Wreckreation Center

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The Icon of Sin has been busted and you have reconvened with the surviving humans in order to help rebuild the planet. Life is pretty good and you spend most of your free time taking walks with your recently adopted dog. Meanwhile, the remnants of the UAC have assembled together in order to establish a skeleton crew of scientists and builders to recover anything that remains on Phobos. Something stinks about the whole operation and you don't like it, but you don't concern yourself over UAC matters anymore.

The crew is successful in repurposing an old recreation center into a research facility and living quarters. They even manage to recover some teleportation technology. Not bad. But one day, you wake up to an urgent transmission from the captain of the crew he is pleading for your help. He reveals that he had discovered an artifact on the Martian moon, after which he began hearing a voice that promised him immense wealth if he opened another portal to Phobos and lured you there so that the demons could exact their revenge upon you. By the way, he used the teleportation technology to steal your dog while you were sleeping in order to bait you in. Big mistake.

Infuriated after remembering what the demons did to your pet rabbit Daisy, you begin suiting up in order to return to where it all began. The captain explains that most of his crew were killed or transformed into demonic creatures when the portal was opened, but he is holed up in his master suite with your dog and a few surviving bodyguards. However, the captain is already showing signs of his own transformation. Not only are you going to kill every single demon who dares to challenge you again, but you're going to show the captain (or what remains of him) what happens when someone so much as even THINKS of harming a single hair on your best pal.

Credits

the creators of The Plutonia Experiment for some textures, SargeBaldy for additional textures, members of KingDime's Doom community (especially Marcaek, Wartorn, Scotty, and RottKing) for their extensive guidance and patience, TootsyBowl, Valerie Valens for testing and suggestions, Russell Pearson for an inspirational map, the developers behind GZDoomBuilder-Bugfix, SLADE, and WhackEd4, Bobby Prince for the music, and id Software

Base

New from scratch

Build Time

About 2 to 3 weeks

Editors Used

GZDoomBuilder-Bugfix, SLADE, WhackEd4, GIMP

Bugs

Minor graphical glitches with some source ports including PrBoom+, GLBoom+, and Doomsday Engine




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    • By galileo31dos01 · Posted
      Done on HMP/continuous/saves.   This is an interesting old megawad. Looks and feels different from the usual Doom. That is to say, it's a partial conversion, there're a lot of new textures, new monsters, new weapons, new sounds, and a new character. All of these are combined with a gameplay that is focused not only on killing monsters, but on exploring too. So yeah, Strain is pretty unique, and I liked this change of pace. There are a lot of nice visuals and detailing, not very polished but that's fine.    As something that clearly claims to stay away from the ordinary Doom style, what predominates here are puzzles, lots of puzzles, some are good, some are obscure, and some are the entire level (map 21 ahem...). Also, labyrinths, switch hunts, corridors, lift after lift, and the incidental hordes of monsters to remember you're actually playing something alike Doom. I'm not saying the mapset is boring, no no no, it brings a lot of cool battles, brutal starts, and makes you work your brain, again not in a popular Doom-ish way, to find the exit or grab something important. In many maps, progression is far from intuitive, sometimes you'll cross a linedef and hear something opening or closing, or you'll flip a switch that opens a cabin of monsters that has a wall with different texture that you must open to progress. In other maps, it's quite simple and relies on the typical key hunt. Backtracking is heavily present in this mapset.    About the new monsters, of all of them I liked the Minister of Pain and Dopplegangers the most, mainly because I found them quite funny, specially the mini-cyber which is adorable. Holo-bots are fine, their stealth version can be a pain in the ass. Red demon isn't more interesting than the original, it just consumes more ammo and time. Demon Lords are dangerous, I found that I could exploit their attack from a certain distance, but from close it's best to treat them as a hitscanner, that is to say, covering yourself everytime he shoots. Polydrones are another dangerous enemy, their corpses are damaging and I found myself inevitably stepping on them and aching. They might replace the mastermind but their chaingun is not the super one. Second class imps are creepy. Finally, BFG Troopers are just cheap, specially on map 30, at least they are not that common.    About the new weapons, well the rapid pistol and shotgun are more useful, the double fists are good, the NFG is ok but I didn't like that the maximum was only 100 cells, it runs out so quickly. It also has a safety pin for whatever reason. I didn't understand the BFG replacement, it apparently functions like a slower rocket launcher, and why does it shoot stealth balls? Idk, I barely used it anyway, all I know is that it's powerful.   Secrets, there are a lot of non-secrets in the maps, almost all of them contain a megaarmor (which equals 300 not 200). The midis are good. My favourite maps are 04, 18, 22, and 24. The IoS map is acceptable, but didn't feel like a truly boss map. Map 21 is all puzzles, some without hints, I didn't enjoyed this one too much.   Overall, enjoyable, probably hasn't aged so well. If you're in the mood for anything that I said above, this is going to be your thing. One personal recommendation, there is no pistol start but fists start here, a lot of maps are very very tight on ammo and weird balanced (e.g. punching shotgunners at the start, tons of rockets and no rocket launcher, having to shotgun a lot of demons), so be patient, or try on continuous first... anyway, 6,5/10.
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