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The Complete RAVEN SERIES Maps 1-11

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This file contains all eleven levels for the premier Doom 2 RAVEN series. These .wads will challenge all Doom players regardless of skill level.


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Summer Deep

· Edited by Summer Deep

  

I can understand the reasons for some of the very polarized reviews of this wad, but feel that both sides of the argument miss the mark. 

 

True, there are plenty of weak points about it. It's very easy - you are more likely to die in an inescapable nukage pit, or from carelessly standing near exploding barrels, than by becoming a victim of any monsters. Far too much health and (especially) armour is provided, and whereas I'm not a fan of currently fashionable 'resource management' approaches to ammo provision, it's still probably too readily available here - it's possible to use the SSG for the majority of the game, even on zombies and the like, without running out of shells for very long. There are other annoyances too, like the baron pit in map 3, which doesn't seem to work properly, or the mind-numbingly tedious and pointless teleport puzzle at the end of map 6.

 

On the plus side, it's fine for an hour or two of quick, unrestrained blasting fun. The environments can be a bit bland, but are generally better than those in many early Doom wads, and are occasionally quite impressive (eg map 11). While the difficulty level is, as mentioned, pretty low, this makes these levels ideal for beginners, if that doesn't sound too patronizing: and for more experienced players, the wad could be an interesting challenge if played with mods like Project Brutality or Project MSX.

 

Played on UV difficulty, GZ Doom.

 

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xvertigox

  

If you like nostalgic WADs play this - if you like """good""" WADs don't. It's as simple as that.

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Meril

  

For 95 map set it is really cool. But it lacks final boss.

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Guest

  
This is a reasonably playable episode, if rather dull, but it's from 1995 and it's not all that bad for then. Master Levels are slightly better though. A low 3*, I feel this is just nice enough that I can be generous to it

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Guest

  
I found nothing that visually horrible about these levels (they were made in 1995 after all) but the gameplay was quite dull with minor annoyances like excessive badly placed armor and lame secrets. Not as bad as the criticism of these levels in the chord1.wad text file suggests, but reading that text file was still more amusing than playing them.

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Guest

  
Sometimes cool architecture elements here & there, but with very bland texturing. Monster density is way too low (boring even on -fast)

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NuMetalManiak

  
insanely old skool mapset. nonlinear, but didn't seem to show much promise. okay to play though.

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Guest

  
I found it by a easter egg in Quake :)

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3 stars? Why? This classic WAD is better than the vast majority of WADs you would see back around the early days of community level design. They didn't have Doom Builder or any other great level design software we have today. Sure, it hasn't aged well. For example MAP01 & MAP02 don't have much lighting, but as others said, it gets better as you go on. Had it not been for his love for level design, we wouldn't have some of the great levels this guy created in the Master Levels for Doom 2.

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Although it got a little better as you progressed through the mapset, the levels weren't that great. Fava Beans, Serenity 3, hell even the default Doom and the majority of the Doom 2 maps were much better than this. I'm surprised iD software hired him for making these crap levels. 2/5

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Eleven maps dated April 1995, from a brother-sister design team that was quickly snapped up by id (Willits went on to be, and remains, the company's co-owner). These maps tend to be visually horrible, easy, packed with monsters, fast-moving, good fun; perhaps id reasoned that technical design could be taught, whereas gameplay was a natural talent. Overall it feels like eleven good old 1994 levels crammed together in no particular order and I enjoyed them all.

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Two of the first things people always criticize in maps are misaligned textures and poor creature/item balance. These maps are full of misaligned textures and way too many power-ups. When I do that stuff I get ridiculed; this guy does it and becomes co-owner.

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The gameplay is very good but the design in some of the levels isnt that good, especially some unnessacary full lit areas. But MAP11, that city level is simply the best of the lot.

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Definately his best work, zero stars

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those who say this map is trash are trying to hide that they can't complete it and that they really are trash this is a great levelset! 5/5

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A solid set of maps, though not among the very best of the early wads.

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Well, not so bad for its time, but it misses the feeling...

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overrated There were much better maps at the time of it's release. 0/5

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Honestly, the only reason this wad is rated so low is jealousy. Some guy builds a competent wad and gets to wear a suit, peddle soft drinks, and instate always-on DRM policies while we just rot away at our computers playing a 20-year old game. From an objective viewpoint, the first six maps are pretty dull, but the rest is good for '95. MAP10 and 11 are definitely worth playing, although the lack of an endboss is disappointing. 3.5/5

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Shit. Avoid.

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trash * -sargebaldy

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I remember this being the very first custom set of maps I ever played. To this day I still find these very fun maps to play, whether or not they *look* as good as the standard that has been set for mapping in the past few years. I truly do not understand anyone who gives this anything less than a 3. They may not be the greatest maps from the time, but they certainly are not anywhere near horrible. Overall this was/is a great set of fun, mostly balanced maps, and that's what's important. 4/5

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This wad IS easy. Play it if you don't believe me.

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Yet another gem from the early days of Dooming :-)
This levelset was pretty popular in its day, but
it's been a few years since I last played it, so
I'm not sure if it has stood the test of time...

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Despite the age of this map-set, it's just as
thrilling now as it was when first released. A
must-have for DooM aficionados and collectors.
(Plus it's a Tim Willits co-creation.)

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    • By Memfis · Posted
      Way too many demons, cacodemons, and barons to kill, I got bored quickly. The design is clean and pleasant though, a little unusual even.
    • By Gaia74 · Posted
      Even though I do not like the idea of aliens being the doom demons, I love this wad, is beatiful because uses the things I love, the space bases and exploration of the universe   the second and third episode, they are really masterpieces because you see the amount of work of the creator and you really see his dedication   also some maps are ruins something that really valued since I am a lover of history so it was fascinating   Although I got stuck on some maps since the switches were too hidden, I managed to get through   I think the only thing I find bad is that their palette destroys a few mods, but if you do not care about the colors, then this is a wad that I recommend!   and also the end, it's something that really, you say what?   but they are details and if you like the pretty and funny maps I recommend it   5/5 Gaia74
    • By Paul977 · Posted
      Very good tech-base and, later on, cave/temple and again tech visuals, made in a classic polished style. Tough level on UV, particularly the initial stage until you reach the big room holding the rocket launcher. From there health and ammo are more abundant, so the difficulty decrease, but later on there are surprises encounters that can catch you out of guard very easly, including the really interesting ending area.
    • By galileo31dos01 · Posted
      Done with these settings: - GLBoom+ 2.5.1.4. complevel 9.
      - Ultra-Violence.
      - Continuous combined with pistol start mindset. Pistol starts in maps 05, 10, 11.
      - Saves every 5-10 minutes or so.   A partially cool map collection from various people. It revolves around the same old story about a newer demon invasion, in this case they corrupted an underground base and spread all around the territory, turning every nook into hell. The maps sort of follow that narrative through the visual design, that at least from the second map and beyond, since the first level is simply an introduction. There are plenty of hellish neat-looking techbases to explore either on surface or underground, including one level in a Quake style with dark rusted metal textures. In combination, some maps present an Inferno-ish look with marble/red/rocky structures and lots of flesh to step on. I dig the latest two in particular, with exclusively clean visuals and great usage of fireblu for portals. The deep blue sky fits in about every single map, giving each an extra touch of spookiness. Well, and a subtle TNT vibe, or maybe that was because of some of the music selections. I really liked the midis in map 10 and 11, too bad there is no information in the text file about them.    As far as authors styles, it's a varied compilation ranging from traditional easygoing combat to series of lethal encounters, and some peculiar setups involving environmental hazards. I would say, gameplay-wise, the further I got into, the better it turned, mainly because the first half seemed to show the more experimental side of the wad, where the pace is kind of a rollercoaster, and some choices felt tacked on. I mean, the opening map is already questionable, just a dull switch hunt on a quasi-deserted island, not to mention the copious invisible barriers. Printz's map 04 is perhaps the largest and weirdest one. It has a lot of gimmicky ideas, including an outdoors fight where the player's affected by wind, which I wasn't very sold on, aside from slow and unclear progression. On the other side, Craigs' and Stewboy's are peacefully linear and simple to comprehend, and the two by Death Destiny and Butts are as wild and engaging as hitscan-centric maps go, without ever turning into annoyance, unless that's not your thing. The second half of the wad is the section I found more of my taste, aside from having mixed emotions about the last level. The seventh map was a nice short appetizer, and I enjoyed a lot the entries by Icecreamsoldier and Dutch Devil, with an ultimate hitscan hell touch and secrets research. While the increase in difficulty is gradual throughout the wad, the pinnacle might come as a slap in the face to people not used to that particular style in the last two D-D maps, like myself for example. The final map is about tight setpieces involving at least one archvile after the other, while you run around naked (no armor) carrying your SSG. Sometimes there was an escape, and other times things easily went real bad in less than a second. I would suggest to take it on a lower skill assuming you urge a security pickup. His second to last map was actually more cramped, close to unforgiving with the bumpy architecture, but somehow I sorted it out with calm and joy. Guess that makes me a "Doom god"?. I'll pass.    Secret-wise, I had issues to find any in map 04, one of them wasn't even hinted at all. In map 10 I wasn't able to trigger one of them, probably due to the sector being too small. Other than those, well, depending on your gameplay styles, you might be able to ease up the majority of the mapset if you commit yourself to explore every nook, not that I'm really in favor of the whole idea to be fairly honest, but the design of the status bar misled me. I would suggest to take a good look to map 05 via iddt, just to check some hidden stuff that are out of reach for reasons unknown... Anyway, favourite maps are 06, 08, 09 and 10. The others varied from fun to dull and everything in between.   Overall, Dark Resolution 2008 was, weird, but nonetheless very interesting, save for a few cases. If you're looking for mapsets with varied content, or a die-hard fan of the double barreled, this could be a good place to stop by. My rate is 6/10.
    • By Gaia74 · Posted
      i played this in tardgold, beatiful wad
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