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OFFICE.WAD

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What makes this level so interesting is it's 'office'-building highrise design (thus the name). There are 5 floors that are nearly identical. Each floor has an up and down 'elevator' which is actually a teleporter. If you didn't know that doom doesn't allow it, you'd swear this level has multiple floors! This WAD is for those of you who are tired of all the huge, complicated, nearly impossible, and frustrating levels out there. THIS WAD is designed to be FUN. Isn't that what games are all about anyway? EVERY weapon is available, sustaining health is available, and every enemy makes an appearance! Also, for those of you who HATE poorly aligned textures, I spent time to make sure I didn't irritate you!


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I'm really surprised this wad is still around. I made it during my last semester at Akron U. I guess it was good enough to last all these years in cyberspace. Yeah, the multiple floor thing was cool at the time, but as the other reviewer said, my original entusiasm seems out-dated. I see my obsolete email from college is still up there. My new high-traffic email is: jkontrad@aol.com

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I expected something that looked remotely like a office, and was dissapointed: the map consists of bare gray rooms with monsters and barrels. The "5 floor effect" is convincing, though. It's not a bad map, taking into account the date it was made. -- 3/5

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It's a suitably sterile office building full of angry cow-orkers. The big boss blocks the exit, but you can just run past, or you can easily kill him if you don't mess up the "get the BFG" trick. Never did find that blue key though...

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The readme file is strikingly naive and quite likeable for it. It was a trend in the early days of Doom wads for people to model real-life locations such as office buildings etc; nobody does that nowadays because it's futile, and once you've seen one "toilet" / "television" / "bed" it gets boring. This level is very spartan (the walls are almost uniformly concrete). "There are 5 floors that are nearly identical" says the readme; yup.

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    • 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 :/.
    • By baja blast rd. · Posted
      This reads as an early example of arcade-style mapping.   Areas are defined largely by color combinations, with no real overarching theme to the map: there are silver techbase rooms, brick-like Earth rooms, red hellish rooms, without much in the way of detailing or setting-building -- all centralized around a square hub room with key doors, which repopulates with monsters each time you find a key. It's on the simpler side visually, but still a very clear step above "monotextured square rooms"-type design, with some solid architecture, shapes, and texture combos here and there, and even a clever crushing UFO-like "ring" at one point.    The gameplay concepts are very straightforward, with one exception being a room that has you platforming over damaging floor while closets of lost souls and cacodemons open up. Instead, the bulk of the fighting is more often dished out as blocks of monsters often revealed in closets -- blocks at a density far below what you'd consider slaughter. Some of the potential fun involves herding monsters towards barrels; once I waited several seconds for chaingunners to walk halfway across the room, right next to a clump of barrels I could blow them all up with. The ending fight is designed for you to pour rockets into two static cybs while circling, and I skipped that one.    Completed in a bit under 10 minutes. 
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