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Eviltech: Soul Of Megawad (compatibility fixed version)

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classic doom megawad with 34 maps.

I started this megawad in 2002! then I abandonned the project and reassumed it in 2011. back in 2002 I made the following maps: 01-11, 21, 23, 26, 70% 0f 24 and the drawing for 25. at that time my computer sucked and I used doome42 for editing, doomed42 is by far the crappiest doom editor ever, it's buggy as hell and too way primitive. it seems that my maps 24 and 25 could'nt be built with it because of its limitations, they crashed every time so I left the project due to dissapointment. In 2010 I dove again in the world of doom and got doombuilder 2 so I made the rest of the levels and corrected some texture misalingments of the old levels. you may notice that the 2002 levels are smaller and simpler, more old schoolish than the new ones witch have more detailing and harder gameplay.

The levels take the names of the buenos aires subway stations and most of them have a color predominancy of the respective station. there are 3 episodes:

line d (map01-11 and 31) line c (map12-20) line e (map21-30, 32 and 33)

This was an idea just to give some cohesion to the wad, some kind of pattern. however this wad contains just classic doom levels and not subways or anything like that.

This wad is strongly if not plainly themed on tech bases, i'd say that most of the levels have a shores of hell feeling but without the hell part, some others are more like tech doom2 levels (line c) only levels 12 and 20 are more city themed. There are a bunch of hell levels on the net and those plenty of brown bricks and wood straight lined maps which I'll never enjoy so I tried to make a tribute to the classic techbase themed doom.

Every level has been tested under 3 basic conditions: 1- pistol start 2- ultra violence 3- finished with 0% of the secrets

So there are'nt mandatory secrets and every level is doable from pistol start though some of the can be a pain in the ass at the first part. nevertheless this wad was built to be played consecutively

One tip: try not to let monsters behind you, I've put teleporting lines on some concave sections of some level in order to prevent monster stucking, so they'll follow you!!!


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MuratMikal

  

Legendary megawad. Certainly one of of best 5 I've ever played. All maps after 11 are huge, with a lot of monsters (about 600 average, but some have more than 1k), intricate but not overly confuse design and challenging gameplay. It's a MUST play if you, like me, love these kind of maps. But keep in mind 2 things about this megawad: some maps could take more than 1 hour to beat and MAP 34 is a bit unfair due to the amount of archviles. 
 

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galileo31dos01

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Done with these settings:

 

- PRBoom+ 2.5.1.4. complevel 9, ZDoom 2.8.1

- Hurt Me Plenty, Ultra-Violence for the bonus maps.

- Continuous combined with a pistol start mindset.

- Saves every 10 minutes or so.

 

First of all, whoever reads this, I recommend to run this with ZDoom. If not, PrBoom+ complevel 9 as a second option, despite what the txt file says, not any limit-removing port works fine with the wad. Regardless, expect some bugs. 

 

A mixed bag of maps that left me with some positive and negative feelings. There is no TITLEPIC or level titles in the wad itself, but that's not a major issue. The wad is full techbase with some very nice visuals, caring not to feel repetitive. Map 17 comes to my mind, kind of a subway/sewer level. However, there were a bunch of HOM effects most notable in bars textures. 

The strongest feature is the music in my opinion, a whole set of cool midis, some known songs like Maniac and Nada Personal (by Soda Stereo), as well as this football theme in map 29 (sports are not my strength). In contrast, gameplay was a complete roller coaster, for a moment real fun, suddenly tedious, then acceptable, then annoying again.

 

Of all three episodes, I'd say the best one was episode 1, but it still wasn't really amusing. Very short and easy, UD-monsters only, and the last map has a disappointing cyber as just meat shield. Map 10 is one of my favourites though. Episode 2 felt too long from the very beginning, most maps have obscure progression, a LOT of cheap traps with chaingunners, and a LOT of obligatory damaging pits, something I personally find unbearable. Still appreciate the non-linearity. Only really liked maps 18 and 19. The worst is map 20 (of the whole wad), only the SMM-trio felt great, the rest was unbearable. Episode 3 gets better, same kind of traps and pits but shorter maps, clearer progression and some cool encounters. Map 21 is the one I mostly liked. Secrets levels were a mix bag, map 31 was funny until the cyber-duo which was a chore. Map 33 is completely pistol-start unfriendly, the first archies may or may not teleport out (in PrBoom+), and then a lot of hitscanners and barely no health, plus a SMM that never teleports in anywhere, had to play this under IDDQD (edited: tried on without god mode, it's still a core with the hitscanners). Map 34 may be broken or GlBoom+ doesn't support it, the yellow switch activates HOMs everywhere and doors stop working (edited: played with ZDoom, one of the best maps actually). For map 32 I must point out a couple important thing for readers, just to avoid potential frustration: do not grab the first invul sphere, leave it for the last part; there is a blur sphere after the fourth switch, take it but don't rush in the lift, instead wait until the effect is gone, then rush for the invul sphere and proceed, you'll going to appreciate this advice. Also, do not take the secret exit, it warps you to map 01 instead of 33, I guess that's for ZDoom players. Nevertheless, one of my favourite maps, as it's full of Doom 1 homages.

 

Aside from the negative things mentioned, some bugs like a switch in map 32 that doesn't work, stuck enemies like a SMM in map 29. Almost no cool cyberdemon encounters (except in map 32 but that depends on, my previous advice, and map 33), which was a letdown. Despite what the author recommends, I don't think I'll ever pistol-start in this mapset, as most maps do not provide proper weaponry until much later when you don't need them anymore. An example is fighting ambushes of pinkies/spectres with the shotgun and finding a chainsaw/berserk with the map 3/4 done. (This is not a letdown though, just something else to comment).

 

But not everything is negative, the way monsters were introduced is an interesting aspect. In episode 2 you get to see pain elementals, revenants, and mancubus. In episode 3 those never make an appearance, instead you get hell knights, arachnotrons and archviles. Also the SSG is only available during episode 2, and not again until map 30. Secrets were really easy to find, if you make good use of the automap, and in general very rewarding.

 

So, if I don't forget something, overall it's a mapset that didn't fully convince me, some good moments, some bad moments. It's a 6/10 for me.

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Vegeta

  
No lo vi todavía, pero 5 estrellas por los nombres de los mapas.

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AnonimVio

  
True Masterpiece.

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NuMetalManiak

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amazingly enough, Eviltech is surprisingly very memorable in just how things are presented, despite not really offering anything brand-spanking new aside from level layouts. you have some ridiculous level names (all themed after subway stations) and some weird music tracks, some from the old days of Mr. Smiley Head's Safari, others are MIDI's of Spanish artists or Nirvana (btw please make sure if you're gonna use a midi of Smells Like Teen Spirit to include a midi that has fucking drums, goddamnit), and other midis are pretty annoying and don't fit right for the levels they are in (MAP12's midi got super old and MAP23's midi is dumb too). btw, playing on ITYTD, it is possible to survive the two death exits at full health and armor.

 

but let's not get too hasty, as the wad is split into multiple episodes and actually manages to lure players in with a very nice classic Doom E1-style episode in the first 11 maps. combat is very much like classic Doom, introducing those monsters in that game only and giving workable and not-so-long layouts.

 

then it explodes at MAP12, the layouts are huge but surprisingly fluid and you probably won't get lost in them despite them being long (shame that that music track sucks). you also see chaingunners and the SSG in this level. MAP13 gives you pain elementals, and MAP14 revenants, then MAP15 mancubi, although you'll be trying to work your way around everything in this game as you fight. the secret maps are truly odd, first one has loads of SS and a large layout, the other amalgamates the three episodes of classic Doom, and the third annoys players with an open layout plus hitscanners in lots of places, the final one actually still annoys players with teleporting hordes in bad locations. other than MAP32 I'd say these are misses, and then I go back to the remaining levels in the long episode. MAP17 was best, while MAP18 is a breather level before MAP19 and it's woods-like sections full of teleporting hordes. some secrets are broken in this map too. MAP20 does suck, and then we go on from there to...

 

the final episode. things take a turn back to the E1 style thing, although you unfortunately will be lacking an SSG while starting to fight the remaining monsters that haven't been introduced as of yet (Hell Knight, arachnotron, arch-vile). many of the maps are slightly longer than E1's maps but much shorter than E2's and are still workable, though there's plenty of hitscanners to watch out for in MAP22.

 

so it's quite obvious that Eviltech, despite being a mixed bag, is surprisingly nicolas monti's most memorable set. this set showed some real classic-style levels before monti delved into very abstract layouts you might have seen in Mano Laikas or Erkatanne (MAP29 of this wad does show some shades of abstract though). in all honesty it is the best of any of monti's wads due to how memorable its levels were, and given this guy came out of nowhere at first, that's saying quite a lot.

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Ezepov

  
nice architecture and gameplay

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Guest

  
First third - short, sweet maps and what Doom should be, great fun ***** Second third - exact opposite. Large, pointlessly confusing maps that stopped being fun and became a chore * Last third - improves a great deal on the second, but ultimately descends into stupid overdrive and ruins everything *** Worth downloading just for part 1.

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It's a solid map pack, get's boring after a while though. I've spent all day on Map14.

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excellent megawad been playing this with ww-nazis-v2 keep up the good work just wish someone would do a english translation patch for this.

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"The levels take the names of the buenos aires subway stations and most of them have a color predominancy of the respective station." Don't let that line in the description stop you from trying this. All of the maps have a good classic Doom feel reminiscent of Episode 1. Sure, they're all techbases, but then so was Episode 1. 5/5

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The secret exit on MAP15 was a little too secret IMHO but otherwise this still gets 5/5.

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Not bad

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this is excellent other than the fact that most of it is in spanish which kinda sucks

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I don't know about those HOM effects but it's still a kick ass wad! 5/5

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Great back to basics gameplay and atmosphere. Almost feels like an id WAD.

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It's okay, but not nearly as amazing as some of the reviewers here are calling it. MAP20 is evil, btw.

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Hoooooly shit. This awesome megawad just popped up out of nowhere. Nonlinear level design reminiscent of episode 1 maps without feeling you you are getting lost? Check. Appealing texture schemes that bring out doom's vivid colors without appearing tacky? Check. As an extra bonus, awesome midis that get you pumped for the maps and also give you a nostalgic feeling of the wads you played in the nineties? Check mate! 5/5

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Good first 11 levels. Not so good rest. Map32 could be a real gem however if the author didn't include all the nonsense Nazi guys and bloated ammo for it. I even emailed him about it (but to no success thus far). I'd love to see it modified myself but am not going to do it publicly against permissions. (I modded it just for my machine and made a great map out of it by taking out the 800 SS and all the ammo at the start except the weapons themselves, plus the SSG.)

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worthy playing. 4/5

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An entertaining mapset in the traditional style.

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Good first 11 maps, also Map32 edit coming on Doomworld soon.

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Some great stuff here! 5/5

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Played @ UV. Maps 1-11 are for warming-up, and then the fun begins... Absolute great set of tech maps. Map 32 is my personal favourite, very nostalgic, nice puzzles for getting into map 33, and very playable. Minor points: contains some small bugs. Overall: not legendary, but close, so solid 4.5/5

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Somewhat easy but pretty fun. 5/5 -Negrostrike

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Pretty fun levels, great music.

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    • By valkiriforce · Posted
      I'll admit to being indecisive with how to rank this experience, despite going in expecting to take it slow with the first map opening up with no action and just letting myself get pulled into the atmosphere. The music is pretty cool and sets the mood in places - I particularly liked destroying what seemed to be some kind of device which led to the next map blaring an alarm as I scrambled around the place. It's got some nice moments that carry the action a little better but loses momentum with the frequency in maps that contain lots of halls, doors and enemies packed in a rather square-looking interior. Being a lover of old-school vanilla wads, I did have trouble committing myself by the time I reached the third map. The good points weren't enough to outweigh the negatives for me, but there's always a chance someone can appreciate what they were trying to accomplish for the time it was released.
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    • By NuMetalManiak · Posted
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