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CROSSING ACHERON

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As in my first level -- DANTE'S GATE -- I have tried in CROSSING ACHERON to achieve a gaming atmosphere that is not only fast-paced (once the fur starts to fly), but just plain creepy. Once again, I went for the aesthetics (you know: The Look); but this time, I also tried to keep the game from being too easy. I think once you get inside, you'll find that CROSSING ACHERON has been fully optimized for DEATHMATCH. But it's just as enjoyable (if I do say so myself) in Single-player and Coöperative modes.

CROSSING ACHERON (pronounced 'ak eron) is a sequel to DANTE'S GATE -- thematically, anyway. (It's an E1M3 only because I thought the music was more appropriate than M2.) For any of the two or three of you out there who have read Dante Alighieri's THE DIVINE COMEDY -- or even only "Inferno" -- I'm sure you've been able to appreciate the many allusions to this work in DOOM. I have tried to take a tack of my own along the same lines. (I do this not only because I think the idea is neat, but so that people will think that I'm very clever.) I'm not so naïve as to expect everyone to rush out and get a copy of "Inferno" (I mean, it IS pretty tedious stuff, at times), but it's well worth the read -- and a little patience is a virtue that is often well-rewarded.

(By the way: Acheron is a river in Hell (basically). But don't look for any rivers in here: I tried it several different ways and just wasn't convinced.)

I thank those of you who sent me mail on my previous effort, and I hope to hear from more of you about this one. (Just a line would do: "It's great!" or "It sucks!" or "Now I know what John Cormack MEANT to do in "Unholy Cathedral.")

Thanks. Hope you like it.


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well made

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Great for '94 and not too typical of it's era. Still fun to play now. Give it a quick play. -TRRobin.

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Overpraised. Unlike other great levels from top'94 it has no style or concept at all. Except a cathedral part (which executed quite poor even for '94) design here is just a room-by-room 2D drawing. Texture choice is very poor too, most of level consist from green stone without much differencies between walls and floors. Gameplay is average but those countless teleporters are real annoyance. /hth

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Actually not too bad but quite overhyped 1994 level. All-over a bit simple and sometimes chaotic, but has beside a lot of typical 1994-type flaws, some nice ambiance and @ UV gameplay with a few amusing moments. Rated as a 1994 map: 3*. BTW @ all 5* raters here: there are a sh*tload of 1994 maps which blow away this one completely on all aspects, so 5* is obviously ridiculous. /nofi

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I always like a delightful challenge on Ultraviolence, and this WAD offered just that. It presents itself as a classic style DOOM map, as the atmosphere of the map is quite flavorful and faithful to id's depiction of Hell. Play it, you'll die! -Amphedark

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For it's time.. and still today, unbelievable. A must have for everyone who calls themselves a doomer. -Fusion

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Even today I still love playing this map I just like this one alot, an nice old school map and in some cases even better than maps you see today 5/5.

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classic ***** -sargebaldy

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Very good map, the teleporters and key locations kept it a challenge to find the exit. 4/5

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I like Dat Shi

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Dante fan? Good job

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I wouldn't call this the best release of 1994 (Eternity or TEU, as those are whole episodes), but as far as level design is concerned this is remarkably close in quality to the original and more or less the best you'll find from '94. I'll even sneak a 4/5 from today's perspective.

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All doors have bad ceiling textures and it's easy by modern standards (how many soul spheres?!) but never ugly or boring. This is mostly about puzzles not slaughter. Best just to go with the flow. Completed in 18m. 4/5.

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It's awesome, but it doesn't seem as creepy as I thought it would be but it's still a good WAD. Indeed a worthy download.

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One of the old classics. On par IMO with his TFC maps.

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A true classic. I got so much of my inspiration from Dr. Sleep. It deserves no less than 5. -PC

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Amazing, a great old school style with nice clean map design

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Updated version here: http://www.doomworld .com/idgames/index.p hp?id=13978

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Gameplay in singleplayer is good, so its hard to think that he designed this with deathmatch in mind.

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Oldchool flava -- Brun Ohn

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Hooking graphics and level design, with enough difficulty and enigmas to keep the gameplay entertaining. Still, the supposedly "plain creepy" part is kind of a failure. Overall, pretty enjoyable for one of the oldest maps released. 4/5(Pretty Good)

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yeh this ain't a bad level i mean its the second in the canto of inferno series but yeh its worth playing through i hav this and the other wads that complete it =P so overall the levels are quite good but this and the first level (Dante's Gate)are better then the later levels with the expection of Geryon which was awsome! but yeh they are worth playing through =]

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not bad 3/5

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Normally, I would give this a 3/5. It seems to be an average wad. Considering it was made in 1994, though, it gets 5/5.

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    • By Gato606 · Posted
      It's a nice wad overall, nice map design, textures and monster placement, enjoyed playing on D-Touch (GZDoom1.8) with Dude4th weapon mod.  My only complain would be the secrets, they have very few to no clues about their position.  There was a problem on E3M5 on the secrets around the squared starting room with stairs, the wall closes and let me stuck inside, had to use idclip to get out from those secret rooms.
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      If you want something quick, fun, challenging, and a little nostalgic, play this.   Good job, Jimmy.  
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