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50 Monsters

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50 Monsters is a project I started back in 2014 when I was just really getting into mapping. It got a bit out of hand in the second half of development, and as such the final product is fairly inconsistent in terms of overall quality. Still, though, it was a good learning experience and I enjoyed creating it.


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P1e0r0c0y

  

Amazing levels, however I had to stop playing halfway through because I was annoyed by the poor choice of monsters in certain segments (revenant+mancubus everywhere, too many archvilles, chaingunner snipers, etc.). The first 10 maps were very good, but it quickly turned into slaughtermap hell starting in map 11. Some better choices with monster placement and this would be an easy 5 stars.

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DoomShark

  

- Designer has the bad habit of silently spawn monsters (especially Revs) right behind you while you are busy

fighting the hordes in front of you.

- Too many deadly traps

- You'll find yourself saving/loading A LOT because you die a lot.

- Many gamers will find this hard to play and an unenjoyable experience.

- Map design is good but maps are small.

 

 

 

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Many enemies roam free around here. Or are they few?

 

50 Monsters has been finished, played through the Eternity Engine 4.00.00 Voluspa on HMP difficulty. So fast, almost like it was never here, so let's see what do we have here.

 

50 Monsters is a 32-level (+2 bonus) megawad consisting of short, compact, and gameplay based maps with a few puzzles but without much exploration involved, similar to Plutonia and the early levels of Scythe overall. The gameplay takes place almost exclusively on techbases, with a more hellish and natural level thrown in from time to time. It comes with new music, background menu, end level stats screen, intermission screen, textures, and enemies, with a few returning from Scythe and Valiant.

 

The difficulty curve is mostly the traditional kind, starting easy and gradually getting more difficult as one progresses, with a spike every now and then. The final levels in particular can have a rather rough start as they require the player rather fast, or get blown away. After all is said and done the journey ends with a short map that features mid-tier and high-tier monsters, introducing 50 Monster's main boss enemy, a flying demon rather similar to the Cacodemon but with far more devastating attacks.

 

Although the maps are generally good, there are a few stinkers, most notably MAP31. The main problem of that map is the texturing of certain assets, namely the crushers in the starting area, which look like the starry sky. This can make the exit out of the starting room pretty frustrating as it can be difficult to estimate the position of the crusher since it can't be clearly seen, taking unnecessary damage in the process. Otherwise, the map in itself is alright, and a very good candidate for speedrunning, but could have been even better if it wasn't for some bizarre design choices.

 

There's not much else to add to it, as from the very first level it makes its point clear, and the formula never changes for its entirety. A good, short, and fun megawad that could be beaten in one sitting if one has the time, considering the maps are short and straight-to-the point. The first few levels might not be impressive, but this works in its favor as it does get better down the road, so it's not necessarily a drawback, and remains pretty consistent, apart from a few difficulty spikes.

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trrobin

  
A nice idea and well executed. It reminds me at times of "Swift Death" but with more breathing room. Good stuff.

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Nems

  
I was pleasantly surprised by this. I wasn't (and still ain't) a fan of the DeHacked stuff in it but it wasn't a large, distracting pain in the ass like Valiant was with its DeHacked stuff. Definitely a keeper, this megaWAD.

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NuMetalManiak

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balance is one of the absolute hardest things to do in a Doom wad and the dirty answer almost everyone tries when answering that question is to simply add more monsters. this isn't gonna cut it in most cases, and 50 Monsters is an example of that. how would you actually make a challenging map with only 50 monsters, or perhaps make 32-ish maps with 50 monsters challenging and make it seem like a megawad that goes along like any other one? as it turns out, that's what we get here, layouts are made so that they manage the most out of each of the monsters, and supplies are accordingly balanced. combine that with a few dehacked assets, like the cybruiser and afrit inclusions, the new overlord bosses that make up MAP30 (real tough shit here, but this is the last level after all). overall it manages to do wonders, and the levels themselves are not overtly long or annoying. only things i'm not a fan of are the usage of the SS-chaingunner swap, which makes it so they don't drop chainguns. never liked it in the first place if we're being honest here. and the other being MAP31 which can roll eyes with the crushers and possibly the secrets too.

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Zalewa

  
Consistent quality maps with smooth difficulty curve. Somehow, somewhen I have played all maps between 16 and 32 before (maybe except 31). Good for an evening or two.

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JagDogger2525

  
Great maps with great 50 monster-limit

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Bellaco

  
Excellent, ... A whole new concept of making maps.

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AnonimVio

  
Yeah it's good, ok, cool, fun, nice, etc.

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Jimmy

  
Stellar maps in here, all use the monster limit very effectively. Latter third definitely gets aggressively difficult, but overall gameplay is top-notch and well-balanced. Also cool thematic mixups like snowy cliffs and creepy voids. Check this out for sure.

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    • By Erick · Posted
      Before Plutonia's Go 2 It, there was Dario Casali's take on expanding Doom 2's MAP01 into a difficult and action packed level. Punisher can be seen as sort of a prototype for Go 2 It in that it was released a year before Final Doom and the map is rough around the edges to play. There are far more many monsters in Punisher than there are in Go 2 It, starting off with about 600 enemies, which is three times more than Go 2 It's initial start of about 200 enemies. It sounds like Punisher is more difficult than Go 2 It for having more enemies and a rougher layout, right? Well, actually no, Punisher is easier than Go 2 It though at the same time, Punisher has its difficulty issues that can make it annoying to play.   In Punisher, a variety of enemies are placed together far more frequently, meaning infighting happens immediately in the areas they are in. There are some rooms where only a single enemy type is in to prevent easy infighting, but even still, you can take advantage of monster infighting far more than you would in Go 2 It. Another thing, you don't always get up close to tough monsters like the Cyberdemon so you can pretty much skip them at times, which is unlike Go 2 It as that map has you getting up close to them or at times killing them to progress.   Despite Punisher encouraging something of a aggressive and fast playstyle like you Go 2 It and other Plutonia maps encourage, it doesn't exactly feel like you can do it as freely here. There's a ton of open space so trying to draw attention of monsters to cause some infighting yourself can be annoying to do, an Arch-Vile can hit you out in the open and Pain Elementals can be very problematic, so you might find yourself peeking in and out of cover often instead of blasting monsters away with rockets and a BFG. That's not to say you can't blast through the level if you played it multiple times much like Go 2 It, but even so, the pacing and fights here feel a bit messy.   Punisher is not bad to play and I found it fun to play despite its gameplay problems. I found it interesting to compare this map with Go 2 It to see the differences and how much more refined an expanded Doom 2 MAP01 turned out in the end. If you're into maps with tons of monsters to kill and don't mind some odd pacing, Punisher is good to play, though it definitely shows its age.
    • By MuratMikal · Posted
      This is a great megawad! Most of maps are well designed, balanced and pretty fun to play. The first hard part of megawad is MAP 15, the final fight (2 parts). After that, MAP 17 is other major spike in difficulty. Then, MAP 28 and 30 are very hard, with 30 being the hardest of the set. Anyway, favorite maps = 18, 20, 25, 28 and 30 (half of it really). The only bad map I've found is MAP 31. Overall it's a megawad I recommend but be warned MAP 30 is very though in UV, I had to play this in HMP instead. I will certainly replay this one eventually!
    • By Endless · Posted
      With only 7 maps, this WAD delivers excellent quality and at least 1 hour of top notch quality in terms of gameplay, design and presentation. Intense, fast and fun. The challenge it presents is complicated enough to spice it up without being extremely tedious/difficult. It's not easy, but it's not extreme either, and in that balance you find quite a lot of fun. Considering that the WAD is themed on Mars, this is probably one of the best I've seen in terms of adhering to its theme. Great and fantastic. I would like to thank the Cacoawards for introducing me to this beautiful collection of maps that are on my roster of exciting and fantastic WADs.  
    • By Gato606 · Posted
      It's an enjoyable and decent megawad, nice texture placement, nice level design overall.  My only complain would be a little couple of secrets doesn't have clear hints to find them
    • By Juza · Posted
      Levels 1 to 4 were great: beautiful, somewhat open maps with lots of exploration, challenge, and smart monster placement which renders a lot of replayability. 9/10 As for levels 5 to 7, their gameplay can be described with 'bite-sized arena fights' as the main loop, and 'mazey nonlinearity' for the layout design, and for me, that's boring. 6/10
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