Hellebarde

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Hellebarde is a 32-Level Megawad with small/medium Maps created for gzdoom. It features classic Gameplay with intense Boss Fights in well detailed Levels.

Credits

id software, captain ventris, ichor, magic wazard, eriance,tormentor667,rhoq, aerial, kdizd team, nanami, gothic, projectangel, blue shadow,pyroscourge, virtue, bouncy, all people iused textures or sprites from,markus neidel, jonas dero, raphael lacoste, felix kreutzer, graf zahl,chris_clash, all bands or games i took music from, Outrageous Videos,erik alm, skillsaw, darch, all people i took inspiration from

Base

New levels from scratch

Build Time

1 year, 7 Months

Editors Used

GZDoombuilder, Slade3

Bugs

Texture alignment at some points.


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Zalewa

· Edited by Zalewa

  • 4
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There are many things in this WAD to like.

 

I like the fact that it was made by a single author and yet all maps feel different from each other. Of course, themes repeat, but these are not just reiterations of the same concepts with different layouts or, even what would be even worse, no concept with random layout. Maps feel distinctive and visually appealing. The shapes are rectangular in most levels, but there's additional detail or additional ledges or hanging rooms that hide the bluntness of this shape.

 

I like the fact that ZDoomisms are subtle and the usual Doom gameplay is not affected by them. You'll get some 3D floors and some DECORATE enemies, but no cameras, no cutscenes, no obvious scripting. Some enemies could've been balanced better (I think many monsters from Realm667 could use some design touch-ups), but I think in their current state they are fine too.

 

I like that the WAD maintains constant quality. There is some subtle improvmenet in latter maps, but there's nothing here that would stand out as being better or worse than the average. The maps I liked in particular were MAP19 - the rockhole, MAP22 - the cyberdemon danger and all the maps after it except maybe MAP30. MAP30 could be better if the amount of high-threat, high-HP enemies was reduced. The latter maps also get slaughtery, but it's always manageable without sweat. It's a relaxing variant of slaughter.

 

I like the visuals - good textures are used, there's sufficient but not overabundant detail and the layouts ensure movement in many directions. You won't be bored. However, I'm not exactly keen on using wall textures on floors.

 

I, however, don't like technical derpiculties that involve missing textures or teleporter lines that have no "repeat action" flag. There's also one spot on MAP25 (I think) where you can fall between rock pillars and never get out.

 

I moderately liked the silly music choices. "Another Brick in The Wall", lol.

 

For a single person effort - this WAD is damn good and it was made in a period of time that is relatively short.

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Nems

  • 3
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I was really torn between how many stars to give this. On one hand, I love the idea of there being mini-bosses and the use of Decorate to spruce things up. The level design is also great even with some minor HOM and texture misalignments.

 

On the other hand, some of the choices for mini-bosses are questionable. I'm not a fan of the one with the shield that blocks most/all of your attacks. Some of the others feel like you need more room to fight them as the amount of projectile spam gets ridiculous. The ending is a real downer as well. I'm hoping a sequel will remedy these complaints.

 

Personally, I'd still give it four out of five stars. However, if I were to recommend it to others, I'd give it more like a three out of five stars because I know this kind of WAD isn't going to be for everyone. It's not a conventional megaWAD and it doesn't try to be, which I appreciate despite its faults and frustrations. At least give a try.

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Gallic00

  • 4
  

Very good megawad with a scythe-like progression.  The levels are very nice and I liked how the bosses added a surprise at the end of every level.  The maps get harder at the end, with little ammo and health, and more custom monsters.  Some annoying doorway cyberdemon fights at the later levels.  I didnt like the music very much.

 

Overall I think this is a great wad, highly recommended.

 

 

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NuMetalManiak

  • 4
  

this is an interesting wad. for starters, every map layout is pretty much short and Scythe-like, some probable homages to that wad or its sequel (heck, this wad's MAP31 has a similar concept for reaching the secret exit too). also custom monsters. i'm generally not a fan of these overall, especially small enemies that have more health than a cyberdemon, but i think for the most part they are used to good effect in this set, even if the majority of them are "exit monsters" so to speak. difficulty scales rather nicely. highlights are the hell maps, although 27, 28, and 29 were significantly easier than, say, 22 or 24.

 

verdict: pretty fucking tough but worth at least one playthrough.

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dmg_64

  • 4
  

I quite enjoyed this levelpack, I thought it was well put together for the most part, my only issue was the Boss fights, they felt out of place and Afterthought and only served as means to make players waste some ammo before proceeding to next level, regardless everything else worked fine and I haven't noticed any issues during my playthrough this, the levels look and play good, Great work.

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    • By Nems · Posted
      I personally liked this over part 1 of 10 Sectors, which I previously reviewed. There isn't the technical mishaps found in the first installment so that immediately makes me happy. There are a few levels which have wonky progression but they aren't nearly as bad as what was found in the first installment either. This one feels a lot more polished than the last entry and as such I'd recommend it over part 1.
    • By Nems · Posted
      I see the phrase "mixed bag" a lot when it comes to describing a lot of megaWADs. Hell, I've probably used the term a few times myself. However, I try to reserve it for when it truly is such.   This megaWAD is really one of those cases. For every good map in this megaWAD, there's one or two that just absolutely take the piss. If it isn't some kind of technical fuckery that can make some maps unbeatable and force you to start all over again, it's maps that well overstay their welcome with some of the most wonky and convoluted progression I've encountered. A big "fuck you" goes to map 21 for devolving into a switch hunting clusterfuck if you're trying to play the damn thing correctly. Otherwise, do like I did, say "fuck it", and jump across the gap to the exit door instead of finding all of the switches to raise the floor high enough to go across.   It's certainly possible to play through the entire thing and beat it. How much you'll want to will depend on how forgiving you are when it comes to the stuff I pointed out in my last paragraph. I guess play this to see what mappers can do with ten sectors and then decide for yourself if it's something you'll want to come back to.   I know I'll come back to this but it'll be a while, at least until the bad taste of map 21 goes away.
    • By Zalewa · Posted
      I believe this pack sets a new standard for this series - this is the best one with all maps pulling through. Maybe I wasn't fond of the endless "Living End" tributes, but the maps are nicely twisted to not feel like a repetition of the old map.   Some maps can be lengthy, but the entire pack shouldn't take an hour to beat. Difficulty is moderate.
    • By trrobin · Posted
      Excellent re-imagining of Doom II's last episode. Some levels are noticeably close to their originals but with so much more detail and depth to them. I thought the gameplay was really good too. Amazing all around.
    • By xvertigox · Posted
      The map description states that Haruko tried to express his depressive feelings through the texturing and that came through. The dim lighting and midi went a long way in helping it to sell the depressive feeling.   The geometry was solid with some particularly nice detailing here and there but the actual layout was really good. The central hub worked well with keeping you on track.   The monster placement was on point and led to interesting fights - particularly the ones involving archviles. I really found the difficulty to be just about perfect on UV.   The crescendo at the end worked very well where it was tough but understandable and beatable. At first it's a chaotic mess of monsters, archviles and an Icon of Sin but as you work your way through the madness it starts to make sense.   It takes care and attention to try to express something as abstract as an emotion (other than rage) through Doom wads and I think Greymood did that with the gameplay to back it up. I'd be interested to hear from Haruko if any particular set-piece or element was representative of anything.