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Nostrum

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A map I finally finished after starting it a year ago and leaving it untouched until about 2 weeks ago. Theme and basic layout inspired by Map 05 of No Rest For the Living, Vivisection: http://doom.wikia.com/wiki/MAP05:_Vivisection_%28No_Rest_for_the_Living%29

Focus was a somewhat nonlinear level with tight combat and above-average diffuculty.

Runs in vanilla/chocolate doom, tested primarily in zDoom.

The definition of "nostrum" doesn't really fit the map or anything, I just think it's a cool sounding word.


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This is dated June 2011. You fight about 150 baddies in a kind of Ikea castle. It's modest, but good fun, mostly trap-based, look oddly reminded me of Quake II at points. Suffers from a problem whereby you can mostly just run out of the traps, e.g. an elaborate final battle that takes place in an arena you're free to leave. Mind you, not every map has to be a torture hell-slog, and this is entertaining as light relief.

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I wanted a decent map I could burn through quickly. I found this serviceable. -Creaphis

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Really hard in the last battle, 4 archviles in UV...DAMN, I always got my ass kicked, after I beat them with a lot of death and run out of ammo, I feel it's cool... Nice fun map I think. 4/5 -playerlin

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Meh...

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Hard but not impossible, great map design and flow 5/5

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Nice little level with just the right ammount of challenge. 4/5 - Optimus

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Decent level, but it's one of those that make me sit back and think "what does this represent? who built this structure, and why?". Once you're looking for something beyond "a video game level", something that's actually immersive, it fails to deliver. Nevertheless, it plays well, so 3/5. - ZZ

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very fun!! 5/5

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Good Nerve-styled map. There was some difficulty but I took it easy, creating some infighting as I went, and manged to pull through in one go in like 25 minutes. [3/5] ~Chain Mail (05/2012)

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^Comment above makes a invalid statement. The reason you are free to leave the arena is because of the four Arch Viles. You really think you can beat four Arch Viles with no cover? Anyway this is a good map. I'm a fan of Vivisection and this reminded me of it one way or another. Difficult is all right. UV-maxed the map in like eight minutes. 4/5

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    • By vdgg · Posted
      This mapper did create good stuff, pazuzu, diabolos and odyssey. This is way, way below these WADs. I am the first reviewer to mention massive (but massive) HOMs on MAP10! 2 stars for: - awesome grey blocks area in motion in the middle of MAP08 - some occasional decent moments, I guess MAP03 is fine, MAP04 is okayish. - visually it is not bad for 1996. But come on. One motif is: "press switch A to lower a lift, press switch B that opens a door somewhere far, but press it a bit later, just to get in time to the lift, not too early as the door will shut". After that door you often have a wall of monsters, so sometimes you retreat and repeat. This motif is used over and over and over again. You also experience cramped mazy hallways quite a lot and lots of damaging floors. Some of these damaging floors are used for extra spice during combat, but most of them are there to make you think faster about the puzzle solution :) It is not easy for me to pick the worst map, MAP05, 07 and 09 set the bar quite high. And it is me who is writing this, I enjoy cleim20, odessas, some cryptic stuff, but I just can't stand >80% of this creation.
    • By chlef · Posted
      Not the prettiest maps, but very nice to play. Old school goodness.  
    • By chlef · Posted
      Yeah, this is what Doom is supposed to be. Basic and enjoyable, no gimmicks or stupid sound/graphic mods. Just pure Doom. This is a keeper.
    • By Never_Again · Posted
      Another day, another stolen map.   E2M1 of IMMLEV is a ripoff of ARENA, a tutorial WAD David Bruni designed and wrote detailed tutorials for in the 3D Alchemy book. Walbert's edit of it was so incompetent that four times out of five it will crash vanilla seconds into the level with a "P_CrossSubsector" error. Crispy and prboom-plus crash every time.   Oddly enough, Choco loads the map without complaints but you get stuck early on due to the "author" apparently using a paper bag over the head as a map-editing tool.   The second map is largely a barebones crate maze. A secret door next to the first key leads to an unmarked exit that dumps you on the stock secret level. Too bad, as the third level finally shows a glimpse of promise, albeit somewhat marred by HOM and mislabeled key doors. This, too, is apt to an abrupt end with another unmarked exit switch.
    • By MuratMikal · Posted
      The difficult of some maps (mainly after MAP 20) is rather extreme in UV if you aren't an experienced/very good player. For others I recommend playing in HMP or even HTNR if you don't want many frustating moments. Best maps = 04, 06, 07, 08, 11, 15, 32, 18, 20, 22, 28, 29 and 30. Bad Maps = 05, 31, 23, 25 and 26. All other maps are OK. Now, some considerations: MAP 24 is very good until the archvile spam, after that it's almost impossible to beat if you don't get the secret invulnerability sphere. MAP 26 is a gimmick map with a lot of archviles, I didn't enjoy the gameplay because if you shoot in some parts you die right away due to the sheer numbers of viles. MAP 29 at first seem very hard and frustating but its doable if played with persistance. The only bad thing about it is the mandatory archvile jump which I didn't aprove (if you play it you'll see what I'm talking about). UV maxing this MAP would be a nightmare since the red key area is very hard; I've yet to see anyone at youtube or twitch UV maxing this map without saves. As I think only 5 MAPS out of 32 are bad it deserves at least 4 stars.
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