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The Phobos Directive

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Nine-map hub based on previously released Phobos Revisited for doom.exe. New enemies, weapons upgrades, music, inventory items, powerups, graphics, sounds, etc. The game is mission-driven and has multiple objectives. A real-time mission roster helps you to navigate the hub. Extensive use of GZDooM features. Replayability features: Several maps in the hub can be played through in any order; In many areas, the type of ammo, weapon upgrades, and enemies you encounter will change with the weapons you have


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There's really some serious hating this thing doesn't deserve. I seriously had a blast with it.

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All the (IMO warranted) critism about the visulas aside, this mapset just didn't do it for me gameplay-wise either... Not my cup of tea I'm afraid. Btw, I'm still listed as a playtester, although I didn't do anything (I can't even remeber to sign in as such). -Vader

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obviously, darkhaven3 is manipulating idgames, also, this sucks - 2/5

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awesome mod full of gzdoom goodness. 4 stars

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As much as I can appreciate GZDoom wads, this is NOT a good one. The level design is boring with few new textures, and mostly just feels like a lame version of E1. I'm not even seeing that many zdoom features aside for the hubs. So yeah, this has nothing to do with this not being faithful to the original Doom, the problem is that it's just bad.

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I really don't understand the negativity in the comments here, I had a lot of fun playing this. 5/5

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Rex has made some pretty cool wads before. Unfortunately, with the weird detailing and poor gameplay, this isn't one of them. Oh well, can't win them all I guess. 2/5

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wad sucks

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Why this was released in this state I have no clue

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5 stars 'cause I really liked it. Great reinterpretation of E1 in a modern way, while retaining the old Doom feeling. It brought back the old sensations that I had when I played Doom Shareware for the first time!

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Enjoyed it. Gameplay-wise it's like a mixture of Quake 2 and HL in Doom. I liked it but if that doesn't sound like your cup of tea then better stay away. Only issue for me is lack of music, makes this kinda boring and bland at times. Also, none of my music wads worked, dunno if that is due to hub structure or if authors prevented use of music packs on purpose or something else.

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So much gzdoom goodness so little time

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quite boring map layouts and monster-placement with the usual gzdoom gimicks. fail, fail, fail 2/5

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I personally felt this was well worth it. It's a lot more open and gives more air to breathe, personally, which is something nice. Yes, I think something could be done about the music. Why must people give this a 0-star rating from music though? -Major Cooke

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A wad with great potential - some really nice ideas and approach. Unfortunately, this potential gets kind of squandered on account of both gameplay and visual shortcomings. The result is a hard-to-play wad that disappointed. 2/5 -Snakes

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"Oh noes, it's an E1 replacement that doesn't strictly follow the Doom Bible and sl4!!!111 0/5 worst wad ever etc." - it's like a religion, with many followers here methinks. Seeing past all that I saw a pretty fun, good looking and challenging episode that puts a different spin on things. Not perfect by any means (first map is a bit unforgiving, and ambient sounds would've been nicer) but certainly not the abomination all the Doom Bible thumpers are making it out to be.

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So far, I think this is a brilliant recreation of Episode 1. I cannot wait for there to be a possible Episode 2 remake in this concept. 5/5, fuck the haters. - Untamed

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some clever ideas, nice music, tough monstrs. 4/5

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I'm pretty much in the middle on this one. 3/5

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5 stars. I really enjoyed this was. Level design is simple, like original e1, plus 3d floors and port material.

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I agree with previous poster. The hub system is excellent. Good gameplay too.

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Honestly, this is rather bad. Environments look really simplistic and ugly, with some 3D stuff thrown in just for the sake of it- it does not look good nor does it benefits level design in any way. Combine that with basic lightning, and lack of music, and what you have is wad that looks at best unfinished and is devoid of any atmosphere. Gameplay itself is rather poor and boring, not helped by badly modified monsters. Overall: blatantly unfinished, ugly, boring.

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How can one dislike this? It's brilliant. Not without flaws, mind you: music mostly doesn't play (and occasionally more than one tune seems to be played at the same time); ammo was a bit tight at times and overabundant at others, and running out of e.g. shotgun shells brings up the RL, not the CG or plasma rifle. I'm also not sure what weapon upgrades do: seemingly nothing. Nevertheless: 5/5 - ZZ

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i liked it.

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Definitely one of the best re-creation of E1 maps.

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  • File Reviews

    • By E.M. · Posted
      This right here is one of the oldest joke wads ever made, and its parodies of bad map design are still relevant to this day.
    • By SilverMiner · Posted
      The soundtrack is coherent thruout the whole
    • By LateToDOOM2020 · Posted
      No idea how this works Its doom magic!
      Very cool
    • By Philnemba · Posted
      Ok not going to lie, but I thought this shitpost megawad was made last year and NOT from February of 1998 which also technically predates the original Mockery wad by a few months 👀!?
    • By Catpho · Posted
      The first truly mature map of yakfak's. The puzzly, "inner logic" map mechanisms and scavenger, dungeon rat gameplay of their previous levels Meep Keep & Hexasketch returns, but whereas those can feel clunky and barebone at points despite the strong authorial voice, here it is fully fleshed out: the setting is evocative, the construction shows the strong command of shapes that defines yakfak's later works, the item placement and layout bends and loops in complicated and surprising ways, the level's moment-to-moment gameplay is filled with a sense of discovery and wonder.   Job has a strong hook in its text file, but what players might not realize is that they must really hang on to every word in its description to even be aware of the level's main concept. In Never_Again's in-depth review for /newsuff (which I highly recommend for details or if you are feeling stuck), he mentions being locked out if you took the "easy" route out, but I feel that's incomplete, as the real reason hinges on the player being conscious of what they are doing in a representationalist sense. In other words, to be able to reach your dream, you shouldn't just interact and go everywhere at random, but try to think about what you are doing in the context of the game's world. The solution will be clear if you square it with what yakfak hints at. There are complications: the in-game hint system of crosses and arrows are counter-intuitive, and exploration will eventually lead you to the combat zone, which itself is a puzzle unravel as supplies require routing and withholding combat through treacherous enemy placement, with only a berserked fist as defense (HMP or below is strongly recommended). In my own experience, it was fun but exhausting to make it through to the AV-guarded yellow key and slowly solve the piece, but I got massively demoralized when I read Never_Again's review that I had already locked myself out of the second half of the map. It was only when I was showcasing the Doomcute in this map to someone else that the level's inner logic finally clicked, and after some experimentation, which was much smoother thanks to me already being aware of the level's layout and lingering mysteries, I managed to solve it.   The feeling of "lore" behind the level's trials and tribulations is my favorite thing about Job, and I wish it didn't take a review for me to "get it". In terms of intriguing combat, intricate moments, or imaginative layout and visuals, I think zzzv tops themself in (woefully underrated) levels like Spidersilk, Nato, and Northern Powerhouse. Nevertheless, an essential stop for yakfak fans, and a memorable journey for those who look for Doom off the beaten path.
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