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[B0S] clan's second wad. Just as in first wad (Da Will), main hero - [B0S] clan's fighter. Story so far: You woke up in a cold sweat after having a nightmare, and you see, that a message from [B0S] clan has appeared on your computer screen with an order - to get ASAP to [B0S] clan's base, located nearby. Grabbing a pistol and some ammo, you're ready to go.


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P41R47

· Edited by P41R47

  

From the get go, one just notice the impressive mood that this mapset offers. And solely for that this leaves a watermark of how mood maps can be made. Some of the maps here are probably masterpieces of atmosphere and mood.
This large episode map has a really good start, first maps its pretty much an introductory map, and map02 is the famous Doxylamine Moon. I'm really proud of myself as i solved the map puzzle without any help, but it doesn't offer much after that. But its an impressive effort by Lainos. The subsequent maps continue to be really good and moody. And map11: Seaport seems to be the properly end of the wad... but no, there are three more maps in the set.


Map12, aside for the impressive architecture, its really annoying as it abuses the darkness, making it pretty difficult to navigate.
Map13 made the same mistake, but its a little more easier to navigate and it comes to be somewhat fun.

Map14 its a no exit map intended as the end of the mapset.

 

This set up makes me wonder if the Clan [B0S] intended map12 and map13 as just bonus maps. Don't know if there is answer to this (maybe @Wraith777 knows something).
 

Returning to the review, the first six maps are glorious and i loved Doxylamine Moon for being soo different, and Lavatrazz a remake of TNT map07: Prison. The rest of the maps from ma07 to map11 are just big good maps.
I didn't like much of map12 and map13 aside from the awe inspiring architecture they offer.
And map14 is spooky and marvelous. Could be a really neat feature and not just and no exit end map.

 

All in all, i liked this mapset, much more in the first part than the second part (even when map07 starts with Serial Experiment's Lain theme song, a soundtrack i love soo much).
I would really like to see the story of Sacrament properly developed. Maybe someday...

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galileo31dos01

  

Done with these settings:

 

- Crispy Doom 5.3.

- Ultra-Violence.

- Continuous combined with pistol start mindset.

- Saves every 10 minutes or so.

 

A nice peculiar set of maps by authors from the Russian community. This is (mostly) an adventure lengthy episode that features an extensive package of custom cool textures, flats, amazing skies and other stuff to give shape to the story, which more or less revolves around the apocalypse. The design favors an hypothetical realism, apparently it begins in your nightmare, and when you wake up, you see humanity had gone forever. Truth of the fact is, after the first couple of maps (the second being a very realistic deserted city), it's hard to tell where the plot is going to, until the intermission screens vaguely tell the rest. Well, I'm not one who plays Doom for the stories. Anyways, in aesthetics, this wad wins the prize, the usage of stock textures in most maps is really beautiful, sometimes inclining to the standard OG Doom style and in other cases in impressive scenery, such as the giant cavern and several boats in map 11. A thing that characterizes Sacrament is the absence of light throughout the maps. The skies also contribute for that, for better or worse. It's not like you can't see nothing, but the moments you need to stop monsters like spectres it can turn harrowing, and I fancy darkness a lot. In fact, my favourites cases were maps 12 and 13, all the spooky ambient was darn intense to explore through. Sacrament also comes with a lot of music in ogg format, I believe part of it are Russian songs or tracks from other games. Either way I found them fitting, and weird sometimes, but that's ok.

 

I'm not sure if the designers took inspiration from anything else, or if its approximation to Eternal Doom is mere coincidence. Probably not, considering the trickery in the second map, but a way to describe Sacrament in a nutshell could be "touristy". The maps range from mid to large sized and focus primarily on the visual-atmosphere department, and there's no complain on that side. They also require your inner explorer to take command of the situation in most maps, which not always is your standard key hunt, and the task becomes a mad search for what to do next in the sprawling non-linear affairs (not in the level of Eternal Doom, but close). In between, you get some smoother classical entries, with an iwad-difficulty tone in progression and encounters, even an obvious imitation of a TNT level. Speaking about monsters, it's light on threat for the most part, sometimes underwhelming in connection to the space, and other times you'll beg for some light to see your opposition better. Again, I'm not against the combat in very dark areas, it adds some tension, and at least while they're not loaded with zombies. On another side, the new weapon sprites were a bit of a letdown, looking dull and almost hard to distinguish, particularly the shotguns, and I don't know what the new BFG sprite is supposed to resemble, not that there was any crucial moment to actually test it. Besides, they fact they're not centered confused my aim in many occasions, but I guess crosshair users will omit that.

 

Secret-wise, the more complex a map is, the more secrets you can find. This may sound redundant but for a secret hunter like me, it's been generally well received, though a shame when it didn't felt like a true reward: I would have liked something more blood-pumping after the skull hunt in "Doxylamine Moon", instead of walking around a second time to find a few shells to confront a weak invasion. Favourite map was 13, and maps 03, 06, 07, 08 and 12 were fun too. The only map I disliked was 04, not a fan of maps that ultra straightforward maps, nor when they deprive you from kills. The rest didn't impress me in gameplay terms, but Azamael's maps did on the artistic side.

 

Overall, Sacrament is worth to check every deep nook as much as the human eye can see. For what typical Doom gameplay concerns -murdering monsters, then hit exit switch-, it might be wise to overlook this or part of it, as there exists an elder counterpart called "Da Will", but for a trip through whatever post-apocalyptic puzzle-ish context the wad takes place in, look no further. Oh and, mind using a Boom compatible source port for map 10 if you plan on maxing it. Anyway, my rate is 6,5/10.

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Budoka

  

A masterpiece of mood and atmosphere, with level design that is both spectacular to behold and very structurally accomplished. Combat is generally lighter than puzzles and than the overall norm in PWADs, but isn't usually a complete walk in the park either.

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trrobin

  
Pretty good set of levels. Many are quite grand and epic. Nice atmosphere and good gameplay. Sometimes it is a little on the easier side, but then again many of these levels are more atmosphere and adventure based which I personally like. Don't play if you want constant action.

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Walter confetti

  
Really, really good mapset! MAP02 is the best of the bunch, but overall high quality maps

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Best atmosphere ever!!! 5/5 - Optimus

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I liked it very much,bugs or not,so there!

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Very good work.

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I enjoyed most of it--always been a fan of Wraith's and Dragon Hunter's maps, and the set has a very strong atmosphere, which is really its only uniform characteristic. Gameplay styles are drastically different, with map 02 belonging in the adventure/exploratio n genre, map 07 being demi-slaughter, Azamael's being of the "miserly with the ammo" type (at least on UV), etc. If you try to play it all at once the contrast can be jarring, but in small doses it's a memorable set. --TDotW

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Mediocre maps with horrible weapon sprite and sound replacements. Map02 gets an extra golden turd for having disabled the automap making the map impossible to navigate.

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A mixed bag. All maps are very different in style and quality. Some gems here and some dull / unbalanced ones. Overally worth a look. 3.5(4)/5

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The music is excellent, and some maps look great, but, it seems disjointed. Maps 1 and 2 were the best, and set up a great story--but it didn't carry though the rest of the WAD, sadly. 3/5

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Map 10,11,13 skipped due I get lost after played some mins on them.(But they're not bad, it's well to play and looking good but just too easy to get lost for me with some reasons)Others are OK or good, Map02 is worst one in this mapset because the yellow skull key hunting is boring, but the design is great, best city map I ever seen, too bad the gameplay ruined it! 3.5/5 -playerlin

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linear garbage

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5/5

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You don't needed a yellow keys. Need only blue key... Anyway, try the Doxylamine Moon: Overdose, I think, you will like this. ;)

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Shit, had vomit after it. Stupid storyline, not interesting locations, boring gameplay.

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Fuck yeah!

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Mediocre maps with horrible weapon sprite and sound replacements. Map02 in particular gets a golden turd for having disabled the automap, making the map impossible to navigate and play.

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The music is interesting. But overall, this is a dud. Some levels are playable and decent, most are not. I guess the last level provides the most challenge. But this really mediocre. 3/5

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TEH BEZT WAD EVAR! not. 0/5, ]ASTS[ rules

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I did not like this, sure some of the maps looked good but the gameplay was boring and the maps were tedious to complete

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New sprites are shitty and levels are asolutely uninspired, playing this wad is just a waste of time. And that story about [BOS] clan fighter... WTF? That's not even funny, just plain stupid.

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Good job. Map 02 is epic - it's the best city-map in doom. The others are solid too. 4.5/5 Shadowman

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normal...a little boring

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      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.
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