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Ruins to the Underworld

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STORY: UAC had been studying the ancient ruins of a civilization which had discovered the secret to opening a portal to the Underworld. One of the most remarkable sites of these ruins was the mile high crusher, which had amazingly pinched a whole between both dimensions.

UAC did the impossible to cover up their sinister operation. From outside the site seames to be and abandoned brick structure...but from the inside, its a completely different story . A duke had discovered these ruins in the 12th century and built his castle around them, including a precious library with countless volumes on witchcraft. But now UAC has taken over and integrated this castle to thier research facilities.

It was recorded in the computer logs that the researchers were able to open the portal for a few moments, but it was too unstable. A few days later, after this grand moment, demons began to appear everywhere.

Little by little the researchers of this ultra-secret operation became possesed by confusion and rage, rendering themselves useless to their tasks. Somehow UAC forsaw that the doom of the world was inminent and decided to give it one last shot. They hire the one last man on earth who had any experience with these types of operations (you), and hoped for the impossible.

LEVEL CONSTRUCTION: It took a WHOOOOOOLE YEAR to create this level (I am not kidding!).But it wasn't a 24-hour a day kind of thing,but more of a "30 minutes here"-"30 minutes there" thing. I had a small deathmatch level planned out when I first started... but, as time went by, it got soooooo big I just had to convert it into a one player type of level (although I think deathmatch and COop is DOable,I have never really tried it). I tried to pay attention to the texture alignments, aswell as the shadow effects of certain light sources. This level represents a hell of a lot of patience on my part (and probably on your part as soon as you play it). I hope you enjoy it.


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Way too dark and flashy, unhinted doors, fences (f.e. cell 'doors') block randomly, horrible amount of texture misalignments, often ugly ambiance, very unbalanced gameplay (f.e. got BFG & encountered first cybie way too early). Layout and gameplay almost completely misses a leidmotiv, the player just walks around through what looks like random scenes without any coherency. Rated as 1996 map: slightly better than average, but not good, so 3/5.

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Decent, large early level. Gives the impression of having been worked on intermittently for a year; it starts off quite poor, gets better, has a nice non-linear open-air end. No real flow and it's basically random smushes and very old, but it amused me for fifteen minutes or so. Gets better as it goes on.

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mallo

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Nice! For '96, it's really good. What is weird is that one of best-looking places in the map isn't mandatory, and even is hidden! (Without adding to the secrets count!!)

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TimeOfDeath

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this actually turned out pretty cool with a few cybers and power weapons later on

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  • File Reviews

    • By Chipchase · Posted
      Superb firework display of thousands of fireballs seeming in slow motion because of the vastness - mostly avoidable as they land where you were ages ago; but worth playing just to see it. A HUGE square surrounded by tiers with hundreds of imps and a few others, plus a blockhouse you can enter first to collect ammo.  Fighting through the hundreds of monsters when you get onto the tiers is another matter, overwhelming at UV. I cheated to finish so at least I could review.  Some HOM bugs.
    • By CountArchvile · Posted
      Terrence For fucks sake...
    • By Yura04kizel · Posted
      Laggy hell with 32k monsters and too much invulnerability spheres. Just... total vomit.
    • By Chipchase · Posted
      Insanity, with voodoo dolls (see second screenshot).  I get the idea of a shooting gallery if that rocks your boat, but 6000 monsters behind railings- as far as the eye can see, FFS! My PC crawled when I looked towards the invuln spheres (someone said 32 k of them and you can't avoid picking up thousands at a time). In the end I cheated with god mode and no-clipping, and waded in among the chaingunners until I got bored.  
    • By Chipchase · Posted
      Simple, clearly a first wad.  All on the flat with big, brightly lit, and architecturally implausible rooms. The first map has two rooms, the second map one, and the third map one plus a kind of exit lobby. You can do one of two things - just run past the monsters and finish (I did it in 35 seconds), or have a bit of fun killing the monsters first. No noticable bugs. I hope the author will go on (or went on) to greater things.
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