Breathless

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Breathless is a large, Boom compatible slaughter map for Doom 2. The theme is deep blues punctuated with cyan and is heavily inspired by Swim with the Whales, both in aesthetics and difficulty. The wad is inspired by a lot of things visually though, from Metroid Prime's Phazon Mines to Sunder. I wanted to make each individual area fairly unique, so despite it being one large map and all within the same colour palette, the areas hopefully still feel varied.

The map has a slaughter 'design philosophy' and is based around a lot of large set-piece fights, with some smaller encounters here and there. It is designed to be hard on Ultra Violence -consider it close to SWTW map 3 for reference- and is balanced mainly for this mode. HMP and HNTR are both implemented with the former tested a decent amount (not as rigorously as UV) and the latter given some quick runs. Hurt Me Plenty is fun to play and I can Max it fairly consistently without too much trouble; I would suggest playing on this difficulty first, as UV is punishing. Don't say you weren't warned :D

The wad has a lot of secrets, so look around if you want to max it!

Credits

Mr Zzul (Killer5), Loveless, Bemused, Benjogami, Archi, 38_ViTa_38. See the wad's credits file (lump in the wad) for texture/music credits etc.

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d around a lot of large set-piece fights, with some smaller encounters here and there. It is designed to be hard on Ultra Violence -consider it close to SWTW map 3 for reference- and is balanced mainly for this mode. HMP and HNTR are both implemented with the former tested a decent amount (not as rigorously as UV) and the latter given some quick runs. Hurt Me Plenty is fun to play and I can Max it fairly consistently without too much trouble; I would suggest playing on this difficulty first, as UV is punishing. Don't say you weren't warned :D<br><br> The wad has a lot of secrets, so look around if you want to max it!

Build Time

8 months approx (including testing) on and off

Editors Used

GZDoom Builder Bugfix, Slade3, Photoshop


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dmg_64

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Frustrating, not my taste, though I appreciate the effort put into making the environment.

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    • By Summer Deep · Posted
      Quite a decent and apparently well regarded early Doom map. Almost 300 enemies on UV, but not too difficult by today's standards. Visually okay, though a bit spartan with plenty of plain white walls etc. There's also a Doom 2 conversion of this (Redrum2.wad) which can be found on some of those 94/95 CD compilations, but it's somewhat disappointing - no revenants, mancubuses or archviles, even on UV difficulty.
    • By lupinx-Kassman · Posted
      An old partial conversion that uses dehacked for some nifty effects. You can leave shotgunners in a sorta slumped state, watch a building get demolished, and use a mancubus's arm as a weapon among other things. Goof++; Tickles my soft spot.
    • By Meril · Posted
      Some missing textures, weird maze. Not sure if author tried to make multilevel illusion or not but anyway he screw up. 2.5/5*
    • By Meril · Posted
      Map is made correct, but short, bland, plain, nothing more than some rooms filled with monsters opened one after another.
    • By Meril · Posted
      Impressive features for 95 wad, but it is made by good engineer but no artist. Ladders, map with indicators which switch left to find, great concepts. But ladders are glitchy (in GZDoom) player and monsters sometimes getting stuck in floor. It's a shame that gameplay is bad. Starts in the room filled with mostly hitscanners (infighting gets almost 40 of them), vaults filled with ammo. Visuals: 2/5 Gameplay: 2/5 Cool stuffs: 4/5