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Witness Of Time

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Nicolas Monti

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After some time far from the doomworld I return with this episode, it is like favillesco alpha regarding to visuals mixed with mano laikas gameplay with its doom2 bestiary and rocket launcher induced combat, I'm kind of addicted to those alpha textures so I made 9 more maps with them and also allowed myself to make some theme variation like the tunnels of map03 or the tech neighbourhood of map07. Next time I'll make something completely different, I hope it won't take much time.

Credits

Doomkid Benjogami Salt-Man Z WH-Wilou84 Man Q. Bus The Mysterious Moustachio Pirx dobu gabu maru Plusw Tango Deadwing Impboy4 Memfis rehelekretep 40oz rdwpa Ribbiks gaspe stasiowygrzybek

For playtesting, pointing out bugs, giving support and valuable criticism, helping to a more polished final version.

Base

New from scratch

Build Time

40 days + some weeks for playtesting and bug fixing

Editors Used

Doombuilder, Slade, Doomword.

Bugs

Some slime trail might appear




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Deadwing

· Edited by Deadwing

  • 5
   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

Another awesome episodic wad from nicolas monti! His maps is alreadly known by the community, so if you enjoyed them, you'll certainly appreciate this too! For this one, expect for a spiritual sequel of Mano Laikas, but with new textures which creates some more moody landscapes than usual. Difficulty-wise is also a bit harder than is previous works, normally finding +1 boss in each level.

If you're not familiarized with his work, expect some 20 min-long levels which are normally non-linear and have quite peculiar room-shapes (which are easy recognizable from his work). The monster placement here is very strategic, maximizing damage while keeping very low monster count (never above 200) and low amount of health. There's also lots of secrets, normally dealing with timed or hidden switches. It feels a lot like classic doom but with some abstraction added in, especially due to his architectural choices. They are normally based on alfa-Doom or 90' wads: Very few to almost no texture alignments.

It's definetly recommended for those looking for interesting gameplay with lots of exploration and very well designed encounters. However, if you're more into standard detailed landscapes, or linear/easy-to-navigate maps, this might not be for you.

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NuMetalManiak

  • 4
   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

the description of this wad pretty much says what to expect, especially true if you have played his other maps. fun for those who like his maps.

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Zalewa

· Edited by Zalewa

  • 3
  

If you know Erkattane or Road to Gamzatti, you will know what to expect. Architecture that drags and snakes around like intestines on cramps, monster placement that sends death at you like shooting squad with you put up against the wall, traps that are metaphorical middle fingers, pop music as MIDI with vocals replaced by flutes and lots of running around searching for keys. This is a severe upgrade from Erkattane, but a downgrade from Gamzatti. This is also the last WAD by Nicolas Monti that I will ever play. I just don't dig that style.

 

The metro tunnels on one of the early maps were pretty rad, though.

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    • By Dedalus 80 · Posted
      The map is a pleasant, detailed and HUGE structure.  On the other hand it is too labyrinthine and the fight are not engaging. Things I hated: two little buttons (too difficult to find) and the mice (they don't blend well in the futuristic/nightmarish setting of Doom). Things I loved: vehicles/aircraft and the wide variety of textures.   P.S. For a first map this is absolutely stunning. My compliments...    
    • By silentzorah · Posted
      Pretty solid ZDoom megawad.  Very few maps that I found poor in quality.  Challenge level is acceptable, secret levels are pretty fun.  Wished more ZDoom wads were like this.   I would have rated this five stars, but failing to credit me for the boss music in E1M9 merits four stars.
    • By The_SloVinator · Posted
      Played on UV.   The Good If you need more of a classic Dos DooM from 93, then look no further. This was done brilliantly, especially the Cyberdemon & Spider Mastermind battles.   The Bad Nothing.   In summation Don't miss on this one. Three episodes of goodness!  
    • By Summer Deep · Posted
      This is a strange mixture. A more 'hellish' and, overall, more difficult version of the maps it's based on. Nonetheless, the consistency varies widely.    I didn't die or save once in the first five levels, but then the fun starts. Level six is much tougher, with a crazy finale featuring instantly respawning arachnotrons - one of them revived itself five times before it was permanently extinguished. Level seven, based on 'Dead Simple' of course, presents an archvile-based encore which will cause most players considerable frustration.    Things then settle down again: maps 8 and 9 are not notably harder than the originals, and map 10 has plenty of health and ammo (plus two invincibility spheres). The final level is a somewhat challenging one, in which killing everything, certainly if playing on the top difficulty setting, is probably impossible, most obviously in the exit room.    This is an attractive mapset, visually pleasing and imaginative, and with generally solid gameplay. I just wish the author could have achieved a more evenly graduated  difficulty curve, and maybe toned down the occasional excesses. Overall I'd give it 4+ out of 5.   Played on UV, continuous, GLBoom+.
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