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ZPack - Random Maps for ZDoom

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A megawad of 3 themed episodes, each of them with numerous maps fully taking the advantage of ZDoom's features!


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MuratMikal

  

Played all maps in HMP difficulty with keyboard only. This is an interesting megawad which use several features present in ZDOOM such as swimming underwater, attacking monsters with help of friendly marines, flying upward through a giant fan among others. All maps are well design but few aren't balanced properly (for example E2M3 and E3M0, which really need more health). Speaking of E3M0, it is the worst map of the megawad, besides not balanced properly it's very cramped and all over the place. The best for me are E1M7, E1M8, E2M7, E3M3, E3M4, E3M5, E3M6, E3M7, E3M8 and E3M9. All the other maps are OK to play. I would reccomend only for those who don't mind some customs monsters.
 

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Nems

  

I really wanted to give this four stars because the levels are beautiful and a lot of work clearly went into these, making a lot of use of ZDoom's features. However, I'm giving it three stars because the gameplay is a mixed bag. I wasn't a fan of Tormentor667's timed section (though there was plenty of time to complete it signs of where to go in that level aren't clear; I had to consult a YouTube video on where to find the red key). Some of the custom monsters felt cheap as hell to encounter. Finally, the last map can fuck right off, especially when killing the boss results in an explosion that drains your health. Considering all the other bullshit you have to go through during the boss battle, having enough health to even make it through that arena-wide explosion to get to the exit is a luck of the draw.

 

I'll likely play through this again at some point but not for a while. It's hard for me to recommend this as a full playthrough to others though. There's some standout maps in this collection that are worth playing regardless (Vader's and skillsaw's maps come to mind).

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silentzorah

  

Pretty solid ZDoom megawad.  Very few maps that I found poor in quality.  Challenge level is acceptable, secret levels are pretty fun.  Wished more ZDoom wads were like this.

 

I would have rated this five stars, but failing to credit me for the boss music in E1M9 merits four stars.

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Combinebobnt

  
Mixed bag, but as long as you avoid the bad maps that take 10 hours and play the good maps that take 10 hours, then you are alright

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Guest

  
Not bad :-P

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I would have to say that this was a pretty cool map set from the time I was playing it. The new monster designs kicked ass. It was very atmospheric and it had a nice layout on some of the maps. Over all it was tough, but good if you got nothing better to do. 4/5!-Candle M

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dahm this is awesome

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A real mishmash of quality, mostly bad, I found most of the maps to be pretty lame but its worth downloading just for Vader's four maps and Xaser's map "Sector". - MasterOFDeath

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Like the new CC4, a couple of maps are extreme standouts. In addition to Vader's Thunderpeak (even though it's been released separate) and equally awesome Blackrock, Zippy's Terror Cube, skillsaw's two maps (but mainly the latter of them), and Xaser's Sector are far too good to miss. I can only give 4 stars this time because there are a lot more maps compared to CC4 that are, tbh, pretty bland. But you need to download it for Terror Cube, Blackrock, skillsaw's E3M8, and Sector at the very least.

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This is easily my favorite megawad!:)

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As always with a community (mega)wad, you have a mixed bag. Some maps are really cool, some aren't, but this project doesn't deserve all the bashing I've seen earlier. Wrote a small article on ZPack here, for those who can read French : http://lacommunaute. forum2jeux.com/pwads -f11/zdoom-zpack-t14 68.htm 4 stars. [WH]-Wilou84

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Incredible! These maps are pretty, good and a fuckin really gameplay =) 5 stars Darkness

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At some point in episode 2, right after the first text screen, the game loaded to Map02 Underhalls for some reason. Otherwise a decent set.

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Awesome collection of maps. Also, this is only megawad I played start to finish with Brutal Doom. Surprisingly enjoyable experience since BD tends to mess up balance on most wads I tried to play with it, making them either to easy or to hard. Not here. So if you were looking for maps that are good match for BD, ZPack is probably best choice.

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Copy and paste and all the maps and all the rooms in every map look the same. And those black monsters that look like they're taking a dump and those anorectic imps suck. 0

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awesome wad. A MUST!

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You guys are really coming out as good level designers - that includes the kzidz crew :P Only an idiot wouldn't hire you guys to work for their game-making firm. Truly inspiring work. Possibly some people won't like it because of the fairly challenging difficulty, but in my opinion UV and the puzzle-solving is next to perfect. I'm yet to play a lot of the levels, but I Just couldn't wait to unload my praise for this quality megawad. Very creative design also. Mad props to all!

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Have you guys played the bonus levels yet? Freakin unbelievable. 5/5

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Like all community compilations, some are bad, some are good. The majority, though, are decent.

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A few amazing maps buried underneath a ton of awful ones.

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Nothing short of amazing for the most part, however one or two of the levels drag on, and a couple of others are below par. However, as a community chest styled project, it is a very good one. VERY recommended - 5*

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Take these maps: E1M3, E1M7, E2M3, E2M6, E2M7, E3M7, E3M8, E1M8, E1M9, and E3M10. Bundle them into the first episode - call this the "main" episode. Then make two episodes for overflow levels (all the rest). Basically the maps I mentioned are where the real quality lies; the remainder range from weak to just barely "good". But I can't assess less than 4/5, because even as is, some of these great levels are way too good to rate anything lower. Definitely worth downloading and sifting.

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Some mediocre maps, few downright awful ones, few potentially great maps that were ruined by fatal flaws (yo, Tormentor! never-ever-ever again put time limit in your map!)... but also many really awesome maps that make suffering through the rest more than worthy.

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excelent maps, but the music of spirit underworld is a fucking shit 4/5

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Perhaps the best wad in the world.

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  • File Reviews

    • By magicsofa · Posted
      A slight improvement over the quality of castle1.wad (I didn't play castle2 because it's already been reviewed.) The starting actually looks sorta cool, giving you a sense that this map might be better than the previous ones. But, it's only marginally better, with outrageously long hallways as the main annoyance. Combat exists but is still super easy, especially if you use the myriad artifacts in supply. The worst part was getting to the end of a massive hallway and finding out that I needed a green key, which would have been about two minutes of backtracking if I didn't use the turbo cheat. 2/5 would skip
    • By magicsofa · Posted
      Other than a few competent moments, this is quite passable... as in, pass it by to play a more exciting map. At best it's incredibly easy even on high difficulty levels, with pretty basic and usually ugly architecture, and at worst you get to navigate through a maze of single-linedef walls which of course don't block your shots. If there were anything other than melee golems around, it would have been even more annoying.
    • By chlef · Posted
      No, this is not a 5 star wad, not by a longshot. It is an acceptable time killer though and it's also marred by some teleporter confusion. It's small and the cyberdemon is pretty easy to get rid of, so as name suggests, don't panic.
    • By NoXion · Posted
      Some decent gameplay ideas here. The idea of the level itself being an enemy is perhaps most exemplified by the room with the large crusher taking up the most of the middle. In each corner that room is a lantern, and these are solid objects that you have to negotiate while passing through this room, as they force you to move into the zone of the crusher. Early on I got a little careless and was crushed to death. From that point I took the map a little more cautiously.

      The experience of the level is marred somewhat by the back-and-forth travelling one has to do to complete it. I get that the point was to keep the player running through the gauntlet of the traps, but some bits of it were tedious in a way that I don't think the author intended. The doors are poorly marked; the yellow key door is just a carved face. Some areas are needlessly cramped, the starting area especially. This isn't to say that there aren't any areas in this level where cramped surroundings do work; there's a room that's full of imps past one of the teleporters that's a fun little skirmish, although you have to be very good at dodging. And I noticed an error in one of the traps:



      But overall I had fun. 
    • By chlef · Posted
      Yeah, doesn't merit a 5, but it is a very good small map.
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