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Alpha Accident: Terra Nova

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I always wanted to make something classic but with a new content. This wad has not only new maps, textures and music but also new things. Also there are new monsters (boss included), and a new (barely) map hazard - voltage... Maps in this episode are quite large and more of an andventure sort than anything else, but there's enough monsters to shoot at.

I hope this will not end being a cliffhanger, because there are lot of things saved for later episodes which I'd like to implement.


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galileo31dos01

· Edited by galileo31dos01

  

Done with these settings:

 

- Crispy Doom 4.2

- Hurt Me Plenty.

- Continuous combined with a pistol start mindset.

- Saves every 10 minutes or so.

 

An impressive wad over here. It's a long episode consisting of huge, absolutely non-linear maps. The texturing is not just alpha Doom but also a whole new bunch of amazing editions to add more character to the wad. Honestly, with these textures and detailing the visuals are top-notch, since the layouts are very complex and cramped it's more enjoyable to explore and it never feels repetitive (the music is great too). In addition, the author added a set of stuff to interact in similar ways you would treat monsters: the explosive pillar to block the way, hard to distinguish from the regular pillar at first glance, just shoot at one if you see a hole behind it (don't be like me and punch one...); non-toxic barrels, these ones are abundant, generally an obstacle and they are actually funny to punch; destructive boxes that may or may not contain goodies; another sort of pillar, it has an energy cell pack for decoration, and it's susceptible to splash damage; and last but not least, electric grey floors, actually they are just highly damaging and there's usually a "Voltage" sign on a wall, plus you can turn electricity off. Incidentally many of these objects interact together in secrets, such as a hidden box blocked by a destructive pillar, so be aware of them.

 

The combat element is mostly incidental, including several ambush set-ups and claustrophobic traps. Casually, you'll rarely find packs of the same type of monster, as they are generally mixed tropes of zombies, imps, pinkies and cacodemons. There are a couple of new enemies from the hitscan class, a brain-bot and a static gun, the first one is particularly dangerous given it's flying ability, I found myself dead a few times as they are small and fast too. The second one should probably have less health imo, as it doesn't portray a significant threat aside from specific mixed ambushes. Neither of them have an excellent autoaim though, still watch out, their roaming sound is very loud and can be heard from miles away, seriously. There is another enemy that serves as a boss, but I'm not spoiling it, just going to say cool!... It takes some time to find any weapons, yep the maps can be heavily pistol oriented meanwhile, luckily this weapon was upgraded (sped up) and it's not boring to use it for a few minutes, not that there are so many barons around, because they are pretty scarce in general. The chaingun has now a bit of recoil, making the tap-tap usage less simple, well I tend to snipe with the shotgun too but that's just me. The bullets stock was expanded to a limit of 450, which is good since you'll be spamming bullets aplenty, and there's a new bonus item that counts as 4 bonus armors. Yeah, I support these additions. About progression, like I said the maps are massive and non-linear, you'll frequently find yourself opening new areas that lead to other areas that also lead to another area that is connected with a previous section where a new portion has been opened, and so on, that's my sum up of the maps lol. An advice would be to always use the automap as a guide, as it can be easy to get lost or not be sure what a switch did. In my experience it was the positive kind of "lost", because the maps are so complex that I always felt the need to keep exploring for more stuff. Eventually, you'll find the exit and realize you spent an hour in the map, that is also thanks to the high amount of secrets that will remind you you're playing a 90's oriented Doom 1 wad. Talking about secrets, they cover no less than 1/4 of each map, generally above 7 per level, and they are not so easy to find. However, if you're a bit like me, you'll stay to find them all legally, plus it feels more satisfactory, I felt like playing Doom 1 again, so there's a high nostalgic factor here.

 

I don't have favourite maps because I really liked them all in the same way. I am going to point out one thing about map 07, there's a part where you have to step on a bloody pool with health bonuses to trigger a trap, the entrance will slowly close, but it is possible to leave before that wall closes entirely, which will trap yourself in the dark corridor. Of course I found it out by accident. 

 

Overall, totally recommended to die-hard fans of Doom 1 mapsets. Just use a limit-removing compatible port, like Crispy Doom, and immerse yourself into the complexity these maps are, take your time. I hope the author find some time to deliver the complete megawad, because I'd play more sets like this. My rate is 10/10. 

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trrobin

  

Excellent mapset with a nice 90s design, fitting music that adds atmosphere, and tons of monster action to keep you focused.
Each level got better and better and I was sad when it ended!
Recommended for those that like nuts-and-bolts doom with some eternal doom touches too.

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Summer Deep

  
A good challenge with huge levels and plenty of opposition, a good slogfest though it never becomes slaughterish. Last three levels particularly impressive, though I thought the route to the blue key in map 6 was a little too well concealed for it to be entirely fair.

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wolfie3dfan

  
Do start at e1m7 and then when finished start at the first map and it will all make sense. Thank you for the reviewer making that suggestion. I liked this wad a lot Wraith777. :)

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NuMetalManiak

  
large and adventurous. it keeps the fun factor throughout.

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Zalewa

  
Extremely huge, non-linear, complex, complicated, confusing and good. Sometimes suffers from "what did this switch do?" syndrome. Recommended playing with Doom 2's SSG.

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kmxexii

  
what quickly became one of my most favorite mapsets for the ultimate doom. enormous, complex layouts, tons of action, and new things like crates containing items and robot sentries, both static and mobile. an adventure you might never forget... or finish, if you're easily confused or frustrated by level geometry. i highly recommend it.

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axdoomer

  
I played through the entire wad. I may be one of the best vanilla Doom mods ever.

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Massao

  
Awesome wad!

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    • By P41R47 · Posted
      To play this mapset properly on vanilla setting i use these files together: batman.wad vbatman.deh original molotov behaviour   I was a kid of around 9 or 10 years old when i first saw images of Batman Doom on some magazines and i rememer thinking ''holly heck, its surelly looks amazing and a Doom clone of Batman surelly will kick-ass''. But for some reason, when i finally got it on a bootleg wad CD-rom, i couldn't play it as intended as it was a break behaviour on vanilla, so i just played it on a source port, zdoom, like ten years after it original release. Be it the port, be it i didn't get much into it at that time, but i didn't enjoyed it much and i quit playing it just when i reach map21.   Now, i replayed it completelly. And certainly, this mapset is pretty advanced for 1999. Maps varies from being pretty short, to awe inspiring big. The texture work is amazing with tons of midtext usage for amazing effects. Every map has it merits, so i will showcase them a little:   -map01: we start on a rooftop, as our dark night is shown on every issue cover since it first appeared. After that, we jump to the street level and after taking some thugs, we take a subway to a different part of the city. The subway effect is just amazing, making you really feel like taking a train. After that we take down the gang leader and the maps ends. -map02: this is one of the most innovative things i've seen, especially made on a mapset from 1999, and this is non less than a Hub map. Yes, we see here the next objetive, take some health some ammo, a little secret, and then we go out onto the next crime thug on the run. Here start the episode of Killer Croc. More mapset needs something like this for awesome inmersion. 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. It ends with a colloseum fight with two gang leaders. -map07: Tally Man is escaping on a helicopter and we need to find our way to chase him. There are a lot of verticallity in this map, and its quite awesome at the end how we board a helicpter and have to fight our way with a lot of minions on a really tight space. -map08: we reach Tally Man's hideout an its non other than an abandoned factory. The map is big and there are a lot of interesting sights for sure. The combat is tighter and difficult here, too, with not only hitscanners all around, but also incoming projectiles from different sides. The fight with Tally Man at the end is just awesome.   -map09: we are now again at the batcave, and we notice that the Penguin has a big criminal output. -map10: Oswal Cobblepot's casino is full of thigs and corrupt gaming, and after making some thugs speak, we found that the Penguin has taked hostage a whole hospital. We need to rescue them. -map11: but it was a trap!!! There is gas leaking on the whole hospital, and there are automated bomb penguins setting everything on fire as we move on. -map12: we finally found the trail of the penguin, but we reach to late to the rooftop, he already boarded the hellicopter. To our surprise, he challenge us to a fight. Exploding penguins around and a flying machine coming for us with only a thin spot to cover.   -map13: we return to the batcave after seizing the penguin, and we found that the Scarecrow is rampaging through the city tunnels. -map14: we are on abridge leading to the tunnels of the city, and there are TNT bundles all around, destroying walls, and a lot of deadly traps taht can kill you on the spot. Scarecrow certainly is making his trail hard to follow. -map15: we reached a house of fear, and the scarecrow is hiding on it, but he also take Mayor Kroll as hostage and we need to rescue him before its too late. There are really awesome dehacked trick here. 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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. 
    • By Argenteo · Posted
      The last chapter was the one I had less memories, perhaps because it's tough. A good time playing.
      Beat it. Everybody frag now. Vangelis. Cool midis.
    • By Argenteo · Posted
      A lot better sights and tougher than S1, with another pack of cute midis. 
    • By P41R47 · Posted
      Pretty entertaining and challenging mapset. The maps start in a somewhat heretic or cave theme at first, and with a really abstract style with just tiny little realistic details. It use TNT as iwad and there are just a few maps with name patches. The rest and the text screens are the ones from TNT. The story is interesting: Serena, B.J. Blazkowicz's wife, worried that, after the incident on 20 Days In Hell (but it could be also after Doom 2 final map), he hasn't returned home yet. So she decide to go search for him. In the proces she found that every map we play is an hour of torture for her husband, and thats from where the title 32 Hours of Pain come. Thematically, the maps use the TNT skies to tell the story, starting with Serena on earth, vayaging throught space on map12 to map20, and reaching hell where her husband is being tortured on map21 to map30   Maps have a good gameplay, and the little and few details really stand out from the abstract design, like in map11 the ship sailing out to space. The design varies from really large and big open areas to really cramped and difficult to traverse tunnels and areas. Thus, it somehow really grasp the TNT feel and style. This also implies, sometimes, obscure progression and switch hunting. The texturing is varied, from monotexturing to using different themes like starbase and marble on the same map, especially on those where the hellish influece is seen as bigger.   I really enjoyed it! Its not a masterpiece, but it certaily has a charm and offers a good challenge. Kristian Aro's story, maybe i'm wrong with this, was use as a base for 2002: A Doom Odyssey later as its pretty similar. This mapset is kinda analogue to Paul Corfiatis The Twilight Zone. Both follow a free thematic texturing from map to map, both have a story mostly told throught little details (TTZ has a proper mapinfo on it, though) and both shows the first mapping efforts of their respective authors and how the ideas here lead to their later awesome mapsets.   I recommend it to anyone who is seeking abstract design and challenge.
    • By Meddy · Posted
      Short, but pretty well done. The best custom Hexen levels I played so far.
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