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Valhalla

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NuMetalManiak

  

liked it better than Putrefier upon a second playthrough, base is smaller and it's a little less harder to get lost. Ed's gameplay style is quite difficult to muster, having to attack enemies just as they warp in and there's quite a lot in many places. the feel is atmospheric and nasty which is pretty good too, and it's a lot shorter than I first thought.

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guitardz

  

Played in software rendering mode.  This is the first horror themed map that ever made me truly feel the horror atmosphere, mainly because of the music and software rendering.  Very good.

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tib_

  

Very impressive, VERY spooky

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Denim Destroyer

  

Valhalla is a dark industrial techbase level that almost immediately sucked me in with its bleak atmosphere and amazing ambient music. Gameplay wise this level isn't too complex with its rather simple monster encounters that in a few spots provided a fair challenge for me on Ultra Violence. My only issues with Valhalla is that there are a few spots where the detailing can impede movement and cause pressing a necessary switch to be awkward.

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Aquanet

  

This feels like the first level to a really awesome Q2 or Sin-era game. It is really gorgeous. The combat is somewhat conservative and often easy to keep at a safe distance. Some of the routing is a tad tricky but nowhere near the Eternal Doom end of the spectrum.

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YouAreTheDemons

  
In terms of gameplay, level wise: The levels are complex, but they never get too convoluted. Once you figure out where the various key-switches are it simply becomes a matter of remembering how to get there. In terms of gameplay, enemy wise: Enjoy being fucked in the asshole with a porcupine. In conclusion, if you like well made maps that you'll probably never get to see legitimately cause you never survive that long, this is the wad for you.

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cybermind

  
Okay, this looks like an earlier version of Putrefier, and they really doesn't alter that much - same map layout, poor monster fighting, though this version doesn't have bad map navigation, so overall I'll rate this higher than Putrefier

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That skybox.... 5/5

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Really great stuff. The atmosphere is top notch.

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Very well-done map, great atmospheric music and good flow. 4/5

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Beautiful map, detailed and well-design. Very good gameplay, but not too hard. 4.5/5

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Clearly Ed Cripps put a lot of effort into this level but there are some issues. A big plus is that there is a decent weapon provided from the start so there is no tedious monster tickling that is very common in other wads. Also it provides a lot of murder opportunities (a plus too). Unfortunately the layout can be confusing at times (but sometimes monsters point you at the right direction) and the switches are so tiny. Then it ends abruptly. It deserves 3.5 but I round it down to 3. - Zalewa.

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little Short but great level... IL

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Pretty good, but it has a lot of door hunting and stuff like that. Great deco, bland gameplay, and boring level design. Kept me busy at least. 3.5/5

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One of the best Zdoom maps I've ever played. Beautiful architecture, very detailed and had one hell of an atmosphere. The only downside, was a little too easy, even on UV. Definitely want to see more maps from you. Keep up the awesome work. 5/5 from me.

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Simply an amazing level, with great texturing and great lighting. the The only disappointing thing about it was the length, and the difficulty. It was way to easy (due to the presence of almost every weapon), and somewhat short. It was definitely worth playing through. I hope that you continue to make maps, because this is awesome.

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Great level! Good detailing and atmosphere, and I like the music and ruined city in the background. It's fairly linear, but it doesn't feel forced. The monsters are well placed and make for good fights in the space. Best new level I've played in a while.-GreazyShorts

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Wow, this was so good that I really wanted more (doesn't happen often).

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A very interesting and atmosphering map. Gameplay was a bit bland, I was disappointed at the lack of a final boss. It kept me interested for a while and it was quite enjoyable, but there's still something I found nit-picky about this. Nevertheless, this should'nt be skipped. 4/5 - Moti

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Looks awesome, yet it is not the only thing that make a level awesome. The gameplay is slow(er), not very exciting and pretty easy. 4/5.

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Visually perfect, this method lacks durability and surprises. + The graphics are gorgeous + The atmosphere is great + The level is well built - THE level - No true final boss - Nothing very exciting in the progression, the rhythm is always the same 4/5*

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Nice level, but a little confusing in the manor of KDIZD, and no really inspiring moments.

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As previous reviewers have stated, visually, this is a stunning level with fairly good game-play. My only gripe - although this will not detract from the overall score - is; one Ravenant does not tele-port in and thus 100% kills is not possible (UV -fast). Keep 'em comin' Ed! 5/5

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Very nice. More ZDoom maps should be like this only perhaps a bit harder. Go play Raven Crypt Zalewa.

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Wow, detail unlike any other wad and perfect game dynamics (perfect health/difficulty/mo nster placement). If you like detail, you will enjoy every *second* of this wad. First 5/5 I've given in years.

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    • By vdgg · Posted
      This mapper did create good stuff, pazuzu, diabolos and odyssey. This is way, way below these WADs. I am the first reviewer to mention massive (but massive) HOMs on MAP10! 2 stars for: - awesome grey blocks area in motion in the middle of MAP08 - some occasional decent moments, I guess MAP03 is fine, MAP04 is okayish. - visually it is not bad for 1996. But come on. One motif is: "press switch A to lower a lift, press switch B that opens a door somewhere far, but press it a bit later, just to get in time to the lift, not too early as the door will shut". After that door you often have a wall of monsters, so sometimes you retreat and repeat. This motif is used over and over and over again. You also experience cramped mazy hallways quite a lot and lots of damaging floors. Some of these damaging floors are used for extra spice during combat, but most of them are there to make you think faster about the puzzle solution :) It is not easy for me to pick the worst map, MAP05, 07 and 09 set the bar quite high. And it is me who is writing this, I enjoy cleim20, odessas, some cryptic stuff, but I just can't stand >80% of this creation.
    • By chlef · Posted
      Not the prettiest maps, but very nice to play. Old school goodness.  
    • By chlef · Posted
      Yeah, this is what Doom is supposed to be. Basic and enjoyable, no gimmicks or stupid sound/graphic mods. Just pure Doom. This is a keeper.
    • By Never_Again · Posted
      Another day, another stolen map.   E2M1 of IMMLEV is a ripoff of ARENA, a tutorial WAD David Bruni designed and wrote detailed tutorials for in the 3D Alchemy book. Walbert's edit of it was so incompetent that four times out of five it will crash vanilla seconds into the level with a "P_CrossSubsector" error. Crispy and prboom-plus crash every time.   Oddly enough, Choco loads the map without complaints but you get stuck early on due to the "author" apparently using a paper bag over the head as a map-editing tool.   The second map is largely a barebones crate maze. A secret door next to the first key leads to an unmarked exit that dumps you on the stock secret level. Too bad, as the third level finally shows a glimpse of promise, albeit somewhat marred by HOM and mislabeled key doors. This, too, is apt to an abrupt end with another unmarked exit switch.
    • By MuratMikal · Posted
      The difficult of some maps (mainly after MAP 20) is rather extreme in UV if you aren't an experienced/very good player. For others I recommend playing in HMP or even HTNR if you don't want many frustating moments. Best maps = 04, 06, 07, 08, 11, 15, 32, 18, 20, 22, 28, 29 and 30. Bad Maps = 05, 31, 23, 25 and 26. All other maps are OK. Now, some considerations: MAP 24 is very good until the archvile spam, after that it's almost impossible to beat if you don't get the secret invulnerability sphere. MAP 26 is a gimmick map with a lot of archviles, I didn't enjoy the gameplay because if you shoot in some parts you die right away due to the sheer numbers of viles. MAP 29 at first seem very hard and frustating but its doable if played with persistance. The only bad thing about it is the mandatory archvile jump which I didn't aprove (if you play it you'll see what I'm talking about). UV maxing this MAP would be a nightmare since the red key area is very hard; I've yet to see anyone at youtube or twitch UV maxing this map without saves. As I think only 5 MAPS out of 32 are bad it deserves at least 4 stars.
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