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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.
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NoisyVelvet

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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

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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

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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

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

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TurrboAnklet

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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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Summer Deep

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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.

 

Edit: Tried level 29 again five months later (pistol start, UV) and this time found it quite manageable, Cyberdemons, Spider Mastermind and Revenants included, finishing with 97% kills and a fair bit of ammo remaining. Clearly the issue was that I needed to improve my gameplay, and there was nothing wrong with the design of the map. Level 30 is tough as well - the boss will kill you with a single direct hit, but at least it doesn't take an inordinately long time or tons of ammo to defeat it.

 

Original rating was probably unfair, 3.75 out of 5 stars is closer to the mark.

 

 

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riderr3

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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galileo31dos01

   2 of 3 members found this review helpful 2 / 3 members

Done on HMP/continuous/saves.

 

A super solid mapset I had the pleasure to play. This one felt like a modern adaption to the old known Scythe, while bringing its own personal style: it is divided into episodes, difficulty progression is highly notable between them, but monster density remains on the low side. Visually remains on the classic side, starting with tech bases, always indoors, then slightly pushing the player into open spaces connected with caves and lava, and more fleshy/spooky environments nearly the end of the set. Personally, I really liked that purple sky in mid maps, an unusual color in the game. While the author kept it simple with texturing, there's a lot of work on atmosphere and connection between levels. More specifically, in most maps the starting place is the previous map's exit room. If not then you'll know where you'll going to be, again because of the theme's consistency, which I liked a lot. One thing to point out is the usage of darkness in at least one piece of every map, something that always gave a sense of insecurity, as monsters had an advantage I lacked, which was pretty cool and tense (map 25 last room is dark and brutal, one of the most memorable moments of the set imo).

 

The combat and layout are the most consistent and interesting sides of this wad. Monster count might not be too high, but the author worked it out in way that little can still be brutal. The first and second episode are very low-key, with some surprises to introduce the player into what's coming. Third and fourth are more trap-based and also introduces serious (but simple) platforming/chasms. Last two episodes are what Moonblood as been anticipating so far, all of the previous but in a much brutal and unforgiving way, also including hectic starts. On par with this difficulty progression, there's monster progression, this means that each monster is introduced in an old-school iwad way, only barons appear much later than I expected. In terms of layout progression, non-linearity is what rules, excellently done btw. The maps will give you the opportunity to choose your way to find resources and deal with monsters. Despite playing on continuous, I payed attention to the weapons placement: it's not your usual classic megawad, there's place and time for each weapon to be the star of the map, usually provided near the starting spot, so the player has an idea of how's the map going to turn out. This kind of pace was really appreciated, since I enjoy variety. A final boss is included to give a conclusion to the story (quite a nice story, if you want to understand the author's view it's here), always nice to see custom endings that don't have an IoS, always nice. 

 

Secret-wise, these are not just your typical misaligned texture, with usage of the automap and a good ear you can find them all, but they usually take an extra effort to find, more often related to audible clues. They don't give you much in general though, this is probably the only downside as sometimes I found single medikits and I didn't need them at all, but perhaps pistol starters might appreciate them more... My favourite maps are from the fifth and sixth episode, the secret maps too, since there were more open layouts and mixing of every monster/weapon. I think there was no map I disliked, well maybe map 26 which was quite good except for the many imps on ledges lol. 

 

Overall, I dig this gameplay, very exciting, recommendable for anyone looking for classic adapted to nowadays perspective, if that makes sense. Uh just try it, Scythe and Jenesis fans can't miss this, my rate is 9/10. 

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Demtor

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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

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

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Hells Kitchen

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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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AnonimVio

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Incredibly, amazingly, furiously, unbelievably boring.

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    • By NuMetalManiak · Posted
      an excellent continuation of Shadows of Destiny, felt very much like a WSJ set in how it played, very difficult but fun.
    • By galileo31dos01 · Posted
      Done on UV/continuous/saves.   This is a fine story-telling megawad. Aesthetically, I don't have much to complain, the new textures, while not being the best looking, succeed in their context, and I was more fond of the second episode (newer maps) where I noticed an advance in terms of visuals. Tons of eye candies, such as frozen or burning marines, waving flags, boxes on false conveyors, portraits of monsters, and much more. All these little details are rarely seen in other wads, one just doesn't see a machine that produces cacodemons every day, that's one the funniest things I've ever seen in a Doom wad. About light variation, the author played a lot with darkness, most if not all the maps have various sections where it's quite dark to see what's going on. This can be a disadvantage against enemies, particularly hitscanners, caution is suggested in these cases, or gamma correction. However, darkness in caves was visually pleasing, personally speaking, and you'll probably deal with it better than the poor marines that hold the candles. The music selection is generally cool, but some midis are way too loud.    On a gameplay side, unless you check the release date, this could totally pass as a wad from the 90s. What I mean is, there's clearly a focus on adventure+action, and while I'm not very familiar with old FPS games, this felt at times like playing a total conversion. Your objective is to punish the scientist for bringing hell into earth, so this guy is the new enemy, which you'll meet at many points and will teleport out of the place upon killing him. The combat is mostly incidental, a great portion are hitscanners of all sizes, plus a few traps here and there, either with monsters or things. The thing is the pistol starts, more often you'll start with shotgunners or chaingunners in front of you, which you'll have to trade guns with first, something very common in old wads. It's not always easy to find important resources, like armor or blur spheres, and ranged weapons usage is limited overall. I had no issues with grinding through tanky monsters with only hitscan weapons, but that may not be suitable for other people. About the weapons, I mostly liked the flamethrower and crossbow (plasma rifle and rocket launcher respectively), the AK47 was cool too, but the sound was kinda annoying at times. Double shotguns were awkward to use, due to the sprite frames being mirrored shotguns. Last but not least, the flamegrenades, these weren't as bad as others implied, I found them powerful, much like rockets but faster and effective at close range, perhaps they should have been way more potent, to one-shot barons or archviles for example, given they occupy the seventh slot... Anyway, the maps are built so progression goes on par with the story, there's linearity above all, but an interesting side of it is how the layouts lead the player to previously explored territories, nothing about going from one extreme to the other, except one or two maps. The rest is to recognize the switches and doors, which aren't always so obvious.   The secrets are very important, like I said before, when there are tons of hitscanners, the best shield is a blur sphere. Unfortunately, it's hard to spot a single secret in this mapset. Some are hidden behind random non-hinted walls, others via crossing certain linedefs, which then have you backtracking all the way to the start. A few maps have unreachable sectors marked as secrets for whatever reason. Whatever, no favourite maps this time, since I liked and disliked them all pretty much the same way.    Overall, not too exciting, or recommended to everyone. I had fun probably because of playing on continuous, which made the starts more bearable against hitscan attrition. So, if anything I said above sounds good for you then try it. My rate is 6/10. 
    • By Meril · Posted
      Design and archiecture - wow! But gameplay is a bit worse. Map is large and confusing. Cyberdemon in dungeon part is in my opinion imposible, becouse you need to go back there, and then he waits in front of elevator... Minor issue in room next to exit door, if you get in there and don't have key, you are stucked. Difficulty is HARD. I had problem to finish it in HMP. Overall: Good visuals, gameplay ok, but with minor issues, good 1995 wad!
    • By Walter confetti · Posted
      A really extremely useful little wad patcher from the 90s, still using it for compiling many wads in one single file, works great for dosbox, it not works on more modern "dos" versions, like windows prompt command. A must in for everyone!
    • By Agent6 · Posted
      Another classic megawad has been finished.   Since it's obviously going to be compared with Alien Vendetta, one of the first things I noticed during the progression is that it's pretty well balanced, there's no surprise levels where the difficulty spikes, it's consistent from start to finish. It has aged well, perhaps even a tad better than AV, but there isn't really anything remarkable about the layout or the texturing of the levels, and as expected the gameplay is the focus which, for the majority of Hell Revealed, is solid. However, there are a map or two which have mediocre gameplay, most notably MAP18 Hard Attack. The problem of this map are the ill designed enemy encounters, which take place in a few cramped spaces at the beginning, and the focal point of the map relies on an extremely poor kind of infighting. You have to climb a wall using an elevator, and the said wall is full of Revenants, Hell Knights, and Barons. The most efficient and economical method of passing this area seems to be allowing the Cyberdemon to take care of the enemies who come down when you activate the elevator, but takes a lot of time, not to mention that there are a few waves of enemies, at least one when you need to reach a room, and another one after you return from it. There are also 4 Cyberdemons in a room with a switch who keep teleporting and occasionally fire a rocket at you. At least it's a rather short level which looks decent at the very least, but these are the only qualities of the level...   Either way, with the exception of MAP18 there aren't any other poorly designed levels, all the others are fine and fun enough, save for, perhaps, a few rooms here and there that are almost completely dark in MAP26 and MAP29. MAP26 also features ghost Imps and an intriguing design, seemingly taking place somewhere in space, but extra care is advised here since loads of enemies are present and the encounters themselves are rather brutal. However, the usage of the previously mentioned ghost Imps is not very good. In fact, Icarus did a better job with them in a map which used ghost enemies for almost its entirety. Here, they're little more than an annoyance. They don't add much to the experience and also feel out of place, an attempt at adding something more unique and unexpected that ultimately doesn't pay off.   The levels are more or less created in slaughter style, therefore they all share a couple hundreds of enemies but the numbers don't go into the thousands from what I remember. Some of the encounters are rather merciless, and the authors surely loved using Hell Knights, Barons and especially Arch-Viles, this combination being one of the toughest in Hell Revealed. And towards the end the Cyberdemons make a significant amount of appearances, but shotgunning them was quite fun, and more exciting than Barons. You could also rely on the Rocket Launcher and the BFG to take them out, but the maps don't seem to offer enough ammo so that you can keep using them for almost their entirety, and that's actually a good thing, it wouldn't be fun otherwise. On the other hand, they most certainly offer copious amounts of shotgun shells.   My favorite level is probably going to be MAP28. It's a rather short and straightforward level despite its size, but I enjoyed the atmosphere of the map and the textures used, and it was neither very difficult or easy. This level is followed closely by MAP16 which features lots of browns and red, but not particularly exciting encounters so it doesn't stand out in this respect. Still, I loved its look and overall gameplay nonetheless, there's some really beautiful bloodfalls, although technically there are better maps in the megawad. MAP30 of Hell Revealed is a typical Icon of Sin level, but it's a fitting conclusion to the journey.   While the encounters are generally good, certain enemies are underused, while others are overused. Hell Revealed seems to mostly rely on boss tier or just generally tough enemies. This means that enemies such as the Arachnotrons, Chaingunners, Zombiemen, Shotgun Guys, Spectres, Pinkies, and Imps are encountered much less frequent than Hell Knights, Barons, Revenants, Arch-Viles, Mancubi, and Cyberdemons, with the Pain Elementals and thus Lost Souls on the middle ground. If you hate hitscanners or otherwise just these enemies in general you're probably going to like this, however due to overusing the strongest demons the encounters do become predictable, and on a few occasions boring. Luckily, their placement and usage is still good most of the time so the encounters themselves are still exciting, preventing them from falling into boredom, keeping you focused and careful, yet they could've used more variety. This is something that AV avoided and in consequence, the enemy usage there is slightly superior.   The megawad also introduces a few new music tracks which are combined with the vanilla Doom soundtrack, so it's not a complete replacement. It also features a new red status bar, intermission screen, menu background, ENDOOM screen, and a couple new sky textures which are just gorgeous. However, there are no new sounds or enemies introduced.   As about the difficulty, having played Alien Vendetta as well as Ancient Aliens before (and I must mention that AA tops both AV and Hell Revealed) it wasn't very difficult for me, except for the occasional unforgiving encounters. Despite this, it's certainly not targeted at average players but most certainly can be completed by them, even on UV since it's not nuts, regardless of whether you're going for it blind or not. It also doesn't involve a lot of trial and error, especially compared to the other 2 megawads I've already mentioned, save for MAP24 perhaps, which takes a while to understand the first time you're playing it, but after that it's fine. It's perfect for experienced players but in no way impossible or ridiculously hard for everyone else.   All things considered, it's a solid classic that's definitely worthy of its status. It's fun, challenging, beautiful, but most of all fair, and it has aged pretty well, some of the levels doing this even better than AV, although I consider the latter superior overall, which is why I'm giving Hell Revealed 4/5 stars, while Alien Vendetta got 5/5. And despite my comparisons between the two, I'd very much let them stand on their own and speak for themselves.
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