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Sinister Seven - Vanilla Maps by Doomkid

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7 sp/coop maps, vanilla compatible (besides map07), with some fresh sprites - I added the extra marine and zombieman rotation angles (Thanks Mr. Romero!). Some of these maps are from submissions to communtiy projects. Special thanks to The_Miano, MrCrispy, Scifista42, TimeOfDeath, pcorf, Buckshot, and everyone else out there who helped or inspired me in some way to make these maps :) STORY: (Continues from the end of 'UAC Rebellion') "The UAC recovered from the destruction left in the rebel's wake. He had taken out most of the head men with brute force and even managed to close the gate to hell they had opened. Most of the survivors thought he was crazy, but some said he was a twisted hero who saw the bigger picture. The fact is, his attempt to stop the UAC failed - He was killed shortly after his return to Earth by a group of hostiles who had survived his rampage. They immediately began rebuilding the destroyed facilities. They rewrote history, erasing the evidence that the UAC had ever experimented on humans, painted the rebel as nothing more than a "cold hearted lunatic", gained support and funding from Earth's remaining population and used it to continue their interdimensional research. I knew the rebel personally. I was with the group of supporters who he let go. I knew the UAC were corrupt bastards as soon as people started going missing. I heard they killed the rebel and were rebuilding, so I prepared myself. Today, it happened - The sky turned a bright red. Two massive portals opened above us. The demonic aliens swept through our base and took out or possessed almost everyone.. Those evil UAC bastards had done it again, only worse. Their plan to brainwash the masses worked, and now destruction incarnate is pouring in from the sky. I can't explain why they want to see the world burn - but here I am, presumably the only survivor in a military base full of hellspawn. It's time to put my training to the test. I know of a spot where I can escape to sea and ride this invasion out on the water. I wonder if anyone else has survived.." I hope you all have fun with these. Difficulty levels are very thoroughly implemented, so if you're finding it too hard, just turn it down a notch! These should also be perfect for survival mode (one of my favorite gamemodes!)


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Roofi

  

I finished it , very fun classic wad!  I liked the subtle references to Ultimate Doom in some maps.

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Spie812

  

TL;DR: Despite some weird graphics replacements, this WAD is mostly competent and fun, though encounters can feel a bit spammy in the final maps.

 

So, the first thing you notice when starting this WAD is the new graphics. Most sprites have been recolored or replaced entirely. For example, the fist, pistol, and shotgun have been replaced with their Doom Alpha counterparts, the imp is now grey with green fireballs, and there are now like 4 types of barrels for some reason. One change that I enjoyed was for the SS soldier, which is a modified Doomguy sprite that allows it to be used as a standard enemy who makes frequent appearances. I'm not too keen on the other replacements since they feel unnecessary, though they don't really detract from the experience in any meaningful way.

 

As for the rest of the visual design, it's pretty good for the most part. The overall style is techbasey with a lot of cues taken from Doom 1's visual style. Areas are generally well thought out and pretty well decorated. It's nothing mind-blowing, but the levels are generally visually coherent and have some nice looking areas for the vanilla limitation. The layouts have plenty of interesting rooms and designs which nicely avoid the "boxes connected to boxes" feeling, though they sometimes feel a bit too flat (heightwise, that is). Also Map05 has a FIREBLU/FWATER1 building which I think is fantastic.

 

The actual combat is... interesting. The first few maps play a lot like a Doom 1 set with the occasional revenant or hell knight. This means no SSG, roaming monsters rather than setpieces, and generally attrition based difficulty. The latter half keeps that same style while turning the difficulty up considerably and focusing on the more powerful monsters (and giving you the SSG, thankfully). Unfortunately this doesn't mesh too well with the gameplay, and encounters can end up feeling a bit spammy and annoying especially in the last two maps. The combat is otherwise pretty fun for the most part.

 

Overall, I think this WAD is pretty good. The graphics replacements don't really work for me, though the rest of the visual design is well executed. Combat is pretty good as well apart from a few annoying encounters in the final two maps. I'd say that it's worth a play, though it might be wise to play on HMP to take the edge off of some of the more annoying encounters.

 

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Oh, and it's weird that Map07 isn't vanilla compatible. Like it benefits from the extra detail but c'mon, "Vanilla" is in the name for God's sake!

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NuMetalManiak

  

fun levels. I remember playing a few of these from other maps but they still hold up.

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Guest

  
liked

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Guest

  
ugly, unnecessary graphic changes + ok maps

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Guest

  
Doomkid makes some pretty cool shit!

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Voltcom

  
This was a fun mapset.

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Guest

  
ugly texture but fun

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molten_

  
doomkid, you have a unique mapping style that I really enjoy. keep up the great work. the first level was kind of a dud but the rest were excellent fun. 4/5

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Fonze

  
Tons of fun, totally brutal. Maps looked awesome! 7/10 from me. Full review on DW thread.

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dg93

  
I like this WAD. It's super old school which is my preference when playing Doom 5/5

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Guest

  
Lots of fun!

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Guest

  
One of the best vanilla wads i've played in a while. It took me about 90 minutes all up, I loved that the maps felt more like UDoom than Doom2 as well. Keep it up!

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Guest

  
I thought these were super fun. Kinda like Doom1 with a 90s tc twist.

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    • By vdgg · Posted
      This mapper did create good stuff, pazuzu, diabolos and odyssey. This is way, way below these WADs. I am the first reviewer to mention massive (but massive) HOMs on MAP10! 2 stars for: - awesome grey blocks area in motion in the middle of MAP08 - some occasional decent moments, I guess MAP03 is fine, MAP04 is okayish. - visually it is not bad for 1996. But come on. One motif is: "press switch A to lower a lift, press switch B that opens a door somewhere far, but press it a bit later, just to get in time to the lift, not too early as the door will shut". After that door you often have a wall of monsters, so sometimes you retreat and repeat. This motif is used over and over and over again. You also experience cramped mazy hallways quite a lot and lots of damaging floors. Some of these damaging floors are used for extra spice during combat, but most of them are there to make you think faster about the puzzle solution :) It is not easy for me to pick the worst map, MAP05, 07 and 09 set the bar quite high. And it is me who is writing this, I enjoy cleim20, odessas, some cryptic stuff, but I just can't stand >80% of this creation.
    • By chlef · Posted
      Not the prettiest maps, but very nice to play. Old school goodness.  
    • By chlef · Posted
      Yeah, this is what Doom is supposed to be. Basic and enjoyable, no gimmicks or stupid sound/graphic mods. Just pure Doom. This is a keeper.
    • By Never_Again · Posted
      Another day, another stolen map.   E2M1 of IMMLEV is a ripoff of ARENA, a tutorial WAD David Bruni designed and wrote detailed tutorials for in the 3D Alchemy book. Walbert's edit of it was so incompetent that four times out of five it will crash vanilla seconds into the level with a "P_CrossSubsector" error. Crispy and prboom-plus crash every time.   Oddly enough, Choco loads the map without complaints but you get stuck early on due to the "author" apparently using a paper bag over the head as a map-editing tool.   The second map is largely a barebones crate maze. A secret door next to the first key leads to an unmarked exit that dumps you on the stock secret level. Too bad, as the third level finally shows a glimpse of promise, albeit somewhat marred by HOM and mislabeled key doors. This, too, is apt to an abrupt end with another unmarked exit switch.
    • By MuratMikal · Posted
      The difficult of some maps (mainly after MAP 20) is rather extreme in UV if you aren't an experienced/very good player. For others I recommend playing in HMP or even HTNR if you don't want many frustating moments. Best maps = 04, 06, 07, 08, 11, 15, 32, 18, 20, 22, 28, 29 and 30. Bad Maps = 05, 31, 23, 25 and 26. All other maps are OK. Now, some considerations: MAP 24 is very good until the archvile spam, after that it's almost impossible to beat if you don't get the secret invulnerability sphere. MAP 26 is a gimmick map with a lot of archviles, I didn't enjoy the gameplay because if you shoot in some parts you die right away due to the sheer numbers of viles. MAP 29 at first seem very hard and frustating but its doable if played with persistance. The only bad thing about it is the mandatory archvile jump which I didn't aprove (if you play it you'll see what I'm talking about). UV maxing this MAP would be a nightmare since the red key area is very hard; I've yet to see anyone at youtube or twitch UV maxing this map without saves. As I think only 5 MAPS out of 32 are bad it deserves at least 4 stars.
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