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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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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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MartinHowe

  

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 guitardz · Posted
      Some very cool techbases with a nice texture set and pallette.  The music is pretty epic.  And it all runs in vanilla! (Or so it is said, I played it in GZDoom)
    • By Philnemba · Posted
      I honestly can't believe that this whole megawad is 100% vanilla compatible and its only the first of THREE episodic megawads! Esselfortium and her team of creative energetic mappers has done an amazing job from the unique texture set, the music, the maps & even the tweaked color palette that fits the mood of the whole thing.    100% highly recommended! 5/5 
    • By Erick · Posted
      A pretty straightforward map to run through, packing in tons of enemies in rooms both big and small. Most of the monsters you'll be killing are E1 monsters such as Zombiemen and Imps, so while there isn't much in monster variety, there are plenty of ways to get them to fight each other which I like. It might be better to try and get as many monsters to start attacking at the same time since once you get the Chaingun, not even the groups of Spectres are much of a threat. Overall though, the map is still fun to blast through if you just want to kill tons of monsters in packs.
    • By NuMetalManiak · Posted
      this is a strange wad, with assets similar to Darkest Hour and other Star Wars-themed wads, many of the maps focus on small killings, as most of the maps are actually small. Pinchy's finale sure makes this worth it. oh yeah, quite a few custom stuff was done. the flamethrower marines were quite annoying, while other monsters gained multiple attacks, new ones, it's all so zany. the maps are pretty well done overall and this is worth a try.
    • By Doomkid · Posted
      Okay, I get it, it's a megawad mainly for speedrunners who are intricately familiar with the mechanics of the game down to the nitty-gritty. A series of challenges/obstacles that, for the most part, seem to be possible but are generally ludicrous (and sometimes outright laughable, in a good way).   This was is not a "pile of junk" as a few have said however it's really, really lacking in a lot of ways. I get that the wad is meant to have a fun-and-not-serious tone despite it's overall extreme difficulty but the texturing looks like the insides of a toilet bowl after a Taco Bell buffet. Seriously, these maps are jealous of how beautiful and futuristic maps like UAC_DEAD look. The DWANGO series looks like fucking Ancient Aliens compared to this.   The MIDIs are lighthearted, silly and fun, which adds a layer of appeal for me personally. I loved seeing Patrick Stewart at the intermission too, rofl   I had some fun with this IDCLEVing through the whole wad and giving each map a try or 2 before moving on to the next but I seriously doubt I'll ever be back. The same idea with better texturing and overall taking itself just a tiny bit more seriously would warrant a higher rating. Ass-ugly texturing, silly MIDIs and a silly titlepic/interpic are fun in their own right so don't take me the wrong way but a lot of it crossed into "looks like the authors gave 0 fucks" category and I just have to take points away for that.   Also,   lol wtf is this bullshit is this a terrywad or somethin i mean jeeeezus   Overall, this is worth a peek just for some fun but unless you're a highly skilled speedrunner that also doesn't mind looking into a crapchute map after map, this probably doesn't really have much for you.
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