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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 Gaia74 · Posted
      I must say that although it is a wad of terry, I would like to find a serious one like this, new enemies very interesting and original just for their attacks, bosses that have inspired me (and you can see it in my creations) and it is really amazing like this wad despite having their terry traps is entertaining and much better than many wads of 32 levels, if you want to have something interesting to play and different as long as you ignore the story is fun filled with very good boss fights, excellent music, this is an option although if you can not stand the terry traps just do not try it   5/5 to be a joke wad   Gaia74
    • By Chipchase · Posted
      A quarter of a million monsters in a gigantic flat square room. It is said to be for stress testing source ports (and your PC?), otherwise it's on the other side of crazy. It took my PC nearly two minutes to load the wad (I thought it had crashed) and I took less than two seconds to die. At least it ran - the author says he never even managed that.
       
      The first screenshot has a high viewpoint because an Archvile lifted me. The second shows it in the Eureka editor; seeing only about 4% of the area, and every red square is a heavyweight monster (yellow selecting a caco).  and Doomguy is in the bottom left corner. Eureka was crawling, almost unusable - how did the author even build this?    
    • By CaptainResident · Posted
      This was great. Great joke wad and a great Terry trap collection. Instead of the generic "Oh it's a well made map at first then BOOM" it's actually a well-made megawad that simply has them as little traps that can be avoided. It's able to be completed, seriously. That's new. I especially love the final boss and highly suggest using a cheat against him. Trust me, do it, it'll be worth it.
    • By defiatron · Posted
      This wad is fucking legendary.
    • By geo · Posted
      Are you up for a brutal, non stop challenge through detailed, but bland environments? The Secret Energy doesn't let up, so it's either a low health slaughter map or a speed runner's dream to get from switch to switch, all while enemies constantly spawn in with each button press. There's little health for such meaty enemies and even on the easiest difficulty, it's a slog to kill them all. To balance out the lower health, there are less hitscan enemies that seem to be relegated to a few chain gunners that can get distracted in a sea of madness.   It feels like a punishing experience from the first room. It fills with imps, then pinkies, then flying enemies, then revenants and a cyber demon. The entire map is like that. Enter a room and it will flood in via waves. Each wave opens up something new and you need to find where that new thing is. Is it a switch on a wall? Is it a switch inside of a pillar? Did a door just open up? Are you supposed to go back into the main corridors of the complex? At least on my first play through, I felt there was a poor flow to the level.   The place is so big and centralized, you might miss where you need to go next. No arrows, the switches are around corners and walls inside of rooms that may or may not have opened. The game has its detail, but detail with greens, browns, a few blue wires across the floors, perhaps to guide you to the next area. It was all lost on me and blurred together into a jumble. While the structures of each new room was different, it's the color scheme and darkness that stayed the same.   Give it a try. There is something redeemable in here for those hardcore enough to endure the first room, let alone the entire map.
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