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Gates To Hell v2.0

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"Hey MORTAL! yeah you, I have a game for you, step into my realm for a spell...."

This is my first Ever Doom Map, always tangled with the idea of making one but never got to it. This started as an experiment to learn DoomBuilder and have fun most of all.

This is MAP01, though it's a bit of a mega-level, it is not too complex. It can be linear at times and arena-like at others. Not much puzzle solving like old id maps, this is more like a Gauntlet through hell where sometimes you have to run, or fight, use the map to your advantage or fall victim to it's architecture.

Fight through 7 mini layers of hell, slaughtering hellspawn and flipping the bird along the way. The Main Idea I had here was to give the sense that you were truly delving down Into the depths of hell, lower and lower, to the core.

Any criticism is appreciated, I had a lot of fun making this wad and went at it for 3 days semi-feverishly Learning what I needed of Doombuilder along the way.

I got my initial vision done and then some but like I said, it's a first attempt :)

That being said, keep your eyes peeled and save often:P Now for some important footnotes:

-You Will need the ability to jump

-You WILL need to have fall damage disabled



-This is Designed for GZDoom and was mostly tested with project brutality. You can use vanilla doom as well but what is important is using the GZDoom Engine, there was alot of liberal torch placing and lighting changes, and using something like Zandronum just makes it look like shit an takes away the feeling I had in mind.

-Works with Zandronum but not recommended

-Is pretty crazy fun with Project Brutality! Normal doom is good too, just not as Hectic.

-Playing Project Brutality on Brutal difficulty and traditional mode was the main testing Method and provided a nice weighted challenge, balanced enough, for someone like me who is average yet knows the map literally inside out.

-Going Above Brutal difficulty is nuts for me, but perhaps you real hardcore players may find enjoyment.

-Looks like It can be speedrun, though that would be near suicide, I believe it's possible and a challenge in itself, Otherwise my full playthrough, at a decent pace was around 18 minutes so expect it to be in that realm.

-Health and Ammo, seems to me was plentiful enough, maybe once I found myself having to use the chainsaw to get through one more Horde. Keep in mind this is on Brutal Difficulty. If you play higher do let me know if you had enough but also keep in mind each section has what you need if you take a moment to look for it, in my experience anyway.

Alright! Go Give it a whack and tell me what ya think!


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    • By amackert · Posted
      A decent (if slightly dated) set of maps with a moderate level of difficulty for the majority of it. I played it twice recently on UV, both runs played continually. Both saw me enjoying a good portion of the wad, but on each run I left the experience irritated. I feel Map 26 is the true end to the wad, as Maps 27 through 29 are extremely drab, boring slogs that fail to continue the intensity introduced with Maps 25 and 26. Map 30's Icon of Sin fight is also tedious and a poor way to end things, essentially requiring SR50 for the first elevator. Had it not been for these issues (and an excruciatingly sluggish Map 20, but slightly less so on my second playthrough), I would have given the wad four stars. It's easy to see why this was seminal at one point in time, but wads in more recent years have far surpassed it in not only map complexity, but enemy diversity and overall map/wad pacing, among other things. It's most certainly not the greatest megawad ever made, but it's still worth playing.
    • By amackert · Posted
      Visually there is a ton of attention to detail which is always a treat to look at, and the actual map designs of the first four episodes are very well done. I enjoy the "new" monsters and some of the upgraded weapons, it definitely makes certain parts of it feel fresh compared to the typical wad. The challenge on UV was just right for me with few if any parts being too overwhelming. Overall it gets a 4/5 from me because I wasn't a big fan of the fifth episode set of maps, both thematically and gameplay-wise. Ammo starvation was real there in those last few maps which isn't a lot of fun to me, not to mention its too drastic of a change compared to how the rest of the wad plays. Also, thematically I feel like these end-game maps would have made a bigger splash as mid-game maps, not finale maps. Great idea with the final boss mix-up though, I enjoyed that. I do still prefer Ancient Aliens as a whole (a wad that I feel is much better balanced overall and is more interesting of an experience), but Valiant still comes highly recommended from me.
    • By hardcore_gamer · Posted
      I agree with BChricton78. Rather than being fun to play, this remake just highlights how massive of a difference good lightning and texturing makes to a level/game. I know this isn't the fault of the makers of this mod since they were merely remaking the original Doom 64 levels, but these levels frankly aren't very great when stripped of the improved Doom 64 graphics. So much in fact that it makes me wonder how important level layouts even are compared to other aspects of the visual presentation such as texturing, lightning and rendering.
    • By silentzorah · Posted
      Good stuff.  Only giving it four stars because though the new music was good, I just wish there was more of it.  Still, this wad is absolutely worth your time.
    • By BChricton78 · Posted
      Umm... From the brief snippet I played, I'd definitely give them an A for effort... But this just feels... wrong to me. I'm sorry but playing Doom 64, without the lighting, atmosphere, redone sprites and ambient music? No thanks. It just takes away the things that make Doom 64 so special. Still a nice little attempt at recapturing Doom 64, but I'm better off with Doom 64 EX, for my fix.
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