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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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Zalewa

   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

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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NuMetalManiak

   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

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

· Edited by galileo31dos01

   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

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

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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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    • By Agent6 · Posted
      And after a couple of agonizing hours, lots of deaths, and anger the sequel to Stardate 20x6 is finished, at last, also on HMP.   Starting with an introduction to the wad just like I did with all the others, Stardate 20x7 is a challenging wad with the color purple at the center which sets the overall tone, mood and atmosphere. It features a new menu background, a few new sounds for some weapons, some new enemies, new textures, and a new soundtrack.   The majority of the levels in the wad are very challenging, which is also its main problem. The kinds of challenges you face when playing the wad are neither fun nor enjoyable most of the time. The first levels, or rather, half of them, have cruel enemy placements and traps that force you to take damage at best, or die all the other time. Worse yet, there's a lot of resource starvation in these levels which offer you only the minimum for survival, you rarely, if at all find yourself with a higher percentage of health/armor and ammo when proceeding to the next levels. You will also resort to the Berserk and nothing more on quite a few occasions thanks to this, often against tough enemies. Thus, the gameplay in the sequel is radically different from that of 20x6 which provided both fun and challenging gameplay, whereas the sequel lacks the fun element most of the time and wants to keep you on the edge of your patience. In fact, it can be said the only thing the two have in common is the theme, and nothing else.   The new enemy introduced is a purple, flying Baron who attacks the player with fire and lots of homing rockets. He is only seen once during normal play near the exit of a level, his attacks being very difficult to dodge, and seems to have around the same health the standard Barons has. He could've been used in more instances than only one, but I imagine an efficient and interesting usage of the enemy would be no easy task considering how deadly he is.   The difficulty curve is basically nonexistent, or, if there actually is one, it works backwards. It starts very difficult and only after finishing the first 4 levels it becomes more tolerable when the style changes a bit and the resource starvation ends, along with less cruel encounters. Finally, some fun can be experienced. Similar to its predecessor the final levels are more slaughter oriented with the final map being slaughter with almost 1800 enemies. Another problem is that the first few levels are also difficult to navigate, They feature some interesting puzzles but it's also extremely easy to get lost and spend quite some time figuring out what you're supposed to do or get back on track without circling the areas you've already been through a number of times. While most of the levels are architecturally beautiful, there isn't anything that really stands out or catches your attention like the predecessor did with some sights when you found yourself outside.   There isn't much else to add this time, so to sum things up if you're familiar with HR2 the first levels are similar in terms of difficulty and gameplay style, from my POV anyway, minus the mediocre, boxy design. I would honestly not recommend 20x7 to anyone. It's without a doubt targeted at veterans or very skilled players in general, but frankly, I genuinely doubt even they would have much fun playing this, or not the first few levels anyway. Even HMP which is the recommended difficulty is ludicrous. I've seen some videos of the first few levels on UV and I... don't even know what to say, I can't understand how would anyone have any fun playing them. I would recommend the levels from MAP05 onward and pretend the previous maps don't exist. If you expect the sequel to use the same formula seen in 20x6 but improved with something new brought to the table you're going to be very disappointed, so unless you want to experience the duology and not just stop after completing 20x6 I can't find any good reason for why you should play this. My thoughts on 20x7 are negative, it barely gets 3/5 stars from me purely for being interesting, good looking, with some good puzzles and solid second half.
    • By NuMetalManiak · Posted
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    • By Classicgamer6 · Posted
      May not be the prettiest level but it is pretty fun to play. The level is hard on higher difficulties but is fair the whole way through.
    • By DeadAstronaut · Posted
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    • By Liberation · Posted
      Lovely looking level with some great features. The weather alone is awesome! Very playable, no cheap traps or anything like that, just solid gameplay. Also had the noise from the "Shadows" from Babylon 5 coming from the strange skull trees. Solid all-rounder.
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