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Job

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Doomguy can't stay focused, always having visions of an underground cavern with beautiful, shimmering, red and blue walls. Will he go back to work or drop everything to find the location of his dreams?


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Catpho

  

The first truly mature map of yakfak's. The puzzly, "inner logic" map mechanisms and scavenger, dungeon rat gameplay of their previous levels Meep Keep & Hexasketch returns, but whereas those can feel clunky and barebone at points despite the strong authorial voice, here it is fully fleshed out: the setting is evocative, the construction shows the strong command of shapes that defines yakfak's later works, the item placement and layout bends and loops in complicated and surprising ways, the level's moment-to-moment gameplay is filled with a sense of discovery and wonder.

 

Job has a strong hook in its text file, but what players might not realize is that they must really hang on to every word in its description to even be aware of the level's main concept. In Never_Again's in-depth review for /newsuff (which I highly recommend for details or if you are feeling stuck), he mentions being locked out if you took the "easy" route out, but I feel that's incomplete, as the real reason hinges on the player being conscious of what they are doing in a representationalist sense. In other words, to be able to reach your dream, you shouldn't just interact and go everywhere at random, but try to think about what you are doing in the context of the game's world. The solution will be clear if you square it with what yakfak hints at. There are complications: the in-game hint system of crosses and arrows are counter-intuitive, and exploration will eventually lead you to the combat zone, which itself is a puzzle unravel as supplies require routing and withholding combat through treacherous enemy placement, with only a berserked fist as defense (HMP or below is strongly recommended). In my own experience, it was fun but exhausting to make it through to the AV-guarded yellow key and slowly solve the piece, but I got massively demoralized when I read Never_Again's review that I had already locked myself out of the second half of the map. It was only when I was showcasing the Doomcute in this map to someone else that the level's inner logic finally clicked, and after some experimentation, which was much smoother thanks to me already being aware of the level's layout and lingering mysteries, I managed to solve it.

 

The feeling of "lore" behind the level's trials and tribulations is my favorite thing about Job, and I wish it didn't take a review for me to "get it". In terms of intriguing combat, intricate moments, or imaginative layout and visuals, I think zzzv tops themself in (woefully underrated) levels like Spidersilk, Nato, and Northern Powerhouse. Nevertheless, an essential stop for yakfak fans, and a memorable journey for those who look for Doom off the beaten path.

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NuMetalManiak

  
it's only really a challenge for 100% players, where everything is connected with confusing passages and there are few supplies at the disposal. secret hunting does the trick quite well. super strange map.

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yakfak

  
I made this and refuse to explain it to anyone who can't repay imagination with indulgence tbh

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Guest

  
Nicely detailed map ruined by poor monster and item placement. This would have been great if you were given a weapon while you solve puzzles in the beginning part.

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cs99cjb

  
I can finish this in 51 seconds without firing a shot. No monsters, just a perverse maze-like place full of big fencing and big computers. Why is the blue key next to the blue door leading to the exit? I can't tell whether this is an elaborate joke, terrible map design, or it simply doesn't work properly in ZDoom.

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Guest

  
Medium-sized map with about average layout, texture use & decoration, and overall slightly below average ambiance. It has potential, but sadly the spectacularly poor monster placement ruins the gameplay completely. Understand that if some monster placement makes good gameplay, placing more monsters and removing weapons & ammo not automagically make gameplay better. As is the case here very clearly. It's a pity.

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dg93

  
Insanely difficult. But nice detailing...

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xnv

  
I finished it without shooting once 10/5 best new wad.

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    • By erkyp3rky · Posted
      while it does a good job replicating episode 1 aesthetically, the levels are riddled with questionable design choices. doors that dont need to be there, a million secrets often crammed onto the back end of a level resulting in useless items unless youre not pistol starting, and just a bit too easy. for an author who claims his work is top notch and the best of the best, you shot your arrow pretty far from the bullseye my friend.
    • By Somniac · Posted
      Another one I haven't played for years and years and just revisited: Fava Beans is a solid E1 replacement and a good one if you want a chilled out, mostly really easy WAD. The level design is a cut above considering the historical context of this set, and it nails the E1 feel. Heavier monsters are introduced much earlier, but the difficulty rarely gets above casual.   E1M8 is anticlimactic and feels like a letdown after the consistency of the preceding maps, but aside from that I recommend it for an easygoing old school Doom fix. That said, it could have been harder in places. There have been better E1 replacements since, but Fava Beans is still worth a look.   Best: E1M4, E1M5, E1M7
    • By stevenaaus · Posted
      Awesome megawad. Great gameplay and visuals. New monsters... super coherent. Cheers :)
    • By Walter confetti · Posted
      Not that crazy as you can think from the title, it's a interesting map with some cool design choices and some nice small puzzles as well. Fun to play and run swell.
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