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Mercury Rain (v1.1)

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A short, slightly puzzle-oriented map made for TerminusEst13's third DUMP project (Doom Upstart Mapping Project).

You're stuck on the weather-worn planet Ratama with only a bunch of hostile aliens for company. Find a way off it and kill everything in your way.


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Fludd

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completely nice map, but the fucking Revenant at the beginning is a bastard

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Psilli

  

Very fun map! The pace felt nice and smooth with a nice archville encounter at the end there and I liked the color-coded force-field switches. Great stuff!

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Liberation

  

Lovely looking level with some great features. The weather alone is awesome! Very playable, no cheap traps or anything like that, just solid gameplay. Also had the noise from the "Shadows" from Babylon 5 coming from the strange skull trees. Solid all-rounder.

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sluggard

  

I love this kind of maps.

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dll

  

Beautiful looking map that doesn't over do it, non-linear layout is a joy to explore and come to know. A few enemies can be handled maybe easier than intended as height differences stopped them being able to fight back effectively.

 

Great atmosphere, plenty of tension, and extremely consistent design.

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damned

  

Short but really good map with non-linear layout. It includes few Zdoom features, but still provides nice old fashioned Doom gameplay. 5/5 - Damned

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MidnightMage

  

This is a very cool map. Not sure I've ever seen a rain effect pulled off in Doom that well before. The textures were cool and the layout promotes exploration. This is probably the most unexpected awesome map I've played in quite some time. The 3d elements also really fit the layout well. 5/5

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Pinchy

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A wonderfully balanced and varied piece that blends the advanced features of zdoom into a well rounded adventure.

 

This style is what I'm learning at the moment and there are a lot of great things I improved in my own work with just one playthrough.

 

Well crafted rain, textures and a good choice of additional content added that all fit in.

 

Progression and connectivity feel really good and it triggered memories of old classic RPGs like Gothic 2 with the interwoven natural and human constructed areas.

 

In many respects this represents the best of modern mapping today.

 

';,,;'

 

 

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Zalewa

  
Excellent ZDoom map with excellent use of ZDoom features. Gives off an Unreal vibe a bit. Runs correctly in multiplayer.

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Marcaek

  
Did it really take this long for someone to add decent rain\weather to a proper Doom map? It's really nice all around, hope to see more.

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omegamer

  
top notch

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    • By dei_eldren · Posted
      The keyword to summarize this E1 WAD would be 'consistent'.  All the maps, save for M8, are identical in terms of aesthetics, size, and progression - and each took for me, who plays perhaps slower than average because i tend to explore (and managed to get generally 80% of the secrets), somewhere over 30min to complete.  This isn't to say they are repetitive, as the same concepts are used in different ways.   The levels were more complex than original E1, but with the help of automap i never got lost, and i was never left wandering around not knowing what to do.  It really is always a matter of getting the keys in order and progressing linearly, except for the fact that there is some necessary exploration as the layout of the maps does not, thankfully, follow that order. Difficulty is somewhat above Doom.  i died only once, on M1, because it is quite a long time before one gets a shotgun on HMP (unless you find the secret), and simply ran out of ammo in a critical place as i tried to pistol myself through Imps.  On next attempt i made sure to use fists more..  At least on continuous play, the next levels didn't present this problem. There are quite a few nods to the original levels, and the secrets are all in classic John Romero -style - which i liked a lot here.   There are few factors why i can't give this full five stars.  There's sometimes an overuse of darkness and flashing lights, which is fine sometimes, but when overused, as in my opinion here, it just isn't any fun.  That said, the maps are very atmospheric and frightening Also, i did not like M8 at all.  The idea is not bad, but there is for quite some time pitch darkness, and then a horde of Spectres is released in it, and only luck helped me survive - still i have no idea how it should have been handled.  It seemed not only mean, but an exercise in outdoing the old Marquis in sadism just because one could.   Still, i found this set extremely enjoyable, and played it through in one day (HMP and continuous).  My favourite map was definitely the secret level M9, which in style is not different from the others at all, but to my liking had the best layout.  By way of comparison i could say that whilst i did enjoy DTWID as one of the first PWADs i played, this is much better (i haven't played enough of E1 replacements to say much more than that.)
    • By Doomkid · Posted
      God-tier work. Never has a Doom wad reeled me in like this before. Move over, Memento Mori!
    • By VanaheimRanger · Posted
      I have played this, and I plan to play it again.
    • By Ashurion Neonix · Posted
      Valiant is one of those rare megawads that gets the difficulty balance just right. It's able to create a challenging experience whilst not being difficult to the point of being unbeatable. Valiant features several custom monsters which all fit in well and compliment the already existing ones. There have also been some changes to the pistol and chaingun making them more balanced (the chaingun is no longer a direct upgrade from the pistol) as well as more satisfying to use. The sprite work, texturing and levels are all very pleasing to look at. Valiant is divided into five episodes each with their own distinct themes ensuring that the gameplay doesn't dry up. These episodes include: Techbase, Catacombs, Industrial, Helltech, and the moon   Overall, I highly recommend valiant and I consider it to be one of those wads that everyone should try. Favorite maps: Almost all of them, but especially the ones in episodes 1 and 5
    • By Li'l devil · Posted
      So this is the kind of map that I got to like from just how it looks. The screenshots alone sold it for me and gave a good first impression. And the map has a lot going for it, it's one very large, rather non-linear level with a distinct setting and tone. The setting is great, actually, there was a lot of work put to make it feel like a real place (there are distinct building like a church, a supermarket, etc.) and it excels in this regard, and I also like the depressing tone it has.
      Unfortunately, after replaying it thoroughly (I didn't give it a proper go the first time I played it years ago, and just assumed it's great throughout), it didn't really live up to expectations. It's not bad, but it's not remarkable (except for the good things I said about it above), and it has shortcomings. My main gripe is that, despite exploring seemingly everything, eventually I reached a point where I didn't know where to go, and the computer area map didn't help either. After over 1.5 hours of playing I just gave up on it. The other complaint is music: it's too repetitive. This is bad considering you'll definitely be playing this map for at least an hour, and the music will become annoying. As for the difficulty, can't complain. It was rather easy on ITYTD, as it should be. Tho there's a rather difficult platforming segment, at least if you aren't good at it. One more thing: this map had FPS drops for me, even tho I played on Eternity, and it seems to be the problem with the map, not my computer.
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