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32 Doom2 Levels.


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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 Poncho · Posted
      So... this is skillsaw's first official work. Apparently, it's the only pre-2000 WAD of his that is still around.   I must say that, for a 1998 WAD, this is pretty good. It's a short and sweet WAD, and is an ideal choice if you just want to play Doom for a good thirty minutes (it takes about that time to beat the WAD to 100%). With the exception of Map08 (and, to an extent, Map03), the maps aren't that long, and all have a sort of uniqueness to them.   The first two maps are fast-paced bullet-mayhem style maps. I find these two levels to be well lit and have nice enemy placement (though the secret placement in Map02 is shoddy). Map03 is a longer affair, with a lot of backtracking that reminds me a lot of these earlier WADs. You can skip a lot of monsters in this map, too, which makes it a bit too easy. Map04 is the most confusing (if you're speedrunning, anyway), since it requires you to go from one end of the map to the other, and since you teleport back to the middle constantly, it can be a bit annoying.   Map05 is the worst level; it's a series of gauntlets, really, most of which are just a bit agitating and / or boring. Map07 isn't your typical seventh level (Mancubi and Arachnotrons do appear, just not in an arena-like setting). It's a good level, with decent action, good music and good enemy placement. Then comes Mansion (Map08), the longest level. It involves "resource-starvation," which is something I'm not a fan of in Doom WADs generally. With that said, the music fits perfectly and the design (for the time, anyway) is really good. I like the little pool at the start and the observatory parts to the west end of the map (there's a sort of aquarium area, which is really neat).   Map09 is like Map05, only better (better traps and feels harder for good reasons... well, except for that first Arch-Vile). After that, Map10 and Map11 are essentially slaughtermaps - both has a shit-ton of energy cells (especially the last level) and are super easy to complete (even easier if you're playing casually).   So, all-in-all, Sector 666 is a short, yet fun affair - it's never truly annoying, the chosen music tracks (by Mark Klem and David Shaw) fit quite well and looks very good for the time of its release.   Points are taken away, however, for the overall easiness of the WAD, and also Map06 - the laziest excuse for mapmaking I think I've seen in a non-joke WAD. Good thing skillsaw isn't like that now.   Final Rating: 3 / 4 (rounded up to 4 / 5).
    • By whirledtsar · Posted
      Excellent adventure with a dark atmosphere, cool architecture, and fun gameplay. The level/puzzle design is well-done, with engaging puzzles across multiple maps and interesting spins on the traditional locales (eg. the fire level is a mountain on a sea of lava). The whole wolf theme was also unique and interesting. It was very helpful that completing everything necessary on a map resulted in the message "Map completed", preventing unnecessary backtracking. Unfortunately I didn't acquire enough aeon mana to unlock the aeon attack, but I did get enough to unlock the aeon passive (regenerating mana for the mage), and it was very useful. The new enemies & bosses look good, although they aren't perfect. There are a couple of oversights like how the wolves lack a death animation or the ettinwolves lack most noises. The best enemies were probably the statue bosses (who totally took me by surprise), as they were complete, fit best with Hexen's artstyle, and filled a unique role.   Unfortunately, the flame mask and ruined town puzzles do not work properly in newer versions of GZDoom, so you'll be forced to noclip to complete both of them if you start the game not in an older version. That isn't the author's fault though, so it's not a criticism.
    • By Shiro Nomatsu · Posted
      Very good MEGAWAD. Keep up the good work guys!
    • By GuyNamedErick · Posted
      Two great vanilla maps with great challenge and excellent level design. The atmosphere is solid and vanilla textures are used wonderfully here, I especially love the sky texture here. Ammo might be a bit tight on the first map if you don't manage your ammo well, but otherwise, it's a fantastic set of vanilla levels.
    • By NuMetalManiak · Posted
      I actually haven't played this just yet, but I feel like I need to get something off my chest before I get to playing this wad. So read below:   Whoever is immediately downvoting my reviews as not helpful, even almost the instant I post them, get a fucking life. I want to know what I did that is making you hate everything I do. Come forward and speak, fucking coward. I try what I can to make my reviews worthy enough so that people can actually read some insight before playing a wad, and I'm as accurate as I can get. So then, whoever you are, tell me what I need to do to improve.   Still, downmarking everyone's reviews, especially the ones that just get recently updated, isn't really helping your cause. It isn't even helping any type of a cause, if you make of one. This hasn't happened to some of the more recent reviews right now, but it seems to happen more often to me than it does to others, and I bet this vote trolling isn't gonna stop soon. It should though. Either I'm doing something horribly wrong or someone just hates me or something.
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