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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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tempdecal.wad

  

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 Meril · Posted
      Old map from 95. Not really intresting design, but I didn't find any wrong alignments homs or whatever. Monster placment is ok. Except one room cramped with trees and mass of hitscanners without any cover. Progression is very confusing, you may find some unintended shortcuts which confuses even more. 
    • By GuyNamedErick · Posted
      Akimbo weapons are nothing new but it is nice to see the Doom weapon line-up to be duel-wielded. Maps that are tight on ammo can be a problem and the secondary fire modes are rather underwhelming, with some being straight-up worse than if you shoot normally. Otherwise, it's a fun mod.
    • By Player Lin · Posted
      Classic style, plays so id feel, good and bad designs too, since it was designed for the DTWID project and then rejected. Impossible to get 100% kills because a monster cannot get teleport out with 1-time only teleport line...   If you like the old-school id style, this one is for you, if you're not, well, maybe give it a try if you don't really hate id levels.
    • By LouigiVerona · Posted
      The maze part is killing me. With Doom's 3D capabilities building a maze is something one might try to show to friends or try out for oneself, but not release as a map for the public!   Because the maze does not work. And it is not AS difficult, just very tedious.   And it is a pity, because there are several very cool areas in the map. The area with white platforms is very nice, although it definitely needs more lighting. Everything is way too dark.   Anyway, a very uneven map, with a lot of corridors and several cool rooms. All in all, a fail as a map, a worthy specimen to look at for some design inspiration.
    • By Player Lin · Posted
      It's very challenge, health supply is low, if you're not found any of secrets, and it'll make you suffer, a lot. Old school style but since supply is low and you needed considering about the ammo usage so it's not easy, but I guess it's fine for most of DooMers.   Sector #324 erroneously set as Secret and it's not reachable(it's the upper side of the switch to active the secret elevator, you cannot go to there normally) so player will end up 2/3 of secrets.
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