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Ultimate Doom 2

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You're one tough marine. You know it, and everyone that knows you knows it. Once stationed on Mars, you fought alone through the bloody cooridors of UACs science facilities and then into hell itself...just to stop an alien invasion.

Next you witnessed your home planet, Earth, be overrun by the demons you fought so bravely to destroy. They wrecked havoc, they took countless lives, and they really stank up the place. The remaining citizens of Earth took to the escape ships and got off the planet while you kept the demons busy. When all hope was thought to be lost, you found a way into the demon's lair, pushed them back, and killed the source of their invasion.

What then? Secretly, the UAC decides to move it's operation to Io, one of the moon's of Jupiter, thinking that this time they can successfully make teleportation technology work. Demon's come out of the gateway, but the UAC is ready and blasts them into oblivion. With UAC's eyes on the gateways they're experimenting with, the demon's come from behind in a spaceship teleported from their world and all inhabitants of the Jupiter moon are killed. Who was sent in to clean up the mess? Of course you remember, it was you.

Finally the Global Government had learned it's lesson. With UAC under new management, they now focused their technology on the Plutonia Experiment, creating a Quantum Accelerator which was used to close gates instead of open them. Just in time too, because an ancient demon had learned how to open its own gates on Earth at will. The Quantum Accelerator seemed to work at first, but when there were just too many gates to close, it failed and the demons overran once more. Before the demons could use the new technology of the Quantum Accelerator for their own purposes, you headed into the research facility that held it and put a stop to their schemes.

It seemed that this was finally the end of them.

Three years have passed since then. The remaining citizens of Earth have regrouped into one remaining city and have started to rebuild. You've been put on the city defenses and things seem to be going well...until one day. A startling explosion of sound and violence errupt from outside and your worst fears are proven true. Hordes of zombies and demons are roaming the streets and the familiar stench of death is in the air. How did this happen? Where did they come from this time? Looking in the distance, the city you were helping to rebuild is gone. It not that it's been destroyed, it just isn't there anymore. You recognize some of the buildings that stand before you, but the rest...? Come to think of it, you recognize them too. A pit forms in your stomach as you realize the only time you've seen them were when you waded through hell itself. How could both be in the same place? It's as if Earth and hell are fighting to share the same space. Too far from the supply depo to arm up, you pick up your pistol and head outside...


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carter1027

  

Described in one word, "Horrible."

 

I don't need to say much else, this map is not fun, the classic doom vibes are nice though, since for some reason I love old games way too much.

 

2/10, Hot Garbage

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NuMetalManiak

  

oof, this was absolutely not fun. it's a wad that tries and gives plenty of classic Doom vibes, but it is marred by so many things that give me a headache. many of the level layouts are medium-sized, which is nice, and the monster counts aren't too big of a deal. so what's wrong with it? oh, because there's just shitloads of switchhunts and backtracking that drag on the overall level length. many times a switch does something that you have to go all the way back through pretty much the entire level to get to where you need to go. it's the stuff like this that makes wads very speedrun-unfriendly.

 

would it hurt to get lost at times? no, but if I'm gonna get lost, the level ought to be designed interestingly. that's not the case with the majority of these maps. much of the design decisions here are really striking, not in a good way either. the texture choices aren't good to look at most of the time, and while the author themes levels and even monster and weapon progression well, what I said earlier still applies. the void space (predominant in MAP32 and present in some other levels) doesn't look right at times, and I can't figure out MAP14.

 

perhaps what's amazing about this wad is that there's a brand new story, and the author definitely had the guts to consider it "Ultimate Doom 2". this is not the kind of Ultimate I was expecting, and is far from good. it is average at the very best, horrible at the worst. some of the shorter levels help it by being short, but the longer ones are puzzles that make Eternal Doom's longer levels seem like cake.

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MuratMikal

  

I've agree with the Guest user that said it was "Fairly Average". That's it.

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Guest

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Most of the levels are crap, Level 21 (or was it 22? I don't really remember) was ok looking but for the most part, this WAD was bad, 2/5 stars.

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Classic style, but average at best. id=15885 is much better classic style work. 2/5

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Meh. I actually played through every last level of this, but I can't in good conscience recommend it. The simple design didn't faze me (in fact, it was refreshing), but while some levels (like MAP32) were interesting, the majority were, unfortunately, just drawn-out switch hunts, especially the later levels. It's obvious that the author put effort into this and tried, and I commend him for that (even though some levels are VERY clearly based on original DOOM 2 levels), but the end product's not great.

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Fairly Average. Not terrible, but nothing special in my book.

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Shit. Avoid.

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The further you go. The better it gets. I really think this was pretty good, 32 mostly good good levels. If you like oldschool you'll like this one!

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.... Not the greatest I've seen. Levels were not pretty and the gameplay was average at best. 2/5

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mdmenzel

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Kinda boring and somewhat easy.

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  • File Reviews

    • By valkiriforce · Posted
      This had lots of fun exploratory elements and fancy visuals, but I wasn't so keen on the abundance of dark caves crammed with the larger Doom 2 beastiary. At first it started to feel like a commitment playing this wad with the first few maps leaving much to be desired, but I started having more fun when I reached maps that had more breathing room for running and gunning. The lesser maps really feel like they were early efforts, with some consisting almost entirely of cave crawls - made worse by the fact that many of them have hidden lines on the automap. Another thing to note: Ritenour seems to like putting things very close to the edge like a key or a switch, so make sure you check every corner carefully, as some solutions were very close to a cliff edge. Falling off could spell your Doom, as often the lower cliff ledges damage the player with no escape. There were also very thin ledges which could be climbed, so that was another easy to miss solution. Despite the low points dragging the experience a bit I greatly enjoyed the visual work of crashing waves, a clever skybox and nice island locales with mountainous structures and buildings. It was worth a visit in Doom's earthen vanilla equivalent - and it's quite the achievement for something this old, I just wish I could see where I was going in those darn caves...
    • By NuMetalManiak · Posted
      here for the seventeenth installment of dwspd, the theme is to build a canyon. like the previous installment, this is a relatively common theme for mapping, therefore the maps are expected to be pretty decent, and well they mostly deliver. once again Fredrik's map is the first one, and it blows everything else out of the water. kind of a bad thing to make it the first map to be honest though, because it could make some players believe that the other maps after it would be just as good, but that won't be the case when you play the rest, as they don't really have as much bite as that one does. to further exemplify that, once again the MAP02 slot is disappointing in comparison, while MAP06 and MAP07 are both unfinished (nothing but layout in MAP06, while it's pretty much impossible to get the red key in MAP07. not the worst to offer, and Fredrik's map serves as an insane opening challenge.
    • By NuMetalManiak · Posted
      dwspd's sweet sixteenth installment focuses on the theme of abandoned mines. now that's a good map to make a theme on, MAP26 is a personal favorite of mine for Doom 2, and these maps as a whole do pretty well to capture that theme. of course there's a few weak ones like MAP02, but at least they adhere to the theme. many of the maps have low monster counts and low challenge overall. the exception is naturally Fredrik's map, one of his most unforgiving. pretty ballsy to actually make that the first map to play here (you don't need the blue key by the way). not much else to say overall, other than thematically speaking this did pretty great.
    • By NuMetalManiak · Posted
      here we have the fifteenth iteration of dwspd, which also invokes a specific set of rules known as WYSIWYG or "what you see is what you get". relatively speaking, no doors. which seems like it could be easy, a simple outdoor or cave-like map that completely lacks any doors works well enough. the first map is an example of what I'm talking about. ugly as fuck all with no detailing, but it does what it needs to do. the next two maps sadly actually have doors, which sort of ruins the theme. MAP03 is worse than MAP02 (MAP02 has a problem with the beginning as well as the key door not being marked), while MAP03 you can go through a certain fence. and yeah, there's only three maps, but not one of them is really good. MAP02 comes closest, and just because it has doors, it at least has windows so you can see what's behind. but this is easily a weak dwspd compilation that isn't worth checking out.
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