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ZEUS.WAD

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The ZEUS Level is a showpiece for what can be achieved with a colour scanner and a little (ha!) patience. Not a technically stunning level design-wise, but a good taster of things-to-come when other people pick up the idea of new textures seriously. Music score not composed by anyone, Graphics and original idea by yours truly, and WAV sound effects by Nic Dyde at the Post Cafe, rue de Bern, Geneva.


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Ordon

  

great level, ahead of it's time

 

 

but seriously, i liked this level, had a good laugh over it 

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Argenteo

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Cacophonic "Steven" soundpack, baby pillars, Giger texturing, horrible gameplay, pits of death. Short sweet Jokewad. 94'

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Whoever gave this stupid wad a 10 for having boobs is full of shit.A remark like that is considered sexist.Shame on you!

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Guest

  
Jolly good show. Did anyone manage to grab the BFG? I think these Giger textures were used again in another wad, a gladiatoral arena.

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Guest

  
This is quite bad in almost any aspect. New sounds are hopeless. Gameplay is too primitive. Overall this is far below the average 1994 map. Small 1* because it has some new textures.

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Has tits- 10/10 Would play again

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WOW, new textures in 1994!Or it is not cool for that year?I dont know.I finished this level in 16 seconds and can say - VOMIT!

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Both previous reviewers gave a score of zero... I was tempted to do the same, as this is terrible 1994 rubbish with some sounds, but at least it does actually work so 2/5 meh!

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Horribly out-of-place Giger textures, stupid sound effects, and - indeed - a 1994ish layout. It may have been if new textures were really still a thing of the future when this was released, but from today's perspective, it's worthless. Sorry.

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The soundfx are annoying and normal doors are unmarked. Going after the BFG sends you into a death trap. Only good part was the caco room fight.

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This is from July 1994. It has a lot of H R Giger wall textures, which unfortunately means that you can't see the doors; there's a new sound replacement which is terrible. I don't think the author cared about the layout, it's square and there's no gameplay. I ended up exiting the level accidentally, after falling into a lava pit and flicking a switch - you can finish the level in about twenty seconds that way.

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    • By Obsidian · Posted
      This is a bit of an interesting one to revisit for me: Whispers of Satan was a mapset I played fairly early in my mapping career and it's influenced my approach to level construction and visual design more than I initially realized. At the time I ran out of steam around MAP22, but recently I decided to take another stab at it and finish all the levels. Which I did! Having done so, these are my thoughts.   Gotta start with the big one: Whispers of Satan is a damn good-looking mapset. Excellent texture usage and attention to detail were big draws for me when I first played this years ago and I ended up mimicking it a lot in my own work: to some degree I still do, honestly. Maps like MAP10, MAP16 and MAP28 stand out as particularly good examples of this school of design, with all the detailing work coming together to craft an excellent sense of place. This is bolstered by the custom soundtrack, which has some absolute bangers in it (in my decidedly unmusical opinion :P).   I also gotta shout out the fact that Paul and Kristian undeniably had fun putting this together, as can be evidenced by the silly little easter eggs and gags that are present throughout. There's the secret and super secret maps of course, but you can also spot a little bit of silliness in the main lineup and it's a touch I appreciate in the way that it gives a mapset life and charm. Again, it's something I was inspired by in my early mapping career and you can thank WoS for any gaff or joke you find in my own maps.   There is however an elephant in the room that I have to address and that is the map design itself. Other reviewers have pointed out the excessive symmetry that plagues a lot of the map architecture, but there is also a general sense of formula that can wear on you as you progress through the megawad: by the time you're in the final third of the main block of maps, you can distinctly see them falling into the same gameplay pattern and it starts chafing in a big way. MAP25 and MAP29 are two big culprits in my eyes, but there are plenty of early maps that follow the same formula and get a pass simply because of their placement in the megawad and (relatedly) the length of those experiences. This formulaic approach also creeps into the gameplay and monster usage and serves to make the latter half of the megawad something of a slog to get through, which explains why I didn't progress past MAP22 all those years ago.   I ain't gonna say that it doesn't deserve its Cacoward or anything though: I can appreciate the work that went into creating Whispers of Satan and the influence it had on what came after. It definitely has its flaws and as a gameplay experience it doesn't really hold up, but I can still admire it as a piece of Dooming history and I wouldn't be the mapper I am today if it didn't exist.
    • By Walter confetti · Posted
      Take a shot at this editor on dosbox and it's pretty impressive for such a old editor! Pretty easy and competent program, looks like a ancient version of the most popular Doom Builder editor.
    • By Maribo · Posted
      Heaven, with a blue coat of paint.
    • By JudgeDeadd · Posted
      A 10-minute long map with fairly unremarkable gameplay. As is the case with many old maps, its main strength is the visual variety of the different locations. Still, there's not that much in terms of exploration or branching paths; a good part of the map is just going from room to room and shooting at the anemic groups of monsters. Not terrible, but not a classic. 
    • By Dexiaz · Posted
      A surprisingly good map (especially for the date of release), which is actually a regular Doom 1 map with spicy content in kind of "secret" areas. The funny thing is the difficulty due to the readme info. Play it on UV, today it's a pretty easy map for Doom players.
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