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The Ultimate NMD

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A deliberately underdetailed replacement of all of DooM, following the themes of each episode.


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trrobin

  
This is old school doom at it's very best. Just fun and 'fast' shoot shoot shoot, dodge, reload and repeat style gameplay. No gimmicks. Reminds me of what got me into doom in the first place.

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molten_

  
great fun all around, there's some questionable design decisions strewn about but that almost adds to the charm of the whole thing. 4/5

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NuMetalManiak

  
it's ok but it's not very memorable.

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Guest

  
Gameplay has DOOM 2 style traps, and the enemy placement is quite 'in your face'. Difficulty spikes up a fair bit on second episode and suddenly the given ammo isn't quite balanced with the enemy types and numbers you're up against.

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Brilliant set of levels in that unmistakable Romero/Petersen style, it's almost as if id Software themselves made another 3 episodes before Doom 2 came out. Simple but attractive design, well-themed locations, and difficulty ramped up a bit from the originals. Proof that extreme detailing doesn't mean shit if your gameplay is on the ball, and this most certainly is. One of my favorite wads ever. Would give 6 stars if I could. 5/5 -jj

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scifista42

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This is incredibly fun to play and doesn't need more detail!

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Guest

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Fingerlickin' good.

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Guest

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IMHO part of the current "Holy Trinity" of classic Doom WADs (besides "Wonderful Doom" and "Doom the Way id Did"). The level design remains true to the original, no significant texture changes (besides the "NMD" logo on doors and crates) and music from the original game. The only thing which is missing maybe is a dehacked file for adding changed level names to automap, but that's nitpicking. Will always be on my hard drive when I have Doom installed. I suggest you do the same. 5/5 - NightFright

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Guest

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Absolute fun to play - captures the spirit of the original perfectly!!!

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Guest

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It's not a bad set of maps, but nothing you haven't seen before.

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Guest

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I've only played E1 so can only critique it. Very nice episode. Certain map motifs repeated too often, but otherwise very well made. Could have perhaps had a little more creativity map layoutwise and monster traps never tricky, but otherwise nice atmosphere with nice recurring architectural motifs. Aesthetic and detail level are near perfect. I agree with other reviewers: this is more like how Doom should look and the types of levels that should be made for it.

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Oddly I actually think this wad exceeds DTWID. I think this and 2002ADO are the best Doom I megawads, DTWID and BGComp are very good runner-ups, and Vengeance and Invasion would fall in last though they're all worth playing. While I can't really find a concrete reason in that I like this MW even more than DTWID, I just know I do. It doesn't mimic the original quite as closely, but it also just seems to have something DTWID lacks a bit. Something I can't really place. A must have wad. 5/5

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Guest

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Absolutely 5 stars, possibly the "spiritual precursor" to DTWID.

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Guest

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more detailed than Stronghold lol

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Guest

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Favorite classic Doom I style out there. Beats DTWID for me.

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Guest

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I agree, this isn't a pale imitation with silly rules holding back the gameplay. 5/5

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Guest

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Yeah there's kind of a parody here. The author called it NMD since it has no "modern" aspects. But of course with the style that's actually a big positive. It very much captures the Doom I feel, w/o "imitating" it. Now the irony comes in - this might be called Needs More Detail but it ends up being DTWID itself that really does "need more" of something, not detail but just substance in general. Shows that, even when going for the original flavor, things work best when strict limits are avoided.

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Very very good wad, exactly like 'Old Skool' Doom should be - Great levels all based on the originals and gives you that 'warm glow' inside!! Cheers, Doommeister.

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This wad is awesome! the level design is great and it takes some level design from ultimate doom levels .This actually feels like it was made by id software !

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Guest

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Very nostalgic.4.5[5]/5

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Guest

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The second best megawad for Doom 1, right after DTWID! 5/5 -FistMarine

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I dig it. -Mike.Reiner 4/5

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Guest

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It's like DTWID except with the NMD semi-joke (which has no real affect on things) and that the maps simply abide to the style of the originals rather than an attempt to strictly copy their style element for element. If you liked DTWID, you'll probably find yourself home here too, and if you didn't like the former because it seemed too much of a style copy, this might be a better cup of tea for you.

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It's pretty obvious that this is a terrific map set for anyone who still enjoys the original Classic Doom. 3 episodes, 2 already released but updated and one new, each in the style of their original counterparts, with design, architecture, and gameplay all what you'd expect for this type of set! Hope it doesn't get overlooked!

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this is awesome!

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    • By guitardz · Posted
      Some very cool techbases with a nice texture set and pallette.  The music is pretty epic.  And it all runs in vanilla! (Or so it is said, I played it in GZDoom)
    • By Philnemba · Posted
      I honestly can't believe that this whole megawad is 100% vanilla compatible and its only the first of THREE episodic megawads! Esselfortium and her team of creative energetic mappers has done an amazing job from the unique texture set, the music, the maps & even the tweaked color palette that fits the mood of the whole thing.    100% highly recommended! 5/5 
    • By Erick · Posted
      A pretty straightforward map to run through, packing in tons of enemies in rooms both big and small. Most of the monsters you'll be killing are E1 monsters such as Zombiemen and Imps, so while there isn't much in monster variety, there are plenty of ways to get them to fight each other which I like. It might be better to try and get as many monsters to start attacking at the same time since once you get the Chaingun, not even the groups of Spectres are much of a threat. Overall though, the map is still fun to blast through if you just want to kill tons of monsters in packs.
    • By NuMetalManiak · Posted
      this is a strange wad, with assets similar to Darkest Hour and other Star Wars-themed wads, many of the maps focus on small killings, as most of the maps are actually small. Pinchy's finale sure makes this worth it. oh yeah, quite a few custom stuff was done. the flamethrower marines were quite annoying, while other monsters gained multiple attacks, new ones, it's all so zany. the maps are pretty well done overall and this is worth a try.
    • By Doomkid · Posted
      Okay, I get it, it's a megawad mainly for speedrunners who are intricately familiar with the mechanics of the game down to the nitty-gritty. A series of challenges/obstacles that, for the most part, seem to be possible but are generally ludicrous (and sometimes outright laughable, in a good way).   This was is not a "pile of junk" as a few have said however it's really, really lacking in a lot of ways. I get that the wad is meant to have a fun-and-not-serious tone despite it's overall extreme difficulty but the texturing looks like the insides of a toilet bowl after a Taco Bell buffet. Seriously, these maps are jealous of how beautiful and futuristic maps like UAC_DEAD look. The DWANGO series looks like fucking Ancient Aliens compared to this.   The MIDIs are lighthearted, silly and fun, which adds a layer of appeal for me personally. I loved seeing Patrick Stewart at the intermission too, rofl   I had some fun with this IDCLEVing through the whole wad and giving each map a try or 2 before moving on to the next but I seriously doubt I'll ever be back. The same idea with better texturing and overall taking itself just a tiny bit more seriously would warrant a higher rating. Ass-ugly texturing, silly MIDIs and a silly titlepic/interpic are fun in their own right so don't take me the wrong way but a lot of it crossed into "looks like the authors gave 0 fucks" category and I just have to take points away for that.   Also,   lol wtf is this bullshit is this a terrywad or somethin i mean jeeeezus   Overall, this is worth a peek just for some fun but unless you're a highly skilled speedrunner that also doesn't mind looking into a crapchute map after map, this probably doesn't really have much for you.
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