Illuminatus v1.0.0

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Author

Cory Scott (NiTROACTiVE)

About This File

This is my first megawad Illuminatus. It took me a while to get the full version out due to problems with the beta testing as well as some personal things, but now I finally got the full official version out. I did release a beta of the Doom WAD, but it wasn't finished as it also had many problems. In the future, I might update this WAD with bug fixes when it comes to playing this WAD with DOSBox and classic source ports. I do hope you all enjoy this megawad.

Credits

Read 'credits.txt' for credits.

Base

Modified

Build Time

About two years (the map construction before beta testing)

Editors Used

Doom Builder 2, Slade3, Gimp, Paint.net

Bugs

Might find bugs in MAP21-MAP32 when playing in classic source ports or MS-DOS/DOSBox.


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Doomkid

· Edited by Doomkid

  • 4
   5 of 6 members found this review helpful 5 / 6 members

A fun treat worth giving a whirl for lovers of oldschool map sets, probably not too interesting for those looking for highly detailed maps and landscapes choc full of custom textures.

 

Texturing reminds me very much of the techbase maps in the iwads and generally retains that "quality wad from 1995" feel the whole way through. The level design features a few too many cramped hallways for my liking, but this is only an issue in certain areas as there's a good mix of large rooms and outdoor areas as well. Unfortunately it can get repetitive as the wad doesn't really deviate from the E1 techbase theme all the way up until map21, unless you find the two particularly enjoyable secret maps. Level aesthetics remain interesting enough for those who still love the 90's feel but will probably not be enough for those seeking something new or innovative.

 

The music consists strictly of tracks from Doom1 and Doom2. Enhances that 90's feel, but a part of me would have enjoyed custom music instead, although I understand that it can be hard to find music from other sources that fits well with Doom so it's not really an issue. If you're like me and still enjoying this after map04, you're probably not the type of player who minds reuse of iwad content anyway. I can't comment on compatibility as I tested this in ZDoom, but I can't imagine anything here realistically needs more than Boom compat to work properly.

 

Regarding difficulty, I found I had an abundance of ammo and health throughout the entire wad, more or less. This is the one area the wad let me down - Some of the later maps require you to focus a bit, but overall this is not for those seeking any kind skill tester or hardcore challenge. Difficulty rarely goes above anything that Doom1 throws at you, despite this mapset (obviously) featuring Doom2 monsters.

 

It looks like Aquarius199 made this entire mapset himself which is impressive in it's own right. I know from experience how difficult it is to make one-man megawads - My largest mapset is 21 maps and that took what felt like an eternity to make, so a full pack of 32 must have been pretty damn intensive. As far as multiplayer goes, this would probably be too cramped for co-op unless you enable the "players can pass through eachother" DMflag.

 

If you like OS stuff and aren't bored of the 90s Doom feel, I urge you to give this one a spin. It even features and ENDOOM screen, I thought that was a really cute touch that put the bow on a nice oldschool package. If you're looking for something with fancy, brand spankin' new visuals such as Ancient Aliens, BTSX, Stardate etc etc, you're not going to find it here.

 

I'd give this wad a 3/5 overall, mainly because I would have liked something that asked more of me as a player on the UV difficulty, but I have to bump it up to a 4 for all that effort coming from one Doomer alone. Well done.

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wolfie3dfan

  • 4
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Nice megawad. I like exploring more than shooting but I did find these maps to be of enough variety to keep me entertained. Still playing about a map or so every few days. Thanks for making it.

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NuMetalManiak

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having played the previous two episodes, I knew what to expect, so the secret levels and maps 21-30 are all new stuff. anyways, what I expected from this one-man megawad was pretty much the same thing as before, mostly classic gameplay that is marred by some rather bad decisions in pacing. the biggest issue is, of course, the backtracking. there's tons of it throughout the set, some are considerably more blatant than others. most players including myself are not fans of backtracking at all unless you can make it interesting by adding plenty of combat opportunities or perhaps some extra shortcuts for getting back where you need to go. as a result many of the levels tend to take longer than intended and will likely bore players who prefer the more fast-paced stuff.

 

for the new maps, MAP31 appears to be a Cyberden-inspired map with spiderdemons at the core, not to mention a death exit coming before a secret exit which is certainly something not seen before. and MAP32 takes after Go 2 It with a few other map homages for some slaughter goodness. many of the later maps from MAP21 onwards provide some similar combat experience to the previous episodes, although MAP23 and its voodoo doll puzzle-centric aspect is surely unique. thankfully each puzzle has their own solution shown so its possible to screenshot each one for reference. loved MAP25, didn't care too much for the wide open spaces in MAP28 and MAP29, the big spaces make dodging really easy. MAP30 is mostly standard for an IoS fight. so if you are looking for some unique things, this level DOES have some of them, but it's more or less standard Doom combat and design with a lot of backtracking. it may not suit your taste as much as you would expect. by modern community standards this would be an average wad, some will like it, some won't. i tried to be neutral in this grading.

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Krih Gamer

  • 4
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This Is Not That Bad But In Some Levels You Can Lack Ammo But Still Its A Great Megawad And I Recommend It

i Would Rate it 4.4/5

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Nems

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This was a pretty fun megawad. I died a few times but I didn't really have any issues with it. I wasn't a real fan of the backtracking of many of the levels and after going through about the first five maps I could see certain mapping and set piece patterns repeated in later maps but those are just personal niggles. It didn't stop the fun I had. Four stars from me. <3

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dmg_64

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  • 4
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Such Quality, very wow.

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dankbooty

  • 5
  

A masterpiece of Doom mapping.

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