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Zero Day (MP3 edition)

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*Zero Day includes an original soundtrack. If you'd like the optimised mp3 version with realistic instruments, check out zerodaymp3.zip, which should be in the same place that you located this file.

This was developed as a companion piece to a novel I'm currently marketing - Zero Day. I chose to develop it in Doom because I wanted something I could distribute freely and easily, as a whole package. Zero Day, the Doom addon, sees you travelling across a fictionalised west coast of the U.S.A., fighting demons, allegedly in search of the lead protagonist from the novel.

The novel begins in the midst of political turmoil as reluctant political figurehead, poster boy and rockstar, Jeremy Government, vanishes from the public eye. There's nothing left of the Earth but desert, in most places, and cities are ruled by board meetings, ideals towards serving "the common good," and a concise anti-capitalist regime. Citizens are suffering, and rebel forces plot against it in the darkness. Jeremy surfaces amidst them, and, learning a few hard truths, he joins their campaign. They plant a bomb in a government building, while Jeremy makes a short public appearance, albeit, in the ensuing chaos, Jeremy is shot live on television, sparking a revolution.


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Pretty close to unbearable. Chalk this one up to overambition.

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I'd be lying if I said I enjoyed this, even a bit. No offense to the author, but it's long, boring, and tedious; there's nothing to look at, no interesting fights, nothing to keep you on your toes. 1/5 for the effort. - ZZ

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I don't approve of it.

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Kyle Towns here. Seems I made a mistake in the text file. This is the vanilla music edition. Also, the MP3 zip was renamed after upload to zerodmp3.zip. Thanks.

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Crap.

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  • File Reviews

    • By E.M. · Posted
      This right here is one of the oldest joke wads ever made, and its parodies of bad map design are still relevant to this day.
    • By SilverMiner · Posted
      The soundtrack is coherent thruout the whole
    • By LateToDOOM2020 · Posted
      No idea how this works Its doom magic!
      Very cool
    • By Philnemba · Posted
      Ok not going to lie, but I thought this shitpost megawad was made last year and NOT from February of 1998 which also technically predates the original Mockery wad by a few months 👀!?
    • By Catpho · Posted
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