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GULAG

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A five-level wad for Heretic, incorporating numerous new graphics. The appearance of each level is quite different; there is no unifying theme except that the action takes place on a series of islands. If I could have figured out how to replace the end screens, (assuming it's possible with Heretic), I would have named the levels:

1) On the Beach 2) Subterranea 3) Skull Mountain 4) The Flying Dutchman 5) Circus Maximus

Three of the levels are quite large (Circus Maximus is over 700K); I have been told that Gulag plays "too choppy" on a 486, so the wad may require a Pentium, or similar processor, for smooth gameplay.


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Architecturally great. But new textures is motley, work with light is lame, gameplay, oriented on cave crawling with savegames is fault. **

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Great. I'm downloading this WAD for fourth time now :) Never gets boring. - Trollmann -

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BEST,BEST,BEST

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I didn't play all Heretic levels (How could I?) but this is simply the BEST I ever did play. Great style of mapping, big, really epic Levels, a Pwad you will never forget!

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epic boredom

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This is a great set of levels, with clever puzzles and game play with some tight fights. I love it. 5/5 Kristus.

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Amateurish. In the rough. 2 stars.

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Balanced gameplay, puzzles are tough but not too tough, an all around excellent WAD!

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Quite an adventure! 5/5

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Great! 5 stars! Awesome, well-detailed level design and new textures, very splendid. For those who like Eternal Doom, this is a must play! The levels are enormous with a lot of switch-hunting to confuse you :) and wtf 1997? that's quite nice for its time.

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Decent WAD you have here. The cave parts were boring and summed up to be relentless switch hunts while the later levels were wonderful. 4/5

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very good the caves aren't boring imo either

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I would say "Best Heretic WAD ever", but I don't have tested all Heretic WADs avaiable. The fact remains that I love this one, levels have an "Eternal-ish" style with their puzzles and triggers. I need more PWADs like this one ! Legendary for sure. 5/5. ~Naan

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The first level is epic, and then the second builds on it ever moreso. I don't like how you have to wait so long to get the Dragonclaw, same with the Hellstaff and the Phoenix Rod also. It's not designed for wand-starts in any level which is a let down, and the third level is truly infuriating as going back and forth between 5 floors all the time is time consuming and it gets very monotonous.

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  • File Reviews

    • By whirledtsar · Posted
      An odd wad in which you play a Hexen class while fighting Heretic monsters in Heretic-textured levels. Surprisingly, it works pretty well, and is an interesting change of pace from either game. It retains Hexen's hub design, although it's not at all puzzley, just a "go and collect 3 items and return to the hub" quest. It's very combat-focused (there's almost 400 enemies in the final level), but unlike some Heretic maps, it doesn't end up feeling like a slog. Perhaps Hexen's weapons are just more powerful than Corvus's. The level design is very good, besides a couple of sore spots (the cramped areas of the lava level, the metal maze in the final level). The boss, D'Sparil, is much easier to kill than he was in Heretic; he probably should've been modded to have a better chance against Hexen's warriors.
    • By Philnemba · Posted
      A fun heavily modified tougher version of Doom 1's E1M6 dated back in April of 94(yes same month of origwad). Its starts a bit hectic but with so many shotgun guys and plenty of health throughout the map, its actually not that hard to go through. However like any 94 wad, it has typical misaligned textures, a few HOMs, and had to use noclip cheat to grab the last card key due to ceiling being too low to pass under. Despite its age and a few minor stuff, its a fun wad from 1994 and I would recommend to give it a try :)
    • By whirledtsar · Posted
      Excellent wad for Hexen fans. It stays true to the style/spirit of the original game while introducing new ideas. The level / hub design is interesting, the combat is well-balanced, texturing is well-done and well-aligned, and there are plenty of interesting scripted events. The wings are used in a very smart way - you're able reach many previously unreachable items and paths. The only thing I disliked was the "boss" of the final level. I won't spoil it, but it's quite disappointing.   Unfortunately there is a bug in The Castle Of Fluft - the flame mask switch is not set to "repeatable", so if you try to use it without the prerequisite mask, you won't be able to use it again when you do. If you encounter this bug, type "puke 10" to activate the script the mask normally would.
    • By Lane Powell · Posted
      This seems like a semi-hidden gem. The author's other WAD Crimson Canyon won a Cacoward, though I prefer this one.   It certainly lives up to its namesake. The textures are all Hell's green marble and blood, supplemented with custom textures including some modified Giger designs and some creepy sprites I recognize from Monolith's Blood. The map designs are seriously contorted. It's probably a divisive aspect of the set. In some levels the angular layouts wrap around themselves in a jagged mesh, creating devilish mazes with slightly obscure progression, and where fireballs can fly at you from different parts of the map. Other parts are darker and more claustrophobic. It's all a totally hostile atmosphere.   There are some common themes gameplay-wise but you'll know them by map 2. A big one is ammo constriction, especially on UV. Certain maps seem near unbeatable without finding key secrets.   This was actually one of the first WADs I completed a few years ago, and on revisiting it it feels very fresh. Like most memorable WADs, it rides on strong concepts and some devilish gameplay while targeting a distinctive theme.
    • By RonLivingston · Posted
      It almost looks as if what pestilence from hexen 2 would look like in this mod
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