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Scythe X. Episodes 1-2

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The third installment of the Scythe series. This will be released on an episode basis.


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There's a lot mappers can learn from Erik's maps. Everything revolves around gameplay. The levels have a fantastic flow, battles are very challenging but winnable. The theme consistency, attention to detail, superb texturing and architecture are just breathtaking. The levels are short but action packed - just the way I like them, for there are few things that I hate more than long boring maps full of backtracking. That's why I love the Scythe series. Thank you Erik. 5/5

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Excellent ... now will the level names end up in the deh file when this is complete ?

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Great mapset. Erik delivers quality once again.

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Awesome! I found the new monsters a little stupid though... still 5/5

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Good quality maps, but most of the music was pretty bad IMO, and the grey tech panel theme of the first two levels looked a little ugly, otherwise, excellent stuff as always

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The texturing SUCKS. Erik Alm, what did you smoke when you textured this? Big disappointment after Scythe2. 2/5

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Very good looking and cool new monsters 5/5

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The new enemies are interesting, and I like what Erik's doing with the glowy green and dark metal color scheme of the levels.

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Most wads on Doomworld are 'play and throw away' or worse, this however is one that will go into my collection. I cannot wait for the rest of the set. 10/5

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Superb gameplay, i really like it! Thanks for all the hard work. 5/5

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This is one of those wads which I will keep on my Computer 5/5

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wonderful~ fun!!

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So good I played it thrice. 5/5 -Huy Pham

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Episodic content, for all its upsides, doesn't address the massive blue balls one gets once they're done and are stuck waiting for the rest. Then you replay Scythe 2. Erik Alm may well be a magnificent bastard and advertising genius. 5/5

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Awesome!! Fucking awesome!!! But I hate those new monsters last section on map10...they're kick my ass... :( 4.5/5 for that defect. But it still 5/5 for Doomworld rating system, isn't it? :p -playerlin

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Decent quality overall, have yet to notice a stand-out flaw in design. 4 out of 5, for now: hopes to see more in Episode 3 (including those new monsters I saw at the end of Episode 2).

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Phenomenal maps, hopefully they get finished ;)

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Amazing 10 map but amazing!

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Erik Alm is GOD. This is the only conclusion you can come to after seeing the levels. Only a GOD can create something this perfect... even Jesus is jealous.

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So far it looks to be the worst Scythe for me. The levels aren't aesthetically pleasing, and the gameplay is uninspired. And the music is shit. 2/5

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^ Dang, I disagree. This is the best "Scythe" for me, by far. Excellent graphics, awesome music, great game play, and tons of originality. It's highly entertaining and loads of fun, all the while making you bust your butt to survive the maps. Personally, I'd rather see more "Scythe" WADs like this one. My only complaint is that it feels unfinished. I hope episode 3 comes out soon. 4.5/5

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Short to medium-sized mapset. Layout is overall good, but misses a wow-factor. Texture use is ok but varies too little, it gets monotonous after some maps. Same counts for decoration. Gameplay @ UV starts good, but gets after a while dominated by very predictable monster popups. At the end the levels look, besides the layout differences, quite identical, which makes the set imho too large. Overall: 4/5, but not interesting enough for a replay.

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Not as superb as the first two installments. However, the author manages yet again to create super-detailed maps with great lay-out and an atmosphere that I don't experience a lot when playing WADs. I'm hoping for the last 20 maps to be released, but I highly doubt it.

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Wow, Scythe, Scythe 2 and now this one?! Very good wads Erik Alm!!! The ultimate! 10/5 (Okay, fine, 5/5) Killer11223346

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Great atmosphere, good design, awesome gameplay, short levels, the kind of doom multiWADs I enjoy playing! 5/5 - Optimus

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    • By Arrowhead · Posted
      Not at all bad. Quite a good time on UV. Most of the fights are against fodder type enemies - you rarely feel in danger at all throughout the entire level.   Map has a couple good traps, but most of the encounters are "groups of enemies standing in rooms" type encounters...   Not horrible, feels like an early map by this author, as if they were still trying to get their footing. Give this one a try, if you want some older 'classic' style gameplay.
    • By Arrowhead · Posted
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    • By Arrowhead · Posted
      If this is really the author's first map, then I am very impressed! Some great architecture in this map - feels like you're deep behind hellish lines. Combat is very easy - which is to be expected of a map designed to be in the map01 slot. The map is a bit linear, but that is to be expected from one's first foray into mapping.   I really really like the way this map looks, I only wish it was a little more difficult!   Worth a shot to see some decent hell architecture!
    • By Arrowhead · Posted
      A very simple map w/ very simple combat. The entire arena consists of 1 circular room outdoors, w/ a single pillar in the middle. This pillar will be your only cover in this entire map.   There is an absolutely massive amount of ammo inside the pillar. One simply doesn't need this much ammo for 48 enemies. You can get  some cool infighting going in this map, if you rush and press the switches right away. Things can get quite crowded if you don't slay the two pain elementals right away. Gameplay essentially consists of 'circle-strafe to win' - as there is far too much room given to the player to manoeuvre.   Unfortunately, this map lacks an archvile. I think an archvile in that final wave would have really made this map more fun. The final 'wave' is a little anticlimatic, if you've been playing Doom for any length of time.   The level is also very basically textured - some differing texture usage would have been nice. As it stands, the map is very grey.   The level initially took me just under 4 minutes to UVMAX. I then tried to beat the level as quickly as possible, and got 28 seconds.   This level is also interesting for having been made w/ a very old Mac map editor, Hellmaker.   This map is quite fun for a quick sub 5 minute romp! :)
    • By Pseudonaut · Posted
      A fantastic wad, probably the single best full 32-map megawad to receive significant "mainstream" recognition. It contains no shortage of clever, memorable combat scenarios, like the puzzle at the start of map17 "The Womb", the archvile invasion at the end of map32 "Postcoitus Doom", the incredibly overwhelming and under-equipped pistol start of map29 "Go Fuck Yourself", many of the fights in map25 "Proxyon", etc etc.   Much has been said about the difficulty of this set, and for good reason, but it actually spends quite a lot of time easing the player in. The first 5 maps or so in particular are surprisingly accessible, hardly if ever exceeding the difficulty of Plutonia even on UV. And even at the peak of Sunlust's difficulty later in the set, it isn't as extreme as sometimes claimed; some have mentioned the textfile's joking that UV is designed for ubermensch doom-gods and taken it seriously, but it's an exaggeration by the authors' own admission in sunlust_extra_info.txt. Yes, the fights in a map like "Proxyon" are pretty far beyond the difficulty of something like Plutonia, but nothing insurmountable for those with significant slaughter experience. In case the player lacks such experience, difficulty settings are fully implemented and are implemented well.   One particular reviewer has claimed, strangely, that Sunlust "eschews complex encounters". Implied in this statement is that complexity is necessary or necessarily good, which normally I might challenge in more detail, but there's no need in this case: Sunlust has the most complex combat encounters of any wad of equivalent popularity. This wad has tons of content from which I could pick out examples, and I've decided on the final fight of map24 "Dying on Cue", an enormous arena where a giant conveyor carries into the battlefield an army of imps followed by hell knights followed by revenants. From the sides, many cacodemons and a few pain elementals float in. It is a common trend in slaughter fights that maintaining space to move by killing the right enemies needs to be one of the player's top priorities to avoid being overwhelmed, and this fight is no exception; both the caco/PE waves and the demon army on the ground are significant threats in that regard (turning off 'actors are infinitely tall' is cheating, by the way). The imps are higher priority in this fight than one might expect because killing them is the fastest way to create space to move, but attention to the other threats is also necessary unless you want tons of lost souls added to the already troublesome flying enemies. The revenants' presence isn't felt until near the end of the fight, when the imps have been worn down, but there will be a horde of hell knights left to use as a giant meatshield for the revs' homing missiles. There's a lot going on in all that chaos, and writing about it doesn't do it justice, but hopefully the point is made. Another brief example: the start of map29 "Go Fuck Yourself", where the player actually has quite a lot of options for progression, and every single one of them is nasty. In any case, even if these encounters somehow don't meet some arbitrary complexity standard, it's hard to deny the fun of figuring out how to dismantle them and eventually succeeding.   Bizarrely, it has also been claimed by the same reviewer that Sunlust features some sort of mindless BFG-spam gameplay, leading me to suspect that he or she played with IDKFA. Nevermind the suggestion that any gameplay featuring BFG-spam is mindless (it isn't); truthfully, even the most BFG-oriented fights in Sunlust will require you to be mindful of your cell ammo, even if you aren't pistol starting each map, and you can't afford to simply hold the trigger down for 30 consecutive seconds like you can in some actual BFG-spam maps (many of which are actually good, by the way). Instead, a few well-placed BFG shots will go a long way.   That digression aside, Sunlust is basically mandatory. If you haven't played it yet, it should be high on your priority list, even if you have to start on HMP and finish on ITYTD.  
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