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Fragport

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A 21st century DooM 2 episode that is big, innovative, good-looking, and of course, HARD! This wad features desert and mountain levels, and there are plenty of levels beside the sea. There are also city levels and hi-tech levels. But - every style is represented here, even if it is only 1 level! (except the Spirit-World style)

For those of you who like secrets, there are at least 3 in each level (except 25-27 and 29-32 where there are none). And you'll be pleased to know that the secret levels are VERY well hidden........

This episode combines the speed and fast-paced action that makes DooM so special with the realistic world-like adventure of newer games like Quake 2 and Half-Life.


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chlef

  

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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P41R47

  

I have a real blast while playing this megawad. Think that Quake is not brown enough? You will get the ultimate browness here. I think that, beside the simplistic ugliness of it, it gives a good cohesive look to all the maps. And this one are really big and fun to explore. The ideas of cities, fortresses, islands, canyons and caves, and finaly tech base on moon, are really neat and some looks really good.

The story of the wad is pretty good, too. I love the liberties that the author takes while doing this mapset. As i played a lot and i found this kind of ideas in a few wads along the way.
What i didn't like it much, is that there wasn't other skies than the episode one sky from Doom 2. Again, i think it is that way for a cohesive storytelling, but anyway, it would be cool to feel the sense of time in the maps with different skies and shadows deploying in differents ways along the maps.

This could be the Eternal Doom of doom stock textures, but the linearity of the maps, aside from the somewhat empty but interesting areas to explore, departs slighty from the formula, and there are not soo much details as one might expect from a mapset like this. Don't get fooled by that, even with the somewhat Heretic-like linearity, the maps are fun, gorgeous in its brownway and pretty challenging.
 

I recommend this megawad to anyone that likes to explore and have a challenge in the vein of the best of team TNT mapsets.

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Nems

  

Despite the browns and grays that are prominent in this megaWAD, I found it to be fun. I also found it to be quite the challenge. The first map gives you a taste of what to expect in terms of enemy encounters. The author makes good use of mid-tier enemies to apply pressure on the player. Monster count for most of the maps barely breaks the 150 mark but, as said before, the use of mostly mid-tier enemies puts pressure on the player. I also like how the megaWAD handles level progression. Most of the levels you go through consist of caves, cities, islands, and tech bases in space. In fact, there's only one real Hell-like level and even it's within the confines of the moon base you fight through in maps 21 - 30.

 

About the only gripes I have with this megaWAD are with regards to maps 32, 29, and 30. I know the text file and map 31 give warnings about map 32 but there really should be some kind of alternate exit in map 32 instead of trapping you in place if you don't pass one of the puzzles. I wasn't a fan of how close quarters the IoS fight was in map 29, especially since it can get cramped quickly with monster spawns. Finally, the randomization of what keys spawn during your escape in map 30 isn't fun either. 10 minutes seems like plenty of time but between navigating the vent system (again) without light goggles and dealing with mid-tier enemies, that 10 minutes can get eaten up really quick.

 

Overall, it's still a fun megaWAD. I'd recommend at least giving it a shot.

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Gato606

  

It was a nice enjoyable megawad, entertaining gameplay, played with msx project.

It was disappointing the last 2 levels, going through a maze of tiny vents in pitch black, cheated with the infrared powerup giver.

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Viscra Maelstrom

  

i just really love this wad unconditionally. the level-design isn't really the best out there, or the most prettiest, and the gameplay is kind of there, but i always keep getting drawn back to Fragport regardless. if you like Doom levels with a bit more of a focus on exploration and "realistic" level-design, like Hellbound and (a bit of) Doom 2 Reloaded, and you like the gameplay being a bit slower, then this wad's worth playing still. just bring a music pack with it.

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Combinebobnt

  
I like how this wad can be used as a long, sprawling adventure type of a megawad. Too bad every map is browner than quake 1.

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subject_119

  
even I is not as overrated

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Guest

  
Enjoyable. Would play again.

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Doomkid

  
I always loved this wad!

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Guest

  
Great detail and creative style to the levels. You can't stop playing. Each level continues on from the last quite smoothly, instead of going from one random destination to the next. Nice atmosphere and cool sound effects as well. Overall, a wad worth playing. 4.5/5

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Guest

  
Crappy poop

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Guest

  
Given the skyhigh ratings, I was very disappointed. Lots of work, but most of the layouts are too basic, decoration simple, and the texture use plain ugly. Most textures are unaligned. Gameplay @ UV is too simple, repetitive thus predictable, and often just awful, not the least due to the very weak monster placement. Overall it is repetitive like hell. Playing it gave a quite enthusiastic but too amateurish impression. 2* for the amount of work, and nofi, but I really have no idea why on earth this got 5*.

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Guest

  
Purely amazing. Possibly the best that I have ever played, and better map designing than both actual dooms. I don't know what else to say about it, it's just so good. 25/5.

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Guest

  
Good job with this it's one of the best megawads I've found yet.

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Kick Ass WAD! 5/5

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Terrible wad. Big, ugly, undetailed, broken levels. Unexcusable in 2001. Trash.

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WOW! This is excellent, absoloutely brilliant!!!

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Stephen Clark gave us with this great megawad a perfect example of what means "gameplay". Yes, I agree for the lack of details, but, obviously, it was not in his mind, and he was right. Most of the time, you can't look around to admire, cause of monsters appearing very often where there was apparently none. It's extremely well done, and it should be considered as one of the best megawads ever made by a man alone!!! 5/5 -Jive

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Despite the maps being somewhat bland, they manage to pull of a charming mood on their own. Some ideas are very creative and fun. Challenging overall, sometimes annoying, but definitely worth the d/l (just for map 32 alone I´d say), oh and map 28 is a bitch ! 5*

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Ha ha.. It's a meagwad is it?! No wonder it's taking so long. Qulaity is not quite as good as 007, but still above average. My only gripe is the fab looking maze levels has time lock-outs! Very bad. This level looks amazing, but i can't be arsed to play it.

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Excellent pacing and monster placement (except the hyperpolyarchvilism) . I had a better sense of place with everything in this wad than the vast majority of much more "detailed" (read: visually noisy) maps that seem so popular nowadays. Love how you start where you left off from the previous map. 5. --Vaecrius

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Ns!

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Visuals are pretty meh, but it really playes quite well, so it gets at least 4.

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Whoever said this wad is bad needs to be socked in the face 5 stars

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You really are "The Ultimate DooMer". 5 stars

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  • File Reviews

    • 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 ;)
       
    • By aargh · Posted
      Slaughtermap for beginners. Simple but effective level design, only arch-viles are a bit overused.
      Played with Meatgrinder mod.
    • 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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