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A nine map episode 1 replacement.


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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.

 

Totally not worth a Cacoward 2011.

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NuMetalManiak

  

generally good layouts throughout this set, as well as some decent combat for well-sized levels. 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.

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CapnClever

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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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So far, the best WAD I've ever played. 5/5

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Very nice Doom style map set. dwrTag

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