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A four map short episode based around the colour purple. Meant to be a nice relaxing "sit back and play Doom" set.


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Doom causes Violence after all

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whirledtsar

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Excellent wad. The visuals of course are very unique & colorful. And they're not just purple - there's so many vibrant colors. Purple, red, yellow, and green pulse and glow in contrast to the dark black metal architecture. But beyond the visuals, the level design is great. It's very interconnected and full of neat surprises, and progression is intuitive and rewarding. It reskins the classic Doom weapons, and all the sprites look great and are aesthetically cohesive. It also includes an MP3 synthwave soundtrack, which is very fitting to the neon colors and fast-paced gameplay, although I disliked that one of the tracks had vocals.

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Violence consists of four midsize level maps. It has a distinctive, beautiful and well crafted style which encompasses everything from visuals, sounds, music and gameplay to the name of the piece itself.

 

For the visual part it uses the color violet and dark textures as it's main theme and gradually adds more bright neon colors to the mix. The first level has red as an additional color, second level introduces yellow. The theming is very consistent. Zombies greet you with their violet haircuts, barons shoot you with violet slime and all the plants (trees, vines, bushes, grasses, moss) are injected with violet instead of chlorophyll. Items and power-ups are either violet or use the other bright colors (red and yellow). Slime follows the same pattern, it's either violet, red or yellow depending on the level or setting. Textures are mainly dark grey or brown with occasional lighter variants and they are all decorated with the three bright colors, usually as scrolling light stripes.

 

The weapon graphics have also been changed. I don't know if they are borrowed from somewhere else or made by the author. Either way I'm pretty neutral about them. Usually I heavily dislike visually diverting from the original weapons but here the new graphics suited well with the rest of the theme. The weapon sounds have also been altered. I'm generally against changing the sounds too but I found myself even liking some of the changes. Like the cool bass boost added to the double-barreled shotgun. It almost feels more powerful with that bass energy. And you can even use the weapon to add your own beat to that nicely fitting retrowave soundtrack. Yes, there's also a well selected soundtrack which feels integral part of the whole theme. Damn, sometimes I started to get a feeling I was in some weird synthwave night club dancing with the demons. This vision poured into my mind especially in the yellow keycard room in MAP04 which at first is well lit and all innocent. Then you hit the switch. And you know what happens in DooM when you hit a switch in a key room. Yes, lots of wild monsters appear! But this is no ordinary ambush. Lights go off and you find yourself in a disco ballroom decorated with neon yellow wireframes from Tron. Then you start shooting with your chaingun and the monsters react to your fire with a spastic seizure as they always do but here the effect looks as if they were dancing under strobe lights in some dark synthwave club. And then you probably die because there are just too many of them and they don't back off even though you scream and try with all your might (#metoo).

 

Difficulty level is pretty fair. I've played this a few times in cooperative and now replayed in UV to write this review and I died only once (in the club room mentioned above). The author describes this WAD as "'sit back and play Doom' set" and I can't really disagree. This is one of the core reasons I like DooM. Give me flocks of monsters to kill in beautifully crafted levels at the right intervals and you'll keep me happy. Sometimes I might enjoy more exploration or even puzzles but it's always that fast paced yet laid back killing spree that pleases me the most. The gameplay flow broke only once. That was in MAP03 with the red bars. For the life of me I couldn't remember how to lower them. Turns out it works by stepping on the teleporter in the north-west island which takes you on top of a red pillar and when you step down from the pillar it lowers itself and the red bars. Not very intuitive beforehand. I would have placed at least an item on the teleporter to make the player go there in the first place. Now it was mostly luck that I went there. In coop there's a higher chance of someone activating it because more players running around the map. And when you compare the logic to how the yellow bars are lowered (with a button) it looks even more non-intuitive. Well, that's pretty much my only criticism to this otherwise brilliant piece of WAD artistry.

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Demtor

  

Just, wow. Blew me away. Short and sweet. I want more!!

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trrobin

  
Really cool bunch of maps. Nice use of colours and music and enjoyably addictive gameplay make for a fun play. Two thumbs up!

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Dragonfly

  
I see I never left a comment back when I first played this. Easily gets a 5/5 rating from me. Looks great, plays great. :)

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Trupiak

  
loved it!

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Bob Barker

  
Great looking and action packed maps. I encountered a bug where you fall through a texture on one of the steps leading down into the cave on MAP02. You end up trapped but you can noclip your way around it.

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Bryan T

  
Very good stuff. The scrolling textures reminds me of Sunlust.

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Walter confetti

  
Very cool short mapset!

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Doomkid

  
Gluten Tag!

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Guest

  
Great work. Could be a littler a harder.

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glenzinho

  
Marvellous! It's been a pleasure to watch this author's work get to where it is now over the past year.

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molten_

  
fantastic

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Zalewa

  
There should be an entire megawad with this theme. I would also pull it up a notch with cyberpunk'd monsters.

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Guest

  
5 stars

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Guest

  
Great wad.

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Marcaek

  
Pretty cool, kind of wish it was a LITTLE longer though. More purple!

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Fonze

  
Awesome maps and Happy Belated Birthday to AD! Watch out for the purple-haired zombies ;p

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Breezeep

  
Please play this wad.

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Xaser

  
Is gud.

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AnonimVio

  
It's a great torturing device. Visuals will burn your eyes and music will make you deaf. It can also be pretty hard to beat this if you can't hear or see anything.

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Guest

  
Very pretty and well done. 5/5

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    • By UnknDoomer · Posted
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Each must be passed separately. * The monsters are also arranged according to the spirit of the original, even if you play with Complex Doom. For example in E1, until the finale, you will only meet ordinary zombies, imps and pinkies. * Difficulty - "Ultra-Violence". * There are false trap exits on a number of levels. * Plasmagun can be picked up on E2M1. To take it use the switch to the right of the exit - to the right of the place where the blue key was a section with a red one will open. This key in turn allows you to open the door which leads to the desired weapon. * Often a checkerboard black-and-white floor acts as a decorative element.   Secret levels.   ? 1. On E1M9: Quarantine Silos I did not find a way out, but judging by the video from YouTube it is nothing interesting. ? 2. E1M0: Tom's Halls. Also did not step in. It looks more interesting, but, again, nothing special. The name reflects the spirit of the map - many long corridors. * 3. E2M9. Castle of Illusion. 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    • By Ofisil · Posted
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Only other one i know that use something similar is Back To Saturn X made almost 13 years later, so yes, this was pretty advance for the time. -map03: we go down the sewers following the trail of Killer Croc, and we found some thugs down there, too. Theare are a lot of neat tricks in here. Thugs coming out of water and spilling it around, flowing water sound, raising water, some of the best looking fake 3D bridges. But there are also a few flaws, like an unobtaibale secret near the start, and some bumpty walk through the sewer area. -map04: is a Killer Croc's chase through some building complex and into the forest. Killer Croc fight is an outstanding moment, as it can really take the rocks from the ground and throw them to the player. Amazing dehacked work.   -map05 we returned to the batcave for the next mission briefing, and it seems Tally Man is on the loose. -map06: we are now in Chinatown and we are able to look at first hand the warring conflict between two gangs groups. 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      -map22: gigantic abandoned factory map, awesome sights, marvelous details, and an ending that just made my jawd drop. At the end, we have to detonate a TNT to cross, but the chain reaction is bigger than we though and we need to reatreat hastly before the explosion kills us. Just amazing use of the IOS explosion effect. -map23: the Joker seized a whole mansion and is having fun there, we need to stop him. -map24: We found that the Joker has taken a whole theatre for his own amusement, and at the end we fight him but we are not able to seize him as a lot of thugs jump into the fight to stop us. -map25: the Joker run away into the Gotham Cathedral, and at last we are able to seize him once and for all.   -map26: we return to the bat cave and found that Bane has breaked into an armory. -map27: the armory hit was just a decoy, we are now to late for the bigger treat Bane is planning. -map28: Bane break into the Arkham Asylum and let loose all the crime lords we captured, so we face Killer Croc, Two-Face and Tally Man on a rematch. -map29: we continue throught all the destroyed corridors of Arkham Asylum and we fight the Penguin, Scarecrow, and The Joker once again. -Map30: Bane break through our mansion, he knows who we are, and he challenge us to a final hand to hand combat. He is fierce and deadlier as a raging bull, but after a long fight, we defeat him.   From the description we can see that maps are mostly linear, but there are too many neat details and secrets that let us spend time exploring around that we doesn't feel at all the maps being linear. In fact, there are a lot of interesting details to look into that we can lose a good chunck of time on just one map, even when it is kinda short. The sense of adventure on this mapset is something that must be experienced. All the changes make for a total inmersion like just a few other mapsets offer.   After all, this is an amazing Total Conversion, and it surelly deserves to be among the best outputs from this community. 
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