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After the eclipse

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A simple Boom wad. It's my first released work here, and even my first work with Boom. It has only 11 Maps, cause I don't have much time to make a full megawad. I don't know where did the name come from, It's just a name.


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Walter confetti

· Edited by Walter confetti

  

It's a cute first mapset by FractalXX, a mapper mostly known to be the project leader of Gridlock 64 and some other maps for other projects. The wad is strongly reminiscent of 90s mapsets and have quite good attention to detail, as well of lots of "bright colors"  in the textures usage that is rare to see in Doom maps. All maps are pretty short (the one that take me most of the time it was 10 minutes of play) and this mapset can be finished in a half hour. Best map in the pack is MAP09, but overall  a ok episode for pass the time.

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It's been 2 years since this release. Even I wouldn't rate it any good. I just had a thought of remaking it, again in Boom format, but with better experience, would try to balance it better, make gameplay better, detailing, etc. Maps wouldn't be all the same, but the concept, maybe also the soundtrack/textures would be. What do you think?

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There's obviously a lot of raw enthusiasm being shown by the author, but the experience/know-how isn't quite there yet. The main culprit is texture alignment (a lot unpegging issues to go around) and, at least at this point, experimenting with linedef actions that aren't quite mastered yet. That said, the gameplay was decent enough, but most areas were too cramped and the floor overdetailed, which really creates a 'meh' feeling overall. Look forward to future, cleaner works, though. 4/10 -Snakes

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There is some fun to be had here but visual glitches are abound, its a pistol start meanie, and the archvile/baron combos on maps 04-11 make for some impossible situations. My recommendation to author is to play your own maps before you rush'n'release! On the + side, track were decent! 2/5 -FoH ::FDA(map 11 only) -prboom+ 2.5.1 skill4::http://www.m ediafire.com/downloa d.php?lomgd24f242wei y(remove spaces)

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i thought it was great. nice music choices, nice progression, a few fun ideas here and there, and breezy gameplay. bonus points for details like the debris laying on the ground in the hotel map. if i had to gripe about anything, id say to make your silent teleporters a little cleaner in the future. seeing sectors and monsters pop out of thin air like that doesnt look so nice. keep it up

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    • By baja blast rd. · Posted
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    • By baja blast rd. · Posted
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    • By baja blast rd. · Posted
      When I saw an oldschoolexual posted about this, I had to give it a go.    UNDERSEA.WAD is one of those pwads from the initial wave of 1994 that has been remembered by modern players because of its core concept, which shows that creativity ages best of all. That concept is that you're in an underwater base of some type -- although since the interiors tend to all feel similar to one another, lots of gray walls, lots of tight hallways, it's hard to pin the setting down much further. Combat is light apart from some occasional multidirectional exposure to hitscanners. Chainsaw fans might enjoy using the choppers on all the pinkies, cacos, and imps that fill the hallways or are packed into monster closets. It was surprisingly fun rampaging down the bends of a 64-wide maze with it in hand, just mowing down sergeants. There are some occasional satisfying barrel situations too. The early scrolling SP_FACE cube was amusing. (That texture has also aged well.)   Overall it just wasn't my thing, though: too much clearing out harmless monsters in hallways, and unlike some other wads from the period, like The Waterfront from a year later, there was not much to the concept. The rocket launcher and plasma rifle are in unmarked secrets that even the computer area map doesn't reveal because the lines are hidden from the automap, secrets that aren't hinted at with a changing wall texture, so without those I skipped the handful of barons. If I vibed a bit better with the map, I might have distracted them and chainsawed them in the ass.  
    • By Walter confetti · Posted
      Small, extremely frantic map perfect for 2-4 players action, fun premise and cool layout even if a little bit symmetrical for my tastes. The teleport spawn in the upper section of the arena are a camper-fest, unluckily. Maybe enlarging a little the map and make the teleporting spawn more open it could be better.   Also, is this the first review for this map? Incredible!
    • By Walter confetti · Posted
      A pretty unfunny DM map in a misplaced directory. Extremely basic layout and the crushers attack are... kind of interesting but mostly meh. SP gameplay is pretty challenging as printz said, but still unfunny for me.
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