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Double Impact

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A nine map episode 1 replacement.


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Denim Destroyer

  

Double Impact is a replacement for Knee Deep In The Dead that is as fun as it is challenging. The challenge comes from the hordes of demons you will face and unlike some other Doom 1 wads, Double Impact avoids creating difficulty by spamming Barons and Cacodemons. What is holding this set of levels back from being perfect are several minor issues that add up. The levels are not that great looking due to the reliance of stock textures. Combat is hampered by an overabundance of Door combat; that is standing inside a door way and blasting away anything before it can touch you. Finally the most glaring issue is how lackluster that last map is. Simply press the switches while avoiding Cyberdemon rockets and ride the elevator to the exit switch. Overall Double Impact is quite a good set of levels, unfortunately it is held back by a several small problems.  

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chowbar

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Although you've seen these textures a million times before, Double Impact's core focus is on old-school Ult Doom combat. Expect traps, shotgun duels, and a lot of pinkies. Fights are fast and intense without ever feeling frustrating or impossible.

 

While Double Impact's large, nonlinear levels may not dazzle players at every turn, they're never confusing and they keep fights interesting. There's a misaligned texture or two every once in a while, but it adds to that KDITD charm. The levels feel familiar without ever feeling like they were copy-pasted from the IWAD. That said, it's worth mentioning that Double doesn't carry over Ult Doom's atmosphere or occasional spookier tone. Combat is the centerpiece of this E1 replacement.

 

While some fights might rub certain players the wrong way, Double Impact does a lot to keep its combat interesting and intense. If you've grown tired of confusing switch hunts and the SSG's long reload time, Double Impact will remind you why you fell in love with Doom's run-and-gun gameplay.

 

Played in PrBoom+ (complevel 3), UV, pistol starts, with saves.

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dylux

· Edited by dylux

  

- UV Settings

 

A good, solid WAD. This game will keep you on your toes, that's for sure! My fave Maps were M03 - it took me forever to find that Blue Key LOL!! and M07. This WAD has LOTS of secrets, most of them very clever, and most are rewarding, which I like. Lots of combat, and a fair bit of exploration, not a bad balance. The architecture throughout is nothing fancy, but not entirely bland, either.

 

I liked the above average size of some of the levels. Ammo was a but tight in a couple of Maps, but nothing that couldn't be handled. But this WAD *is* fun!

 

The only reason I am taking away 1/2 star is because of M08. I was hoping for a more climatic final Map after all that shootin' throughout the rest of the previous Maps.

 

Did Double Impact deserve a Cacoward? Yes, I totally agree that it did, considering that it was built for Ultimate Doom, instead of its successor. Finding a great Ultimate Doom WAD is much rarer than it is finding one for Doom II. 

 

Great job! Thanks for making it! Definite replay value.

 

4.5 out of 5 stars for me.

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The_SloVinator

· Edited by The_SloVinator

  

EDIT: It appears Tag 666 doesn't execute properly in some source ports or if complevel is below 3.

 

Let me get E1M8 out of the way first because it's the most confusing thing I've witnessed in a Doom wad.

So, you got four switches that kill four barons outside of the map, to make two walls & four marble cubes lower. Basically, a special tag 666 situation.

I press all four switches & nothing happens after I wait for awhile. I tried with PrBoom 2.5.1.4., PrBoom 2.5.1.5., GzDoom 2.4.0 & on the latter, only worked once.

I looked up the walkthrough of it & there is nothing I did different from the people playing it but they got it to work somehow. It's very strange. If anyone knows what's up, I'd like to know.

 

The rest of the wad is alright. Maps are way too lengthy and forgettable & just cluttered with too many enemies.

Traps are fairly challenging & were the best part of the wad.

 

But all that wasn't worth it for the last map of the wad to crap on me.

 

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NuMetalManiak

· Edited by NuMetalManiak

  

generally good layouts throughout this set, as well as some decent combat for well-sized levels. these maps normally take longer than your average E1 replacement, but the combat remains good enough throughout. the secrets in this one are more than just "another soul sphere" secrets too, they are quite varied. worth playing, watch out on the last level though. I actually had some problems getting the 666 tag to work for some reason, but then again, you still have to tangle with multiple cyberdemons and it could be a hassle. regardless, Double Impact is still worth checking out, even if you're burned out on the numerous E1 replacements, this one feels fresh.

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CapnClever

· Edited by CapnClever

  

Playability notes: Designed as limit-removing, so Crispy Doom works as well as PrBoom+ -complevel 2. Pistol start and continuous both work pretty well.

 

Double Impact paints a simple setting with simple Doom 1 combat in mind, but the combat itself is fantastically well done and continues the challenge the player with variety and creativity over the entire episode. The goal was most likely to build architecture to fit the encounters rather than set a particular scene, much less one befitting of the famous shareware episode, so anyone looking for an experience reminiscent of E1 will not find it here. However, if you want to see what Doom 1 monsters are capable of, with a focus on the menagerie from Knee Deep in the Dead, this is about as good as it gets.

 

As previously implied this is an E1 replacement, and as always the limitations vary. This is what you can expect:

  • Doom1 E1 IWAD stock textures only. (EDIT: there are some non-E1 textures in the secret level)
  • Limited weaponry from the first episode (exception: rarely you will find plasma in secrets)
  • No teleportation except when using pentagram-shaped floors
  • Mostly sticks to Former Human, Sergeant, Imp, and Demon/Spectre; Lost Soul and Cacodemon make appearances on occasion; Barons and boss monsters are even rarer.

 

What Double Impact does so very well is how it keeps the player on their toes. Every single level has at least one memorable encounter, and there are virtually no repeats in the most significant threats. Whether it's running through the level to look and create cover, or circlestrafing around a mass of enemies, or critically examining an ambush to understand the optimal route, or even creating an area with light but handicapped combat, there is no dearth of variety here. This is especially impressive when only providing the player a modest supply of rockets and sometimes expecting the shotgun to shine by itself! If you ever find yourself weary while playing this, it is certainly not from repetition.

 

That said, there are several fights that will absolutely require you to think quickly or perish, and I would expect this to turn off more than a few players. When combined with relatively few resources for health and armor, the challenge is especially intense not just from fight-to-fight but over the course of the entire map. M5 is especially rough when it comes to attrition. As such, later maps can be akin to rolling dice when going in blind, and will ultimately require a few good tries unless you're among the most seasoned of players.

 

Some highlights:

  • The first level is odd in that it seems to provide a mini-tutorial for dealing with the various basic enemy types before cranking the difficulty up. Normally I wouldn't make note of this but, because the mapset as a whole revolves around challenging encounters, it comes across as superfluous.
  • There are some really impressive uses of dark rooms in M3 and M7 that, while slowing the pace, provide an incredible experience nonetheless. It's just another facet of variety that brings the entire set together.
  • Many of the ambush fights make an excellent use of space: not too cramped, not too open. Major M6 and M7 fights do this so well that it's vital to get a sense of what enemies should be prioritized to ensure enough space as time passes.
  • M3, M4, and M5 have a lot of fun with free-roaming enemies, and it takes a long time to establish a safe perimeter with as many monsters slowly working their way toward you.
  • The final level is uniquely framed, as you're on the run at all times, but the overarching theme of critical thinking and planning remains the same. I prefer this kind of boss encounter to the basic "kill some stuff", especially in the context of Doom1 with its lack of supporting minions.

 

I recommend this entire set to anyone looking for a carefully-crafted challenge that does not hold to any particular stereotype (other than "Doom1 enemies" I suppose). UV is quite difficult; HMP keeps most of the key pieces intact and will still be an engaging experience to those less accustomed to all the flavors of difficulty in Doom.

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purist

  
An excellent reference point on how to make a good E1 replacement. This WAD has a strong sense of indentity due to it's recurring theme of rocket heavy, health stingy item placement and this is a virtue especially rare in KDITD style map sets. I wasn't a fan of the slaughterish last level but otherwise this does a pretty good job of making you forget to miss those Doom II assets.

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AdamAK

  
Great WAD. Though the texture style is that of Doom E1, the layouts and monster placement are quite different. It's a challenging mapset that forces you to make accurate shots fast, given the dominance of hitscanners and low hp provision. Expect to get lost regularly, as the maps can get fairly big and you typically get keys before you've found any doors to use them on.

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Ezepov

  
super

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Guest

  
Nice "Knee Deep" replacement episode - some of the later maps involve a bit too much switch hunting for my liking

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This is a pretty damn good episode replacement. The gameplay's a bit tough for my taste, but the level design is topnotch. 4.5/5

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Who cares what DooM was meant to be? Level Editors exist to create your own DooM! Don't judge wads by this 'classic' criterion, unless the authors clearly say in the readme that they tried to imitate IWAD style. And Ralphis is a good guy.

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Addictive and fun as hell. I like the non stop action and the feeling of always being on the edge of losing major health. The levels are challenging, detailed, and fun. So very much recommended! 5 stars. -TRRobin.

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Needs more detail, and the gameplay just isn't there. -Zombiemad

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An excellent wad. Thank you for creating such a great work of art.

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Not bad. Interesting to play.

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Nicely designed episode with nonlinear/exploratio nal gameplay and many secrets. Quite tough but beatable and fun.

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If I knew you two, I'd high-five the both of you. Excellent wad!

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the last map was damn hard with lots of cybers! but anyway keep mapping, hope you will make e2, e3 and maybe e4 soon for a complete megawad! seriously, we need more megawads for Ultimate Doom. 4/5

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sickass maps. good job, my boys.

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cool! gonna play it now! "loads wad and checks that i have shareware version of doom. please register!"...FUUUUU UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

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A tough yet enjoyable mapset. You guys should make more singleplayer maps. 5/5

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This is definitely one of the best doom1 pwads I have ever played. The layout of the maps is great and mostly nonlinear. All maps looks great even without much details. Only thing I would criticize is, that all the maps expect E1M8 offer the nearly the same chellenge and the same method of play. 4.5/5 - Damned

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Tough but awesome. Feels like Doom 95 to me but with harder difficulty.

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Tough? Only if you're playing Doom for the second time OR if you stupidly run between bullets... take your time and advance carefully into this experienced set of maps. And sometimes, give it all you got. GAMEPLAY! Veteran Doomers will have NOTHING to complaint about in here.FUNtastic *pfl*

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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 ;)
       
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      Slaughtermap for beginners. Simple but effective level design, only arch-viles are a bit overused.
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    • 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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