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The Outer Darkness

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This map is heavily inspired by Episode 4 of The Ultimate Doom, especially E4M1 and E4M6. It was originally made for a project called The Ninth Gate that never saw the light of day.

Most of it was made (on and off) during 2001-03 using DoomCAD (the exit area was built using Doom Builder though). I didn't know you could select multiple linedefs in DoomCAD back then, so I was actually insane enough to manually select each and every linedef, apply the texture and align it. If only I had that kind of patience/time now :)

The map is very straightforward (too straightforward maybe?), so you shouldn't have any problems finding your way. The level music is from Duke Nukem 3D, the other tracks (which are awesome IMO) were composed by Damian Lee.

Note: The lava in the map doesn't hurt, it's used for artistic purposes only.


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NuMetalManiak

  

one often wonders about early Cacoward winners and how obscure they can be when you look at them today. The Outer Darkness is one of those, and is an E4M1 replacement that honestly doesn't ring any bells. on the surface, it's all there is, an E4M1 replacement with decent gameplay and an okay challenge. it's designed well enough and plays pretty well. there is a bit of a linearity problem, but smart players will know what to get before pushing through things. this is just a nice level and that's all there is to it.

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JudgeDeadd

  

A fun and very good-looking level, if a bit easy and straightforward.

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This is an ice-looking, unexceptional level that reinforces the brilliance of the double shotgun. When I first played Doom II, I was disappointed that there was only one new weapon; but playing this Doom I level with cacodemons and frickin' lost souls I was reminded just how tedious and sloggy the single shotgun was. It was fantastic in its day, but that was 1994. For some reason the lava doesn't hurt.

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Pretty good, but it feels overlabored. Some areas are too cramped.

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This is a pretty cool level. Some areas feel a bit cramped and tight. I thought there were too many lost souls and cacodemons. 4/5

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I love the style of Varun's maps. I wish there would be many more. 5 stars.

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-1 for Doom1. 5/5 Zalewa

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Is it only my opinion, but I really feel on the design, that the author come from India ;) Design and details are great and atmospheric. The gameplay suffers by some cramped rooms. But overall really good map. 4/5 - Damned

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^I agree, the map was well designed but the gameplay was quite frustrating in later level, the point where I had to fight a Cyberdemon (in my case it was another monster because I used AEOD) to the room you get teleported which is filled with monsters surrounding you (fuck that room because I died few times, I was low on health) was a very frustrating experience, there was ammo but not health very much, which kinda ruined the gameplay. I will be generous and give 4/5. -Doomer95

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The design was great, I love the style and it's very detailed and polished, but I totally hated the gameplay. Actually I'm usually much more sensitive to architectural creativity than occasional frustration in gameplay department, but here the inconsistency is so big, I'll have to dock down for it, even if it looks quite bloody awesome. 3 stars. -TeH NeXus

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Nice detail, kinda cramped areas and hard gameplay, though good enough for my taste. 4/5 - OPtimus

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Looks better then it plays, wood/marble map. Unless you jump you can get stuck in the opening room. It is indeed too straightforward, you go from switch to switch. Compared to e4m6 it doubles the monster count but they're easy to kill (on uv), ammo/health balance is too generous too. This map looks great but I found it boring to play 3/5 coldfusio

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Lightning Hunter

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A fantastic looking map that is let down by the layout. There is a baffling "secret" near the start that allows you to skip most of the map, but with no ammo or weapons to fight the last few hordes guarding the exit. To make things worse, you can't backtrack to get the weapons that were skipped. The layout is also cramped, making the game play annoying. The lava doesn't cause damage, which is silly. Odark is visually very impressive, but suffers on the game play front.

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Loved this map, and didn't find gameplay issues. Should have been tacked right into E4.

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