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SHANNARA

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Brona, the evil Warlock Lord, was thought to have been destroyed


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whirledtsar

  

Pretty damn good hub. Although there are only 4 maps, there is a lot to do (it took me ~2 hours to complete) and a lot of sights to see. It's not incredibly detailed or perfectly aligned, but that's totally understandable considering the editors and hardware available at the time. There are some cool traps and uses of Hexen's advanced features (such as the spinning and moving walls in The Valley Of Shale). And most of the levels are quite large and complex, with the best example being "Druid's Keep", a truly massive castle with almost every inch filled with places to explore. The one exception is Matted Breaks, which is an homage to Doom's E3M1 (Hell Keep), and even uses the same music. It's very low-detail, low-verticality, maze-like, and all in all boring. Thankfully it's non-necessary and by far the shortest level. The final boss level (against the Heresiarch and his minions) is pretty well-orchestrated, and it ends with a neat scripted sequence. Overall it really is a great hub that I'd recommend to anyone who enjoys playing Hexen.

 

Also, I don't know what the hell "dg93" means by "Well this was quite a strange wad 0_0". There's really nothing odd about it.

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dylux: Very Good Wad. My ONLY complaint was be prepared to go back and forth between the levels A LOT. Very comparable to the 2nd level of HeXen (The 7 Portals). Took me about 4 hrs to complete. Would definitely play again.

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dg93

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Well this was quite a strange wad 0_0

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Good, fun hub, though not without its flaws, as noted above--the crushing doors, which kill fast if you get jammed in them, are peculiar. I was lucky enough not to screw anything up so as to get stuck, though. The secret level is a remix of Doom's Hell Keep, but aside from that the maps are large and interesting to explore though not always detailed. The scripting is good in a non-showoff way. The victory text (but not pictures), is also changed, a nice touch missing from too many mapsets.

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A good WAD. Has the authentic Hexen feel. Plays and looks a lot like the Shadow Wood hub in most places. There are some design flaws, though--there are a couple of places in Valley of Shale where you can become trapped with no means of escape if you do things in a certain order. Either save the Chaos Device until you're positive you're stuck, or be prepared to "Casper" through a wall. Those small wooden doors in the Druid's Keep can kill you, too (I don't think this was intended). --TDotW

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