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Heretic Treasure Chest

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The HTC was a community project aiming to make a 3 episode Heretic Megawad that would run on limit removing ports that support Heretic (i.e. Doomsday, ZDoom etc). Below details who did what in alphabetical order:


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NuMetalManiak

  

well this is a pretty good set. lots of variety as you would expect for a Community Chest-inspired Heretic wad and quite some fun was had in pretty much all of the maps. E2M7 stands out the most, with all the projectiles in the open areas plus the massive gargoyle attack at the end. yeah, there's bugs, like with E3M8 and the D'Sparil battle, but I was completely unable to get a secret in E3M3 for some reason.

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galileo31dos01

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Done with these settings:

 

- ZDoom 2.8.1

- Bringest Them Oneth, aka skill 3.

- Continuous combined with a wand start mindset.

- Saves every 10 minutes or so.

 

This is the first Heretic pwad I've ever played and I enjoyed it a lot. It brings some classic scenarios and a lot of stuff you don't get in the iwad. Visually, well it's multicolored, it's Heretic after all, some nice designing and recolored textures, not much to say. I liked the usage of different themes in a same map, like in E1M9. The third episode has the best looking maps in my opinion. 

 

Ok, there are only 3 episodes but plenty of maps of varied length and gameplay. I'd say, in terms of gameplay, it's a mixed bag actually, there's many maps that follow the style of the iwads, meaning packs of the same type of monster in corridors, or a very little traps, specially teleport traps. The ones present are quite good, involving moving a lot to avoid high damage. Infighting is possible in almost every map, and some of the later ones have the best scenarios. There're also maps where enemies will start to infight before you even do something, which is not so fun. You'll also get completely long straightforward maps without a chance to return to previous parts, a pet peeve of mine but whatever... A few of my favourite encounters include a massive infestation of nitrogargoyles in a cave, a tricky trap with lots of disciples and iron liches, and a wave of disciples against a malotaur in a ring (I use a decorate to make any monster able to target the malotaur). And more and more.

 

Secret wise, given that, even the original game is really hard to spot the secrets, I won't complain too much here, but I'll add that in some maps I had no idea how to get their secrets, like not a clue. Wall hunting is needed in several cases. The rewards are good though. Music wise, apart from iwad tracks, there also some nice new midis and Doom tracks too, particularly in E2M5, if it's not remixed though.

 

I found several bugs that I won't specifically mention because I doubt an update would ever be released... HOMs, monsters that fail to pop up, items that cannot be grabbed, doors that open from one side but not the other side, and particularly in E3M8, you can exit the map without releasing D'Sparil, and if you decide to fight him and company, you can't get out of the arena as nothing is triggered after his death, at least it didn't happen to me, and ended up using kitty to exit. 

 

Favourite maps: E1M8, E2M5, E2M8, E3M2, E3M3, E3M7. Least Favourite maps: E1M6, E2M3. The other maps are very good, good, and so so. 

 

Overall, enjoyable mapset, goes quite on par with the iwad and outside of the box too. Give it a chance if you like Heretic. I'll rate this 7/10

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Guest

  
I liked a lot of design of some maps, very good anyways! Some maps were shorter but its always good to have an expension for heretic, i liked the last maps a lot, so epic!

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Rem

  
Some gems in here, if you're a fan of Heretic it's worth downloading this wad to play these maps; E1M3 E1M4 E1M5 E1M8 E3M1. I still play these every now and then. But sadly this is dragged down by some terrible maps and texture recolors; E1M1 is probably the worst Heretic map I've ever played, a lot of the maps are okay but aren't really for me because they use too much custom resources, there's enough good maps to make a 5 episode, but because of the maps in between it gets 3

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5 stars for episode 3 alone; episode 2 is quite good too, esp. the later maps. E1 is mostly average stuff but still acceptable, with E1M4 and E1M8 being best. Best Heretic release this year besides Curse.

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This is a 2/5 effort. Except for m5, which is 4 or 5 star quality, so I'll give 3/5.

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cool, a Heretic megawad! something you don't see everyday. 5/5

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A bunch of mediocre maps in this set, but the second and third episodes are the ones that stood out, indeed. This is an excellent heretic megawad! Good job, community. 4.5 (5)/5 - Moti

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Great looks, truly challenging gameplay. It's like the Alien Vendetta of Heretic wads. 5/5 Episode 1 is a bit dull though, the rest is awesome.

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cool, I have never seen before a megawad for Heretic! cheers and 5/5 maps are very good, download now! -FistMarine

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We need more megawads like this! 5/5 -FistMarine

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yep (5/5). now what we need is a HeXen Megawad! the one i'm looking forward is CRUEL by Ettin Grinder and curse of lost Gods by Kristus. also looking forward for Heretic - Sword of Chaos by Caleb23. these are HIGH QUALITY MEGAWADS! long live Doom, Heretic, Hexen!

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hope we see more these megawads for Heretic! 5*

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Improving quality throughout, most of E1 is quite average but E2 has a fair number of nice maps in it, especially the later levels, and E3 was all out excellent IMO. 5/5 for the later maps and also for being one of only TWO Heretic megawads I know (other is hocx). Three of these maps (E1M4-->kaiser_21.zip; E2M2-->pc_ls.zip; and E1M7-->first map in Necrosis for Hexen) were already released but I didn't mind replaying them, they were good. The later maps make this a must-have for Heretic fans!

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This wad is a good one. It has plenty of entertainment and replay value. My only wish was that all the levels were of the same quality. Some are just not that .... Heretic-y. Others, on the other hand, are gorgeous. So, maybe a few levels less would have made a flawless wad. Overall though, a very good job. Thank you for this game. (for it is still that much better than Kristus's wads :P!)

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simply awesome megawad. 5/5 the best is e2m6 and e2m7

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A very nice heretic megawad. Episode one is okay, but episodes 2 and 3 really stood out. This looks like it is going to be a good year for heretic.

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I think it's worth 3 stars. The best map is E1M5 but it's been released before as kaiser_21.wad. Otherwise some maps are decent and some aren't so decent. Nonetheless there's some potential for the finished product.

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holy awsomenes 20000000000000000000 00000000000000000000 00000000000000000000 00000000000000000000 00000000000000000000 00000000000000000000 00000000000000000000 00000000000000000000 00/5

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Some of the levels are great. Some are really bad. And others are either meh - or has something about it that is equally bad as it is good. Too many of the levels, especially in the second hub/episode are clearly originally made for Doom (as it has Doom-like level progression and little height-variation) and then just visually converted to Heretic. I don't like all the new colours either. These bad maps let down the maps clearly more dedicated to capturing the true feel of Heretic.

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Dunno why many people complain about episode 1, I think it's great too, especially M4. The fact that there is hardly any health/ammo supportion in some levels bugs me more. Still, I respect the guys who finally made a full 3-episode replacement for Heretic, we'd need more. 4.5/5

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A mixed bag. It has some quality maps (E1M5, E1M8) and has a bunch of crappier maps (E1M1, E1M6). Already posted my nitpicks in the thread, so not much more to say about this. Looking forward to the full version. 4/5 - Moti

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too much from cchest, too little from heretic **

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E1M5 is the best map by a mile. Then there are a few other that are nice to varying degrees. E1M8 for instance is a nice city map, but with not much Heretic to the game play, and not really a boss map. There are too many meh maps though, and E1M3 and E1M4 is even reused from other projects. 3/5 (that it's an Heretic project, and because of E1M5 bumps up the score) -Kristus

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    • By P41R47 · Posted
      I actually used this files MORDETHfb97-dsf but its the same wad with lumps properly organized.    Simply... WOW!!!   Love it from start! I really like exploratory maps with clever puzzles and secrets and pretty good encounters. The maps are neat, detailed, have a really good atmosphere and great architecture. The resources are used in a way that one can't ignore; its just really organic and nothing standouts as unfitting. Perfect texture work, indeed. (Don't know why, but while playing it, Suspended in Dusk by Espi comes to my mind... maybe some of the texture usage remind me of that amazing work).
      The dehacked monsters are good and interesting alternatives.
      I love the fog effect and how it dissapeard when you are near and then appeard again when you look at it from afar. If this was the demo, and after seeing some juicy screenshots, i just can drool dreaming about this long awaited mapset finally being released.

      Thanks MORDETH for this demo, its something really inspiring.
      I doesn't care to wait another twenty years to finally play the complete version ;)
       
    • By aargh · Posted
      Slaughtermap for beginners. Simple but effective level design, impressive architecture, great lighting. Arch-viles are a bit overused.
      Played with Meatgrinder mod.
    • By elend · Posted
      What a set of maps. At first I only expected random maps that use use Mario textures, but this is so much more. From the cutesy bullet puffs of the weapons, to the plasmagun sprites, there have been more changes than "just" textures. All together they form a very, very coherent picture which makes you almost disappointed, that there are no Mario enemies in the game.   Even then, the actual quality of the maps surprised me quite a bit as well. Very, very fun to play from the beginning to the end, with admittedly frustrating parts (the map featuring only Archies and Revenants or the map featuring ice and wind. Oh god, the ice...). These are not just simple techbases given a Mario texture paint, these maps are well thought out and tailored to the textures, ranging from grass lands, over desert to impressive castle scapes and even an air ship. I played on TYTD not only because I am a wimp, but also because those maps are really, really hard and have some frustrating moments. It speaks for this mapset's quality, though, that you can live with those moments and still enjoy the maps.   Try it out at least.
    • By P41R47 · Posted
      I really dig it! Its feel like a Ultimate Doom take of TNT, but its not at that level either.
      Its a great adventure mapset, leaning more to the  atmospheric and realistic architecture.
      First and second episodes are amazing. Introducing the new enemies as the maps unfold. But midway around episode three it start to lose steam, with a serie of really short maps and then maps really similar to the originals, this is not bad at all, just feels a little uninspireds. Fourth episode on the other hand, feels extremely rushed, with a lot of monotexturing and undetailed areas. Its not bad, but coming as the ending episode it could be much better, specially with the degree of detailing the author showed on the precious episodes.

      All the episodes offers a good challenge, even on Hurt Me Plenty, but don't expect anything near the difficulty of NEIS.   All in all, being one of the few complete Ultimate Doom megawads, its pretty good and i liked the new enemies sprites and the music used, almost all the time.
    • By chlef · Posted
      No, this is not good by any stretch. First 25 levels feel like they are all the same - colorless, flat, dull and bland. Next 3 look like deathmatch arenas with a handful of monsters. Again, all pretty much the same. The last two are pitch black mazes - oh what fun. As for the secret levels - I abandoned both. Map31 is a maze alternating between pitch darkness and flashing primary colours and map 32 is simply an incomprehensible mess. Possibly acceptable if you just want to kill some time with mindless point and shoot, but not what I would call an enjoyable Doom experience. At least it avoids degenerating into slaughter.
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