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Crimson

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A single level based on the Doom 64.


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whirledtsar

  

I wanted to like this since it purports to be Doom 64-inspired (a game I love), but unfortunately it doesn't hit the mark at all. Very few stock Doom 2 textures have been replaced. The monster sprites are all D64 rips, but only some of the sounds have been changed. The weapon sprites are rips too, but their animations are pretty poor. And overall it fails to capture the atmosphere of D64, having a rock & roll MIDI soundtrack and almost all bright lighting. Beyond the failure to emulate D64, the level design is simply not fun. There are way too many doors, half of which require a switch yet have zero distinguishing features - meaning you'll constantly be stopping to open doors, half of the time not even being able to progress. And the switches to open those doors are in completely random locations, meaning you never know exactly where to go next - just that you have to backtrack somewhere. Overall not at all an enjoyable experience.

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I hate Doom 64, so I don't like this one... You have to be a real Doom 64 freak to find this interesting. 2/5, because the level alone looks good.

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Good use of Doom 64 monsters and weapons! 5/5

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Very good job! Awesome monsters! 5/5 - Arch

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It has good action and funny doom64 gfx but it had me running around because a button opened some random door that is not connected for the 20th time. Ugh! Or is it trying to mock the Doom64 gameplay (I haven't played it but one level and I remember something similar :P) 3/5 - Optimus

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Brilliant!

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What the.. I jus...- ok, this map is fundamentally broken. Apparently you cannot step backwards... this needs to be fixed ASAP! ~CSon

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It's a very good map.I like the use of Doom 64 things!

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It was okay for a DooM 64 based map, couldn't really get into it much. 3/5.-Candle M

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This map is broken... It seems you start at the exit, and taking 2 steps forward ends the level.

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Sorry folks.I forgot the player start in the end of the stage.I'm gonna upload the fixed version soon.I apologize for this mistake.-doomaniac.

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Open the zip, extract the pk3 file, rename pk3 to *.zip, open said zip and extract Crimson.wad. Now edit Crimson.wad in your favourite editor and move the player1 start to where the player 2, 3 & 4 are... it's actually a pretty good map without all the other *.wad's added (in my opinion). This is a 4 maybe a 5 star wad, but only 3 due to cataclysmic error. 3/5

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    • By elend · Posted
      Awesome small map set focusing on tiny corridors and exploring huge interconnected maps. I really, really enjoyed traversing the different maps and although they are very, very crammed and chock full of nooks and crannies, I rarely got really lost. Sure, once I got a key, I had to find that specific red / blue / yellow door again, but as with any exploration focused games, it is best to remember where important locations are in a map.   What really amazed me was the look of the maps. This is the perfect amount of vanilla detail, imho. Every room looks detailed without being too crammy or confusing. All maps have a very concise look and clear sight lines, which makes navigation really easy and overally just fun. Monster placement also makes good use of all the crammed corridors, the windows, the corners, etc. by placing monsters in a way, that they more often than not surprise you from behind a corner. It's best to slowly and methodically proceed through those bases and take your time. This is not run and gun Doom.   Absolutely gorgeous in all aspects, amazing works.
    • By P41R47 · Posted
      I struggle to replay this one for a long time. I didn't remember much of this so its was like a first time. Strain is a different beast to anything from the same time. It uses dehacked to great extents adding new enemies and changing the behaviour of some of the weapons.
      Well, first episode is pretty solid, with neat maps and really awesome ideas as the authors of the wad start to unfold their dehacked trickery all around. Second episode its not that good, with some cryptic maps with not so clear progression, but well overall.
      Third episode has some maps like the second, but they are a little more fleshed out and with a lot better visuals also. The end map was somewhat anticlimatic, but anyway, a really great experience through and through.

      Now what i don't liked much is that most ports have to use the Strain Fix to properly been able to play this mapset, and the authors of that fix, don't know why, changed the sky textures of the different episodes.
      Its nothing really bad, but well, it strange that they didn't respected the authors original choice.

      Dystopya 3 maps really stands out from the mapset, or maybe i remember them more as i have fresh memories from a recent replay.   The mood of the megawad is greatly achieved through the use of neat textures and map tricks. I really miss that there are no fake 3D bridges anywhere in the megawad, and i really love them when they are given good use.   The story of is somewhat mixed bag: theres a new invasion, you are the only marine that survived to the Invasion of earth, and they government made some experiments with you. Now you are a bloodthirsty machine that only wants the destruction of the invaders.
      The text screens during game are strange, with a snarky humor and poking fun of some common tropes. Not bad, but i would prefer something more serious as the megawad has really cool details everywhere, like revisiting zones and fully developed reactor areas, etc. making the storytelling side of the maps really awesome to follow. But again, some maps has poor progression hindering the experience a little.   Anyway, this is something that needs to be played and replayed, just to see those dehacked tricks and for theose awesome good maps. I had better memories of this than what i actually play, so i was expecting something more and better, but thats my problem, the megawad is amazing as it is.
    • By vdgg · Posted
      This mapper did create good stuff, pazuzu, diabolos and odyssey. This is way, way below these WADs. I am the first reviewer to mention massive (but massive) HOMs on MAP10! 2 stars for: - awesome grey blocks area in motion in the middle of MAP08 - some occasional decent moments, I guess MAP03 is fine, MAP04 is okayish. - visually it is not bad for 1996. But come on. One motif is: "press switch A to lower a lift, press switch B that opens a door somewhere far, but press it a bit later, just to get in time to the lift, not too early as the door will shut". After that door you often have a wall of monsters, so sometimes you retreat and repeat. This motif is used over and over and over again. You also experience cramped mazy hallways quite a lot and lots of damaging floors. Some of these damaging floors are used for extra spice during combat, but most of them are there to make you think faster about the puzzle solution :) It is not easy for me to pick the worst map, MAP05, 07 and 09 set the bar quite high. And it is me who is writing this, I enjoy cleim20, odessas, some cryptic stuff, but I just can't stand >80% of this creation.
    • By chlef · Posted
      Not the prettiest maps, but very nice to play. Old school goodness.  
    • By chlef · Posted
      Yeah, this is what Doom is supposed to be. Basic and enjoyable, no gimmicks or stupid sound/graphic mods. Just pure Doom. This is a keeper.
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