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#FUBAR3.WAD

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This WAD is for experts only. It's tough, but it has been done by people other than myself.

Originally it was all one level, but when I tried to play on a 486, the thing was SO SLOW as to be totally impossible to have fun. So I broke it into five levels, which unfortunately takes away from the continuity. You must start at level one and work your way through if you want to get the weapons and savage your way through as the levels were designed to be savaged through.


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Summer Deep

· Edited by Summer Deep

  

I initially had very high hopes for this wad, but they were to be dashed, as will be apparent later in this review.

 

The author, one Scot Ranney, produced a series of FUBAR Doom 2 wads in the mid 1990s. FUBAR 1 was interesting, but far too easy on account of the superabundance of health and ammo. FUBAR 2 was commendably challenging, but let down by obscure progression and bugginess.

 

FUBAR 3 looked like the real deal on the strength of its first two maps which are tough, atmospheric and imaginative (not to mention a bit weird - check out the way the end of the first map is linked to the opening of the second...). Map 3 starts off with the player facing up to a Spider Mastermind and a group of Arachnotrons, but it's a lot easier than it ought to have been, and really a bit of lazy design. That's followed by a complex switch puzzle which will please some, but leave others concerned for their slowly diminishing sanity. Map 4 has fairly difficult combat situations, but the sense of progression is lacklustre and some areas don't make much sense. The highlight is the exit room, for which you will need plenty of plasma, health and armour, not to mention a bit of luck.

 

But level 5, WTF?!! There may be some obvious or not so obvious solution which I missed completely, but really it seemed here that Ranney had decided to sign off by devaluing his own wad and disrespecting those who had taken the trouble to play it. You'll have to try it yourself to see what I mean by this, all I'll say is that this wad could and should have been a jewel amongst its contemporaries, if its author had taken the trouble to make it so....

 

5 stars each for the first two levels, three for the next two, zero for the last one.

 

 

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Yuki Senmatsu

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OH DEAR GODS! I remember this map. No thanks. Too much HOM effect.

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Guest

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Five maps dated March 1996, originally one map, but split up (shades of "Artifact"). Map01 is solid, E3-themed, a bit out of date for 1996, but with a satisfyingly meaty difficulty level (when I played it first the red key became inaccessible). Map03 and 05 are a bit crap, but Map02 and Map04 are good fun, the latter a minor masterpiece of hardness except that you can't feasibly pistol-start. Might have been better as just Map01 and 02 one after the other.

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