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The Journey ver. 1.1

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A new 32-map megawad for DOOM II, focusing on short to medium length levels, played in a series or from pistol start, in single player or cooperative.

THE JOURNEY takes you across a variety of locales, challenging you along the way with insidious traps and vicious monsters. The levels are easy to understand, but don't underestimate them because of the lack of massive hordes! Close quarters and strategical monster and item placement will test your skills. The average time to complete a given level is about 8 minutes, and all are designed with pistol start compatibility in mind. You aren't just handed all the weapons and supplies right away -- you'll have to explore and fight smart to upgrade your arsenal and make it out alive. If you don't want to worry about ammo that much, playing the levels in a series is a good idea. Skill levels are also implemented -- the changes don't work to neuter the identity of the encounters, but to allow the player to be just a bit more reckless.

For more fun, take on the journey with friends or strangers in co-op mode. Or, use the levels as DeathMatch arenas. Map 01 especially is designed with DeathMatch in mind. For more info, check out the included TJMAPS.txt - it contains things such as music list, additional fluff for each level, usage tips for the new graphics, and more. For info on what was changed in version 1.1, see the included TJPATCH.txt.

Quick Start Load TJ.wad into your favorite limit removing port, running the latest version of DOOM II. The entire WAD has been tested on many different ports, but for best overall experience I recommend ZDOOM, running under software mode. The included DEHACKED file changes automap names and story screens, and includes modified frame data for a special effect used in a couple of maps. If the integrated .deh file doesn't work, load the included TJ.deh with the wad.

Recommended Rules: vertical autoaim, no up/down looking, no jumping, no crouching. Levels are designed to mitigate the annoyance of "infinitely tall actors" but I recommend turning that off.

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This levelset more or less incorporates all the best features I am usually looking for in a megawad: balance, reasonable level size, curious and detailed architecture that does not feel overdone. One of the very best in my book! (played with my own rslfuria.zip, Operative class)

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Pretty darn good.

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A bunch of short maps - each map apart from the last 2 has around 100 monsters and can be beaten in 10 minutes. The maps are okay in all aspects, but that's pretty much it.

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Kinda fun, but you may find your self a bit ammo-starved.

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About half of the levels are really good, MAP30 in particular is spectacular. The levels are indeed pretty small, most of them can be carefully completed in 10 minutes. It's not a drop-everything-and- play-this-now Cacoward winner, but if you got the time, you're in for a nice treat.

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    • By guitardz · Posted
      Some very cool techbases with a nice texture set and pallette.  The music is pretty epic.  And it all runs in vanilla! (Or so it is said, I played it in GZDoom)
    • By Philnemba · Posted
      I honestly can't believe that this whole megawad is 100% vanilla compatible and its only the first of THREE episodic megawads! Esselfortium and her team of creative energetic mappers has done an amazing job from the unique texture set, the music, the maps & even the tweaked color palette that fits the mood of the whole thing.    100% highly recommended! 5/5 
    • By Erick · Posted
      A pretty straightforward map to run through, packing in tons of enemies in rooms both big and small. Most of the monsters you'll be killing are E1 monsters such as Zombiemen and Imps, so while there isn't much in monster variety, there are plenty of ways to get them to fight each other which I like. It might be better to try and get as many monsters to start attacking at the same time since once you get the Chaingun, not even the groups of Spectres are much of a threat. Overall though, the map is still fun to blast through if you just want to kill tons of monsters in packs.
    • By NuMetalManiak · Posted
      this is a strange wad, with assets similar to Darkest Hour and other Star Wars-themed wads, many of the maps focus on small killings, as most of the maps are actually small. Pinchy's finale sure makes this worth it. oh yeah, quite a few custom stuff was done. the flamethrower marines were quite annoying, while other monsters gained multiple attacks, new ones, it's all so zany. the maps are pretty well done overall and this is worth a try.
    • By Doomkid · Posted
      Okay, I get it, it's a megawad mainly for speedrunners who are intricately familiar with the mechanics of the game down to the nitty-gritty. A series of challenges/obstacles that, for the most part, seem to be possible but are generally ludicrous (and sometimes outright laughable, in a good way).   This was is not a "pile of junk" as a few have said however it's really, really lacking in a lot of ways. I get that the wad is meant to have a fun-and-not-serious tone despite it's overall extreme difficulty but the texturing looks like the insides of a toilet bowl after a Taco Bell buffet. Seriously, these maps are jealous of how beautiful and futuristic maps like UAC_DEAD look. The DWANGO series looks like fucking Ancient Aliens compared to this.   The MIDIs are lighthearted, silly and fun, which adds a layer of appeal for me personally. I loved seeing Patrick Stewart at the intermission too, rofl   I had some fun with this IDCLEVing through the whole wad and giving each map a try or 2 before moving on to the next but I seriously doubt I'll ever be back. The same idea with better texturing and overall taking itself just a tiny bit more seriously would warrant a higher rating. Ass-ugly texturing, silly MIDIs and a silly titlepic/interpic are fun in their own right so don't take me the wrong way but a lot of it crossed into "looks like the authors gave 0 fucks" category and I just have to take points away for that.   Also,   lol wtf is this bullshit is this a terrywad or somethin i mean jeeeezus   Overall, this is worth a peek just for some fun but unless you're a highly skilled speedrunner that also doesn't mind looking into a crapchute map after map, this probably doesn't really have much for you.