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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 Player Lin · Posted
      Doesn't like the layout and monster replacements, I didn't found RL until got the yellow key and found a lot of rockets, the location where RL is confusing me, and it also not fun when you get kicked down from the cliffs by Revenants, Mancubus and Archviles after the way to Blue key door, the way to the teleporter just far enough to kill you if not killed by monsters which kicked you down. Final timed puzzle room just nasty as the cyberdemon and archvile fights in the same place, not sure why make the level so big but can't make the fights with them also on bigger place too?   It's not bad level but I'm sure the frustration level is sky high, and not sure the slopes from ZDooM do anything good to this level too.
    • By Player Lin · Posted
      Normally, I don't like DooM (1 or UD) WADs because I tired shooting baddies with shotgun as most of them tend put a lot of shotgun guys/ammo and I have shot those full of shotty shit...well, this one can't escaped from that but I found author's tricky as I didn't found many of them(or they placed when I needed to use shotty), also the monster placements(with middle-tier ones) in this megawad helped too, even E1 doesn't suffers low-tier ammo-droping-fest unlike IWAD and most PWADs.   Level layouts and theme are interesting, some E3 levels just a little mazed but I feel okay, never get lost...many levels I feel plays like IWAD but better and larger, you'll found middle-tier monsters in E1 levels and it helps the gameplay, unlike the IWAD you'll have too much ammo in every level even pistol start, if you wasted too much and will out of ammo for sure(at least in UV).   All I can say about this megawad is...fun,  vanilla fun. Except E3M8, the yellow key area with platforming when all enemies + 4 cyberdemons are try to kill me and battles-of-deal-with-4-cyberdemons-or/and-other-powerful-monsters are nasty to me, on top of them, the final "BOSS"...I feel trolled...really? IoS-style?? IT'S ****ING DOOM, NOT DOOM 2 WHY USE IOS-STYLE AS FINAL BOSS?!  :P (At least there is no respawning monster cubes just annoying cyberdemons and barons...but they're still give me a lot of headaches as the battle area isn't very huge and a little cramped I think...)   But at least IDMUS11 helps me dealt with those problems all, for some reasons I feel the main theme of Power Ranger does fit DooM...don't know why but I keep switch to the theme with IDMUS11 cheat if I don't like the level's music, helps me blast through this megawad and the nasty E3M8. :P
    • By Doomkid · Posted
      Download the REAL file here (rd1.zip is NOT correct) https://www.doomworld.com/idgames/levels/doom2/megawads/d64d2   Shocked to see so many negative reviews. I had an absolute blast with this one, and I'm not sure what Nems was talking about with the Boom stuff as this runs in Doom2.exe with no trouble. In fact, there is a TON of impressive vanilla stuff going on here. I guess it was so well done that it tricked him.   This deserves a high score. It's a lot of fun.
    • By Rimantas · Posted
      It definitely makes Doom look darker, but also slightly changes colors (it reminds me PSX Doom). I prefer original Doom colors and miss how it looked on CRT (almost same colors as with modern monitors, but less brightness and maybe more contrast).
    • By Hypпotiк · Posted
      Great spirit/item placements, and also nice trap placements. Textures are georgeous and scream "1980's sci-fi action movie".
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