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Year 23 -The Belly of the Beast-

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Good God! After that struggle in the canyon, it feels like a year's gone by! You stand over the corpses of five zombies, drenched in the blood and guts of all who opposed you. In that tiny, cavernous room, the only other opening you see is a tunnel that stretches off into darkness. Taking a deep breath, you descend the craggy passage, the torches blazing within the walls your only guide. After a short while, you can feel the air getting hotter -- and not just from the torches. When you see light again, the rock has become suspiciously red and black. You press on, feeling as if your skin was on the verge of combusting, until--

Well, wouldn't you know it? You've ended up in Hell!

You could say this was just the inside of a volcano, but that doesn't explain the coloration of the rocks. Or the brown stalagmites up there. Or, for that matter, the fact that you haven't burst into flame from convection already. You turn around and try to head back, but as luck would have it, a wall shoots out of the ground and blocks you. You shrug, turn back to the stream of lava on the other end, and sit down. Just when you've started to think of fun things to do with demon intestines, stepping stones rise out of the lava. You pick yourself up, and proceed to jump from step to step, trying to see where the passage leads.

The sad part? When you get back from all this, /no one/ is going to believe you.

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The newest entry in the Year series, this is the sequel to Year 22 -A Rock and a Hard Place-. Consequently, it runs on MAP03. This time, I gave myself a development period of one week starting from my birthday, which was far more reasonable -- in theory, anyway. Unfortunately, mapper's block, coupled with life and other Doom projects, conspired to make this take most of the year to finish... /again./ Thankfully, I was able to get this done before the end of the year. Either way, I apologize for the wait. You'll also have to play this on something like PrBoom+ or Eternity this time; there are too many SEGS in this level for Boom to load it without crashing. Oh, well. Also, if you're using ZDoom (or any variant thereof) to play this, you can't use the jump or crouch buttons. Sorry, but you're not supposed to do those in this level.

Anyway, it's a big level compared to the last one, and a rather tough one, at that -- at least on Ultra-Violence. I really mean it this time, too; there are /many/ devious traps, and if you begin the level from a pistol start, you'll have to get the berserk pack at the beginning. Trust me. In fact, if you're playing this for the first time and you're not skilled at Doom, I recommend you play it on Hurt Me Plenty instead. It might be a bit hard, but it's not as mean as it'll be on UV. Don't even /think/ of trying this on -fast or Nightmare if you value your sanity!

Regardless, enjoy the level!


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Very good hellcave/redrock/lav a level. (Also, haha, "you're not supposed to be here". :))

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Very Good, I have a lot of fun on it. 4/5 -playerlin

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I'ts from TGH! what can I say? For me, TGH! is the number One in quality levels in all things such as detail, shadows, level design, gameplay and visuals. TGH!' reminds me Ikka Keranen! Please Eric Baker, have you ever thought about making a megawad all by yourself? (It could have less than 32 maps but at least more than 10). It's so said to find such outstanding quality THG!'s maps when thay could be megawads! Well, year 23 is 5/5, but TGH! is 100/5!!!

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Loved it. Keep up the good work TGH! - Kirby

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Too hard, no skill levels implemented - one star for the first two rooms (I couldn't get further)

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Hell-my favorite place for annihilating monsters and demons.One of the best hell maps I've seen and played.Pretty darn good!4/5-d.d.koop

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    • By Gato606 · Posted
      Gotta take in count the effort put on doing this Just one big let down... why, why the hell Tails is an enemy?? :-(
    • By Gato606 · Posted
      At some point I thought "is this a jokewad"?  Cause you enter a map and just in front of you you have the exit button, just like that.  Some maps have some decent design, but the choice of monsters might not be the best, and nazis, why the need to put nazis on several maps? Maps with 0 monsters, 0 secrets, just a freely exposed Romero head spawning monsters, a couple of maps are just you at the beggining in front of the Romero head, other maps are like "hey grab whatever weapons and ammo you can before Romero spots you".
    • By Roebloz · Posted
      Not bad for an early 1994 level to be honest. It isn't good, but not bad. Being a Wolf3d fan I don't mind long corridors in maps that much, although the decoration could have been better that's for sure. If you're into old maps and corridor-esque maps, give it a shot.
    • By chlef · Posted
      Partial truth in advertising - "This PWAD represents the combination of just 27 of some of the best levels I have found on the net." - maybe for a brief 6 month window in 1994. But compared to traditional/old school maps since, this selection would scrape through as a C- if you were grading school homework. Barely a pass. Mostly dull, bland and repetitive maps you have played elsewhere - maps you groan through and forget 2 seconds after you have finished them. Supreme ordinariness, nothing you ever want to see again. This is only of historical value. Not exactly enjoyable play. Nosireebob.
    • By CyberDreams · Posted
      I'm not very good at reviewing so bear with me: If you want a quick and fairly easy WAD then this is for you. It starts out fairly easy as well as being fairly linear and than it gets harder as it goes on. It's also fairly short too as it took me about an hour or two to complete on UV difficulty in GZDoom using the Doom (strict) compat mode.   The new textures were a nice addition although they were only featured in the last few maps. There are a lot of switches and "rising structures" (floors & lifts) but the placement of them is decent so they aren't a nuisance. The switches open doors or activate lifts that are pretty much right in front of you or in an area that you've just past through so the maps aren't that confusing (which is a good thing).   The one thing that i did not like about this WAD was that the exits were not marked. I exited a few levels with only 50% or so of the map explored due to the exit just being a normal looking switch. In a map that has quite a few switches that activate doors and lifts, you need the exit too look different or at least have an exit sign above it imo.   I did notice a few misaligned textures but tbh that's normal for 1994. Also, there are different sounds for weapons and some monsters as well that kind of annoyed me. I don't usually mind sound replacements and i know that a lot of early maps had them but this one just really got on my nerves at times. You'll hear GROOVY! a lot and it's not as cool sounding as Duke Nukem saying it, even though it is the actual sound clip from Evil Dead 2 (i believe).   Other than that this E1 replacement played alright for a '94 mapset, having decent layouts and monster placements. I give it 3 1/2 stars mainly because of the exit issue that really bugged me and the sound replacement not being my favorite.   [Oh btw, i played continuous. I tried playing pistol start only on a few maps but i just couldn't do it. I'm not sure if it's possible tbh. Maybe some of the weapons are hidden in secrets because i often found ammo in levels for some but not the weapon for it.]    
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