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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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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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Unholypimpin

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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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  • 5
  
Just damned good stuff. "Eternal"/Deadall must be mapper of the year, hands down. [Suggest the first three reviews are removed now that the file has been successfully uploaded.]

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  • 5
  
fucking epic as shit

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  • 5
  
It looks very good, create more doomlevels!

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  • File Reviews

    • By Cacodemon345 · Posted
      Pretty solid megawad. Everything about this wad is simply excellent.
    • By galileo31dos01 · Posted
      Done on HMP/continuous/saves.   Ever wondered what is that "slaughter" thing that everyone talks about?... Here it is! Well, a part of it, and if you are totally new to this genre, you came to the right place. This is a very fun wad in many aspects, not just the slaughter component but also visually, almost every map is placed in a different theme: starting from ruined techs entering to snowland, then arriving to a gothic fortress and, well more gothic/hellish environments, culminating into a massive dark underground (gothic of course) citadel, which has top notch detailing (and no, details do not interfere with gameplay, I assure you). I quite appreciated this variation, and I have to admit that hordes + gothic textures are a great combination. Plus, the soundtrack is amazing, some strong and some smooth tracks depending on the case, I particularly loved maps 08 and 12 midis as they are more quiet yet fitting.    The combat component is pretty consistent, usually offering hordes to slaughter in multiple ways, with a moderate demand of crowd control, trap-based or not. One of the most common ways to handle the situations Rush provide is via circlestrafing + infighting, periodically removing what gets in the way. I preferred the occasions in which you must shape the scenario to be able to control the herd, which required some quick reactions and movement skills. In terms of progression, save for maps 06 and 12 that are more complex, the maps are fairly linear and easy to understand. As far as monster placement goes, revenants can be nasty in this wad, in companion to hell knights for your typical infighting shows. Yeah, mid and high-tiers in the majority, and rare presence of former humans, leaving the hitscan action into your hands, and a few spiders scattered in the set. Plus, there's a new mancubus a bit tougher and creepier than the ordinary, not an outstanding addition but something to be alert of. Archi made good use of the areas to put pressure not only from the monsters on the ground but from a considerate number of turrets. He also didn't abuse of lock-ins, so don't be surprised if you can leave and camp behind a hole, but expect to find more stuff ready to punish you for cheesing. When it comes to my personal highlights, I share some of Alfonzo's ones, particularly his last point, that was hilarious as one second I was exploring all cool all relaxed and the next one I was running in panic on lava like oh shit!. I'll also add that part in map 10 where I was pushed against my will into a room with monsters on grandstands, it was so funny.    Secret-wise, they are the usual different/misaligned-texture with a power-up or weapon inside, but there are also secret telefrag chains to save ammo, and secret fights!. The most complex map (12) has the hardest-to-find ones, so pay attention.    For favourite maps I'll pick 01, 06, 10 and 12. Unfortunately the last one has a bug that prevented me from exiting, otherwise a gorgeous map. No disliked maps.    Overall, I found it pretty accessible to anyone with enough experience in the game, so give it a try, at least on HMP, it's fun and worth of replay. Of course, avoid it if you hate hordes, after all, it's not the author's fault if you don't take a second to read the description ("boom-compatible slaughterish maps", yeah it's pretty clear to me), or play something else... My rate is 8/10.
    • By Bauul · Posted
      Four small, slightly surreal maps from Obsidian.  Similarly styled, these are short, taught, oppressive experiences where you navigate around the small (often vertical) areas finding switches to expand the play-area.  Each new lever introduces a new hostility to the area and requires a new strategy to beat.  It's not a hugely dissimilar experience to the more creative constructions found in various Confinement wads.   What really lifts this mapset is an excellent adhesion to a strong, well-realized atmosphere.  The maps give you the sense of being part of some strange experiment, with the small maps feeling at times like some kind of hellish test chamber.  The music, textures, architecture and even difficulty settings all come together with strong cohesion, and lend the mapset a personality that's only emphasized with it's well-suited name: who are what Tink is remains an unanswered question, not helped by the slightly creepy final epilogue map.   Some of the fights don't flow quite as well as they could do thanks to the small play space, but overall a very enjoyable little collection.  
    • By Fonze · Posted
      Adorable is a word I'd agree with for this wad and will start my review with for the purpose of extending the power of the subliminal advertising here.   Unfortunately, this wad is small and limited in resources, so even trying to look at this in the light of wads that don't contain maps still has this wad coming up short. Would love to see the author take these assets, add some more, and learn about map design in the advanced GzDoom engine, as this has potential and it would be cool to explore some more areas with this going on.   Definitely give it a download and a quick look, if just for how cutesy it is :D
    • By Agent6 · Posted
      Alright, another wad finished (moments before writing this), played through GZDoom 3.2.5 in Software.   So what do I think? Well it's damn good in my book. The gameplay is solid and fun for the most part, not very challenging though, and the levels are consistent in general, except perhaps MAP15 which is my least favorite due to the confusing design and the fact that it's a simply boring level (and ugly). Another one would be MAP18 "Cargo Bay", a rather simple and tricky level, but which offers very little and apparently also suffers from a game-breaking bug, the first time I played the map the yellow door was inaccessible even with all the switches pulled, I had to restart the level, after which it was fine. The tech based levels rely mostly on simple gray-ish textures, but they all look pretty good in general.    Being made by TeamTNT it's unavoidable to answer the question "How does it compare to Evilution?" And my answer is that, overall it is superior, even the bad levels. TNT was much more experimental and it didn't handle non tech based levels very well, and the maps that sucked, sucked really, really bad, whereas this one does a much better job, my favorite maps being MAP14 "Fortress of Evil" and MAP19 "Blessed Are the Quick" . Despite being well balanced most of the time, there are some maps which do troll the player, MAP16 "Bootcamp" being one such offender. A Cyberdemon in a very cramped space? How about no, I preferred to run away.   There are also some dumb design decisions in some levels, for instance, in MAP20 "War Temple" you have to take a lift to access a teleport which takes you back to the starting area. Now the problem is that, that lift is very small and in its middle is a red pillar which makes the movement and entering the aforementioned area very, very difficult, and for no reason. But, it's poor choices such as this that can ruin the entire experience, an otherwise very good map which is also challenging. Other bad maps, despite actually looking nice, have, well, absolutely terrible gameplay, one such example being MAP28 "Excavations". As good as it seemed to be initially when I looked through a window back at the starting area, I was quickly let down. There's a sheer amount of enemies in this map overall, but the area to the right of the starting zone that is reached through a short section of tunnels is the worst by far. It becomes infested by Cacodemons and Pain Elementals which will teleport immediately after killing the only Shotgun Guy there, and all you can do is hide in the tunnels and use a powerful weapon of your choice to obliterate the large wave of enemies, I used the BFG. This is nothing but detestable... why? Well, I understand that it is supposed to be challenging and catch you off guard, this area makes it very obvious that it's nothing less than a nasty trap, but there's a night and day difference between challenge and poor gameplay, just like the Cyberdemon in Bootcamp, those are obstacles which only serve as a means of artificially increasing the difficulty and not making the player do something intelligent to beat the area, or map, and contribute to frustration.   The final map is unusually easy, quite possibly the easiest I've played to this day, needing to destroy a reactor this time around but since the area is very large everything goes very smooth and you don't even have to bother with the enemies at all. In fact, I daresay it's not challenging at all.   The music in this wad is solid, there's not much else I can say about it, TeamTNT surely has a good ear for quality music which helps creating the overall atmosphere of the levels.   I have only ever run into one but major bug (see the second paragraph), but beside that, no other technical issues encountered. All things considered, I very much enjoyed this. It could've been a little better, yes, but it's solid for the most part, so I give it 4 stars.