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RYLAYEH

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Ten levels based on the Lost City of R'Lyeh.


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whirledtsar

  

Good wad overall, but honestly the first 1/3rd was so dull it almost made me give up on it. Corridor after corridor of shooting imp after imp or grunt after grunt, with an occasional baron to really spice things up. Thankfully the level design gets a lot more creative and fun as it goes on. The finale is appropriately grand, and I like how you retrace your steps back to the very beginning of the first level.

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Lane Powell

  

This seems like a semi-hidden gem. The author's other WAD Crimson Canyon won a Cacoward, though I prefer this one.

 

It certainly lives up to its namesake. The textures are all Hell's green marble and blood, supplemented with custom textures including some modified Giger designs and some creepy sprites I recognize from Monolith's Blood. The map designs are seriously contorted. It's probably a divisive aspect of the set. In some levels the angular layouts wrap around themselves in a jagged mesh, creating devilish mazes with slightly obscure progression, and where fireballs can fly at you from different parts of the map. Other parts are darker and more claustrophobic. It's all a totally hostile atmosphere.

 

There are some common themes gameplay-wise but you'll know them by map 2. A big one is ammo constriction, especially on UV. Certain maps seem near unbeatable without finding key secrets.

 

This was actually one of the first WADs I completed a few years ago, and on revisiting it it feels very fresh. Like most memorable WADs, it rides on strong concepts and some devilish gameplay while targeting a distinctive theme.

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Guest

  
unprecedented. brilliant. impressive. a dozen is not working. 5/5

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Eye del Cul

  
Awesome maps with a well done Lovecraftian theme. Love the chaotic architecture and the final fight. -- 5/5

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Guest

  
This is a set of really cool, lovecraft themed maps. A lot of crawling through castles and tombs home to unseen and unspeakable monstrosities(includ ing the agonizing lift setup in Octagony, which is NOT a good one). Design seems to take the best aspects of Romero and Petersen and blend it together in the best possible way. Unfortunately, you'll need a port that allows disabling of blocking hanging corpses to really enjoy it. -Marcaek

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Guest

  
Whoever said this was is full of shit.It is one of the best!

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Guest

  
Some really moronic design here. Whats up with the retarded moving floors that force the player to jerk off for 5 mins everytime your trying to find a new pathway? Stupid trolling. Waste of time. Dark cramped, boring design.

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NuMetalManiak

  
well this was okay, the gameplay is not bad at all and the atmosphere is certainly there. my biggest complaint would be the elevators in MAP03.

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Salt-Man Z

  
I loved this WAD. I realize it's not to everyone's taste, but the gameplay was right up my alley. And the architecture and atmosphere are both amazing. (MAP02 is my favorite of the set.)

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Nice WAD.

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Not bad; the setting is well done and the maps are varied in layout or functionality if not in theme. A few maps might suffer a bit here and there, such as some early decoration placements (they obstruct paths when using a z-clipping engine), that map centered around lifts, which tends to be slow, or Map05, which is moody but a bit "claustrophobic". Perhaps the item placement could have been optimized a bit more for pistol start games on each map, but overall there's some good quality in the set.

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Fantastic gameplay! Massive and challenging fights!!! And detail is nice enough! How did this one got so low votes?! 5/5 - Optimus

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Very atmospheric. 5/5

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Every level is almost exactly the same gameplay and textures. Imps, Hell Knights, Demons and huge mobs of hitscan enemies that you have to hide from. Hardly anything else makes an apperance. After about 3 levels I was bored to tears with how it never changed. The lack of health and tons of hitscan enemies makes it a real pain as well. This map could have used more outside playtesting.

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There's a few very small bugs here and there (noticed in ZDoom), but overall, the wad's quite great. :)

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Very nice design, but the gameplay falls a bit flat here and there (repetitive), and the lack of health reduces the fun value a fair bit too.

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good wad

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First few maps has some gameplay issues. And all maps looks same. 3* But +1* for Lovecraft theme ;) -Damned

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Excellent levels with hordes of low- and mid-tier monsters, in medium-sized maps full of sharp angular architecture. Each level feels distinct, in spite of a consistent theme. Not perfect but I enjoyed it so much I had to give it 5/5.

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Very nice, though it would've been better without the first 4 maps :P. A solid effort, nice atmosphere, slightly annoying music and boring gameplay in the first maps, fortunately both improve later on. 4/5 - Belial

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UV is a little rough for the casual doomer, but I think it'd fare pretty well as a fresh addition to the Skulltag Co-op world. I like how they took the SS Nazi and made it look like Doomguy do that they could use it in their levels. 4/5 for great overall work.

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This is a good map wad w/ pretty much a consistent theme. Only thing I have to nag about is the lack of HP Lovecraftian monsters. The textures and architectures could use maybe more room for improvement. I like how that Cthulhu was the bossbrain and how the structure strives to be Lovecraftian horror. I am going to made a custom bossbrain replacement wad for the Cthulhu bossbrain. Only problem is that I am not so familiar w/ Lovecraft's writings. Better get to it. ~RV-007

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This wad can start a little flat but soon it gets really better if you keep on playing. Lots of challenging battles, large maps, some bits of mindless carnage and some puzzles are sprayed through all the levels wich share a wicked, odd architecture providing a very authentic feeling. Best played in small bits through a week. 4 stars out of 5 - Danimetal.

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This megawad starts quite nice and interesting. The first map is a castle on an island, with some modified textures and sprites. Gameplay is nothing special but not too bad. However, the later maps become a bit repetitive and tedious and they show nothing new. In map 07 I eventually got stuck, running around in a grey marble area with no way to proceed and this is where I stopped the game. In summary, map 01 is ok and fun, but it's not enough ideas for a whole megawad. 2.5/5 -Milian

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    • By Walter confetti · Posted
      IT JUST WORKS! Ok, with that stupid jojoke out of the way, we can start talking about this map:   It's a nice map from 1995 with some interesting room shapes (especially the one beyond the blue skull key door), the difficult and map flow is pretty easy and straightforward to navigate, don't fell discouraged by the large amount of enemies (it contains 120 monsters in total)! They're just cannon fodder for the majority of the map, expect for the final part with a arch-vile / cyberdemon combo near the exit, overall it could be easily beaten in 10 minutes or even less if you are a talented player... Enjoyable.
    • By Walter confetti · Posted
      Pretty 90s-ish, basic looking map sets into a tech / hell fortress of sorts, really large map that i've finished in 30 minutes, but luckily the map uses not really hard monsters to confront, making this pretty easy to finish, but again, is a long, LONG map with the most tedious parts are the mazes and that long backtracking stairs... Pretty meh   Also this map crashes on Doom 2 exe (DosBox) when you save the game, so i played it with a limit-removing dos port (doom 2 plus) without any trouble, so if you want to play this you had to use a limit removing port.
    • By Walter confetti · Posted
      Nice mini episode, reminds me of some sort of amateurish Plutonia Experiment sometimes. Pretty enjoyable!
    • By Summer Deep · Posted
      A very decent challenge. Took me about half a dozen attempts to crack it on UV. The wad is from 2015, but could just as well have been from around 1997. Solid, traditional classic Dooming.
    • By riderr3 · Posted
      The visual level design here is mostly similar to Plutonia and its unofficial sequels PL2 and PRCP. But it is by no means a gameplay part, since for example the gameplay in the first maps revolves around ammo shortage with not so much opposition (although it was tight in places, I admit), while the latter maps are somewhat reminiscent of slaughterwads with a bunch of ammunition and opponents.   The same applies to the size of the maps - the first ones can be completed in 6-7 minutes, while the last ones takes 15-20 minutes to complete. Although this could be explained by a kind of progress, despite the fact that even MAP12 (the first map in wad) is not a walk in the park.   I am not opposed to forced pistol-start (maybe even for), but usually if the levels should be completed in this way, they should be better balanced, as the ability to store things from previous levels is discarded.
      And again, I repeat as previous speakers - perhaps some arch-viles were even superfluous. This is especially noticeable when you go through the same room several times.
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