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The LychGate

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This is an awesome "1-level-hub" which is tough, beautiful, and complete. The architecture is nice, the enemies are numerous, and it'll give you a good challenge, especially on the top skill level.


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whirledtsar

  

Excellent map. The difficulty balance is good, the encounters are interesting, the architecture & texturing are well-done, and the puzzles aren't too cryptic (they actually could've been harder). I see people in the reviews complaining about difficulty finding switches, but I found the puzzles way easier than the original IWAD. My only complaints are its length (could be longer) and the linearity (could be... less so). But overall it's a great way to spend 30 minutes of Hexen.

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dylux: Great WAD. Nice everything. Was too short though.

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Cool little level, only gripe is that it's kind of short. Wish there were more.

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Decent enough level, didn't even find the last part of the queitus, but I didn't really need it for the last fight anyway. It was a bit anticlimatic. Other fights earlier in the map were more challenging. 3/5 Kristus

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I was really enjoying this until I reached the part where u have to fine 3 switches. Found two and when I couldn't find the third, I just shut the damn thing off. I HATE SWITCH HUNTS!!!!!!!! 4/5 for looks, creativity(The author knows his beans). Its gets 2/5 until I find that blasted switch!

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nice map, but i had the same problem as the other reviewer: i couldnt find the last of the 3 switches. i had to use a noclip cheat in order to get into the room blocked by the wooden bars. other than that it was a well done map with a good balance between items and enemies.

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Cool! 4 stars. - Szlobo

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Not bad, not quite as "tough and beautiful" as the author might think, but it's pretty solid. ******SWITCH SPOILER:****** To open the bars with the reavers behind them, face away from the bars and look on the right pillar in the room where the Bishops were.

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Quick bit of fun, but kind of easy for the most part. 3/5

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    • By amackert · Posted
      I recently played through this continuously twice on UV. Overall I feel this is an expertly crafted WAD from start to finish. Beautiful scenery, great soundtrack, and intense gameplay. Maybe a little too intense sometimes, and with that it's probably not a WAD I'll recommend to newbies. If less experienced players absolutely have to try it, I suggest playing on the lower difficulty modes as the included readme suggests. Describing the later maps of this WAD as "brutal" on UV is an understatement to say the least.
    • By galileo31dos01 · Posted
      Done with these settings:   - GLBoom+ 2.5.1.4. - Ultra-Violence. - Pistol starts. - Saves every 10 minutes or no saving.   This is a funny memewad of concepts and tricks from the Boom engine. It's anything alike classic conventional Doom gameplay, ergo the chosen compatibility, and brings a specific gimmick in a satirical form for each map. Aesthetics are part of the idea too, by way of monotextured layouts of the simplest geometry, such as to find out which sector/linedef has an action, and mostly grey and brown as the predetermined colours, with a bit of green and red bricks in some levels. Besides, skies made of one resized texture, and music from TV series and movies, the ideal recipe for an experience in Doom one doesn't opt for everyday.    Concept-wise, it's much appreciable to experience each map on its own, even more when the idea of carryovers will only block your progress in survival maps: better leave in bad shape and restart freshly than carry less than 15 hit points and be eternally murdered by former human ambushes. This example is one of Pinchy's numerous parodies of unconventional/inconvenient situations we've all been through in Doom. Humping walls to find progress like in primitive maps, having the screen constantly tinted because of pickups, being harassed by incoming projectiles from monsters out of your FOV, that fear of eating your own splash damage because the door can close at any moment, these are just a few of the most hilarious cases I've seen here. It wouldn't be bad to say not all of the gimmicks were clear enough to me, still don't know what's the meme in map 13. Same in some of the later maps, they seemed to have less ridiculous and more serious content, or at least not something different from earlier maps, but if anything I support that seemingly passion for zombiemen hordes, which held up my enjoyment most of the time. Funnily enough, it wasn't until the very last map that I laughed out loud at doomguy's surroundings, and there was nothing else than THE END messages under a sky in fireblu. Guess I couldn't hold my laugh for too long.   Secret-wise, it's interesting to me that in a wad of this category the only existing secrets serve as a combination of the gimmick in question and helpful extras for survival. The second map's way to hide secret sectors is quite funny indeed. As for favourite maps, I found the concepts in map 02, 04, 07, 09 and 15 to entertain me more, last one because it tickled my fancy for exploration. Some of the rest like 05, 07, 11 and 14 woke my other feelings, not only they made me laugh but also feel tense, those imps and troopers could not beat me!... not more than twice...   Overall, even if not all of the maps made sense, or had strange concepts I didn't understand, the point was to laugh, and I believe that was achieved here. Because laughter is good for the organism, check this out. My rate is 7/10. 
    • By whirledtsar · Posted
      Not too shabby. Very intricate level with halls & rooms to explore taking up almost every square inch of the castle. You do have to look through pretty much the whole place to find the necessary keys, but you'll have fun in the process. Most of the gameplay is pretty simple run & gunning of mooks but there are a couple neat traps, like the teleporting/telefragging area and the exit. Despite the large and labyrinthine design of the level, it doesn't get boring or easy to get lost in due to the abundance of landmarks (mainly sector furniture) and high interconnectedness. Texture alignment is quite bad, but oh well. There are some replaced sounds which are a bit odd but not bad, which kind of encapsulates the whole wad.
    • By MTrop · Posted
      If you want something quick, fun, challenging, and a little nostalgic, play this.   Good job, Jimmy.  
    • By Zalewa · Posted
      If you want something that looks uncomplicated but fair looking, easy but not uninvolved, non-linear but small, somewhat blocky but still good architecture and very quick to beat without ever saving throughout all 9 maps then this is your WAD. I played it, I liked it. Design themes stray towards the original E4, but are not exactly the same.
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