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DANTE'S GATE version 1.2

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This is a revision of my first level. For the most part, the only "theme" I had in mind was to make the level as aesthetically pleasing and consistent as possible. In other words, I wanted it to look neat. There are lots of little nooks and crannies scattered about, and (I hope) a few surprises.

Please let me know what you think by E-Mail at any of the above addresses.

Enjoy. (And if you liked DANTE, check out the next one in the series, CROSSING ACHERON.)


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This is dated July 1994, an epic slightly hellish techbase that the author later revised for Doom II, as id=5294. By modern standards it's a bit spartan, you get a surplus of ammo, and there's one major bug (ironically, an "illusio-pit"), but the gameplay is sound. Would have been top of the class in mid-1994, and illustrates why the author went on to better things where countless others vanished; most levels from that period had one setpiece, this has several.

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Ahhhh, this is a good example of a doom wad of classic standards. Although not much by todays standards, it is still a fun wad to play and the perfect source to get examples for your own wad. 5 stars.

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I didn't like the bug where I fall through the floor so 0 stars for that alone this might have been great for the time but it doesn't measure up today

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Here it is, the famous Dr. Sleep's very first publicly released work. It seems a little rough areound the edges, but there's enough action and loads of fun. It's also visually appealing in a way that was rarely seen in 1994. Considering its age, this is a pretty damn good map. --4/5

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John "Dr. Sleep" Anderson, known for his maps in Ultimate Doom and the Master Levels, offers here a revision of his earliest work. For the time in which it was released, this map is fairly impressive and fun to play. The map isn't that difficult, but it's still entertaining, and there are plenty of secrets. It may not be ultra-detailed by today's standards, but it still manages to look nice with its decent texture usage, though the map doesn't really stick to any one theme. A good map. 4/5-Reckoner

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    • By Marlamir · Posted
      Pretty good. The combat was fun and design wasn't bad at all.
    • By Meril · Posted
      Despite its age, nice details and well designed. Way how blue key is hidden is really clever. But map is dark and cramped. Enemies are only imps and hitscanners.
    • By Dovahxul · Posted
      the more I play the more I get more sad that this map pack is going to end soon its really great :)
    • By Meril · Posted
      Pretty good map in E1 base style (except Doom2 monsters) Nice design but there some texture alignment issues.
    • By Nems · Posted
      Despite the browns and grays that are prominent in this megaWAD, I found it to be fun. I also found it to be quite the challenge. The first map gives you a taste of what to expect in terms of enemy encounters. The author makes good use of mid-tier enemies to apply pressure on the player. Monster count for most of the maps barely breaks the 150 mark but, as said before, the use of mostly mid-tier enemies puts pressure on the player. I also like how the megaWAD handles level progression. Most of the levels you go through consist of caves, cities, islands, and tech bases in space. In fact, there's only one real Hell-like level and even it's within the confines of the moon base you fight through in maps 21 - 30.   About the only gripes I have with this megaWAD are with regards to maps 32, 29, and 30. I know the text file and map 31 give warnings about map 32 but there really should be some kind of alternate exit in map 32 instead of trapping you in place if you don't pass one of the puzzles. I wasn't a fan of how close quarters the IoS fight was in map 29, especially since it can get cramped quickly with monster spawns. Finally, the randomization of what keys spawn during your escape in map 30 isn't fun either. 10 minutes seems like plenty of time but between navigating the vent system (again) without light goggles and dealing with mid-tier enemies, that 10 minutes can get eaten up really quick.   Overall, it's still a fun megaWAD. I'd recommend at least giving it a shot.
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