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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.


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Gallic00

  

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

  

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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sluggard

  

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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Zalewa

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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

  

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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    • By Pechudin · Posted
      Quite simply the best MegaWad I've ever played. DooM, like any other game, piece of art or real-life situation has a certain langauge. Upon loading a map you know certain things will happen. There could be keys. Monsters, certainly. Maybe platforming. At any rate, you know certain patterns mean certain things, like a key in the middle of the room or an 'unguarded' Megasphere.   This WAD breaks this langauge. Some keyed doors open up...to a brick wall! Huge open areas that you'd expect to be filled with monsters never do. It brings a certain level of discomfort, but also a sense of wonder. This is not a WAD for those looking for a challenge or fluid fights (since many fights are awkward and very start-and-stop), but for those that like the bizzare and exploration aspect.   So good!
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    • By UnknDoomer · Posted
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      * #9 in community top.   Pros:   1. + Great, own, unique style level design. I just tell a few words about some of the levels:

      * MAP07. Bad Reception. Small arena. Tough fight.
      * MAP08. Hide and Seek. Small warehouse map with 18 enemies in total. But this enemies - arches and pinkies. And if you start with the pistol - there is only chain gun on the map in additional to it. If you using Complex Doom add-on - those arches might be way tougher then regular onces.
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      * MAP12. Dead End. Nice, circle like, map.
      * MAP15. Gladiator type arena. Literally. First you fight with some upcoming enemies. After "viewers" (another demons) starting to fight with themselfs and you.    
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      * MAP28. Necropolis. ~ 1411 enemies. And mostly no regular place to hide from them. Few cyberdemons, a lot of cacodemons.
      * MAP30. Game Over. That what can happen if you will play Doom too much... Or, by other hand, some Silent Hill 4: The Room atmosphere here.   2. + Horror-inspired music on some horror like levels. 3. + Combines just fine with "Complex Doom" modification.
      4. + Challenging. 5. + Unexpected gameplay twists.
      Contras:

      Zero, but,

      * - If you play with Complex Doom you can stuck on MAP29 in case here was unique boss and mod just change it to it's own regular one type. So. To proceed further use console, ~, and write there "MAP MAP30". MAP31 can be beaten with pistol start without much troubles.
    • By P41R47 · Posted
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      Thanks to all that worked on this project: Lainos, BeeWen, Wraith, Azamael, Chaingunner and all the members of the (B0S) Clan. This is truly a work of art in its purest form.
    • By 94's the best style · Posted
      Sluggish gameplay with little new to offer. Traps aren't creative nor is combat fun. Also, the first map has annoying pole running section and is very dark. At least geometry showed some effort.
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