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Foursite

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4-in-1 map concept. The Foursite military base lies abandoned. You’ve heard rumors of a secret backdoor entrance: find the entrance, explore the four quadrants of the base, reach the heart, and escape alive.


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P1e0r0c0y

· Edited by P1e0r0c0y

  

8.2/10! Awesome and fun wad, I love the vanilla doom feel. Heres my video review-

 

 

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Alfonzo

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So. You're a budding level designer who wants to make an impact. What's the Big Idea? Perhaps if you enter stage left with an all-star cast of seasoned performers you can make an impression before moving into the limelight; a tried, respected practice. Or, instead, you could run bounding up the aisle with a megawad in each hand and demand attention straight away? Established designers have to wrestle with image and expectation all the time, but as a new member of the community, well... The Doom is Your Oyster. Your big ideas may yet survive the waves of doubt and disillusion bestowed upon you by Doomworld to turn into big maps!

 

Foursite wasn't exactly made off the grid, so I can't rule out the possibility that Bauul may have been trying to square his ideas with an understanding of accepted practice (he returned to the community at the tail end of 2015, having first joined in 2000), but it's a level that certainly plays and looks like it came from someone who was willing to let his ideas roam free... and that's really wonderful, I think. For all its flaws, it presents as a big window into the mind of a new talent, and half the fun comes simply from picking out the sorts of ideas that mightn't have gone unsullied by local sensibilities, had things turned out differently.

 

That said, it would be remiss of me not to start parroting the demands of conventional wisdom, at this point, so... prepare your Bauuls buns for burgers.

 

The best two things about Foursite are A) the way it sets up objectives and strings them together, and B) its set piece encounters. Not all of these encounters work out quite as well as they should, often being oddly balanced or hampered by some poor relation between player movement and decorations or monsters (I do wonder if the lost soul elevator in the second quadrant wasn't deliberately designed so that the items would block their flight, when needed), but the ones that do work are enjoyable, indeed. On the flip-side, however, the deliberate segregation of areas and the pacing combined have totally robbed this level of most of what's unique to a one-hour experience: the sense of journey and accomplishment. Interesting and grandiose as the encounters are, there's scarcely any connectivity between areas already seen outside of the grand central foyer around which all of the map is built — or, at least none that aren't contained within their corner — so it's easy to lose perspective as you pick your way through the base. This isn't always a part of design that a level of this size needs to succeed in, except the attempts at world-building make it clear that it's something the player ought to appreciate, here, so it's a glaring weakness. Perhaps the whole would have worked better as four distinct levels, after all.

 

Visually, things are busy and trim; schizophrenic, at the worst of times. Some of the areas are impressive, architecturally, but there is a sense that the innumerable textures, high contrast lighting and resulting incoherence is also doing its bit to take away from the journey. Combat is curiously malnourished: revenants only make an appearance after nearly fifty minutes in, and the vast majority of time is spent plinking away at imps, demons and hell knights with some combination of the (super) shotgun and chaingun (there is scarcely any rocket launcher ammo in non-secret areas). Otherwise, there are some inventive traps, and Bauul likes to toy with your expectation every now and then; a job made easier by his practice of repeating tasks and movements.

 

The only flawed map I'm always happy to play is the one that's made by a newcomer, and to that end I can say that foursite was absolutely worth the hour invested. It's a gargantuan roamer that delivers on some carefully crafted ideas, even if the bigger picture never really materializes, the fighting doesn't get out of second gear, and the ugliness abounds.

 

Bullet-points of Interest:

  • An ambitious attempt at creating a journey that is somewhat undone by its layout and appearance.
  • Grand and engaging set piece encounters; some more successful and memorable than others.
  • Some very nice world-building moments.
  • Restrained combat that eventually tires and disappoints.
  • Too many mazes!
  • Lack of new music is unfortunate.

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Voros

  
4 quadrants, 4 stars. Amazing map, albeit long.

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BigDickBzzrak

  
Awesome. Just awesome. Though, breaking this up into 5 maps might've been better, as playing thru this takes quite a bit of time.

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Bryan T

  
good stuff. I don't like the lost soul elevator or the maze with the fatso shooting you but I did really like the circular room with the lower walls.

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Zalewa

  
Very huge map with very huge guts. 1000 monsters but very evenly spread and the difficulty is not too high. Visuals - I've seen better, but these are fairly decent. Map is large but not confusing, as layout always connects nicely to where you need to be. Epiccelent job.

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    • By elend · Posted
      Awesome small map set focusing on tiny corridors and exploring huge interconnected maps. I really, really enjoyed traversing the different maps and although they are very, very crammed and chock full of nooks and crannies, I rarely got really lost. Sure, once I got a key, I had to find that specific red / blue / yellow door again, but as with any exploration focused games, it is best to remember where important locations are in a map.   What really amazed me was the look of the maps. This is the perfect amount of vanilla detail, imho. Every room looks detailed without being too crammy or confusing. All maps have a very concise look and clear sight lines, which makes navigation really easy and overally just fun. Monster placement also makes good use of all the crammed corridors, the windows, the corners, etc. by placing monsters in a way, that they more often than not surprise you from behind a corner. It's best to slowly and methodically proceed through those bases and take your time. This is not run and gun Doom.   Absolutely gorgeous in all aspects, amazing works.
    • By P41R47 · Posted
      I struggle to replay this one for a long time. I didn't remember much of this so its was like a first time. Strain is a different beast to anything from the same time. It uses dehacked to great extents adding new enemies and changing the behaviour of some of the weapons.
      Well, first episode is pretty solid, with neat maps and really awesome ideas as the authors of the wad start to unfold their dehacked trickery all around. Second episode its not that good, with some cryptic maps with not so clear progression, but well overall.
      Third episode has some maps like the second, but they are a little more fleshed out and with a lot better visuals also. The end map was somewhat anticlimatic, but anyway, a really great experience through and through.

      Now what i don't liked much is that most ports have to use the Strain Fix to properly been able to play this mapset, and the authors of that fix, don't know why, changed the sky textures of the different episodes.
      Its nothing really bad, but well, it strange that they didn't respected the authors original choice.

      Dystopya 3 maps really stands out from the mapset, or maybe i remember them more as i have fresh memories from a recent replay.   The mood of the megawad is greatly achieved through the use of neat textures and map tricks. I really miss that there are no fake 3D bridges anywhere in the megawad, and i really love them when they are given good use.   The story of is somewhat mixed bag: theres a new invasion, you are the only marine that survived to the Invasion of earth, and they government made some experiments with you. Now you are a bloodthirsty machine that only wants the destruction of the invaders.
      The text screens during game are strange, with a snarky humor and poking fun of some common tropes. Not bad, but i would prefer something more serious as the megawad has really cool details everywhere, like revisiting zones and fully developed reactor areas, etc. making the storytelling side of the maps really awesome to follow. But again, some maps has poor progression hindering the experience a little.   Anyway, this is something that needs to be played and replayed, just to see those dehacked tricks and for theose awesome good maps. I had better memories of this than what i actually play, so i was expecting something more and better, but thats my problem, the megawad is amazing as it is.
    • By vdgg · Posted
      This mapper did create good stuff, pazuzu, diabolos and odyssey. This is way, way below these WADs. I am the first reviewer to mention massive (but massive) HOMs on MAP10! 2 stars for: - awesome grey blocks area in motion in the middle of MAP08 - some occasional decent moments, I guess MAP03 is fine, MAP04 is okayish. - visually it is not bad for 1996. But come on. One motif is: "press switch A to lower a lift, press switch B that opens a door somewhere far, but press it a bit later, just to get in time to the lift, not too early as the door will shut". After that door you often have a wall of monsters, so sometimes you retreat and repeat. This motif is used over and over and over again. You also experience cramped mazy hallways quite a lot and lots of damaging floors. Some of these damaging floors are used for extra spice during combat, but most of them are there to make you think faster about the puzzle solution :) It is not easy for me to pick the worst map, MAP05, 07 and 09 set the bar quite high. And it is me who is writing this, I enjoy cleim20, odessas, some cryptic stuff, but I just can't stand >80% of this creation.
    • By chlef · Posted
      Not the prettiest maps, but very nice to play. Old school goodness.  
    • By chlef · Posted
      Yeah, this is what Doom is supposed to be. Basic and enjoyable, no gimmicks or stupid sound/graphic mods. Just pure Doom. This is a keeper.
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