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Flesh factory

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A small but quite challenging level with a Doom 2 feel.

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Very comfy and well-executed factory. Truly feels like a polished 90s level, and while I believe it's certainly better than a handful of the original official Doom levels, it features a few of the original levels' boring aspects of their gameplay repetition, such as often having to shotgun harmless moving walls of meat, aka Pinkies, in many of the rooms.


Visually it's pleasing and well-done for a good part, though, having played this on Chocolate Doom, there were many obvious tutti-frutti effects that were distracting and immersion-breaking.


At one point there was a mean trap that played on the player's knowledge of Doom, putting a switch texture guarded by a fast crusher, however, by the time you've realized the wall isn't actually a switch, you've already been crushed. That's more confusing when right after this door is opened somewhere else, another wall with the same texture is shown, however that one is indeed a switch. I didn't find this inconsistency a good idea.


I don't find the map has much replay value, being that all encounters except the final section seem to have a perfectly built formula for how the combat should take place, which is difficult to change due to the somewhat clausthrophobic design of a handful of its large-count monster-filled areas.


The final combat section was very fun.


It's good fun for a good part of it, recommended if you're a fan of 90s wads.

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· Edited by rdwpa


I didn't read the other reviews beforehand, but Zalewa is spot-on (words I couldn't imagine saying back in 2016). So much about this feels quaint in a way that ordinarily, these days, spells failure. Half the combat involves shotgunning hallway pinkies or fare not too far removed from that. Corridors, boxy rooms, corridors. Stretches unfold as a litany of Beginner Mapping Guideline don'ts. 


Yet despite all that, I really enjoyed it. 


The pacing and immersion was pretty damn good. Every area has some creative touches gracing it, whether it's design-concept showpieces like flesh crushers, or easy progression puzzles. Combat is indeed consistently low-key, but just when complacency sets in, a tighter trap might spring to jolt you alert. But more than all that, it felt like the mapper just "gets it," has a strong feel for that inexpressible task of wiring together an experience.  


N.B. if you self-identify as a Revenant Hater, this is a must play. 

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Simple level design, but the rooms really come together beautifully, and I love the fact this actually feels like a factory.

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This map grows on you after a while. At first it looks like a poor to average map, but then you notice how the map is planned out to have rooms and areas compacted into a shared space while being separated at the same time. Fights are relaxed, even when sometimes you're attacked by larger amount of enemies. Visuals are simple.

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Level design was pretty simple, but overall pretty good and a good challenge

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    • By Asking4Id · Posted
      Has some things going for it, clearly a step above wads that are unplayable. However, the author forced mouselook off (a decision I disagree with) so I didn't have as much fun as I might have.
    • By Walter confetti · Posted
      A really interesting level, pretty intricate and with a strong exploration key on the gameplay. Also really good theme and design of the map, really enjoyed the sector arches and detail touches in the map... I really enjoyed it!
    • By rdwpa · Posted
      A reader skimming the Doomworld Files listing might be taken for a ride. March 8, 2013. WadEd??!! AOL???????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Rest assured, reader, you're not in an alternate universe; this wad is squarely of '90s vintage (1997 if we trust the timestamp), with its submission to the archvies delayed for an epoch, as often happens.   It is one of those wads that replaces some of the sounds simply because that was a cool thing to do. Pinkies chomp at you like they have robot teeth. Weapons have a Star Wars "retro future" feel to them. Lost souls squeal like demented young girls.     The map is a tangle of hallways and paths that crisscross, dressed in austere visuals. Progression doesn't grant a wealth of options, but it feels intricate nonetheless because of the map's consistent unfolding and unraveling. 
      What quickly stands out about the combat is how relentlessly trappy it plays out. Not in the newschool sense of "staged key fights" but of unexpected closets opening up to more closets, of lifts suddenly plunging you into hostile fire, of quick doors that blaze open and expose caged archviles.   Patrick Smith is out for blood.
    • By riderr3 · Posted
      Good visuals to stare at, but in many maps there was some imbalance in difficulty, busting with hitscanners, as well as narrow passages-bottlenecks with elevators that can block player. In addition, I never found a chainsaw for the entire episode. As well there are scarcity of the secret places.

      I'd also like to see the incarnation of MAP20: Gotcha in a similar style. Nevertheless, this map is more suitable for the third episode and is essentially considered a transitional one.
    • By Misty · Posted
      It's not really that great as people are trying to be make. If we strip down all those models and other effects, we will find that map set is actually looking like any other early-mid 00's set + all those misalignments with questionable incidental combat... I guess, for quick fun it's viable.

      3/5 stars, because it seems it's one of those rare jdoom/doomsday wads, but you can freely run on gzdoom or any other port which supports jdoom/doomsday things.