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MARSWAR V3.01

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You are a Martian terraformer stuck in a small station in the middle of nowhere.

Since the beginning of the terraforming project, the United Organizations of Earth have been threatening to take over. Recent events have prompted an invasion from Earth, only something went wrong with their new "space-warp" capable ships... that were built by some company with the initials "MS".


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P41R47

  

This is probably the best megawad of the '90s. You will find here all that is considered bad about doom mapping, but at the same way, you will find tons and tons of creativity, and also, a strong message in the process.
Really, '90s can't get better than this at least in the storytelling department.
The gameplay is fun for the most time, but some maps suffer from being a little longer than needed, making them tiring.
The story is neat, driving the player through semi-realistic and high abstract locations made up with tons of interesting and contextuals details that advance the story forward. Really good usage of what Doom engine can make in it speechless way.
As i said, some maps are longer than needed, and also, near the end, the ramps up in difficulty is obsene, even in the easiers difficulties.
But from the storytelling side, this is five over five.
A real achievement on what and amateur can make with just passion and humor.

 

Thanks Nathan Lineback for your satirical rant agains MS.

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dylux

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The Good:

  - Lots of everything to assist you on your journey

  - Lots of secrets, most of which are rewarding

  - Some huge maps

  - Decent puzzles

  - Great choice of music - none was annoying

  - Hardly a slaughterfest, even on UV, but not exactly a breeze, either

 

The Bad:

  - The first 2 or 3 Maps are simple – in fact, they are simple to the point where they are annoying

  - That Map (28 User Interface) with all the red, triangular elevators. I see the Tron "feel" of it, but it still annoyed the hell out of me

  - Final Map could have been more original

 

In Short:

 

I didn’t think I would like this WAD as I played the first 2 or 3 Maps. And you probably will think the same thing. But get past those, and you have a pretty good WAD here. I loved the button that turns out all the lights thus making the Map a living nightmare for doing so! LOL!!! I won't tell you which Map it's on so have fun! :P

 

Nothing fancy here. Most of the atmosphere and Mapsets are pretty average by today’s standards, but I’m sure it was the cutting edge almost 10 years go. More importantly, the game play is fun, and to me, that’s all that matters. Great 90’s nostalgic feel. Well done for a one man job! :)

 

4 out of 5 Stars

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galileo31dos01

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Done with these settings:

 

- Crispy Doom 5.3
- Ultra-Violence
- Continuous combined with pistol start mindset.
- Saves every 10 minutes or so.

 

A strange, okay old one-man megawad with a long story included. Basically, the protagonist is part of a worldwide terraforming organization whose objective was invade Mars, they sent a spaceship with him inside. Troubles happened and he had to work it out on his own for several years, running out of oxygen and supplies. Rest is your job to survive, and if you care, the background of the maps is thoroughly explained in the text file. By the time I played the wad, I opted to ignore the story, but you don't have to do the same. Mars War has as many themes as basic Doom II resources allows, including spaceships (from where everything starts), tech bases, bunkers, underground caves, and other ambiguous environments. The peculiarity is that the visual themes appear in alternation rather than like a classic thematic progression, which seemed a bit disorienting at times. Texturing and detailing are generally a take-it-or-leave-it. Sometimes the looks are very bland, which is due to the a lot of monotexturing and misalignment combined with full brightness and boxy design in many of the maps. Think of huge walls of, for example GRAYTALL, to get the idea, or any other textures you might not like. However, I will admit the bits of surreal architecture helped some parts to look memorable in a good way, like a giant kitchen sink or the chambers with floating crates. I get that the author tried to tease people with Microsoft references, but that was not of my concern, in fact I liked the tricks with lifts resembling bar and pie charts, once I got the joke. The labelled textures, on the other side, seemed like silly memes. It was hilarious to find a big "DOOR" text on a door, that sort of things aren't common these days. All of the maps contain different midis, some gorgeous songs and tracks while others quite noisy. The one in the super secret map was the best by far.

 

The levels have a sort of gradual progression as monster species go, with the biggest demons appearing in particular boss-like situations. Figuring the correct way to exit is part of the regular gameplay of the wad, specially in the larger maps when becomes a maddening task, so as feeling constantly exposed to, mainly, hitscan attrition. There are a few instances of pressure from mixed groups of enemies here and there, and some interesting ideas like a zoo of monsters and infight simulators, but what will mostly keep you alert are the chaingunners and shotgunners, usually sneaking in resource compartments or from higher positions. Well, and the death traps. Teleporting in the middle of a round of zombies was devilish enough but dying my way through chains of nearly inescapable crushers was a tad obnoxious. Or the inverted case, you get sandwiched between the raising platform and the ceiling if you don't time perfectly your escape, which is the gimmick of map 20. Kudos for making an average player rage, heh. Anyways, the pace isn't necessarily slow in spite of the hitscan preponderance: health supplies exist aplenty, weaponry is available pretty soon in every map, with some exceptions, so I can only believe pistol starts are enjoyable with proper knowledge. 

 

Secret-wise, usually they are very easy to spot. If you're familiar with 90's wads, it just takes a good eye to catch the hint, but sometimes you're down to trial and error, since the author had a fetish for punishing unwary players (yes, death traps). I like that there are plenty to find and some lead to hidden areas for extra kills and stuff, keeps the exploration side more engaging. For favourite maps I'll pick 16, 21, 29 and 32 for their cool concepts. Maps 15 and 17 would also be in the list because I love city maps, but the visuals are garish. The rest vary from acceptable to mediocre or boring. 

 

Overall, it's quirky, rough, perhaps provocative for some people, as I could see around here, and still got me immersed until the end. Not sure if I would recommend this outside of nostalgic reasons, it definitely didn't aged so well, but unless you're opposed to the creativity of mappers from the past, this might worth a quick check. It's not going in my list of favourites, though. My rate is 5/10.

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NuMetalManiak

  
very surreal wad with some questionable design and detail choices. it's...not my thing at all.

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Guest

  
Old heap of junk from late 95, with added anti-Microsoft BS from 98 and with some new stuff in this version.

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Guest

  
Oh,yes!5/5 Need I say more?

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I just played the first 2 maps and it looks very promising. Yeah like an old WAD but a good one :D -Omegamer

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easily my favorite. the levels are huge. creative

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Cool wad. Has a very unique feel to it compared to other DooM levels.

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i love this wad! iv ben playing it nerlee forever i realy like the musick and dezine and ill promis you wonthang the best teck basis around!

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Personally a big favorite. 5/5 ALSO: I have an officially modified version of this wad that fixes some bugs and adds 8 player cooperative support, ill upload it when i have the time.

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Heh, how about a Linux and Firefox mod coming up next? :-p Toastytech is legendary! 5/5

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Pretty good one man megawad (very rare), it tends to get repetitive sometimes (too much tech bases for my taste). But overall it's creative and fun to play 4/5 - Peroxyd

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MajorRawne

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Is this really a one-man megawad? Amazing, especially with some of the imagination shown - this bloke was trying new stuff and I learned a few tricks of architecture from him. While the maps often look awful and the playability is very old-school, this deserves four stars for what the author tried to do. - Major Rawne

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i like the musical part, very innovative!

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There's no need for the .wad to be highly detailed, the gameplay is great, the Map 30 is hilarious, music is really good. -Hectic.

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Very Fun and Futrureistic! I realy like the music in the 1st and 2nd levels. It does get a bit too repetative at times but other then that it's awsome!

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oldskool but pretty cool - fun to speedrun

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xtra pure old-school doom,PWNAGE in every level and map 30,LMFAO! worth 5 starts 4 me. :)

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Nice. Icon of Sin rox =P

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don't like at all.

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too many tech bases but is very cool 5/5 P.S.:Nice icon of sin too.....

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Guest

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nice classical, futuristic, halo-like, and best techno stuff 5/5

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Not too hard, but fun, fast paced gameplay... had a blast!

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Feels like an old megawad from the mid 90's, and it shows. While the levels work, it reminds you of levels you might have made back in the old days. Detailing and texturing are passable, but rather bland and unimpressive for the most part. Good for the nostalgia factor, but other than that, you're not really missing anything by playing through 32 levels of this wad.

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  • File Reviews

    • By digithead100 · Posted
      Pretty long maps and there are some real stinkers in there like map 19. But overall, its fun even though it can get frustrating at times.
    • By joepallai · Posted
      A fun, non-linear base level somewhat on the easy side but still worth playing and has good replayability.  
    • By MuratMikal · Posted
      The only thing good about this set of maps are the encounters which are balanced. All the rest are horrible, noob designing with invisible pillars in all the maps, unavoidable damage without radsuits, keys required to progress in secret places, hidden teleport required to progress, everything bad in designing you can find in those maps. Be sure to avoid this, certainly one of worst set of maps I've ever played.
       
    • By Zolgia108 · Posted
      How could i miss this gem for all this time... This is going to inspire me so much, level design is fantastic, top level creativity and a nice challenge. Texture usage is perfect and new sprites and monsters fit in perfectly.   1000/5, easily one of the best megawads ever made! Thank you Skillsaw!!
    • By Hellektronic · Posted
      I'd have to say this is a pretty creative one for Doom 2, its hard with lots of enemies, kind of plays like a direct sequel to Doom 2 in a lot of ways. One thing I will say is that the puzzles are hard to figure out, and might take you awhile to solve (use your map). The music is fantastic though, you don't really miss the classic music, and it's engaging to gameplay.   I will say though, like Doom 2 or Plutonia, ultraviolence is pretty brutal and isn't for everyone. You will get swarmed by absurd amounts of monsters at times, and they'll give you a beating, but it's doable. I'd say the puzzles will snag you more than the monsters, level 2 is a real humdinger, lol.   But, it's a big improvement over wads like Perdition's Gate, the mapping style is pretty creative. I give it 5/5, just so people will try it out.
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