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Breach

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Sprawling techbase medley with surreal interludes in hell. Assume the usual twaddle about teleportation research gone awry.

This was an exercise in using the original Doom 2 textures and specials to build something very modern: with intricate spaces, long vistas and a bunch of half-assed environmental storytelling. Inspired by No Rest for the Living, Visions of Eternity, Vaporware Demo and Metroid Prime.

(This represents about half of the map I had planned before I hit the seg limit; I may finish the second half at some point before the Earth finally plunges into the Sun.)


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trrobin

  

A technical masterpiece of highly detailed and intricate level design.

This isn't just in aesthetics and depth management, but in gameplay mechanics too, which I found to be free-flowing, paced, and well thought out.

Maps like this show us what can be done... what can be achieved with a 25+ year old game.

Bravo. 5/5.

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JudgeDeadd

  

A fun and good-looking map, not too difficult. The short hell interludes were fantastic and highly added to the atmosphere of the map. It felt slightly too short though, I hoped for some really tough fight at the end. The music was very good though.

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zzzornbringer

  

all i want to say is that i have never, ever seen vanilla textures used so absolutely extremely well like in this map. extremely detailed, extremely creative. if you're a graphics nut, check this map out.

 

only 4 stars, because i think it's a little too tough and it has lost souls.

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Woolie Wool

  

This is a limit-removing tech base map with hell/void/surreal elements. It runs in Crispy Doom, ZDoom, and presumably in modern Boom-compatible ports, but not doom2-plus or Ye Olde Boom/MBF/PrBoom etc. For a map with no new textures, it's astonishingly beautiful, and it's clear every single sidedef has been worked and reworked to utter alignment perfection.

 

Unfortunately, gameplay isn't so great--it's probably better in ZDoom, where the physics are more predictable and consistent, but in Crispy Doom I was constantly getting stuck on objects and two-sided linedefs, and the cramped spaces afforded to the player exacerbate this. It's of moderate difficulty, and unlike a lot of "detail" maps, doesn't reward a static playstyle--monsters are often revealed behind the player or ammo is denied, forcing the player to rush through the opposition instead of playing it safe. No plasma gun, BFG, or cells are provided, forcing you to choose carefully among the SSG, chaingun, and rocket launcher and switch as the situation requires. I died a number of times due to issues with collision, but otherwise was not greatly challenged.

 

It's stunning to look at and fun to play through once, but doesn't have much in the way of replay value. That said, you should download it anyway, just to see it.

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Sporku

  

This one took me by surprise. Absolutely wonderful use of stock Doom 2 resources, great atmosphere / world building, and doesn't overstay its welcome. 5/5.

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Martin Howe

  

One of the best single map WADs I've played. As an amateur astronomer I loved the 'BFT' with the mirror segments frame :) Where did the glass go, though :)

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NuMetalManiak

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what surprises me the most about this one is that it actually isn't that long of a map. it's nicely sized, has decent combat, and good visuals everywhere. nothing really hard either. the most interesting tricks to see are the rising pillars and the bridge that spawns once you shoot at something, as well as a couple of teleporter gimmicks which are silly yet pretty good. still, the design steals the show for this map, and the gameplay is pedestrian enough.

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Zalewa

  
  • Excellent music.
  • Excellent gameplay.
  • Holy Excellent visuals that only use Doom 2 resources.
  • Excellent progression.
  • Excellent ideas executed excellently.
  • Excellent spooky moments.

A masterpiece.

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    • By Endless · Posted
      There is a world of WADs waiting for us to find them, especially those catalogued within a certain fame that with the passage of time has been forgotten. If we browse through the Doomwiki or Doomworld forums, we may come across Serenity. A WAD created almost 3 decades ago, a collection of 8 maps for The Ultimate Doom designed by Bjorn Hermans & Holger Nathrath, two prodigies of their time who, despite following different paths, left a certain mark before saying goodbye.   Serenity is a small collection that despite being somewhat outdated with modern standards (25 years later) has certain characteristics as charming as historically important. The interesting thing is that this wad did not stay there, it continued later with interesting inclusions that sought to leave a better taste in the mouth than the previous ones. Of course, it is not the most revolutionary thing in the world, and it has certain elements that were innovative at the time, now we find them a little annoying. No matter how much time passes, I can't just forget about those ancestors who forged the tools for the future. Serenity is one of those.
    • By Zolgia108 · Posted
      i can't give more... sad...   this mapset is awesome from top to bottom, some of the fights are a big fuck you and die but that's just ribbiks style and i love it!   played with GZ, UV difficulty. It was hard to get through some fights, i actually had to cheat once because of something that i would a slightly flaw in the progression in map 6. i basically went through all the map without getting the plasma rifle but i had tons of cells, said rifle wasn't mandatory to get but it was freaking mandatory to use^^ Once i realized i didn't get it i cheated to go back and then i finished the map. Anyway this is a pure gem and it's really inspiring. Now to the next stardate!
    • 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!
    • By elend · Posted
      A.L.T. quickly emerged as one of my favourite megawads as well. With its "realistic" style maps, that more than once delve into the abstract and surreal and thus form something quite unique and... unsettling. The amount of neat ideas and gimmicks this mapset employs is really quite amazing and I think every single map surprised me in at least one aspect. Be it gameplay, design, atmosphere, or layout. No map is the same and apart from one I really did not like they all play very well. Most surprising of all did they manage to not get me confused and lost, which says a lot. The music was incredibly moody as well.
    • By UnknDoomer · Posted
      For me, at the moment I'm writing this review, #1 WAD of onces that I've played / seen / heared.   Options and things:
      * GZDoom. * Have played with "Complex Doom" modification. * Difficult - "Ultra-Violence". * 100% secrets and enemies. * No annoying maps found.
      * #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.
      * MAP09. Broken Records. A lot of hard enemies in small arena that is look like library.
      * 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.    
      * MAP20: The Mouth of Madness. The name speaks for itself - from a kind of mouth, from the very start of the map, hordes of demons move directly to the doomguy. And BFG will not save you at all. Strategy here - as fast as you can use switch on the left side of the map (climb the islets) and then run and use switch on the right. Break through the pack of barons to teleport, which is on the right side, in lava, and hide in the top type location. Wait till most of the enemies will kill each other. I've attached some screens.     * MAP21. Indigestion. No ammo or weapons. Only pistol with few shots. Tough enemies. As result you need to use local traps and enemies attack enemies strategy to deal with, in total, 135 of such onces.
      * 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". MAP30 can be beaten with pistol start without much troubles.
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