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Lunatic

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The moon's orbit was slowed due to a headon collision with a giant ball of demons. Escape the moon before it crashes into the Earth!

Lunatic includes 5 Boom-format maps for Doom 2. Please play Lunatic with PrBoom+, Zdoom, or Eternity.


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Horus

  

A neat lunar-themed minisode from skillsaw, with a lot of nice space/rocketry visual touches. The soundtrack fits very well to the theme. 

 

Difficulty is fairly consistent throughout (save for the easier first level), enough going on to keep you satisfied but significantly easier than Valiant or Ancient Aliens. The mapset's custom monsters are introduced very well, even if they are quite simple to kill.

 

The final map was the highlight for me, a very fun slaughter-lite map. Overall, four stars, enjoyable stuff, though I do think skillsaw's meatier more recent works are an improvement over this.

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printz

  

Nicely challenging wad with a consistent Moon base and spaceflight theme. Gameplay is straightforward Plutonia combat, with a lot of dangerous ambushes requiring good reflexes and escape plans.

 

Stylistically, even though it made little difference while inside the techbases that you're on the Moon or anywhere else, the outside areas reminded you constantly where you are. The Earth may have been drawn too close in the sky, but the story explains why. The music however felt too arcade-like, and the Moon crater surface textures could have been better.

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Gaia74

  

a funny wad, some hard but recommended, the arquitechture is very good, the style good, and the music is nice

 

5/5

 

Gaia74

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StormCatcher.77

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This project remembered to me by a simple and at the same time very impressive architecture, which hides a well-thought-out layout, giving excellent expirience from the gameplay. I was play most of the maps running through the locations from cover to cover, leaving behind the fighting monsters. New opponents here perfectly complement the classic and they are good to create problems. These maps give a very dynamic and at the same time free gameplay, which can be called exemplary. Even the last map, with a high count of enemies, is flown in the same breath. Thanks to the good tracks, which give a vigorous rhythm to the gameplay, this whole not-so-big project gives a bunch of positive impressions that you cannot collect in many “full-sized” megawads. 5/5 in my collection. I think in the near future I will dig deeper into other Skillsaw's works.

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seed

  

And thus Lunatic was finished, rather quickly too, played through GlBoom+ 2.5.1.5 on UV.

 

So this would basically be the predecessor to Valiant considering that the theme and gameplay style would end up in skillsaw's later work Valiant. It features only 5 levels taking place exclusively on the moon both inside and outside of various bases. The wad features a new background menu, music, new enemies, namely variations of the Shotgun Guy and Chaingunner who use Plasma rifles and Rocket Launchers respectively, new textures, but no new status bar, weapon/enemy sounds, or ENDOOM screen.

 

Compared to skillsaw's other 2 projects that I have played, namely Ancient Aliens and the previously mentioned Valiant, the biggest difference would probably be the difficulty. Lunatic is an easy-to-medium wad with low enemy counts, whereas the other 2 megawads are hard with high enemy counts that are targeted primarily at veterans or very skilled players, AA fitting especially well in this category. The maps are pretty short, compact, and straightforward with a few secrets that are generally easy to find, with the final level being a surprisingly short slaughter map with little over 300 enemies, which also features a MIDI rendition of Europe's "The Final Countdown" and is named after the track. Indeed, a very nice conclusion to the short expedition.

 

Considering that there's so few levels and there's nothing really making any of them stand out of the crowd (don't misunderstand, I don't think this is a problem in this case) with the possible exception of MAP05 which changes the style to slaughter, there's not much else to add, so in short, although skillsaw would later proceed to create 2 masterpieces, Lunatic lays the foundation on which Valiant will rise. It anticipates an epic journey while settings the standards high, delivering 5 action packed, beautiful, atmospheric, short and straight-to-the-point levels that are real fun to play. It only took me one hour to finish it so time really shouldn't be an issue. As it was the case of CS2 it was so fun I kinda wish it was longer, but this makes it perfect for those times when you just want to play some Doom but investing considerable amounts of time isn't exactly possible as it can easily be beaten in one sitting. Would highly recommend this to anyone, one hour of quality.

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Voltcom

  

I absolutely loved this mapset. Beautiful design, cool theme, and it was challenging but not unfair. This was excellent.

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Yugiboy85

  
Brilliant :) Map 03 and 04 have got to be my favorites of the set.

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Spectre01

  
Pretty good tbh but the Valiant moon episode was better in every way.

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AnonimVio

  
Absolutely fantastic, gorgeus, flawless.

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Guest

  
I love it and I didn't finish it yet !

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NuMetalManiak

  
a quick set with some good gameplay.

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Guest

  
Layout, texture use, decoration and ambiance: solid 4*. Gameplay @ UV starts promising, despite too many dull snipers. But hereafter it turns into an endlessly repeated slaughter of the simplemost kind: enter room - room is locked - huge monster spawns - create infighting - wait until almost all monsters are dead - kill the remainings - enter next scene. IOW: totally predictable and monotonous gameplay ruins the adventure completely. It's not difficult, just plain soulless and boring. Whát a pity...

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Budoka

  
This is often compared to Vanguard, but it doesn't play quite the same way, as the opposition here is both more lightweight and much more devious. Regardless, it's very satisfying. The fights are great, the custom enemies work perfectly and put on some interesting pressure on the player, and Skillsaw nailed the arcade space shooter feeling to a T. Of course,expect one of his typical easy-ish slaughtermaps. One big downside: compared to most of his other solo work, this one's over too quickly.

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Ezepov

  
super

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Guest

  
Skillsaw's mapping style is among the best of the modern DOOM mappers. His levels are just super-fun to play. Great architecture, great gameplay, and the last level with its very appropriate music took this wad to the next level and secured it as legendary. 5/5, an absolute blast!

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absolutely awesome.

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^You mean "Doom" wad, right? But yeah, this wad is badass! I give it 5 stars!

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Great leveldesign and setting, top-notch gameplay, cool new enemies. This mapset has only one flaw - it's too short! 5/5 - Demonologist

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more levels please! also 5*

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Great wad! Only 4 stars, though, since the gameplay balance was all over. Also, personally, I thought the music didn't match the levels perfectly.

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Not bad, only problem is the terrible music choice. -the_afrit

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You know an author's truely exceptional when I unhestitantly vote five stars for one of their releases and yet can clearly say it's not their best work. That is the case here (comparing to Vanguard). 5/5 - MegaDoomer

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Good one, man. - 5/5 Zalewa

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Level 3, too fucking laggy and froze my computer up. Lol.

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I loved it. The desing of the maps was smart and together with new textures, monsters and music brought really unique atmosphere. I finished it in an hour, but it was great time. 5/5 - Damned

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    • By DharmaForOne · Posted
      I liked it better than Claptrapino. Maybe because I'm a novice level maker too. Obviously it's the work of a newbie, but I absolutely understand how it might have taken 10+ hours. I think I've spent at least that long and haven't even completed any levels yet.   I actually thought it was an interesting basic concept to start in the middle of a maze, with areas you've previously cleared not guaranteed to be safe anymore with the portals and spawns. I died twice in my attempts and finished the third time. When I realized that staying in place, conserving resources and clearing wasn't working I took the invulnerability and just ran through the halls spraying high damage weapons.   The level did seem unfinished though. What are the keys for? Are there secrets in the level that contain locked doors?    
    • By aargh · Posted
      Yes, this is a legendary megawad. Yes, there is a lot of positives to say about it.
      But I can't ignore the button madness present in many levels. In the second half of the games this gets utterly insane - you WILL spend most of the time bashing and shooting every inch of every wall to find yet another hidden switch to be able to progress. Many switches open hidden doors in an unrelated location on the other side of the level without even telling you. Some levels have switches completely invisible and one of them even hides switches in random decoration sprites like trees. I'm sorry but this was no fun and in the end it ruined the entire megawad for me.
    • By DRMman · Posted
      Now this wad is sorta conflicting, for one if you suffer from any of the following problems: lack of ammo,regenerating health,the maps,multiple deaths. You can't play doom for shit but the i also have issues with this wad.   1. The doom 3 type design disgusts me, mainly because i don't like doom 3 that much   2. I hate the painkiller esque moments   3. It's unfinished and dead   That's all.   RATING:3/10
    • By Argent Agent · Posted
      Pretty awful: uninspired, square layouts; boring, repetitive hordes; bad map design which leads to accidental telefragging by monsters; questionable sound design. Half of the time in a map is spent trying to figure out where to go in the map because the automap does not work and there is little sensible layout of the maps (plus some access points are hidden and difficult to discern). Earns 1 star just because of decent graphics, but that's about all that's decent in this wad.
    • By DRMman · Posted
      I actually like this, the custom pistol replacement is pretty good the new enemies add a nice campy feel to it which i very much enjoy, the map design gives a nice feeling to my eyes and in general was good.   RATING:4/10
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