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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Doominer991

  • 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 galileo31dos01 · Posted
      Done on HMP/continuous/saves   A nice mapset with a wide variety of styles. There isn't an unique theme, given that is a community project, and I liked that after all. From short to large maps, from simple to obscure progression. There are maps that have incredible architectures and multiple textures, Toooooasty's map 29 is a tutti frutti, hell-gothic-brown-vines-blue-tech-meat-etc. Each map does not follow the previous one, but some do feel like a sequel from a previous map, like 20 from 17, and this one from 12. As a japanese mapset, I expected to see anime textures, but it's not the case, instead some rooms have shapes of fruits, ice cream, a caco, an anime character, comics. I'd say weirdness is present in the wad, which I have fun with.    Features incidental combat, claustrophobia, slaughter(ish), puzzles, a lot of stuff. It isn't a hard mapset, but it has its nasty moments. Map 28 for example features a lot of instant appearances. Map 26 has an archvile in almost every section. On the other side, some maps like 05 and 31 that are full of zombiemen, fun to use the rocket launcher occasionally. Map 11 plays with voodoo doll traps and uses colours to keep progression. Map 22 has a 1 vs. 1 against a cyber, hilarious to two-shot if you don't take it seriously. And more and more, a mixed bag to sum up.   I like the midis and I'm pretty sure I heard a few of them before, map 28 has my favourite midi in the mapset. Also, map 22 has a remix of Death Bells, I like the original more but this one was good too. Secrets are also a mixed bag, Tooooooasty's maps feature so much detailing that it's hard to spot the secrets, and I remember a few of them being completely obscure and non-intuitive (map 29's secret blue door, how could I know?). There are also a few bugs, in map 31, the spiders are all so cramped that cannot move. In map 15, something really weird happens if you use the red key with a linedef marked as red door in the start room, basically a lot of walls lower causing HOMs and crashing the game.    My favourite maps are 04, 19, 22, 25, 27 and 29. Least favourites are 13, 31, 18 and 24, they are not bad but I did not enjoy them so much, specially 18 and it's pitch darkness. Appreciated the short and easy IoS fight. Map 28 would have been in between my favourites if it wasn't for all the loud pop ups. The other maps are good too.    So, play this if you like weirdness and variety. I'll give this a 7/10   
    • By felgro · Posted
      The good far outweighs the bad. Short and sweet maps that are relatively crap free. With one exception - map 18 has one of the dumbest and most annoying teleport puzzle/traps ever, with no way of knowing how to solve it other than moving in random directions. No shame in noclipping past it - it is a game ruiner, a spanner in the gearbox of an otherwise fun time. So bad I'm subtracting a star for it.
    • By Glaice · Posted
      Full of action but other than some aesthetic issues (misaligned/pegged(?) textures), it's not terrible.
    • By Summer Deep · Posted
      I played this on UV difficulty and it was okay, if a bit repetitive, until the final episode (4 levels). At this point it became seriously frustrating with contrived ambushes at regular intervals involving revenants or archviles (3 or 4 at a time, even 6 on one occasion). "Expert placing" of enemies is all very well, but when done so perfectly and artificially, creating endless crossfire and triangulation situations, it just becomes tedious. In level 29 you are faced with three cyberdemons and a spider mastermind in a cramped inescapable arena, with inadequate ammunition and 30-40 revenants at the perimeter firing homing missiles. In the unlikely event that you survive this, there's an almost impossible 'timed lift'  gimmick to exit the arena. Might have been alright as a 12-15 level game without the stupidly difficult finale.