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The Monastary of Korax ver1.0

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You've managed to travel from the Church into the mountains. A clearing becomes viewable. As you round the crest of the mountain you see before you a large castlelike building. Creeping through the trees you come upon the entrance. Judging by the statue of a Dark Bishop you assume that this may be the monostary that a few have trained in. An earthquake jutters your thoughts as the path that led you to this place is closed off by falling boulders. You think to enter the area and clense it of it's evil, reaching to open the door you find it locked.

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Very uninteresting map in which you navigate through mostly boring, square rooms finding various keys and humping various walls. The combat is very low-energy (even on difficulty 4), mostly just ettins. The climactic final fight is just two chaos serpents you can easily walk past into the exit portal. As I said, the level design is almost uniformly square and uninteresting. The castle is at once trying too hard to be realistic (many square rooms with beds and tables) and failing to be realistic enough (very low-detail). This is pretty much the exact opposite of good level design in Hexen - bizarre, abstract, devious level design that still feels atmospheric and real due to the use of detail and architecture. Furthermore, this level's idea of a puzzle is hiding a key behind a completely random wall whose texture is slightly misaligned. Absolutely atrocious.


The idea proposed by another reviewer that this will kill "a couple hours" is completely absurd. It takes ~15-20 minutes to complete, max.

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It's fine, but why did you put the rusted key in a secret? It wasn't worth the trouble to find it.

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dylux: Not a bad WAD at all. Shame it's so short. Worth downloading if you have a couple hrs to kill.

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    • By StormCatcher.77 · Posted
      Pretty enjoyable map, besides volume of background music. I'm just turned it off and stalk through map in silence, hunting on enemies that waited for me behind each corner. For vanilla-compatible map its very big and complex in structure. Map brings a good survival challenge for player by lack of medikits, forcing to play carefully and without haste.   I remember that i seen boxes with rockets, but not the Rockerlauncher itself. Its strange, but not breaks gameplay.   Overall, its a good example of vanilla gameplay and design.
    • By Aries · Posted
      Cheesy Humor, Traps, Werid stuff.   All in one wad. TBH Its kinda ok, but still bad 2.5/5
    • By NuMetalManiak · Posted
      yeah I gotta admit, this one's pretty good too. apparently it's not a speedmap, but it damn sure got inspired by a lot of hard levels we all know and love. if it attempted only to do that and make a hard level that has similar aspects to those many maps, it succeeded, even though the level itself isn't gonna be as memorable, it is still a fun, tough challenge map. hone your skills with this map.
    • By NuMetalManiak · Posted
      rather oddly, this short map ends up being my favorite from Didy. it's not confusing at all at least until you try to find the red skull key, and the pacing is pedestrian. the setting of the beach and the underwater stuff feels amazing, and the preshow at the beginning plus the interior parts weren't too bad either. all in all, pretty neat for once.
    • By NuMetalManiak · Posted
      well, it's a speedmap alright, but those familiar with the magnum opuses that DD has already given will obviously not like this one as much. atmospheric? somewhat. nonlinear? that's great. tough? not as much as the other ones. basically, this is forgettable by DD's standards but is still miles ahead of other speedmaps I've played.