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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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NuMetalManiak

  

what do we have here? oh wait, another Doom E1 replacement. jeez I play too much of these, and this one honestly doesn't feel as different as the rest. it tries to at least, E1M3 definitely shows how tough it is to get a secret exit, although E1M9 isn't really anything to write home about. short levels overall. no plasma weapons, but we do have non-shareware enemies showing up E1M8 manages to be tough due to the lack of the rocket launcher vs. several barons, then you get one to fight the cyber. may or may not be worth playing, you decide.

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Walter confetti

  

Overall, a pretty good mapset, even if a little hard sometimes

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Guest

  
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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no

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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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    • By antares031 · Posted
      - Above average and interesting map design! - All maps keep the theme of the episode, thus constant. I can remember every unique map. New custom textures were used in all maps, which resulted in a beautiful look throughout the whole megawad. A few maps are just empty, because they were designed to get you out of their stations connect the levels as a hub area, giving you an interesting experience with progression. - Designer had a great idea to finish the wad in MAP25, which is phenomenal under vanilla limitations. - Above average gameplay. Trying to create a great gameplay experience, the designer put A LOT of interesting, but challenging encounters. - Such a memorable ending. Seriously, just download this wad and check it out for yourself.
    • By DoomShark · Posted
      - Below average and boring map design! - All maps looks similar to each other, thus boring, I can't remember any distinct map. Same textures are used in all maps which resulted in a boring look after playing a couple of maps. Many maps are just empty, no monsters no anything, just head to the exit. - Designer ran out of ideas and stopped at map 25, didn't finish the rest. - Below average gameplay, Trying to create a gameplay experience the designer resorted to traps, and A LOT of them, many of them are really deadly. - Anticlimactic end, Designer will kill you and throw you into the deep ocean :(  
    • By Walter confetti · Posted
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    • By rdwpa · Posted
      A 1995 slice-of-city-life map, recreating the office building the author worked in and a nearby Mexican restaurant. The potential negatives aren't too hard to anticipate from that description and the era: it is ugly, the indoor parts with a lifelike floor plan don't play very well, and progression can be opaque. You might want to consult the automap regularly to spot barely marked doors in the dark or two-sided lines teasing hidden areas you need to hump your way into.    Overall though I found it entertaining. It is short enough that the negatives weren't exhausting, and I liked the Doomcute implements and all the inventive bits of functionality, some abstractly puzzly, some lifelike, some bizarre. This map is loaded with these. My favorite were easily the toilets that function as teleporters; I guess the idea is you tunnel through the piping (eww). Later on, when the streetside combat is long over and you need to worm your way through cramped office space, I felt I was playing a game the author constructed. I was understanding my tasks less in the sense of "find a switch" and more like "figure out how to deal with that disgruntled flame-coated employee barricaded in the break room." 
    • By rdwpa · Posted
      The custom textures are fantastic. If you're a mapper seeking a change of pace from the usual Scythe 2 Egypt, both ISIS.wad and Osiris.wad, which provided some resources, permit use of their assets. (Although they would need cleanup to gel with the most polished of modern styles.)   By modern standards, ISIS.wad hasn't held up, either the name or the gameplay. Outside of a few moments, it stays at a difficulty that makes the early parts of Doom 2 feel like a TimeOfDeath map. The bigger issue is that it is also huge and confusing, with progression being lightly marked at best. Near the end, I unwittingly teleported to the start, and I had to reload a save to avoid minutes of backtracking. All the monsters are stock, so if forced to replay it, I'd either use -fast or throw on a gameplay mod that buffs monsters. The saving grace is that the textures make the outdoors and caves look pretty.
      The text file suggests using Doom Legacy, but few people in 2020 know what that is. Fortunately, the wad ran perfectly for me in GZDoom. It requires jumping and swimming.   Bumped up a star for the cool assets, especially since many were crafted by the author.  
       
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