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Summer Deep

  

Played with pistol starts, UV, GLBoom+

 

This doesn't really get the balance right at all, in my opinion. First five levels are very straightforward, too much so in fact, and can quite easily be completed without dying on most attempts.

 

The final three levels go to the other extreme. There doesn't seem to be any armour whatever provided, and ammo is fairly scarce. Six and seven are a pretty decent challenge, but in the final map there is barely enough ammo to beat the Cyberdemon, at least on the top difficulty level. I eventually killed him with my final bullet after about 20 failed attempts, but it wasn't much fun by the end.

 

I'd also agree with the reviewer who thought the levels looked too similar, with little to distinguish them. There are better E2 replacements than this. It doesn't quite merit a full three stars: 55/100 would be more like it.

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Visuals are good, layouts are inspired, but weapon and monster distribution is completely awkward. How about teleport face-to-face to some spectres, or three maps in row without chaingun but with regular dozens of these damned bastards? So -fast is playable, but without much fun, that mean (for me at least) low replayability. /hth

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Pedro VC

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Some nice levels with solid level design and fun, not too hard gameplay.

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Zalewa

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Latter levels get horribly confusing when it comes to switch hunts and figuring out what the switches do, but all in all the levels are done pretty well so I can't actually give it less than 4 stars.

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Guest

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I certainly liked this a lot.

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Guest

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Now this was really enjoyable little episode!:) Just what I needed after -barely- managing to slog through D2INO.

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ChaingunnerX

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Отл ;ичl 5;ый вад ;.

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Guest

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switch hunts galore and rooms with no purpose. I didn't like this at all.

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Glaice

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Interesting and rather nice level design along with reasonable challenges and atmosphere. Recommended.

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Guest

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Amount of work: 4/5. Very good lightning: 4/5. Having said that, it looks like a half succeeded yet-another-attempt to improve E2. Extremely rectangular, switch hunts thus endless walking, very little variation in architecture. Monster placement is very unbalanced. Gameplay just does not gets exciting. Overall: a small 4/5 for the attempt/efford, but I won't play it a 2nd time.

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Guest

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Pretty good episode. Fine map design and enjoyable challenging gameplay. 4/5

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Guest

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Vintage Doom fun! Perfectly balanced old school maps. No cheap difficulty, no frustrating traps, nothing of that crap so many modern mapmakers love. Visuals are pleasing and clean, just good ol classic Doom look. These maps are easily up there with "...the Way id Did" wads. Must play if you are tired of endless slaughtermaps and gimmick ridden wads, and want to be reminded why so many of us fell in love with Doom. 5/5, I hope to see more from this author

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Highly enjoyable classical maps, with almost professional level of balancing and polish (this appears to be author's first wad, but based on quality of this wad I have a feeling he have probably been mapping for quite some time under different aliases). Definite recommendation!

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Guest

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Excellent episode that oozes professionalism, full of classic Doom 1 fun. Manages to be challenging but never frustrating. 5/5

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cs99cjb

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If you don't love these maps then you don't love Doom. No gimmicks, just solid, professional-standar d map design with well-balanced difficulty and varied gameplay. Textures aren't simply unthinkingly 'aligned', they actually fit the architecture. My few nitpicks (e.g. huge steps in E2M1) are minor. This episode is a real treat, especially for anyone sick of being mobbed by revenants and arch-viles.

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    • By Marlamir · Posted
      Pretty good. The combat was fun and design wasn't bad at all.
    • By Meril · Posted
      Despite its age, nice details and well designed. Way how blue key is hidden is really clever. But map is dark and cramped. Enemies are only imps and hitscanners.
    • By Dovahxul · Posted
      the more I play the more I get more sad that this map pack is going to end soon its really great :)
    • By Meril · Posted
      Pretty good map in E1 base style (except Doom2 monsters) Nice design but there some texture alignment issues.
    • By Nems · Posted
      Despite the browns and grays that are prominent in this megaWAD, I found it to be fun. I also found it to be quite the challenge. The first map gives you a taste of what to expect in terms of enemy encounters. The author makes good use of mid-tier enemies to apply pressure on the player. Monster count for most of the maps barely breaks the 150 mark but, as said before, the use of mostly mid-tier enemies puts pressure on the player. I also like how the megaWAD handles level progression. Most of the levels you go through consist of caves, cities, islands, and tech bases in space. In fact, there's only one real Hell-like level and even it's within the confines of the moon base you fight through in maps 21 - 30.   About the only gripes I have with this megaWAD are with regards to maps 32, 29, and 30. I know the text file and map 31 give warnings about map 32 but there really should be some kind of alternate exit in map 32 instead of trapping you in place if you don't pass one of the puzzles. I wasn't a fan of how close quarters the IoS fight was in map 29, especially since it can get cramped quickly with monster spawns. Finally, the randomization of what keys spawn during your escape in map 30 isn't fun either. 10 minutes seems like plenty of time but between navigating the vent system (again) without light goggles and dealing with mid-tier enemies, that 10 minutes can get eaten up really quick.   Overall, it's still a fun megaWAD. I'd recommend at least giving it a shot.
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