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ASDOOM][: The Final Countdown

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The best unmodified DOOM][ PWAD ever (play it before you flame me).


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Summer Deep

  

This is okay for a 1995 Doom 2 mapset. The action and the environments vary between humdrum and pretty engaging. It's not particularly difficult, even on UV, if played in continuous (weapon carryover) format, as it was apparently designed to be.

 

Nonetheless it could have been a tougher challenge but for an over-provision of health and armour at certain points (a recurring element in wads of this era), and also some bizarre game mechanics - for instance a Spider Mastermind decided to walk under a crushing ceiling in level 3, just when it had me in a bit of trouble. Then a Cyberdemon, which was occupying a threatening position at the beginning of level 5, suddenly disappeared and its remains later turned up in another part of the map: I can only assume it was telefragged or something.

 

Still, this is a great improvement on this author's earlier ASDOOM.WAD for Doom 1, that's for sure.

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NuMetalManiak

  
is MAP05 even possible to pistol-start? mediocre but fun except for MAP05

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joe-ilya

  
Meh, really boring with lots of hallways filled with nothing but a few enemies, bare texturing. I RQ on MAP04 because that lift is awfully designed, MAP05 is a showstopper for me.

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This one really rocks. Despite its age it's fun, not unfair, and a really cool classic doom wad. A hidden gem. - Zedek

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has nostalgic value to some old time doomers, but compared to modern standards its a little tedious, their are some challenging fights, and its not all bad, but things like the ol switch hunt and super slow elevators slow the game play down to much 3/5 ROBO-KY

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Oh damn, yeah doomgate was my first internet doom discovery and asd2 was also my first ever doom addon experience! -Brad Spencer

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strongly hate this - then and now. it's ugly!

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Classic! Best doom-megawad for early '90. 4, 5 stars

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Absolutely classic .wad, one of my early favourites.

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For one of the earliest Doom II episodes, it's okay. It's mostly ugly except for MAP07, and the gameplay gets boring. I guess the main reason this gets praise is because of nostalgia, but by '95 the community started making more than just 256X256 rooms. 3/5

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This was my first ever downloaded WAD from doomgate.org when I was new to add-ons. So that is an auto 5 Sir.

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