- My second time playing this with a year in between.
- UV Difficulty
- Has puzzles, which I love!
- Progressive Maps, as in the next one continues from the previous and the Maps are not linear.
- Excellent progressive degree of difficulty.
- Not a slaughterfest, but not easy either.
- Plenty of everything to keep you alert, yet alive.
- Loads of secrets – most are clever and rewarding.
- Awesome Hellish themes in some of the later Maps.
- Later Maps are huuuuuuge; Map 29 (Ascension) must have taken a helluva long time to create, just as the Author states in the description of it. Use your Rocket Launcher and/or BFG when you get to it. The rest of your weapons are obsolete at this point.
- Absolutely disliked Map 30. A whole lot of running around in the “poison lava” pit.
All and all, Hellbound was a blast. You’re going to work for the keys from Map 21 and onward because they aren’t just lying around.
Map 17 (Starport) and Map 26 (Forbidden Archives) were my faves. I remember reading "Doomworld’s Top 100 Memorable Doom Maps" that Starport was ranked #80. So there ya go!
Despite disliking Map 30, I’m still giving this WAD 5 out of 5 Stars. One Map is hardly enough to deduct from the other 31 awesome Maps. Definite replay value. Bravo! Thanks for making it!
An excellent E4 replacement. Good use of traps. Window and ledge fighting is common, but complacency invites a hellstorm of imp fireballs from afar. The custom textures fit the eerie aesthetics, although the design is somewhat generic and some maps snag the player along jutted wall lips. Disappointing new sounds as there were no weapons changes, yet are horribly distorted, abrupt, and tonally blase. Nothing a mod can't overcome. Ammo and medkit shortage encourages safe gameplay.
A mix of good and bad maps. Worth playing for the good. In particular, Map07 by Fatal is a long, but satisfying adventure with sparse doors, U-loops and window overlooks galore, excellent use of button and line trips, and balanced ammo and medkits. Map12 by Epsi would be absolutely superb with more texture variety and a few more interconnecting loops, but still quite enjoyable. Map19 by DaniMetal is tight and overuses sidewalk sector details, but otherwise fantastic level design.
Does a fantastic job at mimicking Doom II, but as a result doesn't deliver as tight of an experience (through no fault of the mappers, that's just the Doom II style). Really recommended if you enjoyed the first one.
Very well-made. It almost seamlessly mimics the style of the first three original episodes, but tweaks the formula to streamline it in certain places and extrapolate upon it in others. A cool look into a sort of "alternate reality" version of Doom. It feels like it spilled over from another timeline where everything was the same, but still a little different.