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Return to Hadron Episode 2 - The Collider's new clothes

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A episode 2 replacement for the Ultimate doom, set in the location where Concerned's E2 took place. The development of this wad however was entirely from scratch, there are some resembles to the original maps here and there and some ho,d similar themes to their counterparts. The gameplay is fairly challenging on UV, especially the second half of the wad.


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Summer Deep

  

Played on UV, continuous, GLBoom+

 

This is a very absorbing and well put together Episode 2 replacement. The difficulty is cranked up incrementally throughout, and towards the end becomes seriously challenging, though always fair. Map 7 is particularly memorable, with its 500 monsters and a big surprise in the blue key room, as is the hellish descending escalator in Map 9. The final level is absolute mayhem, with 9 Cyberdemons and a supporting cast of 300+ sidekicks, but with a properly worked out strategy it's beatable: you need to make good use of infighting, plus it helps to be on the lookout for a secret area that isn't all that secret....

 

Not sure that any game ever merits an absolute 5 star rating, which implies that no improvement is possible, but this is certainly approaching 95/100 territory.

 

Definitely looking forward to checking out ConC.E.R.Ned by the same author.

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trrobin

  

Cannonball has become my go-to guy for very well made doom 1 episodes and I'm pleased to say that he has struck again with another classic.

The great map designs, well thought out monster and item placements, the rewarding secrets, fitting music, and at times pretty challenging gameplay (especially on UV) make this a very engaging and addictive doom episode.

Bravo!

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tourniquet

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CB is a master when it comes to Ultimate Doom maps and these are some of the dopest i've played up to this date.

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Zalewa

  
Viciously evil, a slumber that is Doom 1 gameplay is subverted here and you are kept on your toes at all times. Just as good as the original, but even more difficult.

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NuMetalManiak

  
pretty difficult for an E2 replacement, has quite a lot of rough action going on with it.

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Firedust

  
Thank you for this awesome episode!

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  • File Reviews

    • By meapineapple · Posted
      An impressively large and labyrinthine map, even by 2018 standards. It was enjoyable for the most part, with reasonable health and ammo balance, and interesting to explore. My one big complaint is the teleporters - the map would have already been difficult enough to navigate without apparently patternless teleporters all throughout the map!   You can watch my two-part playthrough here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9Zrs5PcljE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhzaiqfM6Uc
    • By Classicgamer6 · Posted
      An amazing hellbase style level mixed with a bit of cave exploring, utilizes ZDoom effects to create a nice atmospheric environment to play in. I played on UV and found the difficulty to be fair while still presenting a challenge in a few spots. Overall it's pretty good but could of ended a little better as I am not a fan of arena endings.
    • By Classicgamer6 · Posted
      Rather alright but nothing too special besides the spectral enemy gimmick and the marble theme.
    • By Classicgamer6 · Posted
      Hangar is a single GZDoom level that has one of the best uses of 3D floors I've seen. There really isn't much I can say about this level except that is just really solid.
    • By Classicgamer6 · Posted
      I have a soft spot for levels set in somewhat realistic facilities that also feature a light horror theme, however, what I don't like are levels full of what can be surmised as annoying monster encounters. Specifically what I find annoying are the monsters placed on UV which lead to rather poor level flow. This level does look good and has a nice custom song playing but the stock scream sound effects that play somewhat frequently do detract from this. Overall this is an okay level that could very easily be made good if monster flow was made better and the screams were played less often.
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