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Asbestos Queen

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My very first attempt at a Boom-compatible map pack, though it's recommended you instead play in Zdoom and its derivatives for the sake of an enhanced CD-quality soundtrack. The featured maps range anywhere from a tech-greenhouse to a satellite crashed into a cave, and the start/end of each map follows on from the last to emulate a cohesive journey. It also features a new monster, a boss, and was designed with gameplay mod compatibility in mind.


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Summer Deep

· Edited by Summer Deep

  

Played on UV, continuous, GZDoom.

 

Generally very enjoyable, tough, with well constructed and visually impressive levels. Reminded me of a mini-version of Moonblood in some respects.

 

One significant factor is that armour provision is noticeably restricted - in fact I think it was only in a couple of levels that a proper power up was available, otherwise it was just a scattering of 1% bonus units. Going into the final map with only 12% armour was no joke, I assure you!

 

On the subject of the final map, despite a fair bit of hype about a new boss creature, it turns out to be a rehash of the Icon Of Sin. Sorry if that counts as a 'spoiler', but anyway it's a seriously challenging ending, with a spawning situation that rapidly threatens to get out of control and a Cyberdemon on the platform for good measure. You also need to work out how to get onto the platform.....

 

This is a solid 85/100. 

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iamthemithras

  
It's one thing to make a beautiful map, and another to strategically place enemies with a consistent difficulty curve and vision. Jaxxoon R excelled at both in Asbestos Queen. I think the most telling moment for me to say that this is a phenomenal mapset is around 5 minutes in of playing, I audibly said to myself "Wow, I'm actually enjoying Ultra Violence". Quality beats quantity and Asbestos Queen will always have a place in my heart. I highly recommend everyone to play this one.

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MidnightMage

  
I really liked these maps. Maps were fair and they didn't drone on to the point of becoming boring. These were well detailed, interesting and most importantly they were fun maps to play. Good job.

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Zalewa

  
Excellent mapset of relatively short (but not too short) maps with moderate difficulty. Map names are strange, but music is even Stranger (but not annoying). Good job.

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    • By Ordon · Posted
      well, the concept is good  BUT...   WHAT THE FUCK EVEN IS THIS??
    • By Cinnamon · Posted
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      On second thought, this wad is kinda mid if you ask me. After playing through all of it on pistol-start I wasn't really blown away by it. The midi pack that was made for this in 2020 was very nice if you ask me, but why this wad ever deserves a midi pack when it's so bland is what makes me scratch my head. Idk man, I didn't like this one as much as others do :/.
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