The Beginning of the End (part 1)

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Author

Emil Brundage

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You have just stumbled on to a great set of DOOM wads! These puppies took me forever to create, and I assure you you'll like 'em. They're better than most. If you still have Doom on your hard drive, grab these wads! If not, get it back! You'll want to play these levels! I made most of these levels a long, long time ago so some of 'em might have that old-school DOOM feel but they still rock!

Base

All new

Build Time

Forever

Editors Used

A bunch of DEUs, most recently v5.21

Bugs

Nothin' major




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NuMetalManiak

  • 5
  

vintage set, years later it still is incredibly charming. detail is not everything, the gameplay leaves everything hot and fresh. lovely stuff.

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  • 5
  

Pretty cool E1/E2 replacement. Some nasty traps in spots but nothing I felt was too unreasonable save for maybe one setup involving a Spider Mastermind in the distance with little cover on one of the secret maps. Love the ideas on display like the graveyard map in E2 and the close-quarters shootout of E2M6. Definitely felt it had more highlights than it had flaws, so I'd say it was perfectly legit Doom experience - not perfect, but certainly legit. A good place to look for some unconventional ideas and some left-field designs.

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  • 4
  
Nice old school wad. Very playable and pretty challenging, especially for it's time. This was one of the occasions where the Metallica midis were put to good use. 4/5. -TRRobin.

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  • 4
  
The good: a lot of this is 5 star good old fashioned, nuts-n-bolts Doom. The bad: its ruined by occasional annoyances like teleport mazes abd incomprehenible secrets. The really bad: descends into slaughterwad stupid, particularly late in e2. Still, better than 90% of stuff here, marked down to 4. Worth a download.

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  • 3
  
Feels more than E3 but plays like E2. I love it, its legendary -Omegamer

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  • 4
  
I had pretty much fun playing these levels a few
years back. They might not be that good by
today's standards though. The Metallica music was
a big factor in the funness of this wad.

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  • 3
  
creator: myspace.com/emil

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  • 4
  
The first episode is designed in a more or less classic style, but with a few unusual touches and with gameplay completely different from what I've experienced before. Very creative, 5 stars material. The second episode is somewhat weaker, could be described as "slaughter maps for Ultimate Doom", starting especially from E2M5. Still decent stuff, though. Overall, 4/5 stars, vdgg

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  • 5
  
Maybe I'm biased 'cause it was one of the first PWads I ever played, but I love this wad. It captures that 'classic' feel perfectly, and every level looks and plays just as good as the original Doom maps. The music fits perfectly and it's got some of the most outrageous (by 1997 standards) conflicts to be had -- multiple spiderdemons, zombies rising from their graves, "sleeping demons", and of course, the Hive. Classic Doom fans, this is a wad not to be missed. 5'd - Xaser

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  • 3
  
Not bad.

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  • 5
  
This is beautiful, people. Creativity, sadism, epic battles with hundreds of monsters. An utter classic.

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  • 5
  
A great old set of two episodes, get it if you're looking for good Ultimate Doom stuff.

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  • 4
  
Very fun, very cheesy (especially with the 90's soundpack added and the Metallica, Nirvana and Deep Purple MIDIs I recognised) and surprisingly challenging, considering its age. I'd recommend this to everyone, although there are certainly wads of higher *quality* about. 4* -Phobus

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  • 3
  
This megawad introduced me to Metallica and heavy metal in general! Automatic 5/5!

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  • 5
  
Genius. Classic architecture, innovative tricks despite the year, exceptionally balanced ammo count, your never in excess and rckts and cells are scarce. Remarkably non-linear design, a kick ass soundtrack! Best of all it's very tough! E1 contains the entire beastiary, enemies appear in groups, very unexpected monster placement and secrets are actually very well hidden for once! My only criticism is I wish it were longer! 5/5 - Bloodite Krypto

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    • By NuMetalManiak · Posted
      improves HEAVILY over Paranoid, while still keeping the very first episode of it, some of the levels are shorter than the ones in Paranoid, which is good, plus three new weapons and a few new enemies show up too. the last episode is a strange one, putting in Doom monsters in a Half-Life-themed mod for about two levels. Very long-winded, but worth the playthrough.   settings are done well, from Black Mesa to Xen itself, although not everything is perfect. the Gargantua doesn't seem to have a mass value so hitting him with an RPG (or even the headcrabs with that one that you are supposed to fry with electricity) makes him go flying. also some of the moving platforms in the Xen episode don't seem to work properly, in other words, I seem to slide off of them if I don't keep up, and a few corridors seem to have a wind effect when they really shouldn't.
    • By SP_FACE1 · Posted
      A four level mapset utilizing heavily all the green textures and floors from the original IWADs plus an additional green tinted sky. The second level adds the black rock texture to the mix. All levels have some basetech parts here and there too but the mapset is predominantly green. I like maps that have their own visual style and consistently follow it. Flow is pretty good, I always knew where to go and didn't have to wander around. The medium size maps helped this too. There were some nice traps and monster fights were tough but fun. I liked the area in the first map where you got to choose which pillars to lower and see which monster were inside them. It was a bit like Monty Hall except none of the pillars had a car!
    • By damned · Posted
      Short but really good map with non-linear layout. It includes few Zdoom features, but still provides nice old fashioned Doom gameplay. 5/5 - Damned
    • By felgro · Posted
      Dunno. Found this pretty mediocre and repetitive.
    • By Anidrex_1009 · Posted
      There is nothing innocent here!   Lol, this little mapset is great, quite short but very fast, it reminds me of the action of Scythe (one of my favorite maps) and it fills me with nostalgia to think about how great it was to play it, but going back to this map, it's simple and dynamic, the combat is quite entertaining and the maps are practically, follow the path without losing, quite simple but created in a way that allows to continue with the flow of fun, in addition, it adds even new monsters that remind a bit of Hexen, quite great.   Highly recommended, especially to kill time in a great and brutal way, the design of the maps is simple but beautiful, the enemies are well placed and gives us all kinds, my only problem with the map is maybe the little Ammunition and not so good placement of items, in itself, does not need many because of the small size of the maps, but I feel that it can be improved, anyway, enjoy this map, without a doubt, this type is my favorite, small but playful ... wait.