Moonblood

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Author

Deadwing

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Moonblood is a megawad (32 levels) for Doom 2. The Project has started with remastering the levels from my first wad, Eclipse, but the changes became quite big and I decided to turn it into Moonblood (it was initially called Revclipse, then after Reclipse). The levels were most inspired by early Scythe 1 levels, Jenesis, Mano Laikas and DTWID series.

Credits

gaspe, rdwpa, mouldy, koren, skepticist, an_mutt, leodoom85, NoisyVelvet, joe-ilya, antares031, memfis, rhinoduck, Keyboard_Doomer, SSGMaster, rodster, scifista42, dobu gabu maru and EffinghamHuffnagel for providing feedback, demos and helping me out!

Base

Eclpseii

Build Time

One and a half year

Editors Used

Doom Builder, XWE, Photoshop.

Bugs

None


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NoisyVelvet

· Edited by NoisyVelvet

  • 5
   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

Really damn solid.  It was hard on UV but very engaging, and the maps are tightly balanced for pistol start.  Stay alert and vigilant as you navigate the map, or you will neglect one of many shot-gunners waiting to ambush you around corners, pillars, and nooks and crannies.  This, while juggling mid-tier threats at the same time.  There's also some iwad style puzzles thrown in there too, which i'm a big fan of.

 

Moonblood doesn't focus on awe-striking atmosphere like some modern maps, but goes for the more classic but clean visual style.

 

In the third episode of Moonblood, I found myself switching from UV to HMP because there is a difficulty ramp-up as you reach the final stretch of maps.  There was actual variability in Moonblood's difficulty settings, and didn't seem half-assed for when I switched to HMP.  I have not gone back out of my way to observe the difficulty variability on earlier levels, though.  Additionally, for players looking for a relaxing stroll, I haven't seen HNTR at all to see if Moonblood will accommodate that type play-style.

 

very good mapset.

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Zalewa

  • 5
   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

The maps here are quite long, or rather I should say that they take longer to beat than expected when you notice that the monster count never goes above 150 (I think). Despite the low monster count, the maps can be challenging to beat. It's not the quantity that matters here but how it's used (she never said that, though). Layouts feel very organic, but not in a chaotic way that would spell "hey bro, let's make some interconnected layoutz out of random geometry". The maps are very coherent and good looking and they play very, very well and despite some unobvious triggers you rarely feel lost. A great WAD.

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leodoom85

  • 5
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Deadwing knows my rating already and I did a playthrough of the entire megawad on YT. So, yeah. Recommended in every way. The game has a Doom 1-esque feel than a proper Doom 2 megawad. It has the right amount of monsters, medium-sized maps, difficulty is on point, great music and an unexpected final boss.

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StormCatcher.77

  • 4
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Cool megawad with a strong atmosphere of Final Doom, moderate difficulty and thoughtful arrangement of enemies.

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Summer Deep

  • 3
   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

I played this on UV difficulty and it was okay, if a bit repetitive, until the final episode (4 levels). At this point it became seriously frustrating with contrived ambushes at regular intervals involving revenants or archviles (3 or 4 at a time, even 6 on one occasion). "Expert placing" of enemies is all very well, but when done so perfectly and artificially, creating endless crossfire and triangulation situations, it just becomes tedious. In level 29 you are faced with three cyberdemons and a spider mastermind in a cramped inescapable arena, with inadequate ammunition and 30-40 revenants at the perimeter firing homing missiles. In the unlikely event that you survive this, there's an almost impossible 'timed lift'  gimmick to exit the arena. Might have been alright as a 12-15 level game without the stupidly difficult finale.

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riderr3

  • 4
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Played this through DW Megawad Club!
Overall verdict, pros and cons:
+Non linear layouts
+Proper monster placement
+New music
+Good final boss idea
-Lack of "scenic" locations
-Some levels lacks of medikits
-Not many of Boom features used

So I rate this megawad 3.8/5

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trrobin

  • 4
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Although there's nothing new to be found here, the good old fashioned meat and potatoes doom gameplay is done well and with mostly stock textures, but with the added difficulty and surprise towards the end.
The music tracks are very pleasant and also adds to the fun. Recommended.

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cortlong50

· Edited by cortlong50

  • 5
   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

i had a fuckin blast shooting my way through this one.

some texture choices are a little confusing, but that didnt change anything for me...im nominating for a caco. its not mind blowing...its just EXACTLY what i want from a map pack.

 

download it, you wont regret it.

 

hows that for a review?

 

 

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NuMetalManiak

  • 4
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more or less another standard Doom 2 megawad, with mostly standard gameplay. the things you must watch out for are how some of the encounters are laid out. things can get quite sneaky, like when a monster opens up a closet on its own to attack you. not a whole lot of this megawad is memorable to be honest, as most levels took between 3 to 6 minutes to play and most got down quickly. but it's fine.

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Count651

  • 5
   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

Loved it from the beginning to the end. This one's earned itself a nice little spot in my favorites folder.

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Demtor

  • 4
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This is how a wad with smaller maps should be done. Smaller? Sure. But With purpose. Each one has it’s own personality while sticking to a recognizable style alongside great visuals, fun challenges and thoughtful presentation. Then, later not being afraid to go a little bigger with maps and concepts.

 

Original music is a lot of fun, can be out of place on some of the darker levels as they repeat themselves after the mid way point but are still amusing none the less.

 

Gameplay is a mixed bag of really good stuff. Most of it is through the use of hiding enemies which is expertly done like no other I've seen. It keeps you on your toes while knowing when to turn the difficulty up with some harder encounters from time to time. That can be hit or miss depending on what style you prefer as a player but have no doubts, it is well done regardless.

 

The maps themselves are beautiful, but in a simple understated manner. There are a few stand outs that are very memorable but overall I felt like the main goal with this wads maps was to just "be good" and good they are.

 

Check out the DWmegawad Club play thread for an in depth look. 

 

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Bellaco

  • 5
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Is amazing with project brutality + PSX Doom Music Mod .... Thanks.

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  • 2
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Gameplay consists of getting ambushed by Revenants flanked by Archviles and Pain Elementals while chaingunners chip away at you through windows and on ledges. 

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Incredibly, amazingly, furiously, unbelievably boring.

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TurrboAnklet

  • 4
  

Very solid maps. Not incredibly fond of the ambush-y stuff, especially towards the end when it started to get tiring. The map layouts were superb, and the music choices were fitting. Good effort.

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    • By NuMetalManiak · Posted
      the community is very selective when it comes to liking strange things. you have weird mapsets like this and nicolas monti sets, and they are either hated, liked, or completely ignored altogether. i mean, just look at how this one is structure, no sign of anything realistic, the monsters and textures are laid out in various ways. and then there's a few jumping parts to the maps.   but in the end, it is still very much playable. I believe this is what matters most. who cares about the author's opinions on things at this point. as long as he makes a mapset playable from start to finish, it can be played and even replayed at anyone's leisure. therefore, i will award this 5 stars. it was the kind of thing you can expect if you play a joe-ilya megawad, but if you mustered enough courage not to immediately call his work crap upon booting up the game and seeing and playing the maps, then it's all fine and dandy. it's just something to get used to.
    • By Count651 · Posted
      This wad was quite a love/hate relationship for me. Episode 1 and 2 were fantastic. They flowed so well and were challenging without being stupid. Sadly once I got to episode 3 the wad took a turn for the worst. Most of episode 3 is too dark, too big, too confusing, and too full of mandatory damaging sectors without a radsuit. Episodes 1 and 2 were a blast but 3 and 4 just felt like a lot of work. I had to use the console to give myself radsuits and light amp goggles many times. Its no fun to find a secret soul sphere if you're just gonna burn it all away crossing lava without a radsuit. In the end I'd highly recommend the first 2 episodes. They're what Doom is all about; fast fun simple maps. The later half was quite the opposite.
    • By galileo31dos01 · Posted
      Done on HMP/continuous/saves.   Top quality megawad here. Lots of incredible visuals and details, each episode has a different theme, designed with really nice custom textures. You get mountain bases, dark castles, hellish environments, huge underground caves, lunar bases, and a few secret surprises. And there's a fun adventure factor in every episode, the author not only put work into fast-paced gameplay but also exploratory settings. For example, almost all of the maps in further episodes are open spaces with platforming and walkways descending into damaging liquids, and lots of optional caves to find goodies. In addition, tight scenarios are dark and spooky, creating a real sense of suspense on what's coming. Music is really good, some of the tracks are also in Ancient Aliens. Favourite tracks are 06, 11, 22 and 27
      So, like I said before, the maps are all fast-paced. Right from the beginning, you are demanded to move and find appropriate tools to get started. Nothing is overwhelming, but the usage of monsters is really well thought. Skillsaw seems to have a fetish for snipers in the form of "dead simple" enemies, because they are mostly used to harass you from different distances if you're not fast. Apart from that, he mixed incidental combat with multiple traps. From a viles+crushers maze, to a mancubus you have to guard, to a ghost town (yes, stealth monsters), or even a secret full filled with explosive zombies you'll probably panic and laugh out loud like I did.    The new monsters have their ups and downs. From the get-go, imps and demons suffered a few transformations. Upgrade pinkies are fine, creepy, bite quicker. You don't want to use the chainsaw against them, which is my only dislike because I'm fond of that weapon. On the other side, the new imps are annoying... nothing else to say. Lost souls look cool. Then, spiders have red eyes, and the smaller ones can spawn arachnorbs (mostly a cinematic effect, only problematic when telefragging the spiders), which are my favourite enemies of the set, nasty but fragile, and funny. Kamikaze troopers are like explosive balloons of meat, hilarious enemies, I simply could not get mad at them for killing me. Pyro Knights are my third favourite, I recall one instance where a cyberdemon hit a pack and they scratched him to death in a matter of seconds. Super Mancubi don't add something special, they look cool though. Cybruisers are a fair replacement for the cyber/baron in the way they were used, and also look good, but just that, and poor SMMs were deprived of their boss privileges (immunity to splash damage and loud sounds). Diabolist is a great boss, although I feel like there should have been a texture showing the monster, like in Doom there's an IoS texture.    As for weapons, well the pistol may shoot faster but it still aims like crap at any range. I did used it a lot more than the regular pistol. The minigun is awesome, and the idea that chaingunners don't drop them is good, makes it a higher valuable weapon.    Secret wise, there is a wide variety. Hidden switches, a passage behind a waterfall, a teleport on liquid floors, those are the most common. I like that some of them provide an intense fight before you get your gifts. There's a secret easter egg I found via IDDT (of course, behind a generic wall), it has a really cool effect with the music and if you have played other Skillsaw's mapsets, you'll recognize it.    Favourite maps: 06, 07, 10, 18, 22, 24, 27, 29. The rest are nice too.   Overall, yeah it's obvious that this mapset has a high value for speedrunning, but if you're a slow motion player like me, you'll still love this, just don't forget to always charge your minigun first! My rate is 9/10.
    • By NuMetalManiak · Posted
      certainly a unique map from the one touted "Midtex Wizard", enough to drop a framerate considerably. still playable, and with a low monster count, it's a bit skeptical in a number of ways. it's actually a short map, but hard anyways, with scenarios to screw newbies over. the cyberdemon fight is the real standout, being sure to utilize circlestrafing to its maximum while avoiding the nukage and the rockets. it really should be longer though. as artistic as it is i expected more out of the gameplay.
    • By NuMetalManiak · Posted
      for speedmaps, they do a pretty decent job and keep my eyes peeled. some actually interesting maps were made here and many were enjoyable. recommend.