Jump to content
Search In
  • More options...
Find results that contain...
Find results in...
  • NOTE: There is a known issue with the most recent entries having screwed-up information and links. Some databases are out of sync and we haven't been able to fix it yet.

Hanging Gardens

   (40 reviews)

Guest

5 Screenshots

About This File

An unreleased GZDoom map I made about a year ago. It's set in a lush, walled garden in the middle of a desert. It was supposed to be part of an episode but I don't plan to work on it any more.

I would describe the gameplay as arena/slaughter.

This map is VERY system intensive. You will need a fairly modern PC to play this level smoothly.


User Feedback

Create an account or sign in to leave a review

You need to be a member in order to leave a review

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

seed

  

"In this garden of depraved beings... "

 

So, Hanging Gardens has been finished, played through GZDoom 4.0.0 on UV difficulty. So what do we have here? Well, Hanging Gardens is an arena styled map with slaughter gameplay set in a tropical location. It features new textures, effects, music, and one new enemy, a deadlier version of the regular Baron with increased health and more threatening attacks. The monster count goes a little over 400.

 

Considering that it's only one map there's actually not much else to add than that, it's very short and straight to the point considering it replaces MAP01, which also means that it's fairly easy as well, so most players would be able to enjoy it. The biggest shame here would be the unrealized potential. Hanging Gardens was originally meant to be part of one episode-long wad, but the author decided to abandon the project, this gorgeous, fun map being the only thing that was ever made, thankfully seeing the light of day and not getting canned as well. One is left to wonder how would have the whole package looked like considering the high quality of HG, but that's something we're never going to find out.

 

Definitely worth checking out. One thing to pay attention to are the compatibility settings. Despite the gameplay style involved, it does not seem to work correctly with Doom (Strict), which makes passing under various pillars and small bridges very difficult. It appears to work correctly with the Default setting. And hopefully, you have a decent PC to handle the map because it is a bit graphically intensive with all the new effects, textures, and dynamic lights. Emphasis on decent. Now pick up your weapons and fight.

Share this review


Link to review
Yugiboy85

  
Awesome little map. Challenging but fair. Ammo and health balance is really nice. Layout is intuitive (would make a fun deathmatch map if you ask me actually) and the architecture, while rather simplistic, has a charm that i like.

Share this review


Link to review
Guest

Unknown date

  
Fucking awesome. 5/5. -Lutrov71

Share this review


Link to review
Guest

Unknown date

  
Great map. Love the custom boss.

Share this review


Link to review
Guest

Unknown date

  
A great map for those who like "run around huge shaughterhouse untill everyone is dead" type of gameplay.

Share this review


Link to review
Guest

Unknown date

  
Absolutely stunning!! From the map layout to the monster and ammo layout. It's all perfect. Just the right amount of health too. 5 stars no question. -TRRobin.

Share this review


Link to review
omegamer

Unknown date

  
Wow this was awesome :)

Share this review


Link to review
Unholypimpin

Unknown date

  
5/5 great map, looks good and plays good. The difficulty is at a perfect spot between hard and easy. WE NEED MORE MAPS LIKE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!

Share this review


Link to review
Guest

Unknown date

  
Beautiful map.Am re-downloading to play again.

Share this review


Link to review
Guest

Unknown date

  
Great looks (esp the new sky), great layout, plenty to slaughter and tough to boot. Bit unforgiving at the start but once you get going it's a blast. It's a real shame the episode didn't get made.

Share this review


Link to review
Guest

Unknown date

  
Fantastic Babylon hanging gardens. The map is pretty, although you neeed a fast machine. Good sky. 5/5

Share this review


Link to review
Guest

Unknown date

  
This is perfect. Rare occasion when 5/5 is really pure 5/5.

Share this review


Link to review
Darch

Unknown date

  
Great map with good fights. Blood and gibs were also satisfying.

Share this review


Link to review
Guest

Unknown date

  
Map lagged for me because I have a slow PC, but I idclip'd around and I must say this map is beautiful. I would say if you made an episode it would be worthy of a cacoward. Nice job. 5/5. -dbsw57

Share this review


Link to review
Guest

Unknown date

  
A delightfully tropical slaughtermap. My only complaint is that it's already over!

Share this review


Link to review
Guest

Unknown date

  
here´s 5 stars for the marvelous map, now continue making the episode, pretty please?

Share this review


Link to review
Guest

Unknown date

  
Eh, I hate to be the voice of reality but this is nothing special at all. It's not bad but it's far from that undeserved perfect score that everyone's throwing at it. This map requires no real thought to pass; infighting does a lot of the early work for you, and once you get the BFG then victory's pretty much guaranteed. 3/5.

Share this review


Link to review
Guest

Unknown date

  
Well, it's looks like a epic map at all, but I can't found any reasons for it should be a 5 stars wad, first, ammo isn't enough at all, I don't know it's because I'm playing UV or something, but it give me a bad feel starting at all. Then I see a lot of ammo in everywhere...WTF? After get BFG and it's become easy. Can't found the way to get red key so I RJed to that. 4/5 -playerlin

Share this review


Link to review
Guest

Unknown date

  
Great! I absolutely love the looks of this level - sand-colored stone, trees and blue sky, vivid colors and brilliant light. And it's fun to play, too! (I could've sworn the music was from Jazz Jackrabbit, though - but hey, either way, it's Epic Megagames.) 5/5! - ZZ

Share this review


Link to review
Guest

Unknown date

  
Quite tough to start out on UV (after a few beers, I'll concede) but once you've worked out a breaching strategy it's not too tough. Tons of supplies laying around to keep you going through this great looking map. I feel a bit let down that there wasn't a few maps leading up to this one, but that's not to detract from the map itself! 5* -Phobus

Share this review


Link to review
Guest

Unknown date

  
Damn, this was really awesome! Please make more maps!

Share this review


Link to review
Guest

Unknown date

  
Great graphics design, kinda slow in Gzdoom, good fights, but just a single big arena map. 4/5 - Optimus

Share this review


Link to review
Guest

Unknown date

  
Excellent! 5/5

Share this review


Link to review
Guest

Unknown date

  
I thought the lighting was sub-par in this map and could have really used some more shadows other than that nice map 4/5 - Pottus

Share this review


Link to review
Guest

Unknown date

  
skillsaw, definitively youre the mapper of this year 5/5

Share this review


Link to review
  • File Reviews

    • 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.
    • By aargh · Posted
      Pros: Straightforward, lot of action, no button madness. Plays smooth. Classic Doom feeling.
      Cons: Lots of invisible lines blocking monsters. Lots of hitscanners and not enough health packs.
    • By MuratMikal · Posted
      An enjoyable set of maps of easy difficulty (MAP 07 is medium) in UV with simple design that worked well for me. Finished the whole set in 02:40 min. Certainly worth a shot!
       
    • By chlef · Posted
      I rarely quit a wad in disgust, but this one did it. It was pushing a 5 star experience, but then the slaughter stupid started ~map19 and only got worse. It's not clever, not amusing and absolutely not entertaining. It ruined an otherwise good wad and left a very sour taste. Why do mappers do this? Played on HNTR and it really was that bad.
    • By P41R47 · Posted
      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.
×