is so cramped you just stand there going bang, bang, bang. And being the hub, this level is repeated between all the other levels (there are only four 'proper' levels in total). The proper levels are great, although one is a re-release.

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gamefun is high, gameplay is great... perfect

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tough,looks sweet,and omg where all those imps come from. think fast, shoot faster, 2 thumbs up on the action meter :)...

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The level design and texturing was pro quality. I like the idea with Hub map. The monster placement was smart too. The only thing I didn't like was the last boss fight. There was too few space for avoiding shots for me ;) 4,5/5 - Damned

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This is an amazing episode replacement, kept me on the alert at all times,and not many wads can do that. 5/5

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Great! 5/5

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Classic Episode II -- Wow, good job!

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As for the first level, it's a littlehectic but not that hard really, if you play it smart: don't get cornered, use the barrels to your advantage, and use the berserk pack!

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Great wad, what a follow up ; )

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I don't really like how the first level is repeated where you visit different hubs or sections. I was expecting a more Doom Like episode. Overall, this was was extremley challenging and difficult to play with lots of poorly placed shotgun guys to make the pain even worse. Level architecture was simply superb, especially E1M9 (The fourth map). 4/5 -pc

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Great to see you still making levels! -Tolwyn

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Cool 4/5

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Since the text file made it sound like this was designed with gzdoom in mind, I assumed that "jump" would be taken into account, but apparently not. There are numerous areas throughout the maps where I was able to jump to places I was not supposed to be(one of which required me to clip to get out of) and on E1M2 I could jump the gap to the exit podium and end the level before it even really got started. Not a bad mapset; just take the name "Classic Doom" literally and turn jump off.

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Jan Van der Veken is one of the masters of retaining the old-school Doom look and feel, but with beautifully complex textures and architecture. The only real downside of this wad is the 'hub' idea, in which you repeat the same area four times, but each time with new paths to take, and increasing difficulty. The other original levels are all top notch. 4/5.

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Like the first class_ep, this is a high quality episode; these 5 (real) maps, boss map included but otherwise not the "hub" maps, could easily be things ID Software had made. Unlike the first class_ep, this pays homage mainly to E1, with the exception of the first normal map, an E2 style map. My only real suggestion (not even complaint) would be to scrap the E4 sky and use the normal E1 sky instead (and maybe put in a ZDoom E2 sky lump in the E2 style map). That would make it even more notstaligiac.

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JVdV has always delivered, this is no exception even though three maps are recycled and it's only really about half an episode. And why the E4 sky? But anyways, these maps are great.

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Fun fun and more fun, but only after you beat the first moments in the wad, which is not precisely easy. A good work in almost all aspects but nothing really revolutionary. It makes for a good 3.5 stars, thus, 4. - Dani.

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