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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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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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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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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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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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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 Classicgamer6 · Posted
      Gameplay wise this WAD is okay, nothing too spectacular, but what it does right is detailing and setting the mood correctly. I recommend this if you like special effects in your Doom levels and it's short enough to beat in about an hour or so.
    • By Summer Deep · Posted
      Found this map on an old CD from a PC mag circa 1995, and it was just about the only one that could honestly be described as above average for the era. Graphically very basic, but very tight, involving gameplay and a worthwhile challenge if you have a spare 20 minutes or so.
    • By whirledtsar · Posted
      The texturing and detailing are pretty good but the map is very cramped. You'll frequently get stuck on little details or want to pass through spots only find there's just barely too little room, which is frustrating. Ammo is quite low, so you'll have to think carefully about how you use it. Which isn't a bad thing at all, it's a different experience than usual. There are a few new sounds (replacing the pistol, shotgun, and chaingun noises), all of which sound absolutely terrible. Overall though, the experience is okay. It's a short but moderately challenging map that will take a few tries to complete and isn't a waste of 10-15 minutes.
    • By SuperArjunaButt · Posted
      Overall, good job!  Thanks Josh for making this and giving me a shoutout in the credits.     I played this on HMP, continuous, and with GZDoom.  This WAD certainly hits a lot of the same (awesome) notes of Doom E1 without getting too close to the originals, and I think improves the final fight in E1M8.  It would get a 5 star rating except for two overall problems:   --There are decent stretches of map with a lot of the same wall texture  The opening area in E1M1 and the exterior wall in E1M5 are examples of this.   --In E1M6 and 7, there are a few hallways where it looks like I was supposed to approach from the other direction, and the monsters were either set to Ambush or behind two sound blocking walls.  Maybe split the orientations next time so half the monsters are facing one exit and half are facing the other way.   This WAD is definitely worth the time to play through, and it ends the way E1 should have ended.
    • By HAK3180 · Posted
      I played on Hurt Me Plenty, continuous.   What I Did Not Like - A few alignment issues - I encountered a couple very odd bugs - Secrets were very easy, even simplistic at times - I found "Mouse-look encouraged" to be inaccurate. It's definitely necessary to max, and I'm almost positive necessary to beat a few maps (shootable switches). Still, I only used it like five times the entire megawad. - Some areas underdetailed - long stretches of same texture  - A relatively weak set of maps in about the low to mid 20s - Props for custom music all the way through, but I found it a little repetitive and indistinct - A noticeable number (but not a noticeable percentage) of barons of hell that were used somewhat annoyingly (grind) - Map 32 gets a pass because it's bonus material, but I didn't like it at all   What I Did Like - Everything else - The fact that everything in "What I Did Not Like" is basically a nitpick - Awesome level design and flow in most cases - Brilliant visuals all the way through - Advanced elements used well, rather than just shoving ZDoomisms in my face for the heck of it - Fair and challenging gameplay - the borderline slaughter situations were well done   Other Observations - The ammo crisis basically disappeared once I got the first backpack. From that point on, I basically always had 600 cells. That may also explain why I thought a few later maps were underwhelming. Perhaps I'll replay with pistol starts. - I particularly enjoyed the maps that were more or less "cities." - This is among my favorite Doom things ever.