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The Terraces

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Classic Doom 2 city-style map originally designed for the cancelled "Plain Ol' Doom 2" community megawad. Originally designed as a Map 20 replacement. Level layout is a homage to "Central Yharnam" level from From Software's Bloodborne.

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I think I like the unique feel of this level. While the textures consist mostly of brown bricks with some green thrown into the mix, the city itself is constructed in an odd way that makes you feel like you're inside a great aqueduct. The map is expansive, it will take about 20 - 30 minutes to beat and the ammo is a bit scarce (though should be sufficient) so mind your shots. Other than that, the progression pacing is very smooth and an average player should be able to beat this level without sweat.

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I should warn you that I haven't visited Yharnam before, so if you're reading this review in the hope of finding some cool Bloodborne puns then you're shit out of luck. Sorry, pal!


This is a very good level. That it was sitting for nine months on Bauul's harddrive is pleasantly surprising, also, because it means that it was made roughly three months after the release of his debut map and troubled magnum opus Foursite, reviewed here. In that short span of time he must have been putting on some sort of clinic, refining his skills in preparation for the Plain Ol' Doom 2 community project. Are we seeing the emergence of another strong talent so soon?


Comparisons with Foursite are few, although honing in on any one of the quadrants in that level — which is deliberately sectioned and advertised as a four-in-one proposition — does bring into focus a few similarities. The broad, abstract approach to scene-setting is again at play, but whereas that level's direction was confused by the fusion of disconnected ideas, here is it delivered singularly and in quite an attractive way. In fact, everything from the appearance right down to the mix of monsters and the way they're used suggests that while Bauul's interest in building big, believable spaces is the same, his methods have shifted positively, prioritizing gameplay as the biggest factor when it comes to appreciating the mood and feel of the world. In this case, that world is a city; a medley of mortar and scattered guts. A little spartan in places, maybe, but you can definitely feel the vibe.


Combat is guerrilla. What the level lacks in set piece encounters it mostly makes up for with tricky, messy street fights that increase in intensity as you push through the wide boulevards of brick, wood and metal (it's quite a linear layout). The way the light provisions, decorations and monsters are spread out around you also helps to maintain this impression of a broken city that's perhaps already been purged, and is now just choked with renegade demons. No doubt the empty appearance of some of the areas — as well as the sound of Message for the Arch-vile playing in my ears — assisted my imagination, here.


If this level were about five to ten minutes shorter it may have snagged a fiver. It's slightly let down by an unwillingness to divorce any one part of its admittedly fun union of ideas for much longer than a few moments (though the nukage fight and ending setup are very welcome). A few distinctly scaled areas with a different look or dynamic would have gone some way to making this experience the complete package, at its current length. All up, though, a recommended download if you can spare twenty minutes.


Bullet-points of Interest:

  • A fun, skirmish-filled level that keeps the player wary of health and positioning.
  • A great sense of place that's aided by a liberal plastering of decorations and a limited texture set.
  • Slightly under-cooked in places, visually, despite the coherence.
  • A little more diversity would have gone a long way!
  • Reminded me of Romero's design in places, which makes me biased. Thanks, D_MESSAG.

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I knew I recognized the Yharnam feel from somewhere!


Great map, fun layout with good progression, and it feels a lot like classic Doom2 city gameplay. Ending is a little wonky, but other than that it's a super solid level. 

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    • By NuMetalManiak · Posted
      this is a strange wad, with assets similar to Darkest Hour and other Star Wars-themed wads, many of the maps focus on small killings, as most of the maps are actually small. Pinchy's finale sure makes this worth it. oh yeah, quite a few custom stuff was done. the flamethrower marines were quite annoying, while other monsters gained multiple attacks, new ones, it's all so zany. the maps are pretty well done overall and this is worth a try.
    • By Doomkid · Posted
      Okay, I get it, it's a megawad mainly for speedrunners who are intricately familiar with the mechanics of the game down to the nitty-gritty. A series of challenges/obstacles that, for the most part, seem to be possible but are generally ludicrous (and sometimes outright laughable, in a good way).   This was is not a "pile of junk" as a few have said however it's really, really lacking in a lot of ways. I get that the wad is meant to have a fun-and-not-serious tone despite it's overall extreme difficulty but the texturing looks like the insides of a toilet bowl after a Taco Bell buffet. Seriously, these maps are jealous of how beautiful and futuristic maps like UAC_DEAD look. The DWANGO series looks like fucking Ancient Aliens compared to this.   The MIDIs are lighthearted, silly and fun, which adds a layer of appeal for me personally. I loved seeing Patrick Stewart at the intermission too, rofl   I had some fun with this IDCLEVing through the whole wad and giving each map a try or 2 before moving on to the next but I seriously doubt I'll ever be back. The same idea with better texturing and overall taking itself just a tiny bit more seriously would warrant a higher rating. Ass-ugly texturing, silly MIDIs and a silly titlepic/interpic are fun in their own right so don't take me the wrong way but a lot of it crossed into "looks like the authors gave 0 fucks" category and I just have to take points away for that.   Also,   lol wtf is this bullshit is this a terrywad or somethin i mean jeeeezus   Overall, this is worth a peek just for some fun but unless you're a highly skilled speedrunner that also doesn't mind looking into a crapchute map after map, this probably doesn't really have much for you.
    • By mArt1And00m3r11339 · Posted
      If it were renamed "Garbage Dump," I would have given it a better rating.
    • By StormCatcher.77 · Posted
      A large, but not very prolong map, which is interesting to explore. I liked the author's strategy to place strong weapons in well-protected places. To get them the player need to pass a kind of test. The difficulty depends on the player's luck. It is important not to miss the shotgun at the very beginning, otherwise entangled corridors can lead the player to a situation in which he will be easy prey, left without ammo. Visually, the map looks neat, another good example of using standard textures.