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Sandy DooM II: Fractulous Fate Entwined With Imaginary Vocabulary

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Never_Again

  
Somewhat tedious, with lots of backtracking. The texturing is kind of hard on the eyes. MAP01 is playable if not memorable (3/5); in MAP02 you can get stuck permanently in the elbow-shaped marble corridor. The door (linedef 710) won't open from inside because there's walkover special right in front of it and not enough room to activate it. Another map broken by testing in Zdoom.

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Confusing at first, but not so bad. I like how you take different paths and it closes behind you. I don't like some elevators that doesn't go down by pushing space. 3/5 - Optimus

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I don't know about you guys, but I don't find this a worthwhile download.

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The idea of backtracking is as-is not bad, but after a while it gets a bit boring. 3/5 for the efford

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Not a bad level. Some immature people write reviews on here without downloading the wad file. I'm giving it 3 stars, its not a bad level but its not the best level but there is much worse. A very nostalgic 1990's feel in this map but a bit dark and confusing at times as well.

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A lazy and incomplete troll job just like part I. 0/5 -FoH

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Actually decent. Having to backtrack through the level all the time is slightly annoying, but I get the idea of the flow.

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No, I don't know who, gameplay is annoying or dull, there are serious bugs in vanilla, this does not remind me of Petersen's maps and the level's name is stupid.

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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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