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Dawn of Reality

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This wad shows real existing city (Bytom in Poland) moved to Doom universe. 99% of buildings and locations was a copy of real places. The only changes were introduced because of the engine limitations. I tried to create an exact copy of every area with his oryginal scale and geometry (as far as this is possible in Doom). I used the surveying maps and aerial photography. Many times I must walk through those regions in order to implement the necessary images. Some of this images are now in game as textures.


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Stabbey

  

An extremely impressive WAD which is very detailed, but has some issues. I could not complete the map without cheating myself a key, even after careful searching.

 

The idea to replicate a city environment is successful, but it's clear why those don't make for great gameplay. Fences block you and monsters in, making smooth maneuvering awkward. The layout leads to confusion about where to go. I eventually cleared out all the monsters I could find and after an hour  of gameplay and scouring the map for any possible missed places, I was stuck. I resorted to the IDDT cheat to see if I could find out where any of the keys were. I couldn't see a Yellow Keycard anywhere even with that. Presumably it has to be spawned in with some script, but I had been everywhere to no avail. Well, everywhere except the places barred by the flesh barriers, but I didn't find anything to open those up. There was one promising-looking switch which suggested it lowered the barriers, but that didn't seem to do anything either normal or impact activation. There was another switch reachable only through a tunnel and teleporter that I never found the function of.

 

There are also many places which are completely and totally dark. Unplayably dark, in fact. I was using GZDoom and even with the settings as close to the recommended ones as I could get, I had give myself light amp goggles in many interiors. Is it too much to ask to be able to see where I'm going?

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YouAreTheDemons

  

Too many monsters. You step outside and immediately get fucked in the ass by hordes of shit, and they make it lag worse than the map itself. And even without them, the whole thing's one of those maze-like mindfuck maps where you have no idea where to go. I really like the atmosphere and the ideas it presents, but God damn it this thing unplayable!

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SP_FACE1

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A large city map for GZDooM that aims to transfer a real life location to DooM with an occult twist. The author has crafted a number of high resolution textures and sprites to create a credible realistic feeling. There are also many smaller details, such as everyday utensils, furniture, paintings etc. This all makes the city feel more concrete and believable. The theme is Lovecraftian horror and it's done with great taste. I especially liked the way the author used those flashback cut scenes to create the atmosphere. The background ambient/soundtrack was a crucial part of the theme too. When you enter the map the very first thing you hear is lightning piercing the sky. This perfectly instills the mood on the player right from the start.

 

Gameplay is predominantly exploratory. Sometimes perhaps a bit too much. Although the level making is very admirable I found myself a bit frustrated at times. It felt like I had to try every single doorway in every wall (multiple times) to progress. One of the most annoying sticking points was the door that opened the barriers to the grocery store. That door closed too fast and I thought the button that opened it activated something completely different. Sure, I could have probably heard that the door opened but the cacophony of the nearby Arachnotrons walking suppressed the poor door trying to make its case. Well, eventually I did get past that. And it looks like the author did put in an effort to make the map not a Hexen-esque paingrimage. For example there were Duke Nukem 3D like video monitors that showed what the most important switches did.

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Zalewa

  
This is a city map that you can figure out because the author was kind enough to provide cameras showing what gets activated when you press switches. The amount of effort that had to be put into this is unimaginable. I didn't know we had satanic cults and hidden nazi sects in Poland, though. Powinni Cię dodać do teleexpresowej listy ludzi pozytywnie zakręconych.

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azrael1982

  
It doesn't matter, if you have a great computer or not - I've just tested it with my new lenovo ideapad Y700 and it works horribly with it...

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snapshot

  
Fantastic work .

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NuMetalManiak

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what do you expect. with high-res graphics and lots of things in it, it's gonna lag. very well done city with killer gameplay. as it stands, the gameplay gets rough on the onset, loads of enemies of various kinds all on the streets of this large city. the incentive of exploration is very rife here once you manage to silence things, but it could get rather hard to find out where you need to go next. not helping are those dark areas, especially the tunnel part which was lame and difficult to see. the cutaways to jumpscare people aren't really too effective, and the overall fights you come to at the ends of the map play out pretty well. if you can get through this gargantuan level, consider yourself proud, as it's a big one.

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Guest

  
100% of Poland :3

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Guest

  
I like it a lot,great creepy atmosphere,good gameplay.

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Guest

  
About 3 years of work? This is a WONDERFUL map.I liked this VERY much!

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Acid

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Brilliant! Amazing detail and level design.

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Guest

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That... Was... Awesome. Awesome graphics, awesome sounds, awesome placing of items. I hated only perfomance and when the fucking arch-vile did come to town...

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Guest

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Without a doubt the most realistic looking and feeling map ever. Gameplay isn't bad either (at least to start with) but system performance hampered things.

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Guest

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I give this one 10, yes, 10 stars! 5/1/11 grandmama

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Great ! 5/5

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Definitly the biggest map that i see in my doom plays (only lose by happy time circus 2)

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over-rated comments. I'm sure the graphics are superb, but when it comes down to gameplay, the wad bites it in the dustpan. ~1/5

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Loved it. 5/5

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Awesome. Couldn't run it on GZdoom though, too low performance, but it ran fine on Scythe.

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Runs fine on my computer.But then again,I have a brand new fancy-ass laptop,so there!

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Probably THE best Doom map I've ever played! I also experience the bad performance, specially in large, open areas, but I like it nonetheless! Looking forward to play a sequel! :D

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Who knew we would have something like this when the trinity college level first came out? -1 star for including those cheap beastiary monsters.

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so so so AMAZING!!

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Very good looking. Looks kinda like Max Payne 1. Horrible performance though. 4/5

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      This is a fine map with a lot of work put in it. I really liked the attention to details and the overall atmosphere of the map. The intended  path is a bit hard to decipher at times, but it ends on a high note.
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