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Genesis of Descent

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A large map for the original Doom that uses a huge amount of scripting and ZDoom features while attemptimg to retain classic and fast paced Doom action.


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Amazing in looks and mostly fun and kinda classic feeling still in gameplay, despite the scripted events.

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Epic.

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Well, if they added some more detail it would have been better :):):) 5 stars.

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Very, VERY impressive. I had trouble figuring out where I was going for a while, which was a slight turn-off, but for the majority of the map I was in good shape. Very impressive graphically. -Ultimate

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i got stuck in like 2 minutes. looks great, frustrating to play.

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OMFG! WOTW! Needs more like this! I LOVE that one. I love the fans, I love the architecture, the whole style, the gameplay - these sudden visits in hell or somewhere and esp. the comfortable starting. Means: No Cybies and shit in the first level just starting with a few Zombiemans. Yes, this is action in the best old style without need to resort to tons of superhard enemies. It just needs more from that kind of stuff. 5/5 - Cacodemon

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Definitely worth 5 stars. From gameplay and pacing of events to the detailed and non-linear map design, this is a superb doom wad. There was a small bug though, and I had to use idclip. Map01, the room which darkens the second time you visit it, the one with the baron, cacodemon and a few imps. The room didn't relight and open after I killed all the monsters in it. But overall, I had great time with this wad. Hoping to see more high quality maps in the future! :)

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I found this a bit dissapointing. The switch-hunting, especially at the start, is tedious, and there are points where I think the health/ammo placement needs some serious tweaking. The slow action picks up a bit towards the end though, and the hellish section is very well done. Could have done with something more than a cyberdemon at the end too. 3/5 FP

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Way too detailed; brings ZDoom to a screaming halt on older systems. Can't help but wonder how it would play on a newer system -- unfortunately I don't have one. shame, too; it looks like a great map

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"(...) fast paced Doom action." - Lie. The idea was great and levels really look awesome with all these huge and uber-detailed areas. But the gameplay was really illogical - I pushed a switch and then wandered through entire level to find another one and so forth. E1M2 pissed me off so I switched to E1M3 to see whether it sucks too. It did, although dumb monsters getting torn to pieces in fans made me laugh. 2/5 for effort, Zalewa WHY CAN'T YOU PEOPLE MAKE SIMPLE MAPS ANYMORE? Doom is not Tomb Raider!

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I have an old computer and it made my computer slow down really badly. It's a shame since it looked really interesting. I hope KZIZD isnt going to be this over-detailed.

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This was really good piece of work. You will find there 2 maps + intro with nice details with lot of slopes. There isnt lack of ammo and health. I could make easily 100% kills with it, so I say it is very well balanced. I only complain about some gameplay issues here and there and I have also found some HOMs. But overall really good work. 4/5 - Damned

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Awesome.

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Simply excelent! 5/5

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It's not "over detailed". It your computers which suck. I really liked it, the design isn't perfect. But I like the game play, and the size of the maps. 4/5 Kristus

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Wow this is pretty awesome-very atmospheric,well detailed and majestically executed. BTM there arent enough new enemies -a terrible shame as this would have been a perfect way for really bringing out the eerie climate. I would like to give special mention to the hellish themes as being the unqualified highlights of the map, both for their adrenaline charged game-play and artistic chemistry, and a special ignoble mention to the rotating fans, which killed me rather than tearing off a limb. Wcap suks

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Although away from any single-player DooM for quite a long time, I had been looking for a WAD with the qualities that made the original DooM great: Atmospherics, the sense of urgency due to the scarce ammo, and clever monster placement. Hobo does a great job of taking these elements into modern times to render Genesis of Descent--a gargantuan DooM map that marries detail and gameplay delightfully. An effort of this magnitude deserves nothing but 5/5. -Chaindude

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wow, very beatiful map - 4/5 daimon

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Absolutely amazing; huge maps, amazing detail, great layout and some of the fighters definitely weren't bad. The monster place was great in some spots. However, I did run into 2 glitchs 1. The first 2 elevetors after you enter the Phobos Base went down instead of up (but I just reloaded and it was fine) 2. The Blue Door in the first mission kept on dissapearing on me for some reason; weird. One more thing, if there are 3 missions, why did I only get to do two? o.O em1m1 and em1m2, Where's Em1m3?

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Two very well done maps. I found gameplay to be fine. Definitely one to try out.

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Some interesting moments, including a particularly jarring one in E1M3. It looks really damn good and has a great scale, too. I felt particularly attracted by the atmosphere. On the downside, the gameplay flows rather awfully. It had some interesting moments (specifically barrels) but in the end, just didn't feel all of that fun. E1M3 was a minor imporvement, though the cyberdemon battle was annoying as can be. That said, 3.5/5 -Snakes

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weird.... I like it!!! -z34chris

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The level looks really nice but it was kind of boring, especially in the beginning. I especially hated the switch-hunting. 4/5

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Very impressive with what I've seen thus far, and extra points for it being an Ultimate Doom wad. I haven't had too much of an issue with ammo so far, but I've only just cracked this one open. I've got the feeling this one will take me quite a while to conquer, but I've got a good feeling about this. 5 stars.

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A few great looking and challenging huge levels. With a generally slow and boring gameplay enhanced with some switchhunt. Certain fights could use quite a bit more ammo, unless it's intentional to make player cause infighting in between spectres, cacos and barons in 0 lightning rooms. A wad of 5/5 detail that gets just 3/5 for the poor gameplay.

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