2017 Collection

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James Collins

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A series of maps I made over the past year and a bit.

Map 01 - Initially the opening map for a 'Thy Flesh Consumed'-esque project for Doom II Maps 02, 03 & 04 - Maps for a shortly-lived one-man Megawad I was working on in 2016. Map 05 - Started off as a collaboration between myself and AD_79 for the 2016 Doomworld Mega Project, which I polished up & finished after the year ended and that ship had long since sailed.

Credits

AD_79 for his contribution to Map 05; Nate River and

Base

New from scratch

Build Time

On & Off for 12 Months

Editors Used

GZDoom Builder; SLADE

Bugs

none yet!




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Nate River

  • 5
   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

It was interesting following the making of the Scrapper project and even though it's unfortunate that the original idea wasn't finished, it's still nice to see the existing maps for it released with this collection.

I really liked all of its maps when I first played them and the new one (Map04) doesn't disappoint either.

So overall this is a set of high quality maps with a nice variety in themes (as the maps for Scrapper were originally planned to be in different episodes).

Visually they're all very impressive and the gameplay (that is most important for me) is interesting as well thanks to a good variety in weapon and ammo availability and all maps having a good flow to them. The way areas are connected in many ways gives both the player and the monsters a lot of freedom to move and attack and so makes the gameplay feel very dynamic and allows fast and aggressive play.

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NuMetalManiak

  • 4
   1 of 2 members found this review helpful 1 / 2 members

jesus fuck. those first two maps are outright brutal in terms of combat. Later maps were a little better on the combat though. the weapon placement coinciding with the combat in a normal run makes things quite hard. first map focused most on the rocket launcher, although the secret SSG helps. meanwhile, the set absolutely throws all sorts of fucking curveballs, lots of arch-viles, zombiemen, and revenants, and each layout in the set is tailored to ambush-heavy. it's extremely hard while avoiding becoming a slaughtermap, which is actually quite remarkable. but DAMN did i have trouble with this set.

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Zalewa

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   2 of 6 members found this review helpful 2 / 6 members

So what you get is this:

 

- 2 Tyson/Pacifist maps where you will be running in circles finding switches or ways out while avoiding heavy fire.

- 2 maps that are actually playable but will throw bullshit at you.

- 5 maps that are done in overused style that I've seen countless of times.

- In-your-face Arch-Vile that will fuck you up when you walk on a ledge, or the same situations with enemies gangbanging you frontally and from the rear. In all cases you are forced to drop off the ledge and then find your way back up.

- Clunky layouts that will force you to run around wonder how to get back to the place you saw earlier.

 

For a WAD with 5 maps, all of this was really annoying. Any pluses? Visuals... although see bullet no. 3.

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    • By Agent6 · Posted
      Alright, another wad finished (moments before writing this), played through GZDoom 3.2.5 in Software.   So what do I think? Well it's damn good in my book. The gameplay is solid and fun for the most part, not very challenging though, and the levels are consistent for the most part, except perhaps MAP15 which is my least favorite due to the confusing design and the fact that it's a simply boring level (and ugly). Another one would be MAP18 "Cargo Bay", a rather simple and tricky level, but which offers very little and apparently also suffers from a game-breaking bug, the first time I played the map the yellow door was inaccessible even with all the switches pulled, I had to restart the level, after which it was fine. The tech based levels rely mostly on simple gray-ish textures, but they all look pretty good in general.    Being made by TeamTNT it's unavoidable to answer the question "How does it compare to Evilution?" And my answer is that, overall it is superior, even the bad levels. TNT was much more experimental and it didn't handle non tech based levels very well, and the maps that sucked, sucked really, really bad, whereas this one does a much better job, my favorite maps being MAP14 "Fortress if Evil" and MAP19 "Blessed Are the Quick" . Despite being well balanced most of the time, there are some maps which do troll the player, MAP16 "Bootcamp" being one such offender. A Cyberdemon in a very cramped space? How about no, I preferred to run away.   There are also some dumb design decisions in some levels, for instance, in MAP20 "War Temple" you have to take a lift to access a teleport which takes you back to the starting area. Now the problem is that, that lift is very small and in its middle is a red pillar which makes the movement and entering the aforementioned area very, very difficult, and for no reason. But, it's details such as this that can ruin the entire experience, an otherwise very good map which is also challenging. Other bad maps, despite actually looking nice, have, well, absolutely terrible gameplay, one such map being MAP28 "Excavations". As good as it seemed to be initially when I looked through a window in the starting area, I was quickly let down. There's a sheer amount of enemies in this map overall, but the area in the right of the starting zone that is reached through a short section of tunnels is the worst by far. It's infested by Cacodemons and Pain Elementals which will teleport immediately after killing the only Shotgun Guy there, and all you can do is hide in tunnels and use a powerful weapon of your choice, I used the BFG. This is nothing but detestable... I understand that it's supposed to be challenging and catch you off guard, this area makes it very obvious that it's a nasty trap, but there's a night and day difference between challenge and poor gameplay, just like the Cyberdemon in Bootcamp.   The final map is unusually easy, quite possibly the easiest I've played to this day, needing to destroy a reactor this time around but since the area is very large everything goes very smooth and you don't even have to bother with the enemies at all. In fact, I daresay it's not challenging at all.   The music in this wad is solid, there's not much else I can say about it.   I have only ever run into one but major bug (see the second paragraph), but beside that, no other problems encountered. All things considered, I very much enjoyed this. It could've been a little better, yes, but it's solid for the most part, so I give it 4 stars.
    • By Pure Hellspawn · Posted
      4 out of 5 just because it was funny summoning friendly demons to bite the flowers.   Also watching a friendly cyberdemon not having any effect on the flowers was fun too.
    • By Obsidian · Posted
      Adorable, if a bit insubstantial: I'd give this 3 stars due to how little there is, but I feel like I'd be ruining someone's day if I did. Also the default hand acts as a somewhat rapid weak chainsaw in the stock maps, heh.
    • By DyingCamel · Posted
      Adorable, but sadly only one room. Wish there were more so I could spend more than 5 minutes in this world. Love super creative stuff like this!
    • By jwilliams051197 · Posted
      These maps suck, please put more effort.