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Vicarious Reality

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Some 90's themed maps with new textures supplied by MagicMaha


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Had a blast with Vicarious Reality - I really liked the concept of pistol-starting simulations with different takes on the gameplay. Cool texture themes have you exploring bright and colorful techbases with some kind of focused gimmick mixed with traditional gameplay elements. It's a quick playthrough of only 6 maps, which was good for passing an evening. There's some cool ideas on display that would be a shame to spoil here, but the differences in what made each map special helped to keep things refreshing.

 

A warning for new players; every map has some kind of death exit, and a couple of times I did happen to break it in some way. One time I was killed by teleporting onto an exploding barrel, which killed me but didn't push the player dummy past the exit line. If all else fails you can always skip to the next map with the IDCLEVXX cheat.

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      Too many stations, amazing music and barrels.
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      A puzzle focused wad that also contains action? Sign me up! That was close to my initial thoughts upon reading this file description. What this wad actually offers is long corridors and square rooms populated with enemies that are required to infight. That is the puzzle in every one of the five levels. How to cause infighting. This is more of a slaughter-lite level set than an actual puzzle wad so change your expectations accordingly.
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