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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 Ordon · Posted
      well, the concept is good  BUT...   WHAT THE FUCK EVEN IS THIS??
    • By Cinnamon · Posted
      Definitely shows its age. It was a real grind to play through, mostly due to the levels being boring, but also from a remarkable over-reliance on hitscan, especially shotgunners. For some reason. The third episode does indeed pick up much of the slack, but with the really fun levels being shining exceptions rather than rule for two thirds of the WAD it still left me annoyed and exasperated in the end. The maps look fine most of the time and the music is good to really good, which is something to hold on to. I would still advice my past self to skip most of this one.    
    • By Cinnamon · Posted
      There's not too much for me to say about this one. While it isn't exactly my jam 100% of the time, I'm struggling to see how any creative endeavor could entertain me so thoroughly, throughout all the 32 parts of it. Ancient Aliens is charming, somewhat challenging, mysterious, well-paced... I could iterate over plenty of different variations of lavish praise, but I guess that in and of itself describes my feelings: AA is remarkably well-rounded. A DOOM blockbuster - and I use that description as an honest compliment rather than the pejorative it's sometimes thought of. One for the ages, and it'll be one of the WADs to which many of my future experience will be compared.    
    • By VoanHead · Posted
      On second thought, this wad is kinda mid if you ask me. After playing through all of it on pistol-start I wasn't really blown away by it. The midi pack that was made for this in 2020 was very nice if you ask me, but why this wad ever deserves a midi pack when it's so bland is what makes me scratch my head. Idk man, I didn't like this one as much as others do :/.
    • By baja blast rd. · Posted
      This reads as an early example of arcade-style mapping.   Areas are defined largely by color combinations, with no real overarching theme to the map: there are silver techbase rooms, brick-like Earth rooms, red hellish rooms, without much in the way of detailing or setting-building -- all centralized around a square hub room with key doors, which repopulates with monsters each time you find a key. It's on the simpler side visually, but still a very clear step above "monotextured square rooms"-type design, with some solid architecture, shapes, and texture combos here and there, and even a clever crushing UFO-like "ring" at one point.    The gameplay concepts are very straightforward, with one exception being a room that has you platforming over damaging floor while closets of lost souls and cacodemons open up. Instead, the bulk of the fighting is more often dished out as blocks of monsters often revealed in closets -- blocks at a density far below what you'd consider slaughter. Some of the potential fun involves herding monsters towards barrels; once I waited several seconds for chaingunners to walk halfway across the room, right next to a clump of barrels I could blow them all up with. The ending fight is designed for you to pour rockets into two static cybs while circling, and I skipped that one.    Completed in a bit under 10 minutes. 
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