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If you want to play this wad with doom2-plus, then you should append sprites & flats of Doom2 to the pwad: deutex.exe -append ENDPOINT.wad


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Spectre01

  

Nice and short classic-style wad. However, as a huge fan of Eternal's other wads, I was not particularly impressed. End Point contains solid map design but lacks the artistic ambition and memorability of the author's previous output. Feels like Epic 2's earlier maps but with more vanilla-style texturing and heavier reliance on ambushing monsters around corners. Still worth playing for pretty much anyone. 3/5

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Killer5

  
Sick wad.

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Zalewa

  
I'm having trouble deciding if this deserves 5* or mere 4*, but I'm gonna go for the more favorable option, even though there are some shortcomings. The events fall into some repetiteveness and traps become predictable - there's monster around every corner, and there's a corner everywhere. Each map has its own theme which is good. The boss fight devolves into circle-strafing. Apart from this, it's a fairly standard but very well made PWAD. Difficulty - moderate.

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NuMetalManiak

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if there's one thing I know about Eternal, it's immaculate monster placement. doesn't matter what wad it is, but this is a mapper who will put monsters in corners you won't expect, even after several replays. for this wad, End Point, there's not much to go around to be honest, there's no immersive theme, just seven levels that take place on Earth pretty much. for that, it's certainly not on par with the greats that Eternal has ever made, but it doesn't mean that the wad itself sucks, as none of Eternal's maps ever reach that point. End Point is just nice, no real theme, no real nonsense, just seven decently made levels and that's that. his usage of secrets will be rough, and the railings particularly on MAP05 may be a bit problematic for rocket users, but it's still a worthwhile little adventure wad of sorts.

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kuchitsu

  
Very stylish texturing and color schemes. While playing this wad you might feel like you're becoming a well optimized machine, sneakily killing monsters hiding behind corners, looking for familiar traits of secret areas, hugging helpless PEs. Kind of an interesting feeling but also a sign that common tropes dominate over imagination in these maps. Map05 was my favorite (be careful with these railings though or you might accidentally kill yourself). Many nostalgic midis are used.

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    • By rdwpa · Posted
      Plut is a Russian speedrunner who has released a handful of maps, mostly small ones like these. In Marbland, one learns that basically every room is bugged with some sort of point-blank trap, most containing just a few monsters. Both maps are relentless with these traps, far past skillsaw or the Casalis or whoever you consider trappy, to the point that I even started laughing. If you are focused on survival, the meta shifts towards preemptively deciding where to run upon hearing the fizzle of a teleport flash or the clunk of a lowering floor, rather than engaging the encounters on their own terms.     But despite the crude staging, I thought the encounters themselves were consistently enjoyable and well made, like Crumpets stripped down, or cramped takes on Skepland skirmishes. (Now the name makes another layer of sense.) If you blur together the fights into an average pictorial representation -- like those "face of the average human" composites -- you'd probably get a 4.5-monster encounter with an imp and a hitscanner and a revvie and a hell knight, the latter with a suspiciously pink torso. Oh, that still leaves the 0.5 to account for, so toss in maybe half an archvile (the lower half of course) or caco horns mixed with pain elemental arms. Mancubi and arachnotrons are conspicuously absent, being too thicc to navigate these claustrophobic rooms.    The aesthetics aren't bad. As the stamp-sized versions of the screenshots might hint, the attractive texture choices and pleasant combinations of natural colors go a long way. The looks don't hold up quite as well to closer inspection, though. Although there are nice-looking areas, the mix of assets in a scene can be sloppy, and distinct textures and flats aren't always separated in tidy ways.
    • By Juza · Posted
      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.
    • By rdwpa · Posted
      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. 
       
    • By Walter confetti · Posted
      Played randomly from my huge collection of wads and... Sure the genocide it was real over here, not only for the high amount of dead people from the very start, it even kills reality itself with some rooms that are been butchered and rendered them a terrible spectacle (look at tech base section with the blue key, just look at it!)... demons in this level are so sadistic and cruel that in their genocidal activity they even destroyed their own army leaving only 40 survivors to the slaughter, with you they just called the cleaner for finishing their misery, a pretty easy task since the remaining part of the enemies are just easy / medium monsters with a pair of chaingunners here and there and a pair of cacos at the end... expected something juicy like a cyberdemon or a mancubus or whatever else, but their not survived to the staged genocide hatched by Shannon here as it looks. Boy, what a review. Level itself is not that great actually, but what a review make me wrote!
    • By Walter confetti · Posted
      Not a complete map disaster, getting hooked from the title and the hilarious weird ass description for the said map. Level is pretty short and blocky and gameplay is pretty easy, but overall it was a fun 5 minutes at playing it. It's a semi decent map. I don't know why I didn't find out half of the enemies in the map.
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