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Alexander "Eternal" S. (aka Deadall)

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One level for any boom compatible and limit removing ports. PrBoom-Plus or GZDoom are recommended. To play this PWAD file, unzip it into the directory with your PWADs then start: glboom-plus.exe -file epic.wad -complevel 9 (g)zdoom.exe -file epic.wad

Important:

Do not play map05 in the current prboom (up to 2.4.8 for now), because of:

a) All existing versions of prboom are buggy on levels with big open areas - precision problems. The latest Eternity release (3.33.33) also can't handle map05 correctly - the same precision problems. Use the latest SVN alphas.

b) The current glboom-plus (2.4.8.2.beta) is much faster on levels with sectors which have too many lines. I got 80 fps in glboom-plus instead of 50 in glboom at map05.

c) Vanilla GLBoom doesn't have an option for quality rendering and it is very noticeable on some levels, especially on the big tower at map05 and in the second room at map03 - big white strips and dots on corners. The effect doubles on ATI cards. Light sky is a headache of prboom. So gl_render_precise should be 1. I hope this variable will be removed in the future versions and quality mode will be forced.

Note: gl_depthbuffer_bits in glboom-plus.cfg should be 24 or 32 to avoid some rare small glitches.

Yo can download the latest prboom-plus here: http://prboom-plus.sourceforge.net/history.html

Base

New from scratch

Build Time

6 month

Editors Used

DoomBuilder 1.68, DeePsea 12.02

Bugs

none




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  • 5
   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member
Fantastic wad. Plays extremely well with Project MSX!

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vomit0/5

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Confusing as hell

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galileo31dos01

  • 5
  

Done on HMP/continuous/saves.

 

First of all, there are 5 maps not "one level", might be a mistake in the text file. Back to the review, this is a very nice adventure-like mapset. Apparently the author is a master in aesthetics, and this was a lovely introduction (for me) to what he's capable to do. The textures are really neat, you get to navigate into the ruins, in a desert which is also set as a war-zone, although there's vegetation and water too... anyway, I really liked the environment in this mapset, Eternal did not limit the player to indoors exploration only but also on the surroundings, parts of the maps that normally would be just for visuals, like in map 03 where you must find a key in between a lot of palms. Also, there are many parts with deep-water, an effect used really cool here. The music selection is nice too, well the midi in map 01 starts a bit too loud but gets better soon, the menu screen midi is my favourite so far. 

 

Gameplay is more on the low pressure side, with incidental combat being the most present. The mapset is clearly meant to be played from a casual adventure/exploratory perspective, slow-paced, rather than full slaughtery. I think it's pretty consistent with the kind of monster placement throughout the levels, not suddenly turning into something out of place. Usually you'll find them hidden on corners prepared to attack the player in their moments of distraction, if not they will pop up in front of you or teleport in spacious rooms. It gradually gets harder but overall the level of threat is according to progression, and for example enemies like archviles or arachnotrons rarely make an appearance until the last map. Talking about progression, some of the maps are very big and moderately non-linear, with keys and switch-hunts, except you may never get lost unless you want to find all the secrets, and there are a lot! There's only one straightforward map which is set on a train working, creating an effect I don't know the name of, though it was funny how it left a caco corpse behind disappearing.

 

In regards to the secrets, pay attention to the linedefs in the automap, and the gore-ish details Eternal put to tell you something. I personally liked the ones that you go underground and end up navigating tunnels on deep water. Without the secrets you'll be fine anyways.

 

For favourite maps I'd pick 02 and 03, but I liked them all in more or less the same way.

 

Overall, not sure if this was "epic" but I had a lot of fun, there's just something about exploration in Doom I can't help myself but to love it, and I truly recommend it to anyone that likes this theme as much as I do. If not, avoid it completely, or play for the visuals only. This is a 10/10 for me. 

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Spectre01

  • 5
  
Epic wad. Does what it sets out to do extremely well. Very impressive train map as well as the mastodonian finale. 5 shades wearing Zombiemen out of 5 black headband Chaingunners.

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trrobin

  • 5
  
Really nice level set. Looks great and is fun to play. Recommended.

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NuMetalManiak

  • 5
  
awesome thematic mapset which is very immersive and balanced.

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  • 4
  
Very mixed bag, played @ UV. Map01 is too simple, map02 is consistent but has too many snipers. Map03 is an excellent 'Chris Couleur & Bob Evans go Inca'-style map. Superbly done! Map04 is a small, good-looking but not so interesting train map with predictable gameplay. Final map05 is a huge open area with a few decorated places and a tower; it's too ambitious and the outside fights are simple and plain boring. Overall: map03 = 5* legendary; for the rest: design 2-4, gameplay 2-3, which makes a small 4*.

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Pinchy

  • 4
  
Based. But the music for map 5 is too short and loud.

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  • 5
  
Five high quality levels with five different themes! Better gameplay than Epic 2, at least for single player.

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  • 5
  
F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C

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  • 5
  
I loved all the levels. Make more levels Deadall! Level 3 had me stuck for years because I pushed a scary face on the back of a headstone first instead of pushing the face on the front first. Who Knew? When I finally noticed the face on the front is when eureka happened and I could progress to get keys. I always thought the yellow key was first to get. Grrr.

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  • 5
  
OMG, Deadall is the best wad author EVER! 5/5

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  • 5
  
One word: EPIC. 5 stars deserves map05 alone, but with other there must be 6 stars.

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  • 5
  
Really nice wad, i like all the maps which is odd cuz i normally dont like none void/hell maps. 5/5

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  • 4
  
An excellent piece of work. I was kind of expecting a custom boss at the end, but then again I'm a sucker for a cool boss battle. That aside, I enjoyed this wad immensely from start to finish. 4 stars. --Obsidian

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  • 4
  
Loved it! I could'nt kill those Soldierzombies with their cute sunglasses. ^^ And the ones with the hats and bandanas, SO cute! Liked it! Want more!

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  • 5
  
Alexander's works are no less than revolutionary! I can honestly say he is the only man who deserves to get laid by 7 willing females at once :P 5/5 - B.Krypto.

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  • 5
  
IF YOU DONT DOWNLOAD THIS WAD NOW, YOU'RE A SINNER

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  • 5
  
The theme wad by which all other theme wads ought to be judged. Architecture, gameplay, and atmosphere are all superb. Map02 and map05 are the highlights but all the levels are excellent. Much better than the sequel. 5/5 --Woolie

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  • 5
  
Yeah! That IS Epic! Great maps. Maybe only some switch hunt was quite problem. There are lot of buttons and you dont know, what they could do. but... 5/5 - Damned

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  • 5
  
It definitely lives up to its name! 5/5

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  • 5
  
Eternal shows here why he is one of my favourite mappers. 5/5

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  • 4
  
Pretty good overall, though the desert theme gets pretty bland by Map 3, there's some nice areas mixed in that save this wad from total blandness. also quite a challenge on UV, and the ammo is well balanced, though I had to Beserk fist a fair number of times. Overall, definately worth the time, 4 stars.

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  • 5
  
Wow! Long time since I played such an impressive WAD. Huge worlds with interesting details, great ideas and lot's of action. The russian dude is my new mapping hero now! 5/5 - Optimus

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  • File Reviews

    • By jwilliams051197 · Posted
      These maps suck, please put more effort.
    • By Summer Deep · Posted
      A short set of maps by the author of the excellent Alkylation. These are not quite as ambitious, but still imaginative and with plenty of quality action. Be prepared in particular for some close-quarters encounters with Revenants, Mancubuses and Barons in tight corridors or confined spaces. There's also a custom designed boss at the end which takes a bit of seeing off....   A slight oddity of this wad is the inclusion of mini-levels with just a handful of monsters. The last of these, the 'Postludium', takes place after the boss encounters, and requires you to defeat a Cyberdemon in order to get back to your spaceship. There don't appear to be any ammo or weapons around, so pistol starts are out of the question and you'll be dependent on carryovers from the previous level - make sure to have a good scavenge around before leaving it.   Played on UV, continuous, GZDoom.    
    • By Dedalus 80 · Posted
      Quick and fun to play map. Well chosen music and nice gothic setting. Medium/high difficulty.
    • By Dedalus 80 · Posted
      The maps are visually and structurally mediocre. Hope you can improve and finish them. Above all, fights need some attention: they are very boring.
    • By Dedalus 80 · Posted
      Beautiful, demanding and engaging mapset. The difficulty level is (too?) high in the latest maps. Recommended.