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Good Morining Phobos

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Good Morning Phobos is a brand new megawad that captures some of the old school and new school levels,created mostly by me,hope you enjoy this exciting experience


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Sasha

  

I am pleasantly to pass these not hard maps.

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NuMetalManiak

  

this is the kind of wad that if you got a group of newb players who want to get into custom levels, this is a fun start. it starts out easy, managing to stay easy for a very long amount of time until the halfway point. most areas are rather open, making maneuverability a lot of fun. the endgame levels are quite varied, but the overall enjoyment from playing GMP remains strong. a few unique ones here and there, like the Evilution tributes, MAP30, and MAP32, all worth it in the end.

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galileo31dos01

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Done with these settings:

 

- GLBoom+ 2.5.1.4. complevel 9.

- Ultra-Violence

- Continuous combined with a pistol start mindset. Actual pistol start on map 33.

- Saves every 10 minutes or so.

 

This is one of those exotic wads I stumbled upon the pictures and thought "Wow, this looks promising!". It certainly captured my attention from the beginning, reason why I had great expectations for the further maps. Truth is, the wad did not disappoint me, about certain aspects, but the gameplay wasn't its strongest feature and I'll mention why later. One thing is for sure, the architecture and visuals are high quality, probably one of the best examples I've ever seen. Those textures (cc4-tex) are excellently used, it was easy later to remember the maps based on the variety of colours that predominate in each episode, like green/brown in the first, blue for the second and red/orange for the third, with also darker shades of grey in all maps, which of course blend beautifully with the rest of the colours. No invasive detailing, a little bit of creepiness with light variation in certain parts. Honestly, no real complaints on this side, except for a few HOMs that once seen can't be unseen, still nothing game-breaking. The set comes with tons of amazing well-known tracks from the iwads and other pwads, I recognized a few from Speed of Doom too, the list of midis used is missing unfortunately and I really need to where does MAP23's track come from, so if the author is reading this, please provide a list.

 

The situation with the gameplay is this: monster placement is mostly found casually in front of the player, sometimes symmetrically in smaller rooms, after you open a door or you're teleported somewhere, which leads to incidental combat, while traps exist less often and at times without a sense of being actually trapped, unless you stay still for too long and get overwhelmed in a second. There're are also tons of teleporting ambushes and hordes after you reach parts of progression, but this is nothing new. In general, these encounters consist of different type of monsters, rather than packs of the same specie. However, a great percentage of the monster composition are former humans. Their usage is what irked me so much in almost all of the maps, because more often than not I found myself having to camp behind a door, pillar or whatever to clean them from a "safety" point, since they appeared in every single setpiece. The situations aggravated when I opted to play more aggressive and get into rooms, I saw my continuous health/armor reducing to none thanks to the abundance of hitscanners, in comparison to other types of enemies, which were used more or less well though, if I ignore the many pain elementals in wide open spaces. I'm not really saying that hitscanners were used terribly, if something is true is that their placement in this wad implicates one could see themselves forced to play conservative most or part of the time, at least in my experience I had to do it regularly, as I never knew when the last sergeant was going to die, with foreknowledge it could be different. On a positive side, you'll most likely see them before they could chunk your health (no snipers, or not that many to feel too tedious). Well, the high difficulty is there, so maybe players that enjoy a slower-pace will find these maps more appealing the way they are. I myself had more fun when other monsters provided more danger than the zombies themselves, or a balance between them. In terms of progression, maps become longer and larger the further you get, part is because of how high is the monster count, which I didn't have a problem with, and they are mostly linear, with some vague sense of non-linearity from time to time, thanks to how the layouts are constructed (reused spaces, optional backtrack from end to start). Weapon progression and ammo is something I cannot speak with the same knowledge a pistol starter would, all I can say is that ammo seemed to be on the tight side, and you can have many different options for weapons in every map, so that's a plus.

 

Secret-wise, with the exception of those that are not marked with any visual/audible clues, I think they are all very easy and useful. There are quite a lot of powerful secrets that might nullify the effect of hitscan attrition, or those that can trivialize an encounter, well, I know a few cases where the secrets are almost mandatory to avoid death, not a fan of those. I should mention that some maps cannot be maxed due to some secrets are impossible to tag on complevel 9, as well as several bugs, you can read about them here. For favourite maps I'll pick 01, 14, 31, 32, 33, 16, 19, 27, and 28. A shoutout to map 30 for not being a non-tedious IoS map!

 

Overall, I think with some more reviews from other people we could provide more feedback so the author can bring us more content, if they can and/or want of course, I'd like to see more of their work. Hopefully, anything mentioned above might capture your attention, or not, whatever, give it a try, we all have different tastes... Ok enough rambling, my rate is 7/10.

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nxGangrel

  

I've been looking forward to this Wad to be released since I joined in 2015. And it definitely does not disappoint! It's challenging, fun, and has kicked my ass several times.

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Zalewa

  

This WAD starts out nice and then with each map it gets stronger and stronger. Each single map in this WAD is of topmost quality, with very good looking architecture, thoughtful gameplay and good music choices. While keeping the difficulty level high, it also manages to keep it fair. You will never find yourself in a RNG situation here. It's one of those rare WADs where MAP30 doesn't shy away at casting hordes of enemies at you while having multiple spawners but at the same time it's beatable in a single run! Do pay attention to your ammunition, however, as there's "just enough" of it. Control your shots. Make each one count.

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    • By galileo31dos01 · Posted
      Done with these settings:   - GLBoom+ 2.5.1.4. complevel 9. - Ultra-Violence - Continuous combined with pistol start mindset. - Saves every 10 minutes or so.   Sweet literal flashback to Doom II, a set of fun maps of nice consistent quality. The story is comically lengthy, like nothing you'll usually expect to see in contemporary wads, and I took my time to read it (too tempting for tl;dr). It's fascinating how much thought the author put into something most players generally overlook, and in spite of recalling little of it, the plot starts after the incidents in Plutonia, scientists researching ways to prevent the resurgence of the Icon of Sin, but due to outdated technology, they sent the marine back in time to help to complete their work, once again. What I wasn't expecting is to find the initial map quite familiar (I didn't do my research, as you can see). These maps are re-imaginations of the iwad levels, but with a slightly different design perspective. Yes, techbases, sewers and miscellaneous man-made buildings are back, even the classic "O' of destruction", they constitute the first and longest episode, though in a more new-fashioned, higher quality way in terms of layout design. The later section is thematically hell, my favourite since the author combined darker shades of grey/brown rocky areas with classic hot red textures, giving it strong visuals. Part of the new music is remakes of classic tracks from the game, which accompany the journey in a nostalgic way. The rest go well in their spots, such as the "Hell" maps include one of the most quiet tracks I've ever heard, very nice. On another side, the new sound effects, which are supposedly enhanced versions of the original ones, were a welcome change in general, like the cyberdemon's death now sounds more explosive. There's a "clean" version out there without the added SFXs, if anyone dislikes them, not that they impact gameplay wise.   Much of the combat is alignments of incidental cleaning and classic setups corresponding to the map's slot, that means plenty of homages (super shotgun debut in map 02, the confined zombies at the start of map 04, the helpless spiderdemon under a crusher in map 06, the famous barons vs. cyberdemon infight simulator in map 08, the zombies closets in map 10, etc.), even though the maps aren't built around them. With a higher monster count than average, the levels are still far from grindy scenarios, any casual player can feel at home playing these maps, besides the difficulty peaks near the last entries. That is not say they lack strong opposition, but the balance is adapted to encourage exploration, and to be careful mostly with hitscanners and the occasional horde in tight quarters or special trap (like the dark corridors that turn into lava in map 13), while you experience flashbacks continually. The hell maps seem to be fresh design, perhaps some The Living End vague vibes in map 13, but a deviation from the homages, which is a nice change considering the start/exit connections from the first episode kind of wore out after a while. If something valuable to rescue from them, is that the author put health and/or ammo pickups for free, presumably for continuous players' commodity. To my surprise, the hell episode doesn't contain any single former human type, not that I missed them, they reappeared in the secret maps.   Secret-wise, on this side there's plenty of nice secrets to find. Not much like misaligned textures or fake walls, a sign of good variety which includes hidden switches in many ways, and generally easy to figure. A thing I noticed, players' possible major obstacle could be to find armor for free, specially pistol starters. If you don't see one anywhere, it'll most likely be hidden. For favourite maps, could be 12 and 13, though the techbases were fun too. I'd pick 14 up until the inopportune boss fight, but that's just a personal distaste towards that kind of gimmick.   Overall, thumbs up! I find it accessible to anyone looking for throwbacks maybe, or moderately easy maps with simple difficulty progression. I wonder how the other original levels would have been interpreted here, but I guess we'll never know, unless there's a sequel somewhere. Anyway, my rate is 8/10. 
    • 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.
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