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Counterattack is a 7-map mini episode for Doom II. Each map was designed to be played from pistol-start; continuous play is fine but will make the play through much easier. This map set originally started out as a single map contribution to the Vinesauce map contest held in 2016 by Joel "Vargskelethor". The map in question (MAP02) was started on in early September, and finished on September 9th. Afterwards, I officially started the project on October 10th (shortly after finishing MAP04).

My goal with this project was to exercise with the Doom II texture assets, and to create some maps for practice. All maps use stock Doom II textures (aside from skies and minor extras). The maps are medium-to-large in size and have many different paths that you can take. Replayability was a design goal I tried to aim for. Difficulty is somewhat middling, but should ramp up a bit towards the end.

There is no way to exit to MAP31, so you will have to warp to it in order to play it. There is a secret exit in MAP31 that leads to MAP32, so have fun hunting for it!

Note that MAP06 and MAP30 are not meant to be a part of the main campaign. MAP06 is for story purposes for ports that can't display the ending text. MAP30 is there as a way to keep the game from [potentially] crashing because I replaced some of the IoS things in the DEHACKED (its also a dumb in-joke).

Also note that you shouldn't use jumping or crouching in these maps. It has been disabled in ZDoom, but some ports will still allow it. If you do use jumping or crouching, you may break the maps. Mouselook is ok but it may make certain secret triggers easier than intended.

Note for PrBoom+ users: Use complevel 9


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Trupiak

  

Awesome level design, good fights, just the right ammount of pick-ups.... just play it, what else have i got to say

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galileo31dos01

  

Done with these settings:

 

- GLBoom+ 2.5.1.4, complevel 9.

- Ultra-Violence.

- Continuous combined with a pistol start mindset. Actual pistol start in map 31.

- Saves every 10 minutes or so.

 

An excellent creation. This is undeniably a great example of inventive grand-scale layout design, where the author brought us extensive geometry variation and clean architecture with only stock textures, something different from the traditional 90's scheme most known from older releases, not precisely a better or proper usage of them, instead innovating and also inspiring in my opinion. The detailing is a big plus, not only to keep the player out of any sort of interference with movement, but also to add an extra ingredient that makes encounters more tactical and engaging, such as when darkness controls the area, and not to forget those astonishing fitting skies, seriously that dark blue one in map 01 is beautiful to contemplate. Of course, fitting music too, more on the environmental side though. 

 

What accompanies the impressive art these maps are is the style of progression, in every context possible. These are non-linear above all, which means that rooms and setpieces are generally interconnected via multiple accessible openings and/or pathways, where you can get your resources at many different points of the maps. Mandatory keys can be found in no particular order too. What I liked the most, in this specific context, is how getting lost was never a real problem, since the maps encourage the player to explore every sector for important things and somehow arrange their own route, something I personally enjoy a lot, and it was easy to get back on track. I'm sure this might call someone's attention: there are no cryptic switch hunts here. On another side, in the context of monster placement and combat, there's a mix of everything, whether you get incidental ambushes, small number of roamers, lock-in traps in darkness, heavily populated arenas in a slaughter(y) tone, crowd controlling, fun with barrels, all combined with the theme of the maps make for very interesting key and filler-ish encounters. Of course, you are busy at least 80% of the time, that depends on how you approach each map, but a very important touch is the freedom of choices, like instead of jumping off a ledge to explore a sewer that could sandwich me between spectres and archviles, I could take a nearby lift and find some other powerful resources and combat in the middle, to eventually approach the sewer from another entrance, without trivializing the fight that much. There are a few surprises in some of the maps, in the form of custom enemies, one is the turret, which shoots plasma cells in a faster rate than the arachnotron. Although I wasn't a fan of it at first, mainly because it was too hard for me to not get hit even with circlestrafe, its best usage came later, when it functioned as a proper turret. I won't spoil the biggest ones though, all I'll say is that those new creatures are no joke, seriously, take them with respect, specially the secret one, don't be fooled by its aspect. 

 

Secret-wise, hidden arenas are always welcome, secret passages that give you an advantage over certain places (such as to give sneaky archviles a taste of their own medicine) are always welcome too, chains of secrets of course too. While most of them are pretty easy to find, some required an expert eye to spot the hint, that I lacked, or to understand a certain gimmick, like shooting switches that reveal for one second, which took me 230 bullets to finally trigger the secret ffs... But in general, multiple secrets in non-linear maps are always welcome. My favourite has to be 04, but to be honest all the maps were really fun.

 

Overall, I obviously recommend this to anyone, it has a great replay value, that's a success. I hope one day Mechadon manages to complete Vela Pax and Supplice, those look tempting too. My rate is 9/10. 

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trrobin

  

When I first played around in Mechadon's earlier work "Vela Pax"; I was, like many others, simply FLOORED by the sheer scale of this doomer's mapping prowess.

 

His other maps, like on BTSX, were also exceptionally good; but these maps were/are on another level of map design.

In terms of sheer creativity; Mechadon shows what is possible, with a vision and determination; and with just stock textures to boot!

 

With Counter Attack, it's more or less the same sort of vibe that was on Vela Pax but a little more streamlined and "compact" if you can even say such a thing about maps like these...

It has some similar looking areas to Vela Pax, but it's mostly different and of it's own, and absolutely just as awe-inspiring.

 

This is pure inspiration. Thanks Mechadon.

 

 

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Ajora

  

Mechadon must be some kind of a wizard because the map pack I just played through was pure magic. 

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Eris Falling

  

Absolutely amazing. The detailing/architecture, the atmosphere, the gameplay, the music selection.. everything is spot on here. Each level takes at least 20 minutes and you can expect to get lost a bit but at no point does it feel boring. I love maps like these.

 

That was 2 hours well spent, fantastic WAD.

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NuMetalManiak

  

holy shit i got lost, and i fucking ENJOYED it. now there's some pretty amazing combat in each and every one of these gargantuan maps too, but you'll definitely need a guide if you want to get through these maps and their secrets too. so much fun still.

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silentzorah

  

Absolutely amazing, from the challenging combat to the map detailing.  Worth every star I can give.

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Gallic00

  

Very impressive adventure maps.  I like how the levels unfolds like a geometric strip-tease.

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Scotty

  

Somehow these maps manage to feel absolutely huge and nonlinear without drastically creating confusion for progression, and this creates a lot of replay value. Combat is varied and traps inventive. Astonishingly beautiful detailing.

 

This is a masterpiece.

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Zalewa

  
Each single one of these maps is like a juicy megawad on its own. The text file has horridly broken whitespace, though.

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WH-Wilou84

  
Expertly-made maps. Mechadon is one of the very best, and here's to hoping he'll continue to release new Doom-related content in the future.

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Killer5

  
Sick wad.

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Fonze

  
Mech gives us all something to study; these maps are simply beautiful with expertly made layouts.

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    • By whirledtsar · Posted
      It's okay. Quite easy due to the abundance of artifacts, mana, & health. The level design is fine, nothing special. The only truly bad part was the unmarked puzzle bookcases, forcing you to wallhump the entire library as a last resort. Otherwise it's pretty simple stuff, running around finding keys and smashing monsters. The texturing and lighting aren't fantastic but aren't noticeably bad either. The only glaring issue is that many windows just show a wall textured with the sky texture rather than an area with a sky ceiling. Yet there are perfectly normal outdoor areas. Perhaps the author only figured it out skies halfway through development? Anyways, this is worth your time if you want an hour or two of simple Hexen fun.
    • By yourusernamee · Posted
      loved all of it except map20. that map sucked the life out of me. really great stuff all around.
    • By Gato606 · Posted
      It's a nice wad overall, nice map design, textures and monster placement, enjoyed playing on D-Touch (GZDoom1.8) with Dude4th weapon mod.  My only complain would be the secrets, they have very few to no clues about their position.  There was a problem on E3M5 on the secrets around the squared starting room with stairs, the wall closes and let me stuck inside, had to use idclip to get out from those secret rooms.
    • By amackert · Posted
      I recently played through this continuously twice on UV. Overall I feel this is an expertly crafted WAD from start to finish. Beautiful scenery, great soundtrack, and intense gameplay. Maybe a little too intense sometimes, and with that it's probably not a WAD I'll recommend to newbies. If less experienced players absolutely have to try it, I suggest playing on the lower difficulty modes as the included readme suggests. Describing the later maps of this WAD as "brutal" on UV is an understatement to say the least.
    • By galileo31dos01 · Posted
      Done with these settings:   - GLBoom+ 2.5.1.4. - Ultra-Violence. - Pistol starts. - Saves every 10 minutes or no saving.   This is a funny memewad of concepts and tricks from the Boom engine. It's anything alike classic conventional Doom gameplay, ergo the chosen compatibility, and brings a specific gimmick in a satirical form for each map. Aesthetics are part of the idea too, by way of monotextured layouts of the simplest geometry, such as to find out which sector/linedef has an action, and mostly grey and brown as the predetermined colours, with a bit of green and red bricks in some levels. Besides, skies made of one resized texture, and music from TV series and movies, the ideal recipe for an experience in Doom one doesn't opt for everyday.    Concept-wise, it's much appreciable to experience each map on its own, even more when the idea of carryovers will only block your progress in survival maps: better leave in bad shape and restart freshly than carry less than 15 hit points and be eternally murdered by former human ambushes. This example is one of Pinchy's numerous parodies of unconventional/inconvenient situations we've all been through in Doom. Humping walls to find progress like in primitive maps, having the screen constantly tinted because of pickups, being harassed by incoming projectiles from monsters out of your FOV, that fear of eating your own splash damage because the door can close at any moment, these are just a few of the most hilarious cases I've seen here. It wouldn't be bad to say not all of the gimmicks were clear enough to me, still don't know what's the meme in map 13. Same in some of the later maps, they seemed to have less ridiculous and more serious content, or at least not something different from earlier maps, but if anything I support that seemingly passion for zombiemen hordes, which held up my enjoyment most of the time. Funnily enough, it wasn't until the very last map that I laughed out loud at doomguy's surroundings, and there was nothing else than THE END messages under a sky in fireblu. Guess I couldn't hold my laugh for too long.   Secret-wise, it's interesting to me that in a wad of this category the only existing secrets serve as a combination of the gimmick in question and helpful extras for survival. The second map's way to hide secret sectors is quite funny indeed. As for favourite maps, I found the concepts in map 02, 04, 07, 09 and 15 to entertain me more, last one because it tickled my fancy for exploration. Some of the rest like 05, 07, 11 and 14 woke my other feelings, not only they made me laugh but also feel tense, those imps and troopers could not beat me!... not more than twice...   Overall, even if not all of the maps made sense, or had strange concepts I didn't understand, the point was to laugh, and I believe that was achieved here. Because laughter is good for the organism, check this out. My rate is 7/10. 
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