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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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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 Walter confetti · Posted
      Big, fun exploration map with a really good theme... Visplanes crash on vanilla DOOM2.exe, works without any problem with doom2+
    • By P41R47 · Posted
      I really liked the free alternative to TNT: Evilution.
      Icarus: Alien Vanguard is a totally different monster but somehow similar, made by the same monster team.
      This lacked a proper dehacked patch with custom text, but @NightFright made a neat fix for that, telling a compelling story that is really entertaining to play.
      The maps are amazing. The best maps here are far better than Evilution's best maps. The bad ones here, are just bad Doom 2 level maps, so there is little to be really bad all in all.
      But, Icarus had the same little ill as Evilution had, last ten maps completely drags the experience. At least, this maps are better than the ten last from Evilution.

      Team TNT has shown that not only are good mappers, they also are good storytellers and that, in a game like Doom, is something to be proud of. And they achive this even working non stop to release this before Evilution hit the streets, so, even if some maps feel a little rushed, they are great!
      The soundtrack is a key element here. Bringing an awesome personallity to this outstanding mapset full of neat ideas.

      Thanks team TNT for this amazing megawad.    
    • By P41R47 · Posted
      ETERNAL DooM is not a megawad, its an experience that had to be lived to be fully undertanded.
      This is the megawad of the 90's for me in terms of exploration and atonishing sightseeing og the marvelous structures around.
      This megawad its one of the few that awakes in me a sense of wonder like no other.
      And to make things better, i played the incredible dehacked patch that @NightFright made, that adds maps names and new text screens with a custom story. This is the ultimate way to play this outstanding work.

      Now to the flaws: the first two levels are what really define if you would play this megawad or not. The first maps is corridor after corridor, with a little puzzle for the keys to enable the exit, after that, the second map is something completely different, with a very big puzzle map that will catch everybody unprepared. If you can reach map three, your surely are at it now, and after that, is a big alley up, a pretty big mountain ahead full of wonders.

      Thanks team Eternal and TNT for this amazing work of art. This possibly is the best megawad i played soo far and the one that i most liked. It has almost everything, new textures and graphics, new way of thinking maps, extremelly clever puzzles, a lot of exploration and a full experience.

      What it lacks? Maybe a proper graphic for the end boss, a proper BOSSBACK also, and some new monsters would be cool, but for a megawad from 1997, this is almost perfect.
      And the soundtrack!
      God, thats a marvelous soundtrack!
    • By NuMetalManiak · Posted
      so it seems I have not actually written a full review of Eternal Doom yet, Eternal Doom is often touted as the classic megawad of getting lost, with people crying "SWITCH HUNT!" and completely obtuse progression no casual player can think of. yet if I were to have a say, I'd say it's the best thing TeamTNT ever actually made. by comparison, Icarus is a standard megawad with some weird bits, and the same for Evilution. Daedalus is all sorts of fucked up, and the deathmatch sets aren't memorable to the singleplayer levels. this means that Eternal Doom forever stands the test of time despite its age.   you'll be happy for some of the shorter maps, which include MAP01, MAP06-08, MAP16-18, MAP21, and contrary to popular belief, MAP28. for the rest though, you'll get lost, that's the whole point. you'll likely cry foul at the obtuseness of several of the levels, in which knowing the author style really sort of helps. but when you're not hating it, you're liking it. some puzzles are actually fun, and combat remains serviceable in most locations. there's still loads of obscurity, so it helps to use that automap, especially for the memorable MAP12.   from the looks of it, it looks like Chris Couleur and Dia Westerteicher were the two who's maps will likely be felt the most. Couleur's style is making generally expansive locations in medieval fields, so there's a lot of room to run around in and quite a lot of meat in every nook and cranny imaginable. I can perhaps think it would get old after a while, but MAP11 is a nice treat and easily the best map he's done. Westerteicher seems to be responsible for most of the shorter outings, all of which have at least one bit of obtuse progression that casual players won't see. MAP03 is his best work if I'm being honest, and one of the best ways to utilize six keys in a non-Boom fashion. for the other authors, we have Adam Landefeld, with two large and two short maps, usually similar in style to Dia, Alex Mayberry, with two very linear levels, and Paul Schmitz, who may have made two short maps by ED standards, but actually somehow manages to make their progression memorable by being quite perplexing.   the showstealers are Sverre Kvernmo, Jim Flynn, and Bob Evans. it's likely these are the ones who's maps will be the ones you'll get lost in the most. Kvernmo went with MAP04, a large crate maze and sewer system, although progressing through it is generally just long, while MAP05 is actually quite short. MAP12 however is a certified magnum opus, a nicely done medieval castle with an interesting puzzle for the yellow key that still proves memorable to this day. the late Jim Flynn holds three rather notorious maps, the first being Monster Mansion (MAP31) a map that holds the most insane realism of a mansion with loads of crannies. the next is the appropriately named Beginner's End (MAP25) with numbers of confusing puzzles, and having to retrace your steps often, then right after that is the frantic MAP26, loads of ground to cover but hard to even go around. then there's Bob Evans; if MAP20 makes you squirm trying to figure out where and what is to be done, MAP30 will certainly be a true treasure hunt. these two maps are the ones where you'll need all the luck and patience to go through them.   I've played Eternal Doom all the way through many times, and my opinion of stuff tends to shift constantly on each and every map, but I tend to enjoy what I play through as I go along and memorize where anything and everything is. Eternal Doom surprisingly has linear key progression throughout the entire set, something that I'd love to see done in level progression diagrams some time soon. its maps are made out to be both long and memorable and perfectly deliver on those fronts, standing the test of time to this day. of course, there are much longer and larger maps than even Excalibur, which shows how inspirational the whole set ends up being to make much longer creative children. all this makes this the greatest accomplishment TeamTNT ever made.
    • By RonLivingston · Posted
      I have to say this, But this is the most scariest wad I've ever played, you know the yuri battle before all of those pictures came up, the super scream sound nearly made me have nightmares!
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