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UnAligned: 21 Days, 27 Maps, Zero Texture Alignment

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Three episodes of classic, vanilla Doom created in exactly 21 days, that attempt to capture some of the essence of 1990s mapping. Bite-sized, unconventional, and intentionally under-detailed.


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Jayextee

  

A good DOOM mod should be challenging, right? How about challenging what is expected from the maps themselves? This is exactly what UnAligned does. In spades. Gimmicks and puzzles abound; especially E3M1, oh wow -- when I found out that the teleporters were basically math instead of "do them in this order", it became a great thing indeed, and this is saying nothing of the voodoo doll puzzle, or... you get the impression.

 

If you want good solid combat, look elsewhere (or IDCLEV to E3M6 and play DOOM Tower Defence). But the fact is the DOOM engine offers more potential than just various configurations of shooting, and UnAligned is a good place to look for that kind of thing. By its very nature, the entire thing is hit and miss (each and every criticism of E1M8, for example? Completely justified -- a nice idea made totally frustrating in its extremity, and something already done better by MAP07 of Valiant for example) but there's likely something here to surprise anybody. I give it five stars for its creativity; not the overall quality, which is as sporadic as the themes of gameplay. It's not for everybody; in fact it's not for many people at all; but dash it all, if it ain't unique as hell. Even if, as the name would imply, it's not the prettiest smartass around.

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Zalewa

  

As for a megawad that was made in fewer days than it has levels - this is quite good. As for a megawad in general - well, that's a different story. It's very apparent that the maps precisely follow the author's visions and this leaves nothing to complain about. The problem is the one that affects many other Doom 1 WADs: the tedium. E3 is the best at avoiding it here and therefore the best in overall, but E1 and E2 leave you pumping monsters with puny weapons. You will get a rocket launcher and a plasma rifle, but there's very little ammo. Thus, the enjoyment is mixed and the overall score is average.

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bzzrak

  
Not the best megaWAD out there, but it has a soul. Ain't that just wonderful? (minus 1 star for E1M8, that was horrible.)

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Nems

  
The gimmicks really killed my enjoyment of this WAD.

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Zapzop

  
It's quite hard on UV, and many of the maps rely on gimmicks.

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NuMetalManiak

  
as a whole this ain't even close to fun.

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Katamori

  
Through all my way of checking the maps, I was like "oh, nice ideas, oversimplified maps - 4, maybe 3 stars". But then, I reached the secret surprise of Episode 3. That by alone deserved a 5*, so that's what you get now.

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    • By Chipchase · Posted
      Absolutely ludicrous, Now I need a new keyboard. Technically as bad as a wad can be, surely deliberate. I like to check out low-rated wads, so it's a pity that some clowns gave this  (and other bad ones) 5 stars, because averaged with correct low scores they end up with a middling rating and can be missed.
    • By Chipchase · Posted
      Would not play with PRBoom, with errors about missing files : FluidR3_GM.sf2 and STARTAN2.  These were not provided in the zip file.    
    • By MajorRawne · Posted
      The map author left the words "how not" out of his description, I'll let you figure out where.
    • By Chipchase · Posted
      More tripe.  Huge badly designed and featureless rooms that give you leg ache just watching going through them. The opposition from monsters is pitiful. 
    • By Chipchase · Posted
      A busted crock of shit. The map is random scribble, it's insane.  Why do they upload this tripe?  The third screenshot above gives an idea what to expect.
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