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PHOBOSPHERE

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Well,...you arrive at a pre-determined point in the level...and you find some weapons and ammo...and you take a look around...and you see some really scary bit-maps come at you...and you shoot them with your 8-bit "Digi-Blaster"...and they groan and fall over. No mystery here...just common sense. )

Seriously, folks, this WAD has a ton of high quality samples that I felt the need to have. The size of this file is huge because of it. The base level is around 270kb ! The sounds and MIDI equal around 310kb! And this .TXT file alone is bigger than most peoples' complete WAD's.

The MIDI file that I included was written exclusively for an SB16 or compatible - that means FM Synthesis. I felt that writing for this platform would be about the best way to convey the music to a general audience. If you have one of those wave-table synthesis jobs...Well, good for you and your good taste (again!). I, unfortunately, just have the wonderful FM synthesis to work with (and so do millions of other users). I just figured that the needs of the many outweighed the needs of the few (where have I heard that before?). Now, if you want to talk about 16 bit 44.1khz digital audio samples... That's opening another can of Imps...GOTHIC MIDI mostly deals with "CD quality" samples for use with synths and samplers...Be on the lookout for GOTHIC files on C-Serve...

If you find this file to be too big in size...Maybe your Nintendo is calling for you! If you find that it needs to be bigger, drop me a line and we'll Co-Author a Mother.WAD.

Originally, this level was intended to be E2M1 but I wanted the sky texture in the first Episode. From here on in, it's E2M1 (to conform to id Software's request).

Another worthy note: If you open this file in an Editor program you will lose the music and the sound effects. Always make a backup before you hack it up!

Again, GOTHIC MIDI is Multimedia...and yes, that includes text!! (I don't do shabby work...If it's worth doing...it's worth doing right).


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Argenteo

  

There's never too much plasma. I enjoyed the midi and sound replacements. Easy and fun.

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Mostly agree with 1st voter. Simple layout with useless rooms, simple texture use, almost no decoration, very simple gameplay. No nice sceneries, no gameplay tricks. @ UV way, way too much ammo. New sounds are horrible. Overall it gave an enthousiastic but quite amateurish impression. BTW @ 5* legendary voters: please take a look for f.e. Unloved, Roch, or Eternall DooM III & Return from Oblivion, then you'll understand why 5* for this map is silly.

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Memfis

  
Pretty cool. White\/silver design reminiscent of Icarus, interesting progression with some clever confusing bits and the new midi is magnificent. Shame about too much plasma though, it makes things rather easy.

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Many thanks to RL for uploading this nice wad by a good mapper (see also his "Palace of Malice" for Heretic - it's in the archive). I found my way around the map with no problems, and I don't think there is any need to use cheat codes whatever order you visit the areas, contrary to the first review above - there are ways back and between all areas. The map doesn't spoonfeed you things, but it certainly shouldn't be at all aggravating for an experienced Doomer. Design is clean and to my eyes pleasant.

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This is a poorly designed level in all aspects. Every singly trap is a door that locks from the inside, forcing you to hit a switch. Some of them don't have one, so if you get stuck, you'll have to idclip. 99% of the hallways are bland, having usually 1 texture stretch the whole thing. SFX replacement is horrid overall. If you go into the red key area WITHOUT the key, there is NO way of getting back unless you cheat. Textures clash alot, and an early plasmarifle for zombiemen. Avoid. 2/5 -BloodyAcid

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Nice map. Good, simple style. A bit too easy though (too much ammo & health).

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Pretty fun map. I kinda liked the grey theme for some reason.

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to the first reviewer, try shooting doors that have no obvious switched associated with them. You get the BFG at the end which is silly. Other than that, I liked this, and I thought the custom song was pretty nice too!

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Good classic map, have some fun but feel too easy, at least the plasmagun helps, shooting all monsters just with shotgun is stupid, or... I just cannot found other weapons like chaingun or BFG... :\ 3.5/5 -playerlin

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    • By Raith138 · Posted
      Map 01: The whole map is one big fight, and I personally really liked it. I enjoyed running around the map using the artifacts littered around in order to kill the swarms of baddies. My only real complaint would be having to kill all the enemies to progress which could be pretty annoying if one of them hides in a really obscure spot.   Map 02: Pretty classic hexen map. It was good but it was the most forgettable map in the wad due to the relatively generic theme. Also the swamp key segment was probably the worst part of the wad due to the amount of stalkers and lack of health. It also fell into the trap of over using slaughtaurs which got annoying pretty fast.   Map 03: ...The idea behind this map and the atmosphere was extremely cool. I personally loved the puzzle with the 5 switches near the start and it was probably my favorite part of the wad. But... The lack of railings made falling off a very common occurrence and the layout got confusing at times. I don't know if it was intentional but in order to get to Yorik's statue I had to jump on the pillars used as decoration. The main complaint would be the over use of wendigos at the start and a pretty anti-climactic boss fight. The sublevel was really fun to explore too.   General: It seems common for hexen wads to do this but there was no 4th weapon. The 4th weapon is the funnest weapon to use and while it could break the difficulty in some sections I think it would be worth it because the majority of the time you are stuck hitting things with your second weapon which feels repetitive.   Overall: While I was pretty negative in this review I still gave it four stars for a reason and that is because this wad is a lot of fun. You could tell every room had thought put into it and the entire wad is just gorgeous. If you can look past the small problems this wad is a amazing experience with a solid story as well. Must play for any hexen fan.
    • By video_ouija · Posted
      1998. Nice Heretic map with a good flow. Resource management required. I had a lot of fun learning/playing this one.
    • By Akagi666 · Posted
      Very good. I prefer Map 23 on to the early stuff tbh. I only didn't give it 5 stars cause I think Speed of Doom takes a similar style and does it better.
    • By MeriMemesX · Posted
      This is the Alpha of Doom... I mean, we are not going to fool ourselves that it is not bad, it is very bad, mainly due to the lack of many things in the HUD   so honestly I didn't like it, for an Alpha it's fairly good at that time, but even so it didn't provoke anything since I wasn't there at that time at all
    • By MeriMemesX · Posted
      Rizera would have surely enjoyed this map, it's just not for me, I find it tedious, but 100% Rizera fan   (also i figure out how softlock me)
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