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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 Chipchase · Posted
      Superb firework display of thousands of fireballs seeming in slow motion because of the vastness - mostly avoidable as they land where you were ages ago; but worth playing just to see it. A HUGE square surrounded by tiers with hundreds of imps and a few others, plus a blockhouse you can enter first to collect ammo.  Fighting through the hundreds of monsters when you get onto the tiers is another matter, overwhelming at UV. I cheated to finish so at least I could review.  Some HOM bugs.
    • By CountArchvile · Posted
      Terrence For fucks sake...
    • By Yura04kizel · Posted
      Laggy hell with 32k monsters and too much invulnerability spheres. Just... total vomit.
    • By Chipchase · Posted
      Insanity, with voodoo dolls (see second screenshot).  I get the idea of a shooting gallery if that rocks your boat, but 6000 monsters behind railings- as far as the eye can see, FFS! My PC crawled when I looked towards the invuln spheres (someone said 32 k of them and you can't avoid picking up thousands at a time). In the end I cheated with god mode and no-clipping, and waded in among the chaingunners until I got bored.  
    • By Chipchase · Posted
      Simple, clearly a first wad.  All on the flat with big, brightly lit, and architecturally implausible rooms. The first map has two rooms, the second map one, and the third map one plus a kind of exit lobby. You can do one of two things - just run past the monsters and finish (I did it in 35 seconds), or have a bit of fun killing the monsters first. No noticable bugs. I hope the author will go on (or went on) to greater things.