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Vulkan (Episode 1) v1.2

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Seven-level episode featuring some new graphics, monsters, weapons, pickups, mechanics, basically anything that grabbed my attention at the time.

Venture down into the Vulkan power station, a promising side project by UAC that as usual accidentally drilled into Hell and summoned an army of bloodthirsty demons.

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The text file is broken due to complete disregard towards what characters are being used to indent text. Folks, change your text editor settings to display whitespace characters!


That aside, the WAD is simply great. It comes with Brutal Doom merged in, which might be detracting for some, but really shouldn't. The levels are a very strong point of this WAD. They are big and long, although not too long that would make you want to get over them. The action is nearly constant. Visuals are well detailed, and while not as pretty as in Miasma, they are still very good and fulfill their role of building a believable techbase. The architecture and layout is not shy from going vertical, and the levels are very compact and well connected. Despite this, you should never feel lost, even considering the certain amount of non-linearity and many loops that you will go through. Difficulty level is adequate on "normal" - not too difficult, but also not exactly easy-peasy. I didn't try the higher "volcanic" difficulty, but if it's fair then it probably should be the preferred way of playing for most players.


It's unfortunate, however, that the WAD doesn't work in multiplayer altogether. GZDoom will quit to console as soon as one of the players dies and tries to respawn. Trying to get this to run in Zandronum by massive cuts in DECORATE resulted in Zandronum's crash.


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    • By Meril · Posted
      It's large 1995 map. Starting area is looking nice, but later author lost creativity and made mazy corridors. Very challenging because of overuse of chaingunners. It's extremely annoying. Lots of traps, Some clever, some not fair.
    • By HUGEkidsY2K · Posted
      Too linear in my tastes looking back now, will do better with my next projects!
    • By Meril · Posted
      For 95' map is really ok. A bit "blocky" design, but not bad. Map is rather big, it takes me 40min but i get lost in one place. Some good traps, IMO kinda challanging at the begining, before you get ssg. Overall good classic wad.
    • By Erick · Posted
      Fun map that captures a nice TNT-ish feel with plenty of weird yet also nice looking rooms, groups of hitscanners and demons to blast through, and a sense of adventure to it. Taking the MAP14 slot, you would see the episode 2 skybox of TNT: Evilution and listen to the track "Cold Subtleness", both creating a nice atmosphere to the map. Worth checking out!
    • By Player Lin · Posted
      Doesn't like the layout and monster replacements, I didn't found RL until got the yellow key and found a lot of rockets, the location where RL is confusing me, and it also not fun when you get kicked down from the cliffs by Revenants, Mancubus and Archviles after the way to Blue key door, the way to the teleporter just far enough to kill you if not killed by monsters which kicked you down. Final timed puzzle room just nasty as the cyberdemon and archvile fights in the same place, not sure why make the level so big but can't make the fights with them also on bigger place too?   It's not bad level but I'm sure the frustration level is sky high, and not sure the slopes from ZDooM do anything good to this level too.