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UNDERSEA.WAD

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baja blast rd.

  

When I saw an oldschoolexual posted about this, I had to give it a go. 

 

UNDERSEA.WAD is one of those pwads from the initial wave of 1994 that has been remembered by modern players because of its core concept, which shows that creativity ages best of all. That concept is that you're in an underwater base of some type -- although since the interiors tend to all feel similar to one another, lots of gray walls, lots of tight hallways, it's hard to pin the setting down much further. Combat is light apart from some occasional multidirectional exposure to hitscanners. Chainsaw fans might enjoy using the choppers on all the pinkies, cacos, and imps that fill the hallways or are packed into monster closets. It was surprisingly fun rampaging down the bends of a 64-wide maze with it in hand, just mowing down sergeants. There are some occasional satisfying barrel situations too. The early scrolling SP_FACE cube was amusing. (That texture has also aged well.)

 

Overall it just wasn't my thing, though: too much clearing out harmless monsters in hallways, and unlike some other wads from the period, like The Waterfront from a year later, there was not much to the concept. The rocket launcher and plasma rifle are in unmarked secrets that even the computer area map doesn't reveal because the lines are hidden from the automap, secrets that aren't hinted at with a changing wall texture, so without those I skipped the handful of barons. If I vibed a bit better with the map, I might have distracted them and chainsawed them in the ass.  

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Doomkid

  

Thanks to a post by Maes, I found out about this wad. The Maniac MIDI is catchy and fun, and the level itself is still an enjoyable romp today. The idea that you're under the sea is a creative touch.

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Phalgrin

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Played this first from the Master Levels CD, good memories.

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Summer Deep

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Found this map on an old CD from a PC mag circa 1995, and it was just about the only one that could honestly be described as above average for the era. Graphically very basic, but very tight, involving gameplay and a worthwhile challenge if you have a spare 20 minutes or so.

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molten_

  
extremely impressive for the time.

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Guest

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Respect to an old friend from the good days. 5/5

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Guest

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It's pretty good, though not one of the very best wads from the early months.

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A classic wad from my youth, the "Maniac" song was THE touch to an already good wad, which made it just "stick" in my head. 5/5

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Dunno what all the fuss is about.......

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Playing through this always cheers me up.

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my god it's a blast from the past. I got my ass kicked all over the place. You MUST PLAY THIS! ~Csonicgo

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One of the best levels that I have ever seen!

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Well, it isn´t bad, but I´ve played betters.

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Second tier? It was a map that was a delight to play: perfect balance between architecture/gamepla y and ultra-cool music that added to its value. 5/5

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I remember when I played it for the fist time... I was only a baby. It's one of my favourite wads made in 1994. 5/5 -Glassyman

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Very creative for its time, and the gameplay's not bad, either. The design is kind of pathetic by modern standards, though. Fortunately, SOURCE PORT MAGIC allows for an AUTHENTIC UNDERSEA ADVENTURE (holy shit) Just punch in "testcolor blue" at the ZDoom console and enjoy! 3.5/5

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A legendary map from '94. So far above the other crap from that year it's incredible.

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This is a very early level. It tries to evoke a seabase, mostly by having watery textures on the ceiling (which makes no logical sense today, but I cannot speak for the people of 1994). It's not bad for an early level - the textures are consistent, there's a flow, lots of action, not much health. The "rising arena" is decent, and it's a shame the author didn't do more with it. As a whole it's a solid second tier early effort.

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I was entertained the whole way through. Great fun, and considering it was made in '94, this map is just plain awesome. -Snakes

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for 2007 it is nothing special, an ok map

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    • By ElmStreetSlasher1984 · Posted
      WHAT WAS THE MAKER FUCKING THINKING?!?!?!?!, This wad is a product of a infected diseased brain, why make a wad based on something cringe?, it is worse than Action 52 on the Nes or Hong Kong 97 on the Snes or EVEN BIG FUCKING RIGS ON THE PC! the enemy is not even scary it just happens to be a poorly drawn sprite, also he INSTANTLY KILLS YOU! the music is decent though i have to say it was a fuckin nightmare, If you play on skulltag level 2 will crash, since fuckin glitch gremlin wiped his ass on it, anyways FUCK this wad to Hell, get a infinity gauntlet and Snap it out of existence.
    • By Ordon · Posted
      well, the concept is good  BUT...   WHAT THE FUCK EVEN IS THIS??
    • By Cinnamon · Posted
      Definitely shows its age. It was a real grind to play through, mostly due to the levels being boring, but also from a remarkable over-reliance on hitscan, especially shotgunners. For some reason. The third episode does indeed pick up much of the slack, but with the really fun levels being shining exceptions rather than rule for two thirds of the WAD it still left me annoyed and exasperated in the end. The maps look fine most of the time and the music is good to really good, which is something to hold on to. I would still advice my past self to skip most of this one.    
    • By Cinnamon · Posted
      There's not too much for me to say about this one. While it isn't exactly my jam 100% of the time, I'm struggling to see how any creative endeavor could entertain me so thoroughly, throughout all the 32 parts of it. Ancient Aliens is charming, somewhat challenging, mysterious, well-paced... I could iterate over plenty of different variations of lavish praise, but I guess that in and of itself describes my feelings: AA is remarkably well-rounded. A DOOM blockbuster - and I use that description as an honest compliment rather than the pejorative it's sometimes thought of. One for the ages, and it'll be one of the WADs to which many of my future experience will be compared.    
    • By VoanHead · Posted
      On second thought, this wad is kinda mid if you ask me. After playing through all of it on pistol-start I wasn't really blown away by it. The midi pack that was made for this in 2020 was very nice if you ask me, but why this wad ever deserves a midi pack when it's so bland is what makes me scratch my head. Idk man, I didn't like this one as much as others do :/.
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