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CASTLE RUINS

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This level was made for 2 to 4 player deathmatch. Three to four players are ideal whereas two players may find it difficult for frequently running into each other.

I originally designed this level to allow as much freedom of movement for all players as possible. Through playing many wad files, I noticed that there are five important criteria for a good death match level, namely:

i) Room to Move: wide openness needs to be there to allow better aiming skills to shine and freedom to runaway and be tracked. vertigo

ii) Height/Open-ness: to get a sense of unexpected fear from all directions and a sense of vertigo.

iii) Appropriate fighting area: a sufficient amount of room so that players will easily find each other when on the move, as well as allowing the ability to hide and watch the battle from the extreme sidlines.

iv) Must work for the Ammo/Health: players in order to maintain fighting superiority must also be skillful at replenishing their sustenance (in- cluding ammo)

v) Innovation: new elements added to the level to enhance it gameplay, atmosphere and theme.

I have tried to incorporate these in my CASTLE RUINS wad. It is the only open-wide wad file that I have come across that has an entire open ledge around the whole level! Four castle towers allow quick teleportation between each tower to rapidly place oneself at the map's extremes in milliseconds; figuring out the tower's teleporation pattern shouldn't be difficult and may come in useful when being chased. Each building is completely open to attacks from all sides within this fortress.

The buildings within the castle walls are as follows (in a spiral clockwise direction): the Guard Station, the Plasma Temple, the Meat Market, the Storage Facility, the Horn Building, Restoration Chambers, the Imps Mud Dwelling, The Penitentiary, Dual Crush- ing Compactor, the Sacrificial Altar, Green Acid Annex, Inn-of-the-Six-Weapons, the Watch Tower, the Sewers, and the Arena.


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HK!D

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Good for a 1994 Deathmatch wad, but so-so today. Level design isn't bad, gameplay is fine.

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Its a Decent Deathmatch wad lots of buildings and places to hide in.

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  • File Reviews

    • By Doge Sword · Posted
      this is a mockery of two of the best wads of all time.  on top of that gameplay sucks.  don't get it for your sake.
    • By leodoom85 · Posted
      Another solid mapset that captures the PSX version feel perfectly. Maps comes in all flavors, from techbases and urban areas to the menacing void and, of course, HELL and also has some unexpected secrets which you might play it to see. Of course, I absolutely love the PSX version of Doom and this one is no exception. Gameplay speaking, it's pretty balanced and thought out nicely...with ambushes, good monster placement and really nasty traps which you must avoid it at all costs. One thing that will help you a lot is the addition of a new weapon...seriously, that thing is powerful...check it out and try. Maps have a nice look that helps you to be inmersed in the atmosphere and coupled with the music, it's much better.   Great recommendation, give it a try and you'll have a fun time.
    • By leodoom85 · Posted
      Since I tested the map, I can say that playing it again it still surprises me the amount of effort and detail of the gameplay used, like a lot of portals, clever effects like the one used before you pick up the yellow key saying nope and many nice references including a special secret. Gameplay itself for combat is pretty straightforward with some nasty stuff for you in the Nightmare difficulty. Try that out by all means. Really solid stuff which I totally recommend you folks and play it.
    • By elend · Posted
      When first reading this wad's description I thought this will be a 1994 style map, where someone just tried to recreate his office building to shoot up his colleages. Boy, was I wrong!   Going Down emerged as one of my favourite megawads so far, with its very clever use of small to medium map space and interesting gameplay mechanics in every single map. The first couple of maps start innocent enough, but soon you will find yourself navigating literal crawl spaces, thinking about use of space and / or slight puzzle mechanics just before being thrown into hell itself and fighting for your life. Going Down is designed as a literal descent into hell, which was the most beautifully realized aspect of it. How every map slightly changes into a more and more hellish theme is just great, great design work. Even though the later maps delve into slaughter territory I must admit that I still quite enjoyed it. Actually this was the first time I enjoyed being slaugthered and figuring out how to approach the map.   Going Down is simply an amazing piece of work, oozing quality from start to finish and rewarding the player with incredible elevator music inbetween. A must play.
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