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Plasmaplant

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Plasmaplant was originally a "plasma and pistol only" idea for my now venerable Cabal series, and so the map is based off an almost 20 years old paper sketch. I changed the layout and style but kept the central gameplay ideas.


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Cacodemon9000

  

Good thing here is unique architecture and visuals, nice work with lighting and shading, and it worth playing only for this. But gameplay is annoying as hell: shitloads of stealth enemies including chaingunners, arcviles and mancubi, lack of ammunition (at least on UV), teleport traps on each step, hidden chaingunners and shotgunner in barely visible holes and stupid run against insanely fast conveyor at the end of the map.

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NuMetalManiak

  

if I were to describe overall gameplay, it would be chaotic, but not in a Hell Revealed manner. it's chaotic in that you will spend a lot of time in that blue area, when you step on things they can sometimes reveal monsters which come into the area, and you are always on your toes because you never know which monsters spawn in and where. the tiny windows are honestly annoying, as is having to wait for the 30-second bars to raise up for each switch press so I can reach the blue key. the room with the piano and the curtain was very, very well made and I liked that. that exit though, is absolutely horrible. why make it next-to-impossible to actually reach the exit with an annoying conveyor?

 

there's a lot to this, plenty of gimmicky gameplay and blue design that makes this one hell of a unique map, but sometimes the negative aspects get in the way. on the other hand, it's hard to tell what outweighs what more.

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joepallai

  

Wow, so that's how it's done.   Sverre Kvernmo has made a masterful expansion to his original ideas used in Time Gate (Map05 of Eternal Doom).  This is a work of art that plays well.   The level had me running for my life, looking for ammo and wondering where the next attack was going to come from.  The stealth enemies were vicious and well used.  The secrets were well earned and clever I thought.   I loved the piano room-just beautiful.  The overall experience was outstanding, though hard.   Well worth it.

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Zalewa

  
This is certainly a work of art. The unique blue architecture combined with nice shading and trypophobia walls create an eerie level that looks fascinating. At first. UV is unplayable - you get overrun and run out of ammo. HMP with double-ammo is doable, although still stressful with stealth enemies nibbling at you from unsuspecting directions all of the time. There's also some switch-hunting. Looks like the looks alone gave this WAD a Cacoward. I can't enjoy it.

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Guest

  
Hmmm, I really like the detail of that hallway light stuff. Looks laggy though, oh well. ~2/5

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Guest

  
An interesting and weird map in blue colors with hard and sharp contrast-lighting. Not easy and it is unfair here and there due to hidden shotguners and stealth monsters and I could not get to the exit (- why?) But it is a cool sureal concept where the exploration part kept me on my toes.

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Guest

  
Very weird level. Basically you walk through some dark blue underground cages with wall holes looking like submarine portholes filled with weapons, ammo, enemies or switches. Overall it feels like a TOC. I didn't like the confusing gameplay (UV) at all, you're just walking around while not knowing what to do, where to go, and being slaughtered by invisible monsters heavily. And the last part with the VR50-speed moving floor is plain boring. Despite that, solid 4* for the shown ambition, effort & care.

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    • By Ordon · Posted
      well, the concept is good  BUT...   WHAT THE FUCK EVEN IS THIS??
    • By Cinnamon · Posted
      Definitely shows its age. It was a real grind to play through, mostly due to the levels being boring, but also from a remarkable over-reliance on hitscan, especially shotgunners. For some reason. The third episode does indeed pick up much of the slack, but with the really fun levels being shining exceptions rather than rule for two thirds of the WAD it still left me annoyed and exasperated in the end. The maps look fine most of the time and the music is good to really good, which is something to hold on to. I would still advice my past self to skip most of this one.    
    • By Cinnamon · Posted
      There's not too much for me to say about this one. While it isn't exactly my jam 100% of the time, I'm struggling to see how any creative endeavor could entertain me so thoroughly, throughout all the 32 parts of it. Ancient Aliens is charming, somewhat challenging, mysterious, well-paced... I could iterate over plenty of different variations of lavish praise, but I guess that in and of itself describes my feelings: AA is remarkably well-rounded. A DOOM blockbuster - and I use that description as an honest compliment rather than the pejorative it's sometimes thought of. One for the ages, and it'll be one of the WADs to which many of my future experience will be compared.    
    • By VoanHead · Posted
      On second thought, this wad is kinda mid if you ask me. After playing through all of it on pistol-start I wasn't really blown away by it. The midi pack that was made for this in 2020 was very nice if you ask me, but why this wad ever deserves a midi pack when it's so bland is what makes me scratch my head. Idk man, I didn't like this one as much as others do :/.
    • By baja blast rd. · Posted
      This reads as an early example of arcade-style mapping.   Areas are defined largely by color combinations, with no real overarching theme to the map: there are silver techbase rooms, brick-like Earth rooms, red hellish rooms, without much in the way of detailing or setting-building -- all centralized around a square hub room with key doors, which repopulates with monsters each time you find a key. It's on the simpler side visually, but still a very clear step above "monotextured square rooms"-type design, with some solid architecture, shapes, and texture combos here and there, and even a clever crushing UFO-like "ring" at one point.    The gameplay concepts are very straightforward, with one exception being a room that has you platforming over damaging floor while closets of lost souls and cacodemons open up. Instead, the bulk of the fighting is more often dished out as blocks of monsters often revealed in closets -- blocks at a density far below what you'd consider slaughter. Some of the potential fun involves herding monsters towards barrels; once I waited several seconds for chaingunners to walk halfway across the room, right next to a clump of barrels I could blow them all up with. The ending fight is designed for you to pour rockets into two static cybs while circling, and I skipped that one.    Completed in a bit under 10 minutes. 
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