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Eagle Speedmapping Session 5 - Total Silence!

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The fifth Eagle Speedmapping Sessions' goal was to make maps within a 2 (in practice 3) hour limit. Eleven maps were made, and the themes were: - Ancient ruins - Lots of switch mechanisms - No armor Plus a bonus theme for the chaps who showed up for the final round: - Boss fight for the end


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Zalewa

  

For maps made within a 2 (in practice 3) hour limit - call me impressed. Call me really impressed. A major step up of quality from 03.

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Spie812

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Long review incoming (map by map breakdown):

 

Map01: You know a speedmap is good when it could easily pass as a real map. This level looks and plays like it came straight out of Plutonia and it's awesome.

Map02: AAAAH THE SKY IS FIREBLU! Other than that, this map has a cool switch puzzle and a horde of barons, hell knights, and cyberdemons at the end as a bossfight.

Map03: Ehh, it's okay. I liked the TNT midi.

Map04: This level is basically a giant platforming puzzle with a brief fight at the end. You'll either like it or hate it.

Map05: This takes place inside a fortress or whatever. The map progression is nice, but I don't like the random arch vile.

Map06: Fast-paced action defines this map. The level is fast from the beginning to the end. I'd recommend this one.

Map07: This map, for the most part, isn't that good. The texture choice is really bland and monsters are generally placed wherever. However, there are some better parts such as the red key room and the really cool last fight, which takes place in several tiered stages.

Map08: This level has you frantically running around pulling switches to gain access to the yellow key, then a rather unfriendly group of arch viles at the exit reveal. It was pretty good.

Map09: You are thrown into a gauntlet of short, but brutal fights. I'm not good at it, but I generally like it.

Map10: Oh dear. Enemies and things are scattered all over the place with no rhyme or reason. I could rarely survive the first 10 seconds of the opening clusterfuck. Other than that, it's just kind of boring and short.

Map11: This has a lot of enemies and little ammo. Thankfully, the map is short and you can skip most of the enemies if you know where to go.

Map12: You're basically in a large arena with a fortress in the middle. Most enemies are sniping from ledges, but there are two cyberdemons on the ground that force you to keep moving. This level is mostly a switch hunt but it was okay.

 

Overall, this was a really solid set of speedmaps. Almost all of the maps were fun, most of the bad maps were still okay, and the good maps were excellent.

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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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