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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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Roxor ViceCity

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Rating 3/5 stars.

Playtime: Average for a single map(around 10 minutes)

Completed to 100% in: 11 minutes

Difficulty: Easy 

I really love this map for the placement of its enemies and traps. The design is absolutely gorgeous and he did good to choose E1M3 because it's song fits perfectly.

Now, the biggest problem in this map are the freaking teleporters around everywhere. They are extremely confusing and if you go for a 100% they will give you a minor headache, especially because lost souls can teleport through and wander around the map aimlessly. Seriously, if it wasn't for the teleporters I would give it a 4/5.

Do I recommend it?

Yes, even for the teleporters, this map is a short but sweet one and I think you should play it!

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One of Dr.Sleeps earliest works, Crossing Acheron is a simple but atmospheric map made in a time where mapping tools were both simpler and more user unfriendly than the Doombuilder of today.

 

Gameplay wise, it is quite subdued compared to his later maps in the Master Levels and Thy Flesh Consumed, with an enemy count and difficulty on par with most of Doom 1. The action is fairly brisk save for a few more intense areas, leaving the player a good bit of breathing room between fights to take in the sights and decide how to proceed. It is fairly nonlinear and doesn't give you a strong sense of direction other than searching around for more bad guys and bigger guns. It isn't enough to be completely lost, but you may want to keep an eye on the automap to figure out where to go next. You can get the entire arsenal in this map, but chances are you will probably kill most everything by the time you get it all. There is definitely enough ammo and health to take care of things with a good margin for mistakes anyways.

 

Layout wise, it looks its age but not necessarily in a bad way. There are some not so obvious lifts, a few spots where sectors are angled oddly, and the texture placement is a little rough, but otherwise it is pretty close to the standard of Id's own levels at the time, all with Dr.Sleeps signature emphasis on ambiance. His choice on E1M3 for the music fits well with the level, and combined with the sky and temple-like architecture it leaves a sort of eerie serenity as you wade through the chapel and surrounding open ceiling hallways. Compared to many WADs of later years it certainly pales in almost all aspects, but by even today's standards it is a fairly solid if simple level that can very well be a good standard to compare ones own early works.

 

Overall it is neither a spectacular experience or a particularly flawed one. You could probably skip it if you aren't attracted to its history or care much for shorter and simpler levels. But if you are interested in studying Doom history, making levels yourself, or even just want a fairly quick and laid back experience, I would recommend you check Crossing Acheron out at least once.

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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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    • By rd. · Posted
      An opaque '90s dungeon crawl map with kid's gloves on (meaning it's probably a good intro if you want to try that map out). Despite the really bizarre progression and more doors being unmarked walls than having actual door textures, I never got remotely lost because of the tight scale, the intuitive "try humping walls because otherwise I'm stuck" moments, and the automap pickup midway through. Lighting is really well done for the time, lots of darkness and even some directional work giving it a spooky mood. It starts out with a KDITD feel and then branches out to other themes, which feels like a very 1994 thing. The lateral thinking in figuring out how to get around was pretty engaging.    There will be high variance in how much people like this, and I'm not an expert on this era, but I enjoyed it.
    • By P41R47 · Posted
      Serious improvement from Serenity.
      Eternity doesn't play easy on you at all. From the get go we have really amazing architectures to look at and some nasty enemy traps. The map design also has a great improvement on layout as there are a lot of interesting things to look, sector trickery and a lot more of height variations than on the previous episode.
      Most maps has a lot of monsters closet and quite a good amount of demons to kill, so the fun and the challenge is assured.    The music plays a nice role in here, as it adds to the atmosphere quite a lot, specially the Vangellis Theme from Bladerunner.
      Also, Moanin' is one of my favourite jazz songs ever, so this mapset was really nice to play. Even when it comes kinda as cheesy and silly, it feels really cool.

      Great visuals and great encounters. For real, these two authors really knew what they were doing by now, and they showed it!
      Next episode surely will be beven better :)
      Thanks to both, Bjorn Hermans and Holger Nathrath, as this plays amazing for sure.   ...Now, to the Infinity... ...and Beyond!
    • By Maes · Posted
      I was of course familiar with Alberto Barsella's work, with his original DEADBASE.WAD being perhaps the first PWAD I ever played, way back in 1994. I had also played the sequel, Mountain Of Fire, but it never occurred to me that a third map existed in the series (and I who wondered why it was called the "Wasteland Series" with just two maps....heh).   In any case, this is a large (for 1994 standards at least), quite open map, with the interesting twist that remaining exposed in the sun, out of the shade, damages you just as if you were walking on lava. No sunscreen on whatever shithole planet this is taking place on, it seems....this adds an interesting mechanic to the gameplay, also because the monsters themselves (at least those that are initially placed in the shade) also seem reluctant to wander away from the shade. Not so for those that teleport later on directly under the scorching sun. OK, I get it, some uncrossable sector trickery at work. In any case, this case be exploited to force monsters into a line of attack and thin their own ranks themselves, as much as possible, and trust me, you're gonna need to do that as much as possible.   Speaking of which, this is a quite ammo and health-scarce map, but that's to be expected. Nobody expected something called "Wasteland" and "Sands of Death" to be a plentiful cornucopia of Doom goodies, amiirite? It IS possible (though by no means necessary) to kill every single monster on this map, but you'd better hone those Tysoning skills and put that Berserk pack to good use. Many times you'll have to ponder: use one (often two) shells to kill an Imp, or risk landing in a punch? How about a Pinky then, where you could even use three or four shells sometimes?). Finish those cacos with a well-placed punch or two, or use precious shells on them? Ah, decisions, decisions. If you're not good at Tysoning, this is a great map to start practicing ;-)   Overall this is an engaging map, and under its plain exterior there's surprising depth, some clever puzzles, plenty of cool tidbits here and there (such as raisable 3D bridges), and a few cool secrets (now, why ammo and weapon caches should be marked as secret, that's anybody's guess).   The negatives? For a map that plays on the "don't wander aimlessy" element so heavily, it's not 100% clear from the start what the proper progression is, as well as which buildings you can enter immediately and which ones you can't. I can't imagine anybody getting it right the absolute first time, on a "first death" attempt. TBQH I'm not sure if multiple progressions are possible, but FWIW I started from the black building with the berserk pack in it, and considering how much you'll need that (and a shotgun), perhaps that's the best/intended strategy.   I admit however that I got seriously stuck at the point where you had to exit the first silo through the walkway bridge. I couldn't figure out how to activate the (shootable, as I found out) switch that opened the door to the walkway. It was not immediately obvious to me that it was a separate switch from the one forming the stairs, and I didn't realize that you had to somehow shoot it. Initially, I thought the map was bugged (at least in ZDoom) but no, Chocolate didn't solve it either. So what was the trick? Well, you're supposed to use the Baron's platform by raising it and then shooting the switch a-la Icon Of Sin. Or, alternatively, shoot it from the room above it through a narrow opening at a very specific angle and avoid the Baron room entirely. Not sure the latter would be possible/obvious in Vanilla, with low resolution.   Oh and BTW that red key building is nothing but a decoy...
    • By printz · Posted
      This is a "trick" level where you need to save pretty often to avoid "failing" puzzles and dying or getting stuck. It contains mandatory use of Wings of Wrath and Chaos Devices. Otherwise, it's not badly designed or even unfair, though it may be too tough on Black Plague. At some early point there's a crusher trap. It should be solvable intelligently, not by trial and error.
    • By Argenteo · Posted
      Those guys are producing some...nasty stuff. Small detailed map. Find the factory, shut it down and escape.
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