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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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  • File Reviews

    • By GuyNamedErick · Posted
      Short bite-sized maps, each of varying quality, although never to anything below average, at least for 1994. The first map is rather short, with a bit of rooms to go around in but otherwise can be beaten in less than 10 seconds. The second level is longer although still short, does have a few tricks up its sleeve but nothing too engaging. The third and last level is the longest and packs the most action and exploration out of the three levels, such as a small maze of Lost Souls and a way to a secret exit switch to enter E1M9, even though there isn't any secret level included in the WAD.   Texture variation is pretty low and on Ultra-Violence is pretty alright, if a little standard. Ammo for the first two maps is pretty strict but manageable, whereas the third map gives you more than enough, even Cell Ammo which might be a bit of an overkill given the low-tier enemies you'll be facing. Map layouts are simple despite the attempts to keep things refreshing and overall the WAD is pretty average. Flaws aside, it is a decent time killer so it may be worth playing for a quick set of levels to blaze through.
    • By NuMetalManiak · Posted
      an excellent continuation of Shadows of Destiny, felt very much like a WSJ set in how it played, very difficult but fun.
    • By galileo31dos01 · Posted
      Done on UV/continuous/saves.   This is a fine story-telling megawad. Aesthetically, I don't have much to complain, the new textures, while not being the best looking, succeed in their context, and I was more fond of the second episode (newer maps) where I noticed an advance in terms of visuals. Tons of eye candies, such as frozen or burning marines, waving flags, boxes on false conveyors, portraits of monsters, and much more. All these little details are rarely seen in other wads, one just doesn't see a machine that produces cacodemons every day, that's one the funniest things I've ever seen in a Doom wad. About light variation, the author played a lot with darkness, most if not all the maps have various sections where it's quite dark to see what's going on. This can be a disadvantage against enemies, particularly hitscanners, caution is suggested in these cases, or gamma correction. However, darkness in caves was visually pleasing, personally speaking, and you'll probably deal with it better than the poor marines that hold the candles. The music selection is generally cool, but some midis are way too loud.    On a gameplay side, unless you check the release date, this could totally pass as a wad from the 90s. What I mean is, there's clearly a focus on adventure+action, and while I'm not very familiar with old FPS games, this felt at times like playing a total conversion. Your objective is to punish the scientist for bringing hell into earth, so this guy is the new enemy, which you'll meet at many points and will teleport out of the place upon killing him. The combat is mostly incidental, a great portion are hitscanners of all sizes, plus a few traps here and there, either with monsters or things. The thing is the pistol starts, more often you'll start with shotgunners or chaingunners in front of you, which you'll have to trade guns with first, something very common in old wads. It's not always easy to find important resources, like armor or blur spheres, and ranged weapons usage is limited overall. I had no issues with grinding through tanky monsters with only hitscan weapons, but that may not be suitable for other people. About the weapons, I mostly liked the flamethrower and crossbow (plasma rifle and rocket launcher respectively), the AK47 was cool too, but the sound was kinda annoying at times. Double shotguns were awkward to use, due to the sprite frames being mirrored shotguns. Last but not least, the flamegrenades, these weren't as bad as others implied, I found them powerful, much like rockets but faster and effective at close range, perhaps they should have been way more potent, to one-shot barons or archviles for example, given they occupy the seventh slot... Anyway, the maps are built so progression goes on par with the story, there's linearity above all, but an interesting side of it is how the layouts lead the player to previously explored territories, nothing about going from one extreme to the other, except one or two maps. The rest is to recognize the switches and doors, which aren't always so obvious.   The secrets are very important, like I said before, when there are tons of hitscanners, the best shield is a blur sphere. Unfortunately, it's hard to spot a single secret in this mapset. Some are hidden behind random non-hinted walls, others via crossing certain linedefs, which then have you backtracking all the way to the start. A few maps have unreachable sectors marked as secrets for whatever reason. Whatever, no favourite maps this time, since I liked and disliked them all pretty much the same way.    Overall, not too exciting, or recommended to everyone. I had fun probably because of playing on continuous, which made the starts more bearable against hitscan attrition. So, if anything I said above sounds good for you then try it. My rate is 6/10. 
    • By Meril · Posted
      Design and archiecture - wow! But gameplay is a bit worse. Map is large and confusing. Cyberdemon in dungeon part is in my opinion imposible, becouse you need to go back there, and then he waits in front of elevator... Minor issue in room next to exit door, if you get in there and don't have key, you are stucked. Difficulty is HARD. I had problem to finish it in HMP. Overall: Good visuals, gameplay ok, but with minor issues, good 1995 wad!
    • By Walter confetti · Posted
      A really extremely useful little wad patcher from the 90s, still using it for compiling many wads in one single file, works great for dosbox, it not works on more modern "dos" versions, like windows prompt command. A must in for everyone!
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