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Doom II: Dark World [v1.0]

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Replay the original eleven maps from Doom II in a more hellish, harder state. Made from scratch while referring to the original maps.


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silentzorah

  

Great concept, but I felt the execution was a bit lacking.  The maps aren't too detailed compared to today's standards, and I felt that for a wad called "Dark World," the maps were actually quite bright.  Maybe darkening them a bit could help mask the lower detail.  Difficulty was good, some decent traps here and there.

 

Not awful, but not stellar.  It's a thing that exists, I guess.

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Nems

  

This is a very fun, albeit tougher remix of the first eleven maps of Doom 2. The design is familiar enough to be recognizable while still doing its own thing. I just wish there was more than just these 11 levels because I would have liked to see what they would have done with the other levels.

 

I'd still heartily recommend this. <3

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Dedalus 80

  

Beautiful, demanding and engaging mapset. The difficulty level is (too?) high in the latest maps. Recommended.

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Summer Deep

  

This is a strange mixture. A more 'hellish' and, overall, more difficult version of the maps it's based on. Nonetheless, the consistency varies widely.

 

 I didn't die or save once in the first five levels, but then the fun starts. Level six is much tougher, with a crazy finale featuring instantly respawning arachnotrons - one of them revived itself five times before it was permanently extinguished. Level seven, based on 'Dead Simple' of course, presents an archvile-based encore which will cause most players considerable frustration.

 

 Things then settle down again: maps 8 and 9 are not notably harder than the originals, and map 10 has plenty of health and ammo (plus two invincibility spheres). The final level is a somewhat challenging one, in which killing everything, certainly if playing on the top difficulty setting, is probably impossible, most obviously in the exit room. 

 

This is an attractive mapset, visually pleasing and imaginative, and with generally solid gameplay. I just wish the author could have achieved a more evenly graduated  difficulty curve, and maybe toned down the occasional excesses. Overall I'd give it 4+ out of 5.

 

Played on UV, continuous, GLBoom+.

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KVELLER

  

I think I like the concept of this more than the maps themselves. There are some HUGE difficulty spikes, and sometimes it may even come off as unbalanced (although that's kind of subjective).

 

MAP07 has an over abundance of Arch-Viles IMO (seriously, how many did you put in there??) and it gets old really damn fast.

 

And the end of MAP11... A small arena with a Mastermind, surrounded by Revenants behind fake walls and with most of the area covered in damaging floors, with a few safe spots to walk on. That's when I gave up. I probably could have beaten the map anyways, but I just couldn't be bothered. I had stopped being fun, for me at least.

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Zalewa

  

There's a nasty increase in difficulty in the latter maps, but in overall this is a good "reimagination". All levels are instantly familiar, but also changed in ways that make this a fresh experience.

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NuMetalManiak

  

this is the kind of wad that is like if Doom 2 Meets ZDoom meets Doom II: Hellscape, with some Switcheroom dashes to it (especially since there are some Switcheroom 2 maps that are made to be hellish). mostly good maps, EXCEPTING MAP06 and MAP07. god, MAP06 was unbelievably fucking frustrating to play through. the crusher doesn't even work right when i was there, and i spent the good time believing i was stuck. also, there's a number of permanently missable secrets too, and the ambushes are EVIL. MAP07 for some reason glitched out with one of the 667 tags, meaning i had to cheat my way out of that one, oh and fuck that cyberdemon.

 

but otherwise, the rest of the maps played out just fine.

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jwilliams051197

  

A pretty well done wad. Can't wait for other versions.

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jwilliams051197

  

A pretty well done wad. Can't wait for other versions.

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Classicgamer6

  

The idea behind of this set of levels was to remake the first eleven episodes of Doom 2 but to be harder and have a hellish landscape. While the mapper did an excellent job in making nice looking hell inspired levels they did not do as well when it comes to the overall difficulty. This won't be a walk in the park for less experienced Doom players, but will be easy for those who know the vanilla maps and are used to the more difficult user levels. Recommended for those who want to see a nice hell level inspired rendition of early Doom 2 levels.

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Kaitocain

  

The Difficulty is a bit out of wack, but outside of Map06, the entire mapset was well done and quite entertaining to play.

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    • By galileo31dos01 · Posted
      Done with these settings:   - Crispy Doom 5.3.
      - Ultra-Violence
      - Continuous combined with pistol start mindset.
      - No saves, mostly.
      Very decent tribute to the original game. Each map is essentially a remix of the ID's levels, built around the same theme and music tracks per episode, albeit with the author's personal changes to the design. Aesthetically, the only notorious difference, and by no means less important, is the texturing he decided to use in some sections. In general the maps look extra polished, there were no signs of misaligned textures, but I wasn't that attentive to be honest. He did left the most distinctive visual features of each map untouched, for example where it's supposed to be a dark secret dungeon, it is a dark secret dungeon, just not copy-pasted.    As said before, Wonderful Doom is just a revamped Ultimate Doom. If you know the game by heart, there may be little room for surprises, so you can take it as a memory test. Of course, the author added his own touch to the gameplay. I would underline the size of the rooms in comparison to the iwad, tending to be more compact though in no way less attractive. In consequence, they lead to a bit more claustrophobic combat, specially throughout the latter episodes, sometimes you'll find yourself in a hairy situation like a slow drop in a cluster of imps and barons coming from the shadows, or starting surrounded of pinkies and barrels to detonate using your ol' peashooter. Another thing is the resource balance, sometimes giving more leeway where there wasn't originally, other times less obvious for the pistol starter. This is part of several plot twists Wraith added here and there to the main concepts to keep it somehow fresh and interesting, but I'm not going to spoil any in particular.    Secret-wise, I guess it's not needless to say almost all of them can be found normally, there is one in E2M9 that can't be triggered due to the teleport line. Otherwise, there are no broken sectors or staircases of secrets (sorry to burst your bubble ;P). There are no disliked maps, and so I'll avoid to pick favourites this time. I also didn't care if most maps were extremely similar to the iwad ones, but that could not be the case for you.   Overall, I won't lie and say this turned out to be thoroughly enjoyable. It's what I expected from an author with such love for plain vanilla Ultimate Doom. Nostalgia fans should give it a go. Well, as long as you wish to "play Original Doom one more time", otherwise if you expect a thing like "Doom the Way ID Did", it might not be wise to download this. My rate is 8/10.
    • By bemused · Posted
      This is clearly the most groundbreaking, exciting release of the decade. Forget your megawads, this is where its at. Wonderful, delightful, sublime, glorious... all words that dont even come close to expressing just how great this wad is.
    • By Meril · Posted
      Another abomination in doom mapping. It's crap even in crap category.
    • By Meril · Posted
      Ugly, rectangular, not enough ammo. In one word: CRAP
    • By Meril · Posted
      Sound replacement is terrible. Sounds are very annoying. Level also is ugly. Only thing I like is sprites replacement. Kicking nazi asses is same as good like demons ones ;)
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