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Simplistic Evil

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A little confusing to find out where should I go, new monsters are just a little annoying but still OK enough to me, it's nice put good use on them(new monsters), not just throw into players and kicked their asses. The looking on each levels are good, the atmosphere give me nice Hell feel, nice.

 

I have some fun, but sometimes I feel health items can be more on later levels because annoying imps just keep throw fireballs to me/forgotten souls(the new Lost Soul-sytle monster which acting so fast) rushing to me like over-excited doggy and I can't easily see them sometimes, a little unfair to me...and I have only shotgun until Map03?! Nah...the pistol should be replaced with something better I guess...chainsaw on Map02 does help but no much, at least the author didn't put Barons in Map01 and 02(maybe the early part of Map03 before found other weapons) or I'll be pissed off. :P

 

Overall, it's a nice mini episode WAD. 4/5

 

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schwerpunk

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While it's frustrating at times, running around trying to figure out what the latest mystery switch (and there are a lot of them) did, the levels are small enough that you won't be running around for too long. Also good, restrained use of Archies and 667 monsters (as LordK already pointed out). Also nice how the WAD ends on the Doom 2 ending screen, rather than dumping you onto MAP06 after you're done - gives a sense of accomplishment.

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Guest

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Definitely a keeper. A bit cramped, but v. challenging and excellent use of Doom's own tropes and setting.

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Guest

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new monster, wonderful map design!!

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Guest

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I can't pinpoint what exactly it is about this mapset, but it keeps you on your toes with a great combination of the old and the new in a rather interesting way

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Guest

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Architecture: varies a lot but often a bit cramped while manouvring, and some open areas are imo a bit too large - 3.5/5. Athmosphere/suspense : 4/5. Playability @ UV: 3.5/5, could be harder. Addition of new, good playable monsters: always +1. Overall: 4/5, surely worth a play.

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Guest

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Refreshing and unique. 4 stars.

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LordK

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Surprisingly good stuff. It's a modern take on classic Dooming, but the ZDoomisms and Realm 667 monsters are used with more restraint and taste than in e.g. KDiZD. 4/5

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Guest

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very good

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Lombardi

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Very good and fun, 4 stars!

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Guest

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Very nice and stays close to DOOM!

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killer2

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A pretty decent WAD. Gameplay is pretty fun and challenging. The new monsters are good for a bit of variety but not necessarely used very well. You can break map04 and map05 by walking across ledges to barred pathways. Pretty short. It's pretty average, not very good nor very bad.

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