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Black Room

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This is a Boom compatible (cl9) level for Doom 2. The setting for this map consist in some UAC bases placed in a mountain area. This map is designed to be challenging on UV.


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NuMetalManiak

  

weird how this one uses the Grove midi. anyways, yes, this is challenging, but very setpiece oriented with a predominantly black color throughout. almost every fight involves usage of midtier enemies, and cybies can be used to infight when necessary. it's like a ribbiks map except without too much awesome detail, and that's okay. the wad played pretty nice with a decent curve.

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Scotty

  

A challenging but well thought out and balanced map. Skill is rewarded and mistakes punished.

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Roofi

  

Sorry , I'm too lazy to translate my long review in french without using a translator , so I will summarize in one sentence :

It's a really chalenging map with a moody but magical atmosphere , I really loved it.

 

You can check my detailed review here , I hope google translator will work well :

 

http://doomfrance.forumactif.com/t4691-review-maps-de-paul977#141921

 

Here is my demo in Ultra-violence , I didn't have enough ammo to kill the very last vile. :(

 

DEMO

 

 

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NoisyVelvet

  

3.5 / 5

 

genre: modern, tight setpiece fights strung together; mostly linear except a choice between two starter fights at the beginning.

 

visuals: iirc. mostly doom 2 textures, with a few extras mixed in.  it looked solid.

 

personal playtime: ~40 mins.

 

FDA: noisy_Blackroom_fda.zip

I started on UV and got thrashed.  It felt technically balanced up to what I played but too tight for me to play blind.

I downshifted to HMP after five deaths:

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Difficulty Settings : Yes (HMP reccomended)

Well that's a big difference.  Beat it one go, with some foreknowledge of the first few fights.  I peeked at HNTR afterwards, and it didn't seem too different from HMP, for me personally.

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Nine Inch Heels

  

I'm gonna start with what I didn't like:

-The MIDI is not for me.

 

Now the good stuff:

-Slightly non-linear progression

-Tricky and interesting gameplay aimed at doomers of higher skill levels.

-Slick visuals combined with very gameplay-effective layouts

-Nice variety of setpieces that will challenge your timing, movement, and spatial awareness.

 

You got to have more than just one trick up your sleeve to beat this map in one fell swoop. If you have trouble beating the original doom2: Stay away from this map, it's not for you (yet).

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BaraKornel

  

Level design is pretty good.

Nice layouts and details all over the map

Honestly looks like a 4 star map, but it's like a 2.5/5 because I don't think that this is challenging, this is just annoying. When I wasn't even halfway through the map, I only had  two shotguns and a chaingun. That wouldn't be a problem, if there weren't so many monsters. Arch-Viles everywhere, a Cyberdemon, dozens of revenants, hell knights, baron of hells in a kinda medium sized room. That sounds fun right? Well, not really.

 

If the map would provide enough cover (from the Arches), more ammo and weapons than it would be alright. There are a lot of masterpiece wads/maps, with a lot of monsters, and I don't have problem with that. But I don't think that this is executed well right here.

 

Fantastic looks, but the gameplay is just mindless. That's a shame.

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    • By Kristian Nebula · Posted
      Used it a lot back in the days and really loved the graphics editor!
    • By KickAss · Posted
      I don't know what to think about a file which has no file size description. A lot of promissing information is written down here but nothing about the file size ... . The pictures are not that promissing too. They look a bit better than the old ZDooM port but GZDooM looks way better even with all settings vanilla imho. I don't know why I should dowload this.
    • By Robo_Cola · Posted
      Very cool mod that does exactly (for the most part) what it sets out to do.  If you like the more horror/oppressive side of Doom (or even the palette of the original Diablo), this is your pick.  It looks particularly good in Software mode with the diminishing lighting not shifting the reds (as much), and the lighter blues look absolutely *gorgeous* in particular with the Plasma Rifle.

      Love it or hate it, it's worth a play-test.
    • By Obsidian · Posted
      This is a bit of an interesting one to revisit for me: Whispers of Satan was a mapset I played fairly early in my mapping career and it's influenced my approach to level construction and visual design more than I initially realized. At the time I ran out of steam around MAP22, but recently I decided to take another stab at it and finish all the levels. Which I did! Having done so, these are my thoughts.   Gotta start with the big one: Whispers of Satan is a damn good-looking mapset. Excellent texture usage and attention to detail were big draws for me when I first played this years ago and I ended up mimicking it a lot in my own work: to some degree I still do, honestly. Maps like MAP10, MAP16 and MAP28 stand out as particularly good examples of this school of design, with all the detailing work coming together to craft an excellent sense of place. This is bolstered by the custom soundtrack, which has some absolute bangers in it (in my decidedly unmusical opinion :P).   I also gotta shout out the fact that Paul and Kristian undeniably had fun putting this together, as can be evidenced by the silly little easter eggs and gags that are present throughout. There's the secret and super secret maps of course, but you can also spot a little bit of silliness in the main lineup and it's a touch I appreciate in the way that it gives a mapset life and charm. Again, it's something I was inspired by in my early mapping career and you can thank WoS for any gaff or joke you find in my own maps.   There is however an elephant in the room that I have to address and that is the map design itself. Other reviewers have pointed out the excessive symmetry that plagues a lot of the map architecture, but there is also a general sense of formula that can wear on you as you progress through the megawad: by the time you're in the final third of the main block of maps, you can distinctly see them falling into the same gameplay pattern and it starts chafing in a big way. MAP25 and MAP29 are two big culprits in my eyes, but there are plenty of early maps that follow the same formula and get a pass simply because of their placement in the megawad and (relatedly) the length of those experiences. This formulaic approach also creeps into the gameplay and monster usage and serves to make the latter half of the megawad something of a slog to get through, which explains why I didn't progress past MAP22 all those years ago.   I ain't gonna say that it doesn't deserve its Cacoward or anything though: I can appreciate the work that went into creating Whispers of Satan and the influence it had on what came after. It definitely has its flaws and as a gameplay experience it doesn't really hold up, but I can still admire it as a piece of Dooming history and I wouldn't be the mapper I am today if it didn't exist.
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