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DARK UNIVERSE-part 1

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6 map pack for GZdoom/Doom2.

Small to Medium sized maps. Maps can be completed rather quickly (just find the switch that opens the exit and then find the exit), with lots of secrets, switches, scripted events, and hidden areas full of the stuff you might need to survive the next map. HMP and UV difficulties available.

MOUSE LOOK REQUIRED. NO JUMPING/ CROUCHING. Intended for vanilla monsters and weapons but works well with most mods.


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Psilli

  

I absolutely loved this mapset! The atmosphere was nailed perfectly; the tight corridors, tunnels, access ways, hanger bays, door controls, etc. made me feel like I was actually on board a UAC space ship. I played this with the bleeding edge version of Project Brutality 3 at the time and I felt that it worked well with this mapset. Dunno if part 2 in is the works but this was an awesome ride!

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trrobin

  

A well-paced atmospheric space themed mapset.  Just the right amount of detail to be interesting, and with plenty of secrets to helpy you along.  I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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NuMetalManiak

  

with the snazzy screenshot shown on the cacowards page and the obvious premise of the wad being a journey through space with multiple enemies to tackle, there's no denying Dark Universe its award. for once, i'm glad this one isn't incredibly long, with just six levels, only two of which were actually big to any extent. and despite the GZDoom features around, the gameplay was intended to be more in line with classic gameplay without a shitload of DeHacked fuckery. and that's a great thing. naturally it's atmospheric, a bit like Doom 3 at times (which isn't a bad thing either).

 

the detail draws you in, the gameplay draws you in further. watch your step, the space could actually suck you out in some levels.

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elend

  

"Dark Universe" is what I would consider "small but powerful". The amount of levels can be counted on one hand and even the initial playthrough is over before you know it. Yet, "Dark Universe" oozes with atmosphere and makes you come back to it, because its levels feature so many nooks and crannies that you just want to see everything. The incredible texture work, lighting and map detailing have to be seen to be believed. If you consider yourself a tech base fan, then give this one a go. The Star Wars influence is huge, yet not so pronounced that those maps wouldn't run fine with stock monsters or other gameplay mods.

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    • By TheMagicMushroomMan · Posted
      5.5/10   The problem with DTWID is that the same concept has been carried out by countless WADS already - they just didn't draw any direct comparison to the original DOOM. So what you get here is a set of competent-but-generic maps that follows the same beat-to-death techbase>hell progression of DOOM. Just like 10,000 other vanilla style megaWADs. In the end, that's all this is - a WAD that attempts to mimic (not always successfully, as there are some questionable maps here and there) OG DOOM. Without the awe that comes with experiencing the original game for the first, you're left with a bunch of generic maps. The inspiration that ended up leading to the creation of this project causes the WAD itself to feel uninspiring. It lacks memorability and soul.
    • By printz · Posted
      A pretty tough level with an unusual design. There's no exit; your goal is to defeat all monsters. Good luck.
    • By printz · Posted
      Mostly a flat maze level full of illusionary effects. It's not a very complex structure overall, but pretty challenging. The exit is randomly hidden somewhere.
    • By Lol 6 · Posted
      For a wad made in 1995 it's a pretty convincing church, I like how detailed it is, as well as the graveyard, too bad it is quite short because it's fun (Although I understand that, as a deathmatch level, making it too large can make it unfun to play). The exit gates are an awesome detail too. Definitely check it out 5/5 stars   - xX_Lol6_Xx
    • By VoanHead · Posted
      Upon the release of The Ultimate Midi Pack for Doom 1 that replaces all midi slots w/ original compositions, I thought to myself "Hell Yeah, now I have an excuse to play DTWiD!". Besides the shameless plug, I would recommend everyone to give that pack a listen and perhaps a spin w/ this wad b/c god damn does it go together like peanut butter and nutella.   Onto DTWiD: Well, the people behind this wad accomplished the goal of mimicking the style of John Romero, Sandy Petersen, and last but not least Tom Hall. Every level breathes like it was made by any of the three gentlemen, and god damn I had a blast w/ this one. While certainly not as hard as your Plutonia, Rowdy Rudy 1+2, Hell To Pay, or even Good Morning Phobos, it has its own moments where it doesn't pull its punches. However, one of my main gripes w/ this wad is that there's a lot of secrets to find if you're a completionist like I am, as some of them are a bit tricky to hunt down. The maps are way bigger than the OG John, Sandy, and Tom Hall levels, and while it's great to mesh some good fights here and there, it at times felt like a slog to go through b/c of the size of some of these maps. E1 was the weakest in terms of fights here, as expected that you won't be fighting anything tougher than hitscan, imps, and pinkies. While the design was great, I admittedly got lost a few times trying to get my bearings and know just where the hell I need to go. E2 was a bigger improvement upon E1, and had a few moments where it was spooky, like things are really beginning to hit the fan. E3 (which unironically in the OG UD was my least fav episode that I couldn't even bring myself to finish) was probably the best episode of the bunch, everything was oppressive and coming for you, luckily there was an abundance of ammo to help you out in messy situations, more traps and better set ups than what E2 had and a way better episode than E1. The secret levels of all 3 episodes are the highlight of the wad.   While I wouldn't say that this wad is a "must play" b/c over time I started to get a bit exhausted on the size of some of the levels and figuring out where I need to go, and especially since I binged E1, E2, and E3 3 days each respectively, I had my moments where I was like "Please God let this be over". Overall, I would say this is more of a wad that if you really wanna check out, go for it, or a good recommendation for people who are just beginning their journey of playing community wads and want something ez to play.
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