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PUNISHER.WAD

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A rehashed MAP01 - but with more monsters than you can shake a BFG at.


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Argenteo

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Extreme map 01 clone by Dario Casali in about 2 hours build time. Lot's o demons for you.

"They’ll be waiting for me. When I arrive, they’ll wish they’d sent me to heaven." Punisher.

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Erick

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Before Plutonia's Go 2 It, there was Dario Casali's take on expanding Doom 2's MAP01 into a difficult and action packed level. Punisher can be seen as sort of a prototype for Go 2 It in that it was released a year before Final Doom and the map is rough around the edges to play. There are far more many monsters in Punisher than there are in Go 2 It, starting off with about 600 enemies, which is three times more than Go 2 It's initial start of about 200 enemies. It sounds like Punisher is more difficult than Go 2 It for having more enemies and a rougher layout, right? Well, actually no, Punisher is easier than Go 2 It though at the same time, Punisher has its difficulty issues that can make it annoying to play.

 

In Punisher, a variety of enemies are placed together far more frequently, meaning infighting happens immediately in the areas they are in. There are some rooms where only a single enemy type is in to prevent easy infighting, but even still, you can take advantage of monster infighting far more than you would in Go 2 It. Another thing, you don't always get up close to tough monsters like the Cyberdemon so you can pretty much skip them at times, which is unlike Go 2 It as that map has you getting up close to them or at times killing them to progress.

 

Despite Punisher encouraging something of a aggressive and fast playstyle like you Go 2 It and other Plutonia maps encourage, it doesn't exactly feel like you can do it as freely here. There's a ton of open space so trying to draw attention of monsters to cause some infighting yourself can be annoying to do, an Arch-Vile can hit you out in the open and Pain Elementals can be very problematic, so you might find yourself peeking in and out of cover often instead of blasting monsters away with rockets and a BFG. That's not to say you can't blast through the level if you played it multiple times much like Go 2 It, but even so, the pacing and fights here feel a bit messy.

 

Punisher is not bad to play and I found it fun to play despite its gameplay problems. I found it interesting to compare this map with Go 2 It to see the differences and how much more refined an expanded Doom 2 MAP01 turned out in the end. If you're into maps with tons of monsters to kill and don't mind some odd pacing, Punisher is good to play, though it definitely shows its age.

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Spie812

  

Dario Casali's take on his brother's famous Go 2 It. Overall, I feel like although this is a decent take on the idea, Go 2 It is still a far better level.

 

The two levels are very similar, being based on expanded versions of Doom 2's Map01, but with lots more monsters. Generally speaking Punisher has the tougher monsters. Compared to Go 2 It, Punisher has more enemies, more cyberdemons, more masterminds, lots of chaingunners, and a legitimately problematic amount of pain elementals. However, even with the extra firepower, I feel like Punisher doesn't quite meet the difficulty of its counterpart. Go 2 It has a lot of homogenous crowds, meaning infighting can be troublesome at times. Punisher, on the other hand, is so varied that everything basically starts fighting immediately, making the large crowds pretty easy as long as you know what you're doing.

 

In the looks department, Punisher is also worse than its counterpart. Naturally, being a Doom 2 map, there are no fancy Plutonia textures to be found. This means that Dario instead had to fall back on Doom 2's rather bland brown brick and stone textures. Monster and item placement are scattered everywhere without much organization, making a lot of areas look messy. It's not a very aesthetically pleasing map, but it gets the job done (and the gameplay is the focus anyway.)

 

Is Punisher a bad map? No, certainly not.
Is it worth playing? If you like this kind of map, absolutely!
Does it hold up very well? Unfortunately, not really much at all.

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everennui

  
There's no order to this. For a map with an average 4 star rating, I'd expect this to be more than just a an e1m1 clone. There was good encounters, but overall it just feels like an excuse to stick as many monsters in as you can. For a while I thought it may be beatable. Maybe?

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Outrageous Videos

  
Awesome map but pretty easy though

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Guest

  
Monster placements feel a bit mindless in some areas. Detail is a bit rough in areas, too. Not too bad, but I recommend playing Plutonia's "Go 2 It" instead.

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Cynical

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There's no denying that Punisher was influential as hell; before that wad, no one had ever made a "hordes of monsters with Viles and Cybs every three feet" map that was actually playable. But holy hell, is it hilarious to look back on these days. Most of the map consists of shooting at enemies that can't fight back because of lulzy monster-block lines, and the rest is simply BFGing whatever is in front of you. 5 Stars as a historical document.

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Hahaha, that's pretty retarded idea, rework standard Doom map by adding shitloads of monsters and add some place for them. So why I'm playing it instead of doing my very-important-work? . 5/5 for being mindlessly hardkoar, it reveals some kind of nerdish bloodlust -- Brun Ohn

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The above reviewer is a retard for being into "originality". So what if the map isn't original, just so long as it's fun.

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Guest

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Awesomeness-in-a-sti ck 5/5 ~Dark_Zero

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Guest

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this map is pretty much a primitive version of plutonia map32... look how the rooms are organised and connected.

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Guest

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Pure inspiration and awesomeness. 5/5 - Siggi

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Guest

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This is dated August 1995. It's a concept level; a reworking of Map01, but with (initially) 601 baddies instead of 27. The same author refined the idea with Map32 of Plutonia ("Go 2 It"), and there was another , even more extreme reworking a few months ago, although I'm damned if I can remember the name. As a playable map it's great fun even today, although a bit redundant. I wasn't a fan of all the pain elementals, but that's personal taste.

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As much as it could be amazing, it's just another nuts style level without the invincibilities.

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Guest

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a lame copy of plutonia map32.

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Guest

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^^ It was made by the same guy RETARD. 5/5

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The date, the author. No further comments necessary. 5/5 - Belial

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This wad is brutal, unforgiving, sadistic, and wrong in so many ways, Yet I can't stop playing it. ***** Cson

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Guest

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exceptional flow, very brutal map :]

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Guest

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I'm sorry but that's not original, nor is it any good. 0/5.

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Its pretty insanely flooded with monsters, but the map reworking itself is very neat.

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Punisher is so cool. I know that because I made a recording of it. :D Btw, the one who said it was a lame copy of plutonia map32. Uhm... Dario Casali was the one who made plutonia map32. Heh -Torn

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Actually, Hovertank level 19 was the first slaughter-map :)

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lol @ txt file - but whatev, it was '95

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Insanely awesome. 5/5 -Lutrov71

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