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KILL! Zone

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A mini episode consisting of seven large maps. Story line ...... there is none! Just original DOOM fun .... "KILL or be KILLED". Nothing fancy, only well constructed maps with attention to texture alignment and error free wads. Designed for serious Doomer's and those who appreciate an infinitety for perfection.


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Argenteo

  

Mini episode, 7 large maps with awesome original midis, more than three hundred monsters in each.
They are very distinct, sometimes too square or simmetrical but a lot of action and fun gameplay.
My favourite was the third, falling through slime, evading some nasty traps and the hell-y section, tasty.  

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Eris

  

7 pretty large maps, with numerous opportunities to be quite lost - MAP05 had me completely stumped for a while. Fights here are very easy, and even when things get a little more hectic, it's offset by very generous supplies of health and ammo - soulspheres are a common sight throughout, and I'll never tire of the surprise when finding a huge supply room like that of MAP07's. In fact, the main danger here is from either falling into inescapable nukage pits, or breaking the map by doing things like accidentally falling off a rising platform which can't be lowered again from the outside. 

 

These nuisances aside, the maps play decently enough on their own merits, but the consistently long length straight from the get-go makes a continuous playthrough a bit of a drag, even despite the fact that MAP03 can be skipped entirely. There's a lot of sound replacements present too, some are ok, others are not so good, but nothing offensively bad - I got used to them.

 

Favourite map: MAP02

Least favourite: MAP04, maybe

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Guest

  
These large maps are fun, easy (with heaps of ammo and powerups) and have elaborate but non-obvious progression. New music is ok but some of the sound replacements are terrible. An irritating gimmick is often used with monster closets hidden by walkthrough walls. Looks are generally ok for the time. I enjoyed maps 4&5 more, though I did have to open 5 in an editor because of a stupid unmarked lift. Overall this is good solid stuff that seems to have been overlooked. Excellent for early 96. 4/5 Sui Generis

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NuMetalManiak

  
much like its sequel, it's got very large maps with somewhat confusing layouts. I liked this way more than its sequel, probably because the first level wasn't complete crap and it wasn't too switchhunty.

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Grazza

  
7 wonderful maps. It baffles me that this wad has received so little attention over the years; even when it was released, I don't recall there being too much fuss about it.

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lupinx-Kassman

  
Another hidden gem.

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Unknown date

  
Awesome and big maps from '96. I didn't play from pistol start, except map01

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Unknown date

  
solid levels, but gameplay little boring and these new sounds... is just awful. **

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Hey! Who doesn't appreciate "an infinitety for perfection"?

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  • File Reviews

    • By Argenteo · Posted
      The last chapter was the one I had less memories, perhaps because it's tough. A good time playing.
      Beat it. Everybody frag now. Vangelis. Cool midis.
    • By Argenteo · Posted
      A lot better sights and tougher than S1, with another pack of cute midis. 
    • By P41R47 · Posted
      Pretty entertaining and challenging mapset. The maps start in a somewhat heretic or cave theme at first, and with a really abstract style with just tiny little realistic details. It use TNT as iwad and there are just a few maps with name patches. The rest and the text screens are the ones from TNT. The story is interesting: Serena, B.J. Blazkowicz's wife, worried that, after the incident on 20 Days In Hell (but it could be also after Doom 2 final map), he hasn't returned home yet. So she decide to go search for him. In the proces she found that every map we play is an hour of torture for her husband, and thats from where the title 32 Hours of Pain come. Thematically, the maps use the TNT skies to tell the story, starting with Serena on earth, vayaging throught space on map12 to map20, and reaching hell where her husband is being tortured on map21 to map30   Maps have a good gameplay, and the little and few details really stand out from the abstract design, like in map11 the ship sailing out to space. The design varies from really large and big open areas to really cramped and difficult to traverse tunnels and areas. Thus, it somehow really grasp the TNT feel and style. This also implies, sometimes, obscure progression and switch hunting. The texturing is varied, from monotexturing to using different themes like starbase and marble on the same map, especially on those where the hellish influece is seen as bigger.   I really enjoyed it! Its not a masterpiece, but it certaily has a charm and offers a good challenge. Kristian Aro's story, maybe i'm wrong with this, was use as a base for 2002: A Doom Odyssey later as its pretty similar. This mapset is kinda analogue to Paul Corfiatis The Twilight Zone. Both follow a free thematic texturing from map to map, both have a story mostly told throught little details (TTZ has a proper mapinfo on it, though) and both shows the first mapping efforts of their respective authors and how the ideas here lead to their later awesome mapsets.   I recommend it to anyone who is seeking abstract design and challenge.
    • By Meddy · Posted
      Short, but pretty well done. The best custom Hexen levels I played so far.
    • By Roofi · Posted
      Very decent map from 1995. As previous comments said, it looks like a workplace with two floors tons of openable doors.   The gameplay is very classic but very enjoyable. The progression may be quite confusing, especially about finding the yellow key which was hidden in a little compartment as if it was a secret. However , discovering each room was a pretty exciting experience.    Also this level has a cool sense of place. I really like the idea of creating "elevators" by using teleporters as well as the partially demolished 2nd floor.    Despite being an easy level, some traps may kill you like the surprise monster closet with barons near the author's signature located at the beginning.   Aesthetics are ok but I really enjoyed the use of light gradiants in some corridors , they make the stock textures look a lot better !
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