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Sons of Ares

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Episode 1 replacement for Doom 1 Play-tested only with pistol starts Not balanced for continuous play Multiplayer Things exist but NOT playtested Damaging flats are consistent across maps In 320x200 distant shootable switches can be hard to see Infinitely tall monsters can get in your way

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· Edited by BaraKornel


The level design is fantastic, and the maps are really big. Making maps like these is really hard, because you have to fill the entire map with details. There were a lot of creative traps and ideas, so overall it's a fantastic wad. It started out a little dull (nothing terrible, the maps still looked good), because there were too many monsters, and I only had a shotgun, but from the third level it got really good.


The secret level actually felt like a secret level. It was unique and fun. Lot ot people make secret levels the hardest, and most challenging to beat, but this was just a nice level.



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A fun, good looking episode 1 mapset for Doom with a modest amount of difficulty. Recommended.

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A very good episode with pretty visuals and balanced gameplay.

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Expect the same that is in the vanilla Episode 1. A large portion of abstract base levels with some nukage, many optional sections, gameplay that doesn't involve post-shareware monsters and not very high difficulty level. This is some good, light-hearted play good for a slow morning or for an evening with a nice glass of beer. The action doesn't stall and the level layouts are interesting. Pretty good.

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    • By ElmStreetSlasher1984 · Posted
      WHAT WAS THE MAKER FUCKING THINKING?!?!?!?!, This wad is a product of a infected diseased brain, why make a wad based on something cringe?, it is worse than Action 52 on the Nes or Hong Kong 97 on the Snes or EVEN BIG FUCKING RIGS ON THE PC! the enemy is not even scary it just happens to be a poorly drawn sprite, also he INSTANTLY KILLS YOU! the music is decent though i have to say it was a fuckin nightmare, If you play on skulltag level 2 will crash, since fuckin glitch gremlin wiped his ass on it, anyways FUCK this wad to Hell, get a infinity gauntlet and Snap it out of existence.
    • By Ordon · Posted
      well, the concept is good  BUT...   WHAT THE FUCK EVEN IS THIS??
    • By Cinnamon · Posted
      Definitely shows its age. It was a real grind to play through, mostly due to the levels being boring, but also from a remarkable over-reliance on hitscan, especially shotgunners. For some reason. The third episode does indeed pick up much of the slack, but with the really fun levels being shining exceptions rather than rule for two thirds of the WAD it still left me annoyed and exasperated in the end. The maps look fine most of the time and the music is good to really good, which is something to hold on to. I would still advice my past self to skip most of this one.    
    • By Cinnamon · Posted
      There's not too much for me to say about this one. While it isn't exactly my jam 100% of the time, I'm struggling to see how any creative endeavor could entertain me so thoroughly, throughout all the 32 parts of it. Ancient Aliens is charming, somewhat challenging, mysterious, well-paced... I could iterate over plenty of different variations of lavish praise, but I guess that in and of itself describes my feelings: AA is remarkably well-rounded. A DOOM blockbuster - and I use that description as an honest compliment rather than the pejorative it's sometimes thought of. One for the ages, and it'll be one of the WADs to which many of my future experience will be compared.    
    • By VoanHead · Posted
      On second thought, this wad is kinda mid if you ask me. After playing through all of it on pistol-start I wasn't really blown away by it. The midi pack that was made for this in 2020 was very nice if you ask me, but why this wad ever deserves a midi pack when it's so bland is what makes me scratch my head. Idk man, I didn't like this one as much as others do :/.