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Going Down

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Something sinister is lurking in UAC headquarters. Grab your gun, head to the roof and shoot your way down through the building to get to the bottom of the mystery.

This is a 32 map Doom 2 megawad - boom format, complevel 9. Each map is a floor, each floor has a lift, each lift needs a key. You'll work it out I'm sure, just keep going down.

These are small, fairly hard maps with high body-counts, and gameplay I would describe as 'chaotic-evil'. The music tracks are my own compositions which you may use with appropriate credits, here is a track list:

map 01, 29 - 'Somebody set up us the bomb'
map 02, 30, 31 - 'Zombie goes shopping'
map 03 - 'The haunted supermarket'
map 04, 15 - 'Running from the jazz robots'
map 05, 13, 23 - 'The haunted aquarium'
map 06, 22 - 'Lost in zombie cyberspace'
map 07, 20 - 'Mega robo-clown boss battle'
map 08, 14 - 'The haunted waiting room'
map 09, 17 - 'The haunted skeleton factory'
map 10, 27, 32 - 'Robo-zombie mecha-brain boss battle'
map 11, 21 - 'Zombie maggots in the flesh cathedral'
map 12, 24 - 'Chased by dancing skeletons'
map 16, 28 - 'Wedding march for the princess of death'
map 18, 25 - 'Hiding from the robo-zombies'
map 19, 26 - 'Attack of the spider-clowns'
title screen - 'Going Down'
lift muzak - 'Descent of Death'


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UnknDoomer

· Edited by UnknDoomer

  

For me, at the moment I'm writing this review, #1 WAD of onces that I've played / seen / heared.

 

Options and things:


* GZDoom.

* Have played with "Complex Doom" modification.

* Difficult - "Ultra-Violence".

* 100% secrets and enemies.

* No annoying maps found.
* #9 in community top.

 

Pros:

 

1. + Great, own, unique style level design. I just tell a few words about some of the levels:

* MAP07. Bad Reception. Small arena. Tough fight.
* MAP08. Hide and Seek. Small warehouse map with 18 enemies in total. But this enemies - arches and pinkies. And if you start with the pistol - there is only chain gun on the map in additional to it. If you using Complex Doom add-on - those arches might be way tougher then regular onces.
* MAP09. Broken Records. A lot of hard enemies in small arena that is look like library.
* MAP12. Dead End. Nice, circle like, map.
* MAP15. Gladiator type arena. Literally. First you fight with some upcoming enemies. After "viewers" (another demons) starting to fight with themselfs and you.

 

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* MAP20: The Mouth of Madness. The name speaks for itself - from a kind of mouth, from the very start of the map, hordes of demons move directly to the doomguy. And BFG will not save you at all. Strategy here - as fast as you can use switch on the left side of the map (climb the islets) and then run and use switch on the right. Break through the pack of barons to teleport, which is on the right side, in lava, and hide in the top type location. Wait till most of the enemies will kill each other. I've attached some screens.

 

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* MAP21. Indigestion. No ammo or weapons. Only pistol with few shots. Tough enemies. As result you need to use local traps and enemies attack enemies strategy to deal with, in total, 135 of such onces.
* MAP28. Necropolis. ~ 1411 enemies. And mostly no regular place to hide from them. Few cyberdemons, a lot of cacodemons.
* MAP30. Game Over. That what can happen if you will play Doom too much... Or, by other hand, some Silent Hill 4: The Room atmosphere here.

 

2. + Horror-inspired music on some horror like levels.

3. + Combines just fine with "Complex Doom" modification.
4. + Challenging.

5. + Unexpected gameplay twists.


Contras:

Zero, but,

* - If you play with Complex Doom you can stuck on MAP29 in case here was unique boss and mod just change it to it's own regular one type. So. To proceed further use console, ~, and write there "MAP MAP30". MAP30 can be beaten with pistol start without much troubles.

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STILES

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It's like Die Hard meets Doom with a dash of humor, if that sounds interesting to you this is is your gig.  The maps themselves are very clever with a huge amount of variety so you never know what's going to happen next.  If you're one who likes shorter maps, you'll be pleased with the somewhat bite sized to medium layout of the levels.

 

While it's fairly Vanilla in nature, it makes use of some DeHackEd and Boom scripts that are tastefully done.

However, the difficult is fairly extreme and only seasoned players should attempt Ultra Violence or Nightmare.

 

As some have pointed out, the music may be an acquired taste if you aren't into rather psychedelic tunes.

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digithead100

  

my personal favorite WAD

just make sure you're prepared for some intense fights on UV

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Denim Destroyer

  

Going Down is hard for me to review because of how unique it is despite being just another Boom compatible megawad. Plenty of megawads exist that have unique themes and brutal open ended levels but Going Down sets itself apart through intelligent use of Boom actions. No two maps feel exactly the same because under the hood they always have something different going on. Walls falling to reveal a new hellish underside, a dark mirrored version of our world, rooms that transform faster than you can blink an eye, and a literal descent into the mouths of hell are just a few of the things Going Down does to stay fresh. Go play it and you will not regret it. 

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D. Whiskey

· Edited by Papaga

  

The tight, close quarters horde fights keep you constantly on the razor's edge.  There are few safe spots or ways to bullshit through.  In that way, they're like normal Doom maps but with all the fluff trimmed out; no wasting several minutes knocking down enemies who pose no threat to you, they leave only the parts where you're about to die.

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DuckReconMajor

  

Super fun mapset. Very challenging, even on Skill 1! Would definitely recommend.

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TheNoob_Gamer

  

The author utilized Dehacked. The wad is tough, can get very slaughter-ish and hectic sometimes, but it's fair.

Also, the wad featured a pretty humorous story™. Check it out, but remember to play on HNTR/HMP if you aren't used to slaughterwads.

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elend

  

When first reading this wad's description I thought this will be a 1994 style map, where someone just tried to recreate his office building to shoot up his colleages. Boy, was I wrong!

 

Going Down emerged as one of my favourite megawads so far, with its very clever use of small to medium map space and interesting gameplay mechanics in every single map. The first couple of maps start innocent enough, but soon you will find yourself navigating literal crawl spaces, thinking about use of space and / or slight puzzle mechanics just before being thrown into hell itself and fighting for your life. Going Down is designed as a literal descent into hell, which was the most beautifully realized aspect of it. How every map slightly changes into a more and more hellish theme is just great, great design work. Even though the later maps delve into slaughter territory I must admit that I still quite enjoyed it. Actually this was the first time I enjoyed being slaugthered and figuring out how to approach the map.

 

Going Down is simply an amazing piece of work, oozing quality from start to finish and rewarding the player with incredible elevator music inbetween. A must play.

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guitardz

  

I've made it to the first basement level.  So far my favorite map is Time Warp, which fucked with my mind.  Very interesting puzzle there.  I can't wait to go deeper.  Also the first splash screen was hilarious, I hope to see more of those.

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HUNdebLeonidasX

  

Took me one year to find out that this wad made by a youtuber I often watch

 

Still the best example of using only base textures for real like-like maps

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The_SloVinator

  

Played on UV.

 

Unique & quite fun megawad. Love the voodoo tricks.

However, map 22 is horribly unbalanced. Also, map 21 has an interesting idea but doesn't work for us average doom players.

 

I do recommend it.

 

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galileo31dos01

· Edited by galileo31dos01

  

Done with these settings:

 

- GLBoom+ 2.5.1.4. complevel 9.

- Hurt Me Plenty.

- Continuous combined with a pistol start mindset.

- Saves every 10 minutes or so.

 

A fantastic megawad full of action and surprises. I found the concept to be quite interesting, going down in an elevator that closes after you leave it and you'll have to find the key to reopen it, something you don't see in many (if any) wads, which makes it very original. Visually, it gets better throughout the wad, there's a variety of themes used to reflect a progression that flowed quite nice playing in continuous at least. Some maps feature lovely details like a science laboratory (kind of) in map 23, or a sort of bog in map 25.  

 

Maps are relatively short and small, mostly the same height variation. So the main concept in terms of gameplay is tightness, most of the encounters are delivered in claustrophobic situations that, for me personally are really hairy. I liked it anyway, every single type of monster is used to be an actual threat if you're not quick enough. I tell you, I got hit by hell knights more than ever. It also has some slaughter and slaughtery, crowd control for another term, a few of these are probably the least hard of the mapset since you're provided with a lot of resources to forgive several mistakes, such as invulnerability spheres, but equal fun. In some maps, you'll barely have time to rest, which means every linedef is a monster trap, pressing a switch will reveal teleport ambushes in many parts of the map, or pressing a switch and the whole maps transforms into hell madness, or hordes to fight on bumpy stairs. I managed myself quite well and almost never felt overwhelmed aside from a few maps where I had to repeat the traps several times because of teleporting randomness at random times (I see you map 17). I liked the reveal of the custom final boss, which is not particularly "original" per se, but at least it wasn't one of the regular big guys.

 

Secrets are all easy to find, and some of the maps feature non-secret ways of progression. There is only one secret I didn't understand the purpose, which is in map 14 IIRC, it's mandatory because it's just on the way, impossible to skip. Music is quite good, in fact I still remember the melodies and I usually forget about them right after playing a wad. 

 

My favourite maps are, a lot: 05, 08, 13, 32, 19, 21, 23, 25 (excellent Keen replacement hunt), 26, 28, 29 (the final boss). The other maps are good too. The only map I could not enjoy was 30, it starts so quiet and suddenly icon of sin wakes up and well, I don't like IoS maps, at least this one was short and you don't fight it, instead an endless row of enemies that teleport and get on your way, and telefrag you where your ammo is located, ugh. I would have preferred a silent closure, or more cells...

 

Regardless of the ending map, which seriously ruined my excitement, I recommend this mapset for anyone willing to fight their fear of confinement. My personal advice is to play it with pistol starts (or even in continuous, but follow the course of the map, don't break the gimmicks or abuse of your carryovers). I'll give this a 9/10.

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Gallic00

  

One of my favorites megawads.  All the levels have a unique theme and combat style.  Highly recommended.

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paradox123

  
Played this with Trailblazer and ketchup. MAN, this was amazing :) Liked it from start to finish!!! Keep up the good work!

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KdGanaz0

  
pretty good, nice architecture and some weird but interesting moments

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Zombine3D

  
Mindfuck

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Pedro VC

  
only good with brutal doom

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Combinebobnt

  
A gimmick done well. The crazy nature of the levels matches whatever is happening in the music. Good difficulty curve.

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Spectre01

  
Great wad with some really clever scripting and original level design. However, the music can get monotonous and mobs of teleporting hitscanners and other demons spawning in your face can get annoying. 4/5

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NaZa

  
Pretty awesome and great, but the music can be very annoying and monotone. (I mean, it's the same four notes at different octaves on an organ)

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Guest

  
It looks like this wad intended for coop-play rather than single play, so that's why there's so much monsters. If you want to play it single, better choose easier difficulty setting. At least, it's completely playable and winnable without cheating on ITYTD (tried by me — and I am not experienced doom player in any way).

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Guest

  
Fun, fun, fun!

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Marcaek

  
If he was too disinterested with what he played to keep going then that's a fair mark against the WAD, I disagree with it regardless, personally think the floor gimmick was quite effective. This is a great release although certain small clusters of maps will feel overly similar in playstyle.

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Guest

  
Demonologist rates the wad 2 stars, yet doesn't even play through the whole thing?! His opinion should be summarily ignored. Going Down is a stellar mapset, featuring some of the most creative and exciting Doom levels ever made. Perfectly balanced gameplay and beautiful level design coupled with innovative ideas make this a must play. 5/5

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