The Artifact for DOOM II

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Paul Schmitz

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You've been to hell and back, now it's MILLER time! Unfortunately the officer you pounded earlier is now your new CO. Guess who gets the next S**T detail? While boarding the drop ship, you find out some strange goings-on are happening at a UAC facility in the Andes mountains. It appears that what recently happened on Mars is happening here. People rising from the dead, demons and monsters gnawing the living. Not good!

You are to meet some undercover operatives at the facility who will lead you to a secret base nearby (something about having to climb a waterfall and navigate an underground river and some sewers). You hear a rumor about the discovery of an alien artifact that supposedly started this whole mess. You also hear a story about a UAC backed raid by a company of space marines that failed miserably. The one lone survivor kept babbling about "blowing up a mountain, though not the way we intended." He died before he could explain what he meant.

The drop ship doors open, and you hit the ground running. Great! An entire company of veteran spacers gets wiped out, and they send you in alone with a pistol, just because you did it before.

A reception party is waiting for you. Unfortunately, THIS reception party is not the undercover operatives you were to meet! AMBUSH!

Credits

id Software for making THE BEST GAMES IN THE COSMOS: DOOM and DOOM II. Raphael Quinet, Brendon Wyber, Anthony Burden, and Simon Oke, contributors/ developers of a great Doom editor, DETH 3.92. Jens Hykkelbjerg for RMB, an excellent Reject Map editor, Jack V and the rest of the folks at Sensor Based Systems for DeePBSP.

I would also like to credit Leo Martin Lim for the excellent discovery for invisible platforms which he used in PWAD called "Dooms day of UAC" (UAC_DEAD.WAD).

Finally, much thanks to my testers: Mike "The WAD Critic" Abbott and Dia.

Base

New three level episode from scratch using MAPS 1-3.

Build Time

Don't ask! (amongst earning a living, loving my wife and playing with my boys, I squeezed in as much time as I could working on this PWAD).

Editors Used

DETH 3.92 GCC version, DeeP 7.4, DeePBSP 3.2, RMB 2.1

Bugs

Shouldn't have anymore <g>, but if you find them, let me know.




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NuMetalManiak

  • 2
  

there is a lot to this map, but not a lot of good to see. the layouts are bland and make players go just about everywhere. on MAP01 you can actually lock yourself from some secrets, as well as some items. combat is fine enough though. MAP02 has damaging water and some invisible walls to pass through, and can actually be done quickly enough. MAP03 tries to use the self-referencing sector trick as well as a few other ones to make it interesting, but it actually isn't well done in execution. also the Icon of Sin really sucks for this map. yep, for a 90's wad, it's big, but not really great.

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YouAreTheDemons

  • 1
  
Megamur is right, this thing has aged poorly.

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Megamur

  • 2
  
The way the levels are interconnected is pretty cool, where you can see parts of the other maps from windows and such, and can even revisit part of levels you completed. The massive scale and complexity (for the time) is something to behold, too, and limited supplies make combat tough. However, it starts confusing and gets worse, culminating in the awful Map03, which is a headache-inducing teleporter maze/invisible bridge combo. Artifact has aged poorly. 2/5

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  • 1
  
Utter crap, most unfair Icon of Sin battle ever made

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  • 2
  
Totally damaged wad (It looks damged, because of the graphics)! Nothing fits together! 2/5

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  • 4
  
Really enjoyed this:)

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  • 5
  
Certainly has some difficult sequences including tons of hitscanners time and again. But if you can overlook some of the more frustrating parts like this, you may enjoy this early gigantic, three-part level. This was also one of the first WADs I'd ever played, so it holds memories first getting into this WAD making community. ~vf

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  • 4
  
pretty cool map, a classic 3.5/5 - PerOxyd

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  • 5
  
Just might be the best thing to come out of '94. The levels are huge and filled with puzzles and secrets. Map01 even has multiple paths to the exit. The connected areas between levels add a lot of personality and the fights are really challenging for the era. Map03 was kind of disappointing, but still atmospheric. Make sure you read the text file before playing. 4.5/5

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  • 5
  
Awesome. Kept me busy for a while. :) 5/5

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  • 5
  
Don't forget to read the designer's notes before playing this one. God damn what a fight.

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  • 4
  
a little too hrd for me on UV put it's a good one for sure. 4/5

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  • 3
  
i cant beat it i keep going back to the thrurd level and its starting to suck.

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  • 4
  
I liek how doom 3/3.5 used this same storyline.Essentiall y.

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  • 4
  
I'd say for 1995 is quite complex and has some good ideas but also a lot of confusion and stuff that I hate. Secret walls upon secret walls where sometimes they have the same texture, too many buttons/panels that do something which sometimes can be fun but sometimes when it's needed to progress not. 3.5/5 - Optimus

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    • By Zalewa · Posted
      This is a really beautiful map divided into about 7 sections which each have their own distinctive flavor, though they keep the same theme. Sections are interconnected with lots of corridors, somewhat building a confusing layout that might not be easy to navigate. However, the sheer level of detail polish, the texturing and the intriguing ways in which everything is connected here easily conquer that little inconvenience. While the fights doen't belong to the more unforgiving ones, you will find lots of health and armor to help you pull through. Definitely recommended.
    • By Zalewa · Posted
      A hub-like MAP containing 7 separate levels, each is completely separate and each must be completed for the exit to become available. You can complete them in any order, though the final one offers the most noticeable step up in difficulty. Each section has the same level of quality, polish and good design.   Each completed section gets marked with a green slimefall texture (incompleted are red bloodfalls), though each section requires you to push a switch to exit. If you miss that switch you will have to return to an otherwisely completed section. It would probably be better to just use walk-over lines for marking sections as completed.
    • By Meril · Posted
      Map made in 1995, typical for that era. You can find mazes, square rooms etc. But few rooms are better with some details and more intresting. None of teleporter flat is correctly fitted to grid. Gameplay: Monster placement is not bad except two rooms. First when you teleport into small room tightly filled with pinkies. Second is the worst of the worst. You are teleported into big square room crapped with pillars and monsters including archville where no place to hide. Backtraking is present, but not disturbing. Overall: Ok, but some places are very bad designed.
    • By Meril · Posted
      Like most of '95 maps, low details, square rooms etc. You can find here some weird use of textures and walkthroughalbe bars. In gameplay side, map is ok. No challange, but not boring neither. Overall is barely below average. 3-/5*
    • By galileo31dos01 · Posted
      Done on HMP/continuous/saves.   A super solid mapset I had the pleasure to play. This one felt like a modern adaption to the old known Scythe, while bringing its own personal style: it is divided into episodes, difficulty progression is highly notable between them, but monster density remains on the low side. Visually remains on the classic side, starting with tech bases, always indoors, then slightly pushing the player into open spaces connected with caves and lava, and more fleshy/spooky environments nearly the end of the set. Personally, I really liked that purple sky in mid maps, an unusual color in the game. While the author kept it simple with texturing, there's a lot of work on atmosphere and connection between levels. More specifically, in most maps the starting place is the previous map's exit room. If not then you'll know where you'll going to be, again because of the theme's consistency, which I liked a lot. One thing to point out is the usage of darkness in at least one piece of every map, something that always gave a sense of insecurity, as monsters had an advantage I lacked, which was pretty cool and tense (map 25 last room is dark and brutal, one of the most memorable moments of the set imo).   The combat and layout are the most consistent and interesting sides of this wad. Monster count might not be too high, but the author worked it out in way that little can still be brutal. The first and second episode are very low-key, with some surprises to introduce the player into what's coming. Third and fourth are more trap-based and also introduces serious (but simple) platforming/chasms. Last two episodes are what Moonblood as been anticipating so far, all of the previous but in a much brutal and unforgiving way, also including hectic starts. On par with this difficulty progression, there's monster progression, this means that each monster is introduced in an old-school iwad way, only barons appear much later than I expected. In terms of layout progression, non-linearity is what rules, excellently done btw. The maps will give you the opportunity to choose your way to find resources and deal with monsters. Despite playing on continuous, I payed attention to the weapons placement: it's not your usual classic megawad, there's place and time for each weapon to be the star of the map, usually provided near the starting spot, so the player has an idea of how's the map going to turn out. This kind of pace was really appreciated, since I enjoy variety. A final boss is included to give a conclusion to the story (quite a nice story, if you want to understand the author's view it's here), always nice to see custom endings that don't have an IoS, always nice.    Secret-wise, these are not just your typical misaligned texture, with usage of the automap and a good ear you can find them all, but they usually take an extra effort to find, more often related to audible clues. They don't give you much in general though, this is probably the only downside as sometimes I found single medikits and I didn't need them at all, but perhaps pistol starters might appreciate them more... My favourite maps are from the fifth and sixth episode, the secret maps too, since there were more open layouts and mixing of every monster/weapon. I think there was no map I disliked, well maybe map 26 which was quite good except for the many imps on ledges lol.    Overall, I dig this gameplay, very exciting, recommendable for anyone looking for classic adapted to nowadays perspective, if that makes sense. Uh just try it, Scythe and Jenesis fans can't miss this, my rate is 9/10.