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Unholy Realms

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32 new limit-removing maps created by one author (and 5 guest mappers). Gameplay-oriented. See urinfo.txt for more info.


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Nems

  

I have really mixed feelings about his megaWAD. On one hand, they're beautiful to traverse through and they're crafted very well. On the other, the gameplay feels really unfair between teleport and monster closet ambushes. I don't like having to save in front of every door I come across before entering it but that's exactly what I did after the first few levels. These kinds of ambushes are frequent and in almost every level (as far as I can recall, at least), which makes for a tiring experience (and not the good kind of tiring).

 

I'll definitely play it again in the future but I'll likely pop in a power fantasy mod like Trailblazer with it to equalize this ambush-saturated megaWAD.

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· Edited by Agent6

  

And there goes another wad in quite a while, played through GlBoom+ on UV.

 

So let's see what do we have here. Unholy Realms is a 32-level megawad consisting of levels designed primarily for gameplay, and not so much on other aspects such as look and atmosphere. It features an amazing, uplifting new soundtrack fit for epic battles, a new background, font, and HUD, but no ENDOOM screen, enemies, sounds, textures, or weapons. It is a medium difficulty wad with a few difficult levels near the end, but that's to be expected, so it should be accessible to most players.

 

The first half or so of the wad features compact or cramped levels with a low enemy count. The best strategy in these levels is to constantly move, there's no time to rest, however these maps are nowhere near unfair or blowing the mandatory damage through the roof, it is simply their design, expecting you to be a fast mover. As you progress, the levels become more open and the enemy count, along the difficulty, increases in steps. The enemy count doesn't go higher than close to 500 in a single levels, so there's no need to worry about potential large waves of enemies, but don't let your guard down, simply not having to deal with great numbers of enemies doesn't mean they're no threat, the later levels will definitely test your reflexes and skills with their enemy placement and some platforming.

 

For the most part, the levels are well designed and are fun to play, but there are some problems here and there. A few levels feature poor lightning which will make seeing the enemies difficult at times. Moreover, some include rooms which go completely dark as you progress and enemies will ambush you, making you guess your way out of them. Luckily, these rooms do not feature unfair enemy encounters or traps, so getting out shouldn't pose much problem, just keep in mind that at times, the wad wants you dead real quick.

 

After all is said and done, the journey culminates with a questionable Icon of Sin MAP30, which also features a little over 200 enemies. I find it questionable because some design choices don't make much sense to me, or rather, the fact that you also have to pick up 3 skulls doesn't, not to mention that there are 2 blue and red skulls. What do the extra 2 located inside a room opened with the orange skull do, I have no clue, I could not find a way to pick them up in my playthrough. On top of this, the layout can also be confusing, after picking up the keys you might spend quite some time figuring out how to reach the platform that teleports you on a descending pillar to blow the brains of the IoS out, so be prepared for potentially running in circles. It's not terrible, but it's not great either, it simply lacks, it had potential to be something much grander but this potential wasn't reached. Given the size of the map it could've easily been a slaughter level instead of... whatever it ended up being, sort of an amalgam of multiple ideas which might've sounded cool on paper, but not in practice. And while being on the subject of issues, a very small number of maps suffer from a really bad HOM effect in certain areas. Whether it's a port related issue, I do not know.

 

There isn't much else to add this time around. The levels are good, but nothing really stands out of the crowd for me, so I have no favorite maps, but don't hate any of them either. It's worth the time, and it's also a good example of how cramped combat should be done, even if there isn't anything particularly brilliant (Hell Revealed 2 I'm looking at you).

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valkiriforce

  

This was like a nice modern take on something inspired from The Innocent Crew with strokes of Matthias Worch - all of which I know the author Brian Knox took inspiration from beforehand. The first episode didn't do a whole lot for me but it really started to pick up in the later parts leading up to episode 2 and onward. Great soundtrack from the talented John Weekley and a few guest maps to mix things up a little. I played on HNTR for a more casual experience and felt even there some parts of the megawad felt rather cruel - namely in the third episode. Overall I had a blast going through this wad finally after so long and was rather surprised to find a collab map between me and DeathevocatioN find its way into the mapset.

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galileo31dos01

· Edited by galileo31dos01

  

Done with these settings:

 

- Crispy Doom 4.2

- Hurt Me Plenty.

- Continuous combined with a pistol start mindset.

- Saves every 10 minutes or so.

 

A megawad with a lot of hot stuff in it. Aesthetics are nice, thematically as usual, starting with a bit of tech/factory/sewers, then getting deep into hell. Not much to say, the first episode has some mishmashes of colours that sometimes look weird, reminded me of JPCP (like that marble texture with blue triangles, here they come in yellow, red and green), while the second and third episodes look more serious, including Plutonia and gothic textures. There are a bunch of nice tracks to hear, though I spent more time hearing monsters everywhere than the music lol. 

 

Action is reminiscent to Scythe. Also Vanguard (according to kmxexii) but I've only played the first one. In addition, there are a few notable guest maps, which contrast from Knox's style. So, basically maps are challenging and demanding. I really like how many of them are constructed like big arenas with lots of buildings, where action is inside and outside, makes good use of environment. Monster placement is well thought in general. Some maps have hectic starts, being surrounded by crossfire while looking for weapons (for pistol starts), followed by teleport ambushes, and some maps include different setpieces in tight rooms. There is an abundance of instapop traps, requiring a bit of foreknowledge to come out alive, though I don't recall any bullshit moments. Only map where I wasn't able to kill everything by myself was map 21, a secret is considerably mandatory to do that and I never found it. In other maps, a few monsters fail to teleport out of their rooms, or simply never wake up, making 100 percents impossible (map 23 is the worst case). 

 

Secrets are mostly easy to find, with a few requiring to guess what a switch did or what triggers a tall pillar to lower (I see you map 26). It actually caught my attention that many maps have lots of secrets, since almost all of them short and arena-style. The exception is map 29, that has none, well it's a Joshy map so it's no big deal.

 

Oh yes, favourite maps, let's see: 02, 17, 19, 22 and 29. It's hard to pick favourites since I, more or less, liked them all in the same way. Only map I didn't like was 30, not only because it's IoS but progression is highly obscure (unlike any other map in the set), and it has a 3-times lift, fortunately it's slower so a safe rocket is always guaranteed.

 

Pretty satisfied with the mapset, recommended to anyone who liked Scythe and has a fetish for instapops (not that I have one...). My rate is 8/10.  

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Sonikku7

  
Well...it is an experience to say the least. Most of the complaints that others have mentioned are very true. I really wouldn't consider this to be cacoward material, however. that doesn't mean it's a bad wad. There is some odd texture bleeding going on with this map set with GZDoom, but it doesn't distract too much. The difficulty is rather cheap in certain places, but once you figure out the right path it's nothing to worry about. Overall, an above average set of maps with really great music.

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Spectre01

  
Fast, fun and generally simple maps. Incredible original soundtrack for each level. The gameplay however is quite repetitive with constant and obvious traps around every corner. The difficulty is not that high, it's challenging but generally not frustrating and there's plenty of health and ammo in most levels. Not a modern classic but still enjoyable. 3/5

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Ezepov

  
nice architecture and gameplay

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NuMetalManiak

  
it gets two stars for the soundtrack and the whole first episode, but then becomes the hard ass shit that most modern wads employ: overuse of action starts, teleport traps (some of which don't even work), and semi-slaughter but unfair gameplay that requires foreknowledge. some slaughterfests are easier than this.

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Guest

  
Just... mediocre. Visuals are either unremarkable or messy, gameplay promises challenge but soon becomes repetitive and frustrating. Towards the end, it becomes just insane and grindy. I have nothing against hard wads, when they are well made and fun (see Valiant or Resurgence). I'm pretty suprised that this won cacoward same year that Hellbound was called "boring".

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Guest

  
Despite the far too high copy&paste factor: layout 3-4*, decoration 4*, ambiance 3-4*, and tech skills 3-4*. Sadly the monster placement (UV) is almost completely constructed by cheap instant monster throw-ins and an occasional closet. Which makes gameplay about totally predictable and 1-dimensional, thus interesting only for players who are addicted to doing the same thing over and over and over (and over) again, without gameplay variation. Overall: 2* for the huge effort.

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Guest

  
Really good map.

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Guest

  
how i dowload the game?

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Guest

  
I honestly don't see what the fuss is about. The fights that don't involve traps or teleporters are boring and one-dimensional. What am I missing here? This is completely uninteresting. Am I in an alternate dimension where mediocrity is praised?

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Guest

  
Kinda devolves mostly into Arena type maps by the second half. But the gameplay is still worthwhile fun, certainly provides a balanced challenge. I'd like to see Snakes do a Joshy/Resurgence, and leave his comfort zone in the future. 4/5

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Guest

  
Awesome.

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Guest

  
Excellent maps,Thanks Creates genuine feeling of hopelessness at times due to traps,Revenants and Archviles, teleporting monsters etc though great fun once the layout is learned.Frustration guaranteed though worth it...

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GREAT JOB MATE!!!!!!!!!!!

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I was waiting this megawad for so long! Played through the entire mapset and loved every piece of it, what a Magnum Opus you did, Snakes. Great work! I'll keep an eye for more work from you, hopefully another megawad, a sequel! No? 5/5 - Mekator

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Two words... kicks ass!!!

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I love it!^^ Great maps!

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Not much of a looker but gameplay is top noch! Perfect megawad to play with Brutal Doom.

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Zalewa

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A tad too annoyingly difficult, with unfair traps and monsters attacking at map start, but nevertheless a great WAD. 5 stars.

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rsl

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I enjoyed myself a lot with this one. The levels are fun and gameplay-intense without becoming impossible to beat. And the design is nice enough for a DOOM hellish setting. I would personally recommend this. 5* (note: played with my own rslquest.zip :-) )

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Started playing this earlier on tonight. It's fantastic. Thank you so much for all the hard work and sharing.

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^^No, I don't agree. This is a great megawad with maps ranging from pretty good to great. It's a bit more than the sum of its parts, too. Also Snakes forgot Map35 of CC4 in the text - that sure isn't a map he should be leaving off his resume!

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    • By NuMetalManiak · Posted
      this is a strange wad, with assets similar to Darkest Hour and other Star Wars-themed wads, many of the maps focus on small killings, as most of the maps are actually small. Pinchy's finale sure makes this worth it. oh yeah, quite a few custom stuff was done. the flamethrower marines were quite annoying, while other monsters gained multiple attacks, new ones, it's all so zany. the maps are pretty well done overall and this is worth a try.
    • By Doomkid · Posted
      Okay, I get it, it's a megawad mainly for speedrunners who are intricately familiar with the mechanics of the game down to the nitty-gritty. A series of challenges/obstacles that, for the most part, seem to be possible but are generally ludicrous (and sometimes outright laughable, in a good way).   This was is not a "pile of junk" as a few have said however it's really, really lacking in a lot of ways. I get that the wad is meant to have a fun-and-not-serious tone despite it's overall extreme difficulty but the texturing looks like the insides of a toilet bowl after a Taco Bell buffet. Seriously, these maps are jealous of how beautiful and futuristic maps like UAC_DEAD look. The DWANGO series looks like fucking Ancient Aliens compared to this.   The MIDIs are lighthearted, silly and fun, which adds a layer of appeal for me personally. I loved seeing Patrick Stewart at the intermission too, rofl   I had some fun with this IDCLEVing through the whole wad and giving each map a try or 2 before moving on to the next but I seriously doubt I'll ever be back. The same idea with better texturing and overall taking itself just a tiny bit more seriously would warrant a higher rating. Ass-ugly texturing, silly MIDIs and a silly titlepic/interpic are fun in their own right so don't take me the wrong way but a lot of it crossed into "looks like the authors gave 0 fucks" category and I just have to take points away for that.   Also,   lol wtf is this bullshit is this a terrywad or somethin i mean jeeeezus   Overall, this is worth a peek just for some fun but unless you're a highly skilled speedrunner that also doesn't mind looking into a crapchute map after map, this probably doesn't really have much for you.
    • By mArt1And00m3r11339 · Posted
      If it were renamed "Garbage Dump," I would have given it a better rating.
    • By StormCatcher.77 · Posted
      A large, but not very prolong map, which is interesting to explore. I liked the author's strategy to place strong weapons in well-protected places. To get them the player need to pass a kind of test. The difficulty depends on the player's luck. It is important not to miss the shotgun at the very beginning, otherwise entangled corridors can lead the player to a situation in which he will be easy prey, left without ammo. Visually, the map looks neat, another good example of using standard textures.
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