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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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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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