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12-level episode for Doom 2, with new graphics and music. Starts out in a small suburban neighborhood and takes you from demon-infested cityscapes to deep inside the earth, and finally into space...


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Gallic00

  

Not great but the combat is fast and straitforward.

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Summer Deep

  

Excellent, no nonsense wad. At 12 levels this is an ideal length, something to get one's teeth into but which doesn't outstay its welcome, as most megawads do. I wish more wads would just keep things moving along like this one - straightforward blasting action, going from A to B to C without being waylaid by pointless, timewasting puzzles and gimmicks at regular intervals. Despite its essential simplicity, in no way is it boring: the combat is involving and the architecture and scenery are well crafted. Probably needs to be played on UV difficulty to be a decent challenge for anyone but a novice.

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Guest

  
Rather impressive considering its age. Great gameplay, great variety between maps, and some surprisingly good architecture.

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Guest

  
Huge work. For a 1996 attempt, it offers a lot of nice long adventures. But a more modern eye sees that the texture use is far too limited, the map layout is based on quite simple scenes, and the monster placement is totally predictable. Which gives playing the feeling of over and over and over again walking in the same scene doing the same fights, making it dead boring. But rated as 1996 wad: obviously 4*, because in that time it would have given a lot of fun.

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Guest

  
simple level pack/episode. Not expectional, but of fairly even quality. Not too difficult. The early levels set in urban terrain are best; After that quality drops. Pretty rudimentary graphics-vice, but the wad is quite old.

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Guest

  
Very good.

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Mason.

  
Actually one of the first mapsets I ever played. It was also thanks to this wad that I became obsessed with Thrash Metal when I was a little kid, too.

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NuMetalManiak

  
it certainly has the gameplay to make up for the apparent design and linearity. in fact, it was a really fun wad to play. on the other hand the author must really love Metallica.

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Guest

  
It is downright baffling that this didn't make it in the 10 years of of DOOM Top 100. Excellent stuff all around for its time.

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This wad has a very good style with good fights throughout. Perhaps the first level is a bit silly (though not unfun) but it certainly starts to pick up from there, both visually and in respect to action. The only (small) drawback may be that it relies a bit much on the SSG and too little on rockets and plasma. Perhaps it's an injustice that it didn't make it to the Top 10 for '96 here in Doomworld's "10 Years" feature. [4/5] ~Chain Mail (11/2007)

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It's ok. It does get better as you play through the later levels. 3.5/5

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There are a handful of great maps in this old PWAD, but unfortunately the crappy filler outweighs the brilliance. I suggest you just play MAP03 and MAP07 because they're amazing, and all the maps after 7. The rest of the levels just don't hold up well. 3.5/5

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an awsom set of levels two thumbs up

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this f**k*ng RULLEZZ!!!

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Very nice !!! 5/5 - alien111

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It's actually really not bad at all. Maybe it's not the best map set of the world, but later levels have interesting design. Not as coherent as other projects, but still quite enjoyable as a whole.

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Quite Good for a 1996 Wad Give it a try.

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This is a creative WAD with many pretty large atmospheric maps. I like the music even though I am not a Metallica fan. (Doesn't sound too bad once it is digitalized and the vocals are taken out (:) A challenging WAD with more than a few greater demons on each map. Be ready to be engaged in a lot of fast paced battles against small hordes of revenants or barons. The map styles change as you progress through the MOD which adds a nice feeling of travel. This definitely deserves a 5/5. -VonWolfenstein

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This is one of the few wads that is as good as everyone says it is. Don't let the age of this WAD fool you, its very nicely done (especially when you consider the time frame). Some of the best looking (and most convincing) looking city maps ever made for Doom 2. This is a true legend that all other maps should be judged by. Simple yet stately architecture delivers where pointless details do not. 5 Stars.

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It's the best mod I've ever played!Yeah:)

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Classic !!! Loved playing this as a kid and still do now at 27

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Meh! Amateour maps, ugly design, zero atmospheric! - Mr. Sz.

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THATS FUCKIN' AWSOME !°

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This was one of the first pwads I played back in 1996 and it is what inspired me to get into doom mapping in the first place. Legendary! //Erik Alm

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great nostalgia trip! Innovative design and good action.

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    • By Deadwing · Posted
      Played on UV, with saves and continuous.

      Valiant is one of these mapsets where people will always refer as a major influence, such as the ones like Hell Revealed, Alien Vendetta and Scythe and many others. Is it as good as them? Honestly, I didn't like Hell Revealed and Alien Vendetta at all, and Valiant thankfully has nothing compared with them: The levels are more robust, featuring much more refined visuals and gameplay. As for modern standards, I thought that Valiant would be hard as fuck, but instead I got something that was really carefully balanced, being a really tough but also very fair experience. Also, I was surprised of seeing no slaughtermaps at all. Instead, there's some slaughter-lite sections, which are much more accessible, IMO. 

      Anyway, I think these are the two biggest quality of that wad which surprised me a lot: The very-well crafted architecture and how well the balancing was done.

      The architecture focus on creating a really detailed environment, but at the same time there's a lot of care to keep things very clean and easily readable. It features a lot of modern trends, where the textures are not only well aligned, but with the limits being also respected vertically, so you don't get that "cut-off" texture that we usually see when there're different ceilings and a wall texture that doesn't really match the difference. As for the themes itself, the tech-bases are creative and easy to identify as something from Valiant. The same goes for the last moon-based episode.

      As for the gameplay, the mapset reminded me a lot the process of mastering a song. For example, you want to keep the volume of the song loud, but at the same time you take care to avoid going too much (and then the clipping happens). Same could've been said about Valiant, where the player goes through really tough setpieces, but they're still always fair. Most of them I've died once or twice (if it happened), but after the "surprise" effect, things went a lot smoother. I believe that a more skilled player than me (especially because I suck badly in doom lol), wouldn't have much problem in these setpieces and at same time would enjoy a lot the experience.

      The monster placement is also really well done, and never did go into full slaughter territory, also keeping the grind level very low while forcing the player to use more interesting strategies instead of just circle-strafing or cover-fighting. The new bestiary and the new Chaingunner definitely gives more intensity and increases the pace of the gameplay. Thankfully none of the new beasts are bullet-sponge, although I don't think all of them were really necessary, but a fun addiction anyways.

      For the negative aspects, there's some stuff that annoyed me, which I think wouldn't mind other people, though.

      My main complaint would be that a good number of levels are similar to each other, which few exceptions (and some exceptions gets its concept repeated, such as MAP22 x MAP23). The mapset follows a very popular modern trend that is that mix of outdoor areas with some indoor sections, which creates some really beautiful landscapes, but at the same time some levels ends up being unremarkable because you've already had a similar experience, which gives the player a feeling of "padding". This is also increased by the fact that most levels from the same episode shares a similar textures set, so they end up having a similar look. Furthermore, episodes 1 and 3, and episodes 2 and 4 shares similar visual elements, which also enhances that feeling.

      There's also "two major" set of levels, which is the more linear approach and there's the hub focused maps where you have to find all the 3 keys to reach the exit. Some levels go away from that trend, though, featuring cool gameplay gimmicks (the 14 arch-ville ones and the first of the 4th episode, for example), which is a really good way to refresh things out. In the end, there's lots of really cool and unique setpieces, but I don't really remember from what levels are they from.

      As for the gameplay standards, the use of sniping monsters got me annoyed on some levels. Some of them are placed in odd angles and/or far away which makes them hard targets to kill, so I ended up ignoring them and kept running around. In one hand, this is good because the player has to keep moving and avoid using simple and boring tactics (cover shooting, circle-strafing), but at the same time this reduces the room to breath, the player ends taking hits from random places and sometimes the sniper is placed between cross-fires, which makes taking them down an even more annoying task. The first levels from the last episode were also a bit disappointing since I didn't find any SSG in the way and that slowed down a lot the gameplay in a not good way.

      At least, not but less important, the soundtrack is really well done, with some tracks making me think if they were actually MIDI's or not. They are really energetic, featuring lots of layers, complex sections and effects. My only complaint would be that they have similar style to each other (very energetic rock songs, usually featuring the "power drum kit" with multi-layered synths and guitars everywhere), so you don't end up remembering its melodies or sections because the song of the next level has also a similar feel. I believe that some less percussive tracks between the energetic ones would help pace things better and it would make the more energetic ones shine more.

      Still, apart for these annoyances, I don't think you can go wrong with Valiant, and the quality material surpass by far the few annoyances. Definitely a wad worth checking out, if you haven't done yet for whatever reason lol.

      9/10
    • By Gato606 · Posted
      Overall, a nice and enjoyable megawad
    • By StormCatcher.77 · Posted
      I think, for 1996 this map is very stunning... Moment with camera monitor been much memorable. In overall sence, design is simple, but in some places author give more advance to details. I like gameplay without big difficulties, and secrets, that's easy to find. For me is strongest standalone map of 1996 that i know.
    • By Sasha · Posted
      A set of maps contain sectors where player need to confront hundreds of monsters. So, these maps only seem to hard because sectors are large. The exception, map 10, contains a lot of cyberdemons, little ammo and is impassable. If you like to organize battles between monsters, this wad for you.
    • By GuyNamedErick · Posted
      One room, 48 Zombiemen, some powerups and a Chainsaw. There is nothing to enjoy here and instead of being a stress reliever, it generates agitation instead for just how primitive this map is.
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