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Shadows of Darkness

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This level is for DOOM2, not DOOM (a DOOM version is out on BBSs), MAP01. I have included difficulty settings...they aren't as accurate as I'd like 'em. Cooperative play is recommended, deathmatch is good too (I put all the deathmatch starts in on area so you and your opponent don't have to run all around the level just to find each other) and solitare is fun. Very BIG, with many secrets and switches!!!!!!!!! Go for 100% in everything! This IS different in some ways from the DOOM version. Check out both and you'll see. Nothing major, just some more cryptic spots :)


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Now, at the begginng of the map, you can see that is resembles E1M4 of Doom, no question about it. But when you get into the meats of the map, you then realize that it is indeed nothing like E1M4. Even though it is a really, really, solid map, there should be some Doom II Things in the map, besides the Super Shotgun. Overall, if you like good early 90's Doom II maps, here is one to check out.

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Good level, very easy to beat but it's an interesting remix of E1 (I noticed homages to e1m4, e1m3, e1m1, e1m6) and some locations are very impressive (main hall before the exit, looking at the SSG area from the balcony, etc). I cheated by using straferunning at the end, no idea how to raise that bridge.

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This is a medium-sized, very unlinear map from 1995. Gameplay is ok, but not particularly hard; the looks are ok, but not overly interesting. Not bad for those times, but a bit tame from today's view. 2.5/5 -Milian

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This is from March 1995, although oddly the zipfile contains an exe called "error!.exe" dated today (perhaps the zip is corrupt). The level is a highly entertaining E1 homage with almost no Doom II influence at all. There are bits and pieces of Doom I levels here and there - the opening room is similar to E1M4, and there's a section that's similar to the outside area of E1M1 - and it's gret fun to play. Would have been top in 1995, still good today.

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very good for a 1995 Wad. It's big base that mixes doom2 ep1 and ep2 styles very well. Nice job....

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    • By Nems · Posted
      Should have been called "Doom 64 for Boom".   I really wanted to like this more. I mean, I do like it but I feel like the gripes I have regarding it just bring my overall rating for it down too much.   It was interesting to see how, at first, the authors recreated the Doom 64 levels in Doom 2 with just vanilla assets. You can still see some of that in the Boom levels like how revenants and arch-viles are used in place of where traps where. That was an interesting touch and I liked that.   As I got further into it though and more of the Boom tricks were used my thoughts wandered from "hey this is a nice vanilla interpretation" to "man I could be playing Doom 64 EX or Doom 64 Retribution". I really wish they would have stuck with vanilla constraints for this reinterpretation. I would have liked to see how they would have handed nightmare monster placement (would a nightmare imp be worth two imps or three, for example). I feel like using Boom and DeHacked cheapened the experience, like they were trying to replicate Doom 64 as close as possible rather than doing a vanilla Doom (2) interpretation.   Additionally, map 30 can fuck right the hell off with that puzzle bullshit.   Anyway, if you don't mind any of the complaints I made, you'll likely have fun with this. I got some fun out of this as well but to me it feels like it's trying to be exactly like Doom 64 rather than simply a vanilla Doom 2 interpretation of Doom 64. In trying to be exactly like Doom 64, it just makes me want to play that more than this.
    • By Marlamir · Posted
      Pretty good. The combat was fun and design wasn't bad at all.
    • By Meril · Posted
      Despite its age, nice details and well designed. Way how blue key is hidden is really clever. But map is dark and cramped. Enemies are only imps and hitscanners.
    • By Dovahxul · Posted
      the more I play the more I get more sad that this map pack is going to end soon its really great :)
    • By Meril · Posted
      Pretty good map in E1 base style (except Doom2 monsters) Nice design but there some texture alignment issues.
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