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 Doomkid · Posted
      Free-flowing maps with enough space to move around comfortably, well placed weapons / spawns and a very clean yet very classic aesthetic. Absolutely recommended.
    • By Anidrex_1009 · Posted
      Ah this looks interesting, a map with a bit of feeling, and it shows really, the map has a fantastic design and an excellent atmosphere, quite realistic and very incredible, I loved that attractive aspect of the map, however, the gameplay it's slow and very simple, if it were the first 3 maps of a megawad it would be great, but it's only 3 maps, so I would have added more enemies giving it a bit more difficulty, even so, the maps are fanstastic, map 2 is very incredible and I had never seen a map of that style, if it had a better gameplay, this was a 5 out of 5.
    • By Gato606 · Posted
      Es un megawad interesante/desafiante, las elección de texturas tal vez no es la mas bonita, pero los mapas tienen un sólido diseño.  Lo jugué con Complex Doom, por lo que los nazis se convirtieron en un gran dolor en el trasero.  Me incomodó en ciertas partes que la puerta se cerraba y no podía dar marcha atrás, pero bueno, supongo que es mas una cuestión de gustos.  Interesante haber puesto Led Zeppelin con Escalera al Cielo como música de uno de los niveles.
    • By Decay · Posted
      A modern mapset that captures the feel of oldschool maps perfectly. Many of these maps have the potential to become staples in OS duel and DM compilation sets. There are plenty of good set-ups yet they might be considered unconventional, making these maps stand out from other releases in recent years. Standard vanilla themes, clean texturing and structuring. Constant clean-ups minimized any outcroppings that might catch a player for smooth movement. Good variety of weapon spawns and usage, only a few SSG slugfests. Overall good variation in heights throughout the maps without being too over-dramatic.   An absolute must try for any OS loving pvp player, and a good time for 1v1 or 3-4 person free for all.
    • By dll · Posted
      Beautiful looking map that doesn't over do it, non-linear layout is a joy to explore and come to know. A few enemies can be handled maybe easier than intended as height differences stopped them being able to fight back effectively.   Great atmosphere, plenty of tension, and extremely consistent design.