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The Revenant Problem

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There is a runaway Revenant barreling down the teleporter track. Ahead, at the main teleporter's destination, there are five Imps trapped by explosive barrels and unable to move. The Revenant is headed straight for them. You are standing inside the nearby STARTAN2 viewing chamber next to a switch. If you press this switch, the Revenant will change to a different teleporter. However, you notice that there is one Imp trapped within explosive barrels at this side teleporter's destination. You have two options:

1. Do nothing, and the Revenant fires a rocket which explodes the barrels, killing the five Imps at the main teleporter.

2. Push the switch, diverting the Revenant onto the side teleporter where it will kill one Imp.

Which is the most ethical choice?


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Bauul

· Edited by Bauul

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

"Time to choose!"

 

32 amusingly self-referential moral dilemmas, ranging from the genuinely difficult (do you let a BFG be destroyed, or a Megasphere?) to the hilariously obvious (do you kill a dozen monsters, or one Arch-Vile)?  To begin with you might wonder whether an entire megawad of such a simple premise can be enjoyable, but rest assured sticking with it reveals there is slightly more potential to this setup than the first few maps suggest.

 

With genuinely ingenious use of the Boom feature set, this wad makes for an enjoyable 20 minutes of surreal Doom-related humor.  It's something you can only really play once, but it's definitely going to stick in the memory.  

 

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Be sure to check out the original forum thread for more videos and information by the author:

https://www.doomworld.com/forum/topic/98433-the-revenant-problem-a-philosophical-doom-2-map/

 

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geo

· Edited by geo

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

As a person that doesn't like comedy with my games, this was laugh out loud funny. The premise is simple, make a choice between who dies. A revenant moving on a track will kill whatever choice you make thanks to its shoulder rockets and barrels surrounding the victims. As an example, a zombie soldier or a chain gunner, a single chain gunner or a group of chain gunners, an arch vile or a group of big enemies.

 

Pull the switch and the group on the right dies, don't pull the switch and the group on the left dies. Its a simple premise that did what it could to stay fresh for 30 levels to think outside the confines of a simple switch pull, but it does overstay its welcome. The major issue is how slow the revenant is on its path. It gives you a lot of downtime.

 

Once the revenant is dead, the barrier will open allowing you to exit to the next test chamber. If you deviate, there will probably be problems.

 

The megawad is punctuated by some kooky music choices that add to the silliness. Its a great play through for anyone with 20 - 25 minutes to kill.

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princessyiris

   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

One of the funniest wads I've played. Knows when to play itself straight. Knows when to throw some hilarious curveballs at you. The moment you think you know what direction it's going in, it hits you with things you never saw coming.

This wad is criminally underrated and underplayed.

 

Revenant100, you have my kudos. This wad really made me think.

🤔👌

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Yugiboy85

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Had a go at this once. It is funny for sure but, I think it starts to get a tad boring after about 5 minutes. Cool concept though :) 

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Prologue-9

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An amusing WAD, though the joke got a little old after the first 10 or so levels. Aside from that though, it's easy to play through, and has quite a few fun surprises up its sleeve. 

 

All in all, it's alright.

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Lifeform

  

One true AWESOME Wad wish an AMAZING concept, i really LOVE the idea behind this wad this was done

Superbly Fantastic !!!

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    • By Classicgamer6 · Posted
      May not be the prettiest level but it is pretty fun to play. The level is hard on higher difficulties but is fair the whole way through.
    • By DeadAstronaut · Posted
      For players who enjoyed the original Doom, this wad set would appeal to them more than anything. The design is dedicated around the original game and in the styles of John Romero and Sandy Petersen. If there is one thing this wad truly does accomplish more so than anything, it is that the maps could pass for official id releases. For players who are new to trying custom wads, this is a decent one to begin with.    There are a number of maps that truly feel like you're playing a sequel to the original Doom. E1 follows the tech base style of Romero's level design from the original game with faithful renditions. The maps are mixed up, so they don't come off as copies to the original game's levels. Reactor Core feels like a legitimate sequel to Computer Station from the original game. Each level contains tons of secrets that are well hidden and some have hidden keys leading to doors, much like the original E1 had. The boss map with the barons is a faithful rendition that turns up the challenge a bit for expert players of the original game.    I personally found E2 to be more interesting than the Romero style maps. The textures offer a blend of tech base and the hellish look but it's more fluid in this wad as the levels progress. As the player progresses, the levels begin to look more and more hell-like leading up to the boss map with the cyberdemon The intermission screen fades into darkness the closer you get to the last level. The E2 levels do not so much feel like sequels and faithful renditions of E2 from the original game, but more in a way of carrying that torch to design levels that are similar. There's a couple moments where the influence can be felt back to the original game, but not every level will remind the player of a specific level. The cyberdemon fight itself is made more challenging with the use of teleporters. E2's secret level is the best in this wad offering fast paced combat.    E3 is where things begin to really change compared to the original game. The hell levels have a lot more going on to them and overall, feel much bigger than that of the original game. Chapel of Scorn is the one map in the whole game that sums up Sandy Petersen's level design style more than anything. It has an outside area resembling Sough Of Despair while the inside is similar to Unholy Cathedral (and contains a new secret puzzle that is something he would've done in the original game). Towards the end, Depths could be considered a weak level compared to the original game's level in it's slot (Mt. Erebus) but by this point, that's more of a nitpick than a criticism (my only real complaint is that the Mt. Erebus style level is a secret and not in the level order). The textures for E3 have never looked better than what you get here in this wad. Unlike the original game, the Spidermastermind boss fight is a legitimate challenge here since you can't just run up and BFG blast her. The boss stage involves crushing ceilings and a moving platform making for what feels like a grand boss battle.    Overall, I would rank this map set a 5 out of 5. The love is felt back to the original game as the team involved for this wad pay tribute to id's style of level making. For Doom players first venturing away from official levels and trying community projects for the first time, this is most definitely a good place to begin with custom wads.     
    • By Liberation · Posted
      Lovely looking level with some great features. The weather alone is awesome! Very playable, no cheap traps or anything like that, just solid gameplay. Also had the noise from the "Shadows" from Babylon 5 coming from the strange skull trees. Solid all-rounder.
    • By Voltcom9 · Posted
      This was an experience similar to the end of the movie 2001... It throws all conventional Dooming etiquette out the airlock and into the vacuum of space. Once I started playing this I simply had to keep playing, just to see how ridiculously stupid things could get.  As a jokewad I'd say it does it's job pretty well. It's worth a download if you want a laugh. 
    • By Xyzzy01 · Posted
      Totally not biased giving this review or anything... :D
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