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The Artifact for DOOM II

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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!


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SilverMiner

  

Cool wad, I'll give it 6/5

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JudgeDeadd

  

The Artifact is a classic 1995 three-level mapset. It might be one of the highest-quality 1994/1995 productions I've seen, standing alongside such releases as UAC_DEAD or Galaxia. Much like them, Artifact has something of an unique air about it... a feeling of a true adventure, where you can palpably feel the author's enthusiasm and creativity as you go, each new room and area somehow feeling unique and lovingly crafted despite the simplistic looks. One downside of the mapset is that progression is occasionally confusing (such as one door switch on map03, hidden on a column that lowers into the ground).

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NuMetalManiak

  

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

  
Megamur is right, this thing has aged poorly.

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Megamur

  
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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Martin

  
Utter crap, most unfair Icon of Sin battle ever made

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Guest

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

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Really enjoyed this:)

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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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pretty cool map, a classic 3.5/5 - PerOxyd

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

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

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

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

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

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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 valkiriforce · Posted
      This had lots of fun exploratory elements and fancy visuals, but I wasn't so keen on the abundance of dark caves crammed with the larger Doom 2 beastiary. At first it started to feel like a commitment playing this wad with the first few maps leaving much to be desired, but I started having more fun when I reached maps that had more breathing room for running and gunning. The lesser maps really feel like they were early efforts, with some consisting almost entirely of cave crawls - made worse by the fact that many of them have hidden lines on the automap. Another thing to note: Ritenour seems to like putting things very close to the edge like a key or a switch, so make sure you check every corner carefully, as some solutions were very close to a cliff edge. Falling off could spell your Doom, as often the lower cliff ledges damage the player with no escape. There were also very thin ledges which could be climbed, so that was another easy to miss solution. Despite the low points dragging the experience a bit I greatly enjoyed the visual work of crashing waves, a clever skybox and nice island locales with mountainous structures and buildings. It was worth a visit in Doom's earthen vanilla equivalent - and it's quite the achievement for something this old, I just wish I could see where I was going in those darn caves...
    • By NuMetalManiak · Posted
      here for the seventeenth installment of dwspd, the theme is to build a canyon. like the previous installment, this is a relatively common theme for mapping, therefore the maps are expected to be pretty decent, and well they mostly deliver. once again Fredrik's map is the first one, and it blows everything else out of the water. kind of a bad thing to make it the first map to be honest though, because it could make some players believe that the other maps after it would be just as good, but that won't be the case when you play the rest, as they don't really have as much bite as that one does. to further exemplify that, once again the MAP02 slot is disappointing in comparison, while MAP06 and MAP07 are both unfinished (nothing but layout in MAP06, while it's pretty much impossible to get the red key in MAP07. not the worst to offer, and Fredrik's map serves as an insane opening challenge.
    • By NuMetalManiak · Posted
      dwspd's sweet sixteenth installment focuses on the theme of abandoned mines. now that's a good map to make a theme on, MAP26 is a personal favorite of mine for Doom 2, and these maps as a whole do pretty well to capture that theme. of course there's a few weak ones like MAP02, but at least they adhere to the theme. many of the maps have low monster counts and low challenge overall. the exception is naturally Fredrik's map, one of his most unforgiving. pretty ballsy to actually make that the first map to play here (you don't need the blue key by the way). not much else to say overall, other than thematically speaking this did pretty great.
    • By NuMetalManiak · Posted
      here we have the fifteenth iteration of dwspd, which also invokes a specific set of rules known as WYSIWYG or "what you see is what you get". relatively speaking, no doors. which seems like it could be easy, a simple outdoor or cave-like map that completely lacks any doors works well enough. the first map is an example of what I'm talking about. ugly as fuck all with no detailing, but it does what it needs to do. the next two maps sadly actually have doors, which sort of ruins the theme. MAP03 is worse than MAP02 (MAP02 has a problem with the beginning as well as the key door not being marked), while MAP03 you can go through a certain fence. and yeah, there's only three maps, but not one of them is really good. MAP02 comes closest, and just because it has doors, it at least has windows so you can see what's behind. but this is easily a weak dwspd compilation that isn't worth checking out.
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