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Reticula: Episode 1

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First episode with 10 levels for Doom2, my goal was to make some maps with varied themes and full of tricks and ambushes, minimalistic detail as usual in my maps trying to emulate the classic feel, but trying to offer more action than in my previous releases, several alphadoom textures were employed and a very few extra, as those from map06 and the sky. regardless using Doom2 stuff like items and monsters I think you'll find the maps more Doom1 resembling, except for map05 and map06 which use plenty of doom2 textures. This mapet also contains 10 new midis.


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NuMetalManiak

  

amongst Monti's weirdly made levels we have Reticula: Episode 1, for something that I assume is still somehow in development. the design decisions in this one can be traditional Monti, but I'll be damned if I say the gameplay is anything similar. Monti's going for "full of tricks and ambushes" and what you see is certainly what you get. what that means in this case is you must expect an ambush just about anywhere, a monster teleporting in front of you, several walls opening up around you, columns opening up featuring lots of enemies inside, the annoying moments when enemies teleport both in front and behind you. it's gonna be something you're gonna see in each map.

 

for the level themes, MAP02 easily wins most unique, even if it may not seem as fun. DOORTRAK is the theme texture, and it is quite a weird one. MAP06 is inspired by weird civilizations and MAP08 is the kind of map I associate most with Monti, nukage halls and radsuits galore. every other map isn't as memorable aside from their traps but follows traditional Monti conventions, such as Doom Alpha-inspired locales and all. it's an average episode, the traps will certainly make some annoyed.

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MuratMikal

  

Trash. Just avoid it. Author doesn't know how balance properly the levels, I was playing in HMP and after the 3th chaingunner ambush on MAP 01 I quit. Unfair gameplay, you shouldn't waste your time with this one.

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Guest

  
Nice maps, Feels like doom1 but with some challenging gameplay.

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bardcat

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really fun, atmospheric maps. some worthy of 4 stars, others not so much. creative and unusual use of some of the stock textures. neat!

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Guest

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Every time I see a stock Doom (or Doom 2) texture I want to vomit.

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Memfis

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Brutal maps that aren't shy to repeatedly stab the player with evil traps. For that they are very well balanced (perfectly playable without saves). Some interesting and nicely done themes, such as a map made almost entirely out of DOORTRAK textures, ruins of Etruscan civilisation or a level where all floors are damaging. Lovely, at times very disco-ish music gives the whole thing a pleasant 90s feel. Fascinating, definitely not your average mapset.

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Guest

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^Hey, first reviewer, you are SICK! You need to be hospitalized. Are you human? You must be a monster to say what you're saying. How dare you spell The Holy Good Name of God in a phrase full of evil wishes. Stop bothering /idgames database with your worthless hatred, shame on you!

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Niche-wad. Played @ UV. Architecture: overall not bad, but nothing special, sometimes beh (doortrak level), textures often very 1994-style. Gameplay: massive, extremely predictable monster pop-ups, usually one-of-a-kind, so very fantasy-less. If you're Rambo, then you might like it (4/5). But if you like original or tactical gameplay, architectures, adventures, skip it (2/5). So avg: 3/5. BTW numerous texture misalignments, some missed textures, a slime trail.

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    • By Yandere_Doomer · Posted
      The level design is absolutely great! i love how it makes you genuinely feel like you are in a building the whole time..   For some reason this wad gives me a Die Hard vibe [probably the whole "Go down a building" Motif... now all we need is a demonic Hans and we are all set]   but yeah.. great wad overall...
    • By Argenteo · Posted
      Amazing episode, some custom decorations and good care to lights and shadows. I like how he uses the playing space (wide corridors) and how it affects the combat. Despite her beautiful voice, you gotta kill her. Burning trees.
    • By aargh · Posted
      Nice, tight level design. E1M8 was an amazing puzzle map.
      It's surprisingly difficult for a Doom 1 WAD, but for wrong reasons: constant ambushes, monsters teleporting right behind you. Also, there is a serious lack of medikits. Fights with 5 % health and hitscanners all around are common.
      Still, it was quite fun.
    • By northivanastan · Posted
      Seriously underappreciated WAD. If you've played the Japanese Community Project, Manbou (burabojunior) was the most prolific contributor, and without his nine maps, the JPCP wouldn't have the same reputation for fun and artistic flair. He announced Water Spirit in the text file for JPCP, and released it a year later. These are three somewhat challenging maps with high enemy counts and visuals even more stunning than his JPCP maps. Manbou is probably my favorite visual artist in Doom. My only complaint is that the PWAD as a whole is really short, consisting of only three maps that are about ten minutes of gameplay each. It leaves me wanting a lot more.
    • By Argenteo · Posted
      Big non-linear tech-base with no music replacement (D_running ad-eternum).
      I know there's a more polished version in an unfinished megawad, with a lot better combat and navigation. Cool idea, not sure about the execution. I recommend playing the reworked one.
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