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    • By baja blast rd. · Posted
      This is riff on Computer Station that starts off unassuming, like a nondescript DTWID map with its uniform STAR* texturing and sparse, lower-tier opposition. But after a short while, it starts revealing that there is more to it.    The long vantages across its open spaces and the scattered opposition and the warped, jagged wall geometry result in a vibe of eerie desolation, especially when you spot monsters far away from you like ants, flickering momentarily in front of windows. In Memfis fashion, there is a recurring tasteful use of "sector gizmos": building stairs and falling platforms, and light pads that you need to step on to momentarily illuminate dark computer mazes. The design is more spare than Doom's, but what gives it a strong sense of place is the way areas are regimented visually into regions, with a convincing design logic uniting everything. Upstairs in the "computer station" region, there is a lot of STARTAN and STARGR, but this is surrounded, pretty much enveloped by an outer nukage-filled ring of grimier brown and green walls, which creates a neat spatial effect of one region wrapping around another. Exploration is more like taking a circuitous path through alternating habitats rather than traveling room to room to room. One of the big ideas inflecting that exploration is the use of radsuits essentially as keys, necessary for extended swims through nukage you aren't sure when will end, which spices up the light combat around it. I was reminded of Shotgun Symphony's desolation, although without that wad's immense scale, and certainly without its explosive rocket play. Controlled System goes more for a vibe of horror and dreariness, and doesn't try to match even Computer Station's intensity and use of packed monster closets.    The MIDI was not my favorite aspect of this -- it's kind of a droning, dull track, even though I see what the choice was going for -- but this was a solid 12-minute experience overall.
    • 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.
    • By Walter confetti · Posted
      A pretty good Hexen map for 1995, with a simplistic but effective layout sets in a small citadel structure surrounded by misty sloughs filled with those green mermen, the bridge that connects the citadel to the external world as been broken and you have to find a way to escape the citadel. Exploration and puzzles parts are strongly present, especially the explorative side. Monster placement is well done as well as item placement are been mixed nicely. The secret parts (using fake library walls) are a nice touch. Cool and pretty enjoyable map overall.
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