Help: where speedmapping intents go to die.

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3 medium sized levels from 2014. Born as speedmaps, but ended up spending way too much time on them. Can be pretty challenging.

Credits

The usual suspects, you know who they are.

Base

New from scratch

Build Time

a couple of weeks, plus some revisioning

Editors Used

doombuilder 2

Bugs

none that i am aware of


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Zalewa

  • 5
  

Frankly, I'm glad this wasn't speed mapped but polished instead. This WAD doesn't screw around and throws you into a tight fit from the get go. You will have to find your ground, stand it and then slowly conquer the rest of the map. This goes for the first map. The second is a bit lighter on difficulty. The third, however, begins as a huge, empty facility that will very quickly get swarmed by enemies. You will constantly need to run, keep attention to all entrances and windows and look out for ammo. That last map provides lots of rockets and the rocket launcher will be your main weapon. Don't blow yourself up!

 

As for the visuals: the theme sticks to green tech walls, raising from brown dirt and with many crates thrown around the floor.

 

This is excellent, constant action; difficult but not annoying, with complex but not complicated structures. I love it.

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jwilliams051197

  • 2
  

This had boring and confusing layouts, plus too many monsters.

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    • By an_mutt · Posted
      For a first map this is pretty impressive. I could definitely identify the influence of No Rest for the Living, a mapset I really enjoy and would love to see more maps in the vein of. My main complaint for the map is that - until near the ending - pretty much all of the monsters are placed in front of the player and the gameplay consists of simply moving forwards and clearing out what's in front of you. The combat picks up slightly near the end, with the fight just after the blue key door (of the Hell Knight, along with a Revenant that teleports in just as you're getting started) is the highlight.   The layout is fine, with progression naturally looping from key pick-ups to their corresponding doors. The most exciting part of the progression is dropping down into a nukage pit near the end of the map to make your way to the blue key, although - and again I have to mention the limited gameplay here - it feels like the mapper doesn't take advantage of the player's vulnerable position when they're down in the nukage as there isn't enough exciting gameplay to raise the tension.   Aside from those complaints, I think it's pretty good! The map is quite well-made from a technical standpoint and I found the visuals to be decent enough. Wasn't a fan of the music though, unfortunately. I'd love to see the mapper play around with the visual style of No Rest for the Living and give us some more maps, with spicier gameplay and perhaps a little more space in which to play around in and explore - I definitely think this wad shows a lot of promise!
    • By Scotty · Posted
      Absolutely top notch. Fun to explore, great combat, and amazing to see how this incredibly intricate level unwraps itself as you progress. Vanilla compatibility just makes it even more impressive.
    • By NuMetalManiak · Posted
      we need more good Ultimate Doom wads. this was nice, plasma gun combat at first, when it opens up, it's chaotically good. the three keys weren't that hard to figure out, although the puzzle for the red key stands out the most. some nice and sharp (yes) ideas overall.
    • By NaturalTvventy · Posted
      Xaser mastery of the highest order, demonstrating his command of architecture, texturing, (sharp) angles, lighting, and mood.
    • By NuMetalManiak · Posted
      well, combat may not be so bad, but there's a surprising lack of variety. this starts off in a mostly pistol-oriented map, where you get a chaingun at the end, and then the next two maps are moderately long. the final three maps can put some of the ones from Eternal Doom to shame, with some puzzling to do, some of it actually more frustrating than I would be led to expect. there's many dubious design decisions that simply must be pointed out. the final secret area in MAP02, what the FUCK? and another secret area in MAP05 with crushers whose sole purpose is to troll you. MAP06 is the best map in a number of ways, feels eerie, has lots of things to it (oh, and lots of items for the item count for each of the maps too). but one particular switch (Linedef 4962) does not work. I actually felt more and more frustrated the more and more I played this, it wasn't challenging, but it sure got me annoyed with how things were laid out.