Dark Encounters

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Paul Dechene

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"I knew they would come back some day...The leaders and generals of the world were content with their victory...my victory...heh. Never been much for parades, so I slipped back into my role as a good-ole space marine. I argued for a time about the potential for another invasion. Like before, they said their "new" technology would handle any threat. Yeah...sure it will... I...knew...they...would...come...back..." ***Please see text file for gameplay information.***

In This Wad... No jumping, mouse-look encouraged. Gameplay is in the style of the original Doom 2. Difficulty is slightly harder than Doom2 with encounters of varying difficulty thrown in through-out the maps. Survival will require accuracy, agility, ammo management, spacial awareness, and the following...

****On Hurt Me Plenty**** Employ at least ONE of these approaches to avoid running out of ammo, or use them all to have ammo-a-plenty. 1.Find the secrets (most are not hard to find)...or 2.Explore the entire map...or 3.Use the berserk/chainsaw on targets of opportunity (my personal favorite). ****On Ultra Violence**** Employ at least TWO of the above approaches to avoid running out of ammo, or use them all to have ammo-a-plenty. ****On Pistol Start**** Employ ALL THREE of the above approaches to avoid running out of ammo.

For best effect use dynamic lights, but sector lighting is implemented for better performance.

Credits

iD Creators of DOOM & DOOM2. GZDoom. scifista42 for Grasstex - Doom textures with grass tops. GZDoombuilder. Eradrop for the sky textures. Cakewalk. Sonar LE recording software. Slade3. DoomWorld. Orangefreesounds.com, Free-loops.com, Freesoundeffects.com (for ambient effects). All the great mappers and modders out there who never cease to amaze and entertain me. All music composed, recorded and performed by Paul Dechene.

Base

New from scratch

Build Time

10 months

Editors Used

GZDoom Builder Doom2 UDMF

Bugs

some texture misalignments. Gzdoom 1.9 doesn't seem to wrap middle textures (bars, etc.)properly but it has no effect on gameplay.


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Zalewa

· Edited by Zalewa

  • 5
   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

Do we have a Cacoward candidate here? Do we have a Cacoward winner for 2017? We shall soon find out.

 

This WAD is amazing. The abundance of 3D floors enhances the architecture and gameplay. The fights are set up to be difficult, but fair. The ammo can be tight, but you will manage. The levels vary from sillylistic, yet elaborate Doom cities, caves, canyons, bases, stations, mines, hell, and whatever else you'd like. Not one map is like the other. Despite the fact that one mapper made this, you never feel bored, you never feel like you're seeing something that you've already seen. Levels are high in detail, polish, and just plain thought. All of this done in 10 months. All of this works in Zandronum coop (though I think there are some areas where players can get irrevocably locked out from & stuck).

 

One gripe - music tracks repeat, so more tracks would be nice. But then again, such repetition is rarely done in Doom WADs and having some common, repeating music themes is actually a quite original approach.

 

Bravo. I won't soon forget this WAD.

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TheV1perK1ller

  • 5
   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

Quite possibly one of the best WADs of 2017, bar none. Every map provides a challenge in some way or another to the player. The map designs are excellently crafted, and I especially like how each level stands out among the rest. My only gripe is that some of the music, while certainly not bad, can get repetitive after a while. Other than that I had a blast playing through this. Excellent work Paul!

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Nems

  • 5
  

This is top tier stuff right here. Tons of level variety and plenty of tense firefights. This is a keeper. <3

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dylux

  • 5
  

One word: Awesome!! Fun game play, great textures.

I agree with Zalewa: Difficult, but fair. Secrets not terribly difficult to locate.

 

We will see Dark Encounters in the Cacowards!

 

PS - As a side note: Zalewa, if you're reading this, your Power Metal wad rocks! It's my fave single level wad, hands down. I wish your would make more. I think I've played all of your wads. Big fan here!

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· Edited by daskraut

  • 4
  

decent level architecture and decent detailing (only very few slightly uninspired areas)
generous use of 3d floors - which is nice!
effectful use of light effects
good gameplay, good ambushes, sparing use of arschviles

edit: and a really nice metal soundtrack

everything the player wants.
 

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  • File Reviews

    • By Zalewa · Posted
      Relaxing map with relaxing tune to go with. Looks a bit like Containment Area, mixed with smooth feel of Episode 1 layouts. Very short, but can catch you off guard several times. I like it.
    • By Zalewa · Posted
      I'm not sure what happened with the theme of this A.S.S. because the maps don't fit.   Some berserk-only healing maps became berserk-only maps for Tyson playthroughs. I hardly see any spirals. There are many crushers, it seems like they were one of the themes. Does motionless damaging yellow surface count as lava?   Regardless, the maps are pretty swell, with MAP10 being the best here with its floor hazards and necessity to hug walls.
    • By MaysaChan · Posted
      Honestly, I enjoy playing this map, level design is well done!, the only complaint about this map is traps door are little "unexpected", I mean instead of regulars troop like zombieman or lmp behind trap door, it replace with Bunch of Demon or Baron of Hell. Health pick up (except bonus health) are uncommon in every level but other than that is awesome!
    • By Zalewa · Posted
      Built from Doom 2 resources, this maps packs a surprising difficulty level. You may get caught off guard several times. Expect some Arch-Vile fights. While the visual design is simple, the areas feel distinctive, though quite cramped which further bumps up the difficulty.
    • By Meril · Posted
      Comparing to others wads from 95, this one is pretty nice detailed. There are some minor texturing issues mostly next to stairs. Overall it's looks nice. But all others parts are screwed up. Map is very cramped. Rooms are small and corridors narrow. Monsters are weak, provides no challange. Gameplay is mostly switch hunt, including unmarked switch on the left on kind of hidden corridor with exit sign. Map is short, if you won't stuck like me you may do it in few minutes. Also I found a bug: damaging floor in secret area which clearly shouldn't hurt. Overall: Why I'm writing so much about kinda crappy wad from over 23 years?? 2.5/5*