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32 Doom2 Levels.


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LouigiVerona

  

So far loving this wad. It is very difficult for me. But I stuck with level 2 and trying to beat it now. I have already figured out the procedure up to the last room. Enjoying the level very much. You can see that a lot of thought was put into this.

 

I also love the level design. Really sleek and imaginative, and also very functional. Everything has a purpose.

 

Exquisite megawad!

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Sasha

  

A set of maps contain sectors where player need to confront hundreds of monsters. So, these maps only seem to hard because sectors are large. The exception, map 10, contains a lot of cyberdemons, little ammo and is impassable. If you like to organize battles between monsters, this wad for you.

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Nems

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Pizza Steve is...interesting, to say the least. It's a megaWAD full of slaughtermaps, many of which will have a monster count exceeding a thousand. The levels are huge and you're going to need all that room to run around the projectile spam. A recurring thing in many levels is meatwalls consisting of one enemy type. It's comical to splatter meatwalls consisting imps and zombies but less so when it comes to every other monster (especially Revenants and Barons). I'm at least grateful that there weren't any Arch-Vile meatwalls though you'll be facing those in greater number than any one player would like to see. Needless to say, it seems and feels like balance was an afterthought for this megaWAD.

 

As a result of this lack of balance, it's a megaWAD that feels like it's more at home in a co-op setting though you can play it solo, provided you've got mad skills or do like I did and use an OP weapon mod like Russian Overkill, Guncaster, Trailblazer, or Doom Incarnate. Every level starts off as a cathartic blastfest but as you go through each level you may have to take a break from how huge the levels are and from the batshit insane firefights. You're definitely going to want to take breaks when you play through this.

 

Would I recommend this to others? Eh, not really. I'm in the minority in that I love megaWADs like this (and I'll definitely come back to play this in the future) but even I found myself getting fatigued when playing through this and had to take breaks. If you're gonna play it, play it in either co-op or with your favorite OP weapon mod of choice (if you even use weapon mods, which if you don't, that's fine; you do you). Otherwise, you're not really missing anything by skipping this.

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NuMetalManiak

  
played through all 32 levels, all I can say is it is a bad slaughter megawad, has basic texturing and the level layouts don't seem too bad, but all those damn hordes aren't well-balanced somehow. actually liked MAP18 though, felt like a good Courtyard homage.

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Memfis

  
Extremely basic looking wad overstuffed with helpless hordes of enemies. First levels use default Doom Builder textures a lot, later the design improves a liiittle bit. I only played most maps for like a minute so maybe I'm misunderstanding something, but this seems extremely tedious and stupid, with random pointless cyberdemons everywhere and idiotic armies of monsters that pose little to no threat. This is the kind of stuff that gives slaughtermaps a bad reputation.

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    • By amackert · Posted
      A decent (if slightly dated) set of maps with a moderate level of difficulty for the majority of it. I played it twice recently on UV, both runs played continually. Both saw me enjoying a good portion of the wad, but on each run I left the experience irritated. I feel Map 26 is the true end to the wad, as Maps 27 through 29 are extremely drab, boring slogs that fail to continue the intensity introduced with Maps 25 and 26. Map 30's Icon of Sin fight is also tedious and a poor way to end things, essentially requiring SR50 for the first elevator. Had it not been for these issues (and an excruciatingly sluggish Map 20, but slightly less so on my second playthrough), I would have given the wad four stars. It's easy to see why this was seminal at one point in time, but wads in more recent years have far surpassed it in not only map complexity, but enemy diversity and overall map/wad pacing, among other things. It's most certainly not the greatest megawad ever made, but it's still worth playing.
    • By amackert · Posted
      Visually there is a ton of attention to detail which is always a treat to look at, and the actual map designs of the first four episodes are very well done. I enjoy the "new" monsters and some of the upgraded weapons, it definitely makes certain parts of it feel fresh compared to the typical wad. The challenge on UV was just right for me with few if any parts being too overwhelming. Overall it gets a 4/5 from me because I wasn't a big fan of the fifth episode set of maps, both thematically and gameplay-wise. Ammo starvation was real there in those last few maps which isn't a lot of fun to me, not to mention its too drastic of a change compared to how the rest of the wad plays. Also, thematically I feel like these end-game maps would have made a bigger splash as mid-game maps, not finale maps. Great idea with the final boss mix-up though, I enjoyed that. I do still prefer Ancient Aliens as a whole (a wad that I feel is much better balanced overall and is more interesting of an experience), but Valiant still comes highly recommended from me.
    • By hardcore_gamer · Posted
      I agree with BChricton78. Rather than being fun to play, this remake just highlights how massive of a difference good lightning and texturing makes to a level/game. I know this isn't the fault of the makers of this mod since they were merely remaking the original Doom 64 levels, but these levels frankly aren't very great when stripped of the improved Doom 64 graphics. So much in fact that it makes me wonder how important level layouts even are compared to other aspects of the visual presentation such as texturing, lightning and rendering.
    • By silentzorah · Posted
      Good stuff.  Only giving it four stars because though the new music was good, I just wish there was more of it.  Still, this wad is absolutely worth your time.
    • By BChricton78 · Posted
      Umm... From the brief snippet I played, I'd definitely give them an A for effort... But this just feels... wrong to me. I'm sorry but playing Doom 64, without the lighting, atmosphere, redone sprites and ambient music? No thanks. It just takes away the things that make Doom 64 so special. Still a nice little attempt at recapturing Doom 64, but I'm better off with Doom 64 EX, for my fix.
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