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Doom: Awesome, Episode 1

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Remember episode 1, the original? Remember how simple it is? Simple architecture, simple detail, simple puzzles. That's what made all of the original episodes KICK ASS. For years people took this single episode, a monument to the perfection of gameplay, and tried to replicate it. For a while it was enough. Not anymore. Nowadays, the only acceptable type of Doom wad is the kind that feels as little like Doom as possible. But when it gets to that point... who the hell cares about Doom? Why mod for a game which people still play for its simplicity if what you're going to try to accomplish is make it seem as modern as possible? Why mod for Doom, of all games? Well, whatever. I can't do anything about it. But I can make something. Here is a set of nine simple, but fun levels. Hopefully they will hold some feeling of nostalgia, as well as serve as a reminder of why we love Doom.


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Good, but flawed. Worth playing? Yes. Final level is insane but, a dozen barons and a cyberdemon, a handful of rockets and no plasma. Kinda ruined it.

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shows a lot of good potential. but fuck the gameplay and flow needs a lot of work.

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This held my interest until E1M4, when things started getting weird and very different from E1 style: cacodemons, switch/run/swith/run crap, hordes of identical monsters unleashed at once instead of strategically selected and placed, etc. Could have been much better! 3/5

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what a shitload of fuck this is!!!!!!!

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The first reviewer is an idiot. These are good 1994 like maps and for that 4/5 stars.

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This plays really well and is great fun. The reviewer makes a good point; a lot of modern maps loose themselves in the focus to be bigger and better and subsequently the basic elements, such as themes, level design and player empowerment don't stand out as much. However you can't blame people for having high ambitions :) I think, like in all things, there is a steady evolution in what you see. Whether it is good or bad varies with the topic in question. FIVE OUT OF FIVE.

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A fun romp. ~CSon

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I love it. Great fun to play, nice simplistic design, and a good break from all these annoying ones like the designer said. I wanna bang this wad, hard. 5/5 - Lamneth

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A thought they were a good and very playable set of levels. I didn't like the music tho.. lol.

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Wow, this is awesome! :D

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This is the umpteenth E1-style project of recent weeks; cruder than "Systematic Corruption" and "Knee Deep in ZDoom", on a par with "A New Nightmare". The original E1 levels were generally compact, whereas these are large and empty-feeling (e.g. E1M2, and E1M5, which is beyond tedious), with very little detail, and swarms of one kind of monster (e.g. E1M9). It plays just like a finished 1994-era levelset (E1M6 gave me flashbacks). Dull by modern standards.

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Large bare rooms that really don't feel like E1 at all, with so-so gameplay. 2/5

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Hard sometimes but worth the handiwork. I liked it and the partial retro style. 3,5/5. -Caco

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A pretty good set of levels. E1M8 sucked though. I mean that was a horrible way to end a pretty good episode of levels. How do you expect anyone to beat a cyber demon with some shells, no health, and a few rockets?

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After playing I think this was a pretty good episode, not Awesome but pretty damn good. Its not E1 style but its still good. Reccomended download. 4 Stars -PC

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Whoever said this was "dull" above needs to stop jacking off to Tormentor's maps. This wad rules.

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I don't wanna step on the author's effort, but this has nothing to do with episode 1. I can somewhat relate to and understand his vision and I respect the work gone into creating this map set, however I just cant escape the feeling that you're not quite playing the same thing as he imagined in his head. Some of the design reminds me more of old school Doom 2 maps and although this was meant to be simple and good with a kick back in time the quality of the gameplay in most aspects falls short.

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5, very fun.

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It's been a while since I've played a set of maps with such consistently boring and uninspired gameplay. For fans of chainsawing dozens of demons and sging barons over and over again. Whoever said it was dull was right, on all counts raised in that review. 2/5 - Belial

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Haven't finished it so far, but it's simoply... awesome!!! It's oldschool, not like the other oldschool that try to resemble E1M1 a lot, but has his own interesting structures in each map (I like the fortress map very much), good music tunes, great gameplay! 5/5 - Optimus

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Evilution on E1? Delirium tremens. Music selection is awful too. - 2/5

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It's irrelevant that it doesn't look like the Knee Deep in the Dead in design. That's totally secondary, and there's nothing wrong with making a set that roughly emulates the texturing in E1 but uses different architecture (at least it can be original). Playability here is subpar, though, since most of it is too straightforward, easy, and slow. The last level's fight against Barons of hell is particularly bad. Work more on how it plays and you'll do well. [2/5] ~Chain Mail (08/2007)

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just a classic mapsets -3/5 Daimon

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Great maps. They lack a little variety but overall Doom: Awesome is awesome. 4/5

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    • By Gaia74 · Posted
      I must say that although it is a wad of terry, I would like to find a serious one like this, new enemies very interesting and original just for their attacks, bosses that have inspired me (and you can see it in my creations) and it is really amazing like this wad despite having their terry traps is entertaining and much better than many wads of 32 levels, if you want to have something interesting to play and different as long as you ignore the story is fun filled with very good boss fights, excellent music, this is an option although if you can not stand the terry traps just do not try it   5/5 to be a joke wad   Gaia74
    • By Chipchase · Posted
      A quarter of a million monsters in a gigantic flat square room. It is said to be for stress testing source ports (and your PC?), otherwise it's on the other side of crazy. It took my PC nearly two minutes to load the wad (I thought it had crashed) and I took less than two seconds to die. At least it ran - the author says he never even managed that.
       
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    • By CaptainResident · Posted
      This was great. Great joke wad and a great Terry trap collection. Instead of the generic "Oh it's a well made map at first then BOOM" it's actually a well-made megawad that simply has them as little traps that can be avoided. It's able to be completed, seriously. That's new. I especially love the final boss and highly suggest using a cheat against him. Trust me, do it, it'll be worth it.
    • By defiatron · Posted
      This wad is fucking legendary.
    • By geo · Posted
      Are you up for a brutal, non stop challenge through detailed, but bland environments? The Secret Energy doesn't let up, so it's either a low health slaughter map or a speed runner's dream to get from switch to switch, all while enemies constantly spawn in with each button press. There's little health for such meaty enemies and even on the easiest difficulty, it's a slog to kill them all. To balance out the lower health, there are less hitscan enemies that seem to be relegated to a few chain gunners that can get distracted in a sea of madness.   It feels like a punishing experience from the first room. It fills with imps, then pinkies, then flying enemies, then revenants and a cyber demon. The entire map is like that. Enter a room and it will flood in via waves. Each wave opens up something new and you need to find where that new thing is. Is it a switch on a wall? Is it a switch inside of a pillar? Did a door just open up? Are you supposed to go back into the main corridors of the complex? At least on my first play through, I felt there was a poor flow to the level.   The place is so big and centralized, you might miss where you need to go next. No arrows, the switches are around corners and walls inside of rooms that may or may not have opened. The game has its detail, but detail with greens, browns, a few blue wires across the floors, perhaps to guide you to the next area. It was all lost on me and blurred together into a jumble. While the structures of each new room was different, it's the color scheme and darkness that stayed the same.   Give it a try. There is something redeemable in here for those hardcore enough to endure the first room, let alone the entire map.
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