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GATES.WAD

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You were sitting down, in your home, just recovering from the battle you had with the Spider Mastermind at the end of Doom I. Suddenly, the lights in your room starting flashing. The TV screen was covered with static noise, and you could hear electricity sparking all over you. There was a green flash, and you appeared back on the moon. You stand there amazed, thinking that you had destroyed everything on your last visit. You'd heard tales of this place from your friends that lay before you, dead. If only you believed what they said, then perhaps you could have saved them. Too late now, but don't leave all this for someone else to clean up, you must do it NOW.


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Zalewa

  
Cool level with a very oldschool feel (no wonder, it was made in 1997). Difficulty level is auto-pilot with all the blue armors and supercharges lying all around the map. The amount of detail is what you'd expect from Doom 1 IWAD, which is not bad. The action is non-stop and you don't stop moving forward. The layout is non-linear with some rooms that are completely optional. Doesn't deserve 4*, but still a pretty good map.

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Sui Generis

  
This is quite a sprawling, slow-burning techbase with marble and wood elements. It has varied and interesting areas that interlink nicely, but it is non-linear and populated mainly with low-level monsters, with oodles of ammo and several soulspheres and megaarmours. The non-linearity seems to be the kind that makes much of the map optional - I came to the exit having only seen 2 3rds of it. It’s very leisurely and sedate which is ok for a sunday. It is meh for the time but as the author was 14 I add a star

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This is dated April 1997. It's not bad, but feels very basic and old-fashioned even for 1997. You fight almost 200 monsters in a sort of techbase / medieval castle. There are lots of E1 design elements, and the layout has a good non-linear feel once it gets going, but unfortunately this is its downfall; after a compact beginning it turns into a large random-feeling sprawl, and you get more ammo than you can fire. 38 secrets, of which 27 are inaccessible.

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Somewhat large E2-ish level, comparable to some of Id's own. Has a few flaws, namely a few small visual flaws and an excess of ammo. Otherwise fairly good.

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2/5

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    • By NuMetalManiak · Posted
      I...did not review this, okay. well, it's blue and it's pretty decent and setpiece-y. get used to ribbiks' style and this one is just like all his other maps, very well-designed and fun to play. just watch out for MAP03's final area.
    • By NuMetalManiak · Posted
      it's one of those classic 90's wads you can probably just sift through, but it's not that good. plenty of inescapable pits, some awful level progression, and some actually trollish crusher placement lie within this one.
    • By Budoka · Posted
      A few really good maps supported by a bunch of alright ones. Visuals are mostly Plutonia-inspired, with the occasional veering into Shores of Hell type mish-mash architecture. Difficulty is about on par with DOOM2.wad I think. Overall, a rather pedestrian affair, although the standout maps are certainly worth the time.
    • By dylux · Posted
      BACK TO SATURN X E1: GET OUT OF MY STATIONS REVIEW:   The Good:   - Stunning visuals   - Great monster placement   - Lots of (clever) secrets and they are rewarding   - Enough ammo to keep you going   - The names of the Maps LOL!   - Loads of fun   - Awesome music!   The Bad:   - Not long enough. LOL! I loved it so much, I didn't want it to end!   In Short: I've actually played this fantastic WAD at least 6 or 7 times. Why? This is my second favorite WAD of all time, only bested by its successor, BTSX Episode 2: Fountain of Sparks. I remember the very first time I played it a couple of years ago like it was yesterday. How many times can you say that (in a good way) about a game?   I remember being completely blown away by the architectural designs at the time. I even remember giggling as I sunk in the ocean on the final Map, only to read something like "To Be Continued..." and thinking, "Awww....it's over." But I admit that, like everyone else, I had loads of fun with this.    There is lack of a "customary" final boss (I wasn't certain if this was a "Good" or "Bad" element of the game, hence why it's in neither category above - it really will depend on the player so I kept it neutral). But don't let that deter you! The final "stage" in the last (playable) Map is as memorable as it is wicked, and it'll keep you on your toes just like any other customary boss!   Play this WAD if it's the only WAD you ever play. Definite replay value.   Well deserved Cacoward. Thanks, Team, for making it!   5 out of 5 stars with me.  ~ dylux
    • By dylux · Posted
      JENESIS REVIEW:   - Single Player - UV Settings - Pistol starts every Map - Third time playing in about 4-5 years span   The Good:    - Continuous Maps    - Great architecture    - Incredible Hellish themes    - Excellent monster placement    - Clever puzzles    - Loads of secrets. Most are clever as well.    - Great music    - Lots of stuff to get you alive and stocked    - Levels are just the right size. Not small nor are they huuuuuuge.    - Not a slaughterfest, but not easy either. Difficulty is perfect for single player.   The Bad:     - There's no Jenesis II.    In short:   Sometimes, finding a new DooM WAD to play is like finding a decent horror movie to watch: You're going to go through a few crappy ones before you find one that makes it all worthwhile. Jenesis is one of those WADS to play that's worth going through some crappy ones first.   If you are looking for a great balance between dog fighting and puzzle solving, then Jenesis is for you. This game was fun as hell - every level.    Anyone who plays this can easily tell that MUCH work went into this fantastic game. It's WADs like this one that keep me playing. Bravo Mr. Paddock!   You have huge shoes to fill, Jenesis - for my next WAD I play. One of my all time faves. Well deserved Cacoward. What a game! :)   5 out of 5 Stars.
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