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Temple of the Lizard Men 4

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**PLEASE READ THE MANUAL BEFORE PLAYING** The fourth intallment of the Temple of the Lizard Men series. This is a 36 map wad with many new features including a fork-in-the-road map progression system, a weapon upgrade system, and key-bound inventory items for quick use. Further information is within the manual.


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NuMetalManiak

  

Alando1 keeps us engaged in going after those weird lizardmen creatures in this fourth installment of Temple of the Lizardmen. Like the third, it's another big megawad, made for linear adventure combat and overall, it really is more or less the same as the third combat-wise, with a few subtle changes. many enemies and weapons return from that game, and it's kinda obvious which weapons outshine others and which enemies are still the nastiest ones. as a holdover from my experience from the third game, the semi-automatic shotgun proves to be better than the double-barreled shotgun in most instances, while enemy-wise you really wanna get rid of those Shadow Warrior-ripper guys and the floating mage enemies that glide.

 

Among the new stuff you can find a minigun, which is better than the assault rifle as it doesn't reload, as well as a Dragon Scepter, which functions a bit like a slow-speed plasma weapon. The Eye of the Sceptre is functionally equivalent to the BFG9000. Not a whole lot in the way of actually new monsters, with the exception of bosses. Several powerups are now used as inventory items, and the flashlight can now be toggled with the F key without having to switch. Also collectable are weapon upgrades which enhance certain weapons.

 

For the levels themselves, these are the best in the Lizardmen series yet. While the previous installments moistened the player with lots of linearity in the majority of maps, there's degrees of nonlinearity in the levels this time around. Plenty of keys to find, plenty of secrets, and the levels are substantially larger. All in good fun, although I personally don't care for the boss arenas all that much. There is one important thing to take note, and that is that there's actually more than one path to take at times. At at least three instances in the megawad you will have to go through branching areas which depends on which exit you took (I'm not referring to secret exits by the way, since they drop you off where you were when you are done). This means to get the full experience, you gotta go through one particular route, then the next one, and there's even different bosses at times too. The branching paths further the replayability of this particular installment making it the coolest one yet.

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Dedalus 80

  

The fights (and the weapon system) are not bad but nothing special. Decent boss fights. The environment is instead really well made (nice music too) with well-fitting new monsters.

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    • By erkyp3rky · Posted
      while it does a good job replicating episode 1 aesthetically, the levels are riddled with questionable design choices. doors that dont need to be there, a million secrets often crammed onto the back end of a level resulting in useless items unless youre not pistol starting, and just a bit too easy. for an author who claims his work is top notch and the best of the best, you shot your arrow pretty far from the bullseye my friend.
    • By Somniac · Posted
      Another one I haven't played for years and years and just revisited: Fava Beans is a solid E1 replacement and a good one if you want a chilled out, mostly really easy WAD. The level design is a cut above considering the historical context of this set, and it nails the E1 feel. Heavier monsters are introduced much earlier, but the difficulty rarely gets above casual.   E1M8 is anticlimactic and feels like a letdown after the consistency of the preceding maps, but aside from that I recommend it for an easygoing old school Doom fix. That said, it could have been harder in places. There have been better E1 replacements since, but Fava Beans is still worth a look.   Best: E1M4, E1M5, E1M7
    • By stevenaaus · Posted
      Awesome megawad. Great gameplay and visuals. New monsters... super coherent. Cheers :)
    • By Walter confetti · Posted
      Not that crazy as you can think from the title, it's a interesting map with some cool design choices and some nice small puzzles as well. Fun to play and run swell.
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