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The Talosian Incident - A Requiem For Doom

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A fond farewell to Doom from the Black Star Coven before we move on to working with Quake... 20 new levels, new music, some new sprites...


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aargh

  

This wad didn't age well. It's too simple, too easy (easier than vanilla) and pretty boring by today's standards. However, some of the latter levels are quite fun and the boss level is interesting.
Mod compatibility: Fully compatible with Brutal Doom or Project Brutality.

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P41R47

  

I really loved this mapset.

There are just smooth details, just little neat hints about what is going on.

And the music really take things up to eleven.

 

The maps are not really complex, but they quitly fulfill the role for what they were designed. And it would be really cool if this was a full mapset. Maybe not, but two more maps to use the message screen after map20 would round up the experience quite a lot.

The maps range from totally atmospheric maps, to sprawling with challenging but moderated encounters. Some are challenging, some are not soo much, but all in all, its a great mapset with awesome music and being a good farewell song to the mapping scene by this authors.

 

Thanks Black Star Coven, you really know how to set the mood and to create a really claustrophobic and mysterious atmosphere.

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JudgeDeadd

  

The Talosian Incident is a megawad from the tail end of the classic era of Doom mapping. Unfortunately, it hasn't aged well at all. Although parts of the levels can still be quite moody and memorable, on the whole the maps feel lackluster, with amateurish layouts and haphazard monster placement (the two "Fort" maps are particularly bad in this regard) and sometimes overtly cryptic progression. The authors experiment by replacing typical rockin' music with creepy, moody ambient (or at least as close as you can get to it in MIDI), although the results are uneven: the map06 "music" is simply a horrific noise which is impossible to "listen" to for more than a few seconds, and the map11 music is mostly an earsplitting screech.

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valkiriforce

  

I'll admit to being indecisive with how to rank this experience, despite going in expecting to take it slow with the first map opening up with no action and just letting myself get pulled into the atmosphere. The music is pretty cool and sets the mood in places - I particularly liked destroying what seemed to be some kind of device which led to the next map blaring an alarm as I scrambled around the place. It's got some nice moments that carry the action a little better but loses momentum with the frequency in maps that contain lots of halls, doors and enemies packed in a rather square-looking interior. Being a lover of old-school vanilla wads, I did have trouble committing myself by the time I reached the third map. The good points weren't enough to outweigh the negatives for me, but there's always a chance someone can appreciate what they were trying to accomplish for the time it was released.

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Guest

  
As much fun as a shit you cant seem to flush despite giving it proper effort. Terrible.

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Martin

  
Too dark, unfair and boring

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MajorRawne

  
It's actually quite boring to play at times, but this is one of the most immersive and atmospheric wads you can play. The music is melancholy and loaded with nostalgia, it's almost a painful experience. The empty maps were a nice idea but, frankly, dull. 3* for the atmosphere and the music, 1* for old time's sake.

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Bah. I got bored. Not enuf action.

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Squishface

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So so boring. Uninspired level design and baffling item placement. Don't waste your time.

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3/5 and only because of the music, the levels are uninspired, themes overused (brown, brownm tan and brown), the gameplay combat-wise is not bad, but door and switch hunting kills it in a few places. --ellmo

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This is a great old wad. The difficulty is perfect, increasing from map to map and challenging at times but never frustrating. And it's also looking quite good, with interesting layouts. I liked that in the last map you return to the mothership where you started in map 01, which gave this wad a nice finish. From the look and feel, it's very typical for its time. Download recommended! 4.5/5 -Milian

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it's a bad ass level it's dark, evil, and just plain kick ass. i do think it's a very legendary level of the doom series and it has one of my favorite songs.

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TimeOfDeath

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cool '97 megawad

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Guest

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great wad, excellent atmosphere. --sargebaldy

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Guest

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Nice in the beginning, but I honestly got bored a bit after a while.

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Rated as a 1997 wad: presumably 4 or even 4.5/5. But despite its ambiance, for 2014 standards it has too many flaws, worst of it is the copy&paste factor - after having played 10 maps it felt like never having left map03 or so. But it was made in 1997, so 4/5.

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I was disappointed in this in '97 and it hasn't improved with time. Malcolm Sailor's levels are good, but the rest are boring at best and infuriating at worst. I have to admit, the atmosphere is kinda cool, maybe it's the music...

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Very good wad. Wish some one would update it.

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Guest

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Bery atmospheric, sometimes too small or repetitious in textures or too symmetrical, but this is well worth a play. 4/5

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5/5 because i was bored...-mohaa555,ma y 20,2007

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Guest

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A classic, despite some letdowns. 5/5

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3/3its okay-mohaa555

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I give this a 1/5 due to the fact that the levels worked flawlessly with no glitches and it shows that the designers knew how to operate a level editor. Otherwise, I think my boredom was killing me almost as much as all those damn Plane Elementals and lost souls!

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Plane Elementals?

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this is a good wad set i like the title screen and yeh i am gonna add it to my wad collection =] but after the wads i have played i gotta say HELL2PAY and PERDICTIONS GATE are real good and HELL REVEALED I & II are my favs =]

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    • By Origamyde · Posted
      Ah, yes, the ultimate benchmark tool for anyone looking for a decent computer. A fine piece of technology (I didn't even realize that this WAD had somewhat of a plot, despite its joke-ish nature), indeed, with a bonus feature by the greatest rock song on Earth.   5/5, would play again with anything but a potato.
    • By URROVA · Posted
      tutorial how to correctly make a slaughtermap
    • By Giant Jumbo Jellyfish · Posted
      A jokewad and a benchmark rolled together into one. Hard to say anything about this really
    • By 1Destro3456 · Posted
      This is a historic Doom pwad, it's impossible not to give this 5 stars. Only thing is that if you want to play this, play it on GlBoom plus if you're using an old version of PrBoom or change video mode to GlBoom because if you do not do this, your computer might explode (though if you're using an old computer or one that is not very powerful itmight not explode but you will probably not be able to play)
    • By roadworx · Posted
      while i will admit that there's some genuinely good maps in here, the majority of icarus: alien vanguard is very 'meh'. maps that i'd consider to be good or bad are in a rather small minority, with the vast majority of the megawad being comprised of mediocre, rushed maps that are visually bland and fairly mundane gameplay-wise. even for the standards of the time, i'd say that a lot of these maps are outshined by their contemporaries; there's a multitude of maps of that era both more visually appealing and more fun to play. it's because of this that its rushed development is quite apparent when playing through the maps.   however, despite this, there are some gems to be found in here. some of the maps in the set are much more competently made than the rest, and they stick out like a sore thumb. unfortunately, if you're planning to play the wad front-to-back, most of them only appear in the second half. it's a shame, because if the entire megawad was of this quality then i would've really enjoyed it. what i will say though is that the number of good maps is higher than the number of downright terrible ones, so icarus does have that going for it.   one positive aspect of the megawad that i have to mention is how great its music is. icarus has an absolutely fantastic soundtrack full of distinct songs that, while not saving the maps from being mediocre, does help immensely with giving each map a unique identity. some of them - especially that of map08, which sounds like it was ripped straight from 1975 - don't fit with doom in the slightest, but they still help to break the monotony and are still great to listen to. the entire ost has a distinct sound to it as well, one that i haven't ever heard anywhere else. even if you don't wanna play the wad, i highly encourage you to at least listen to some of the songs in it.   overall, icarus really isn't that great. i wish i had more positive things to say about it as many people do find it to be quite good, but i simply don't see what many others do in it. for the most part it's rather mediocre with a few highlights to go along with it, and doesn't hold up as well as many of its contemporaries have. with that being said, i do still encourage to anyone reading this to at the very least check out the second half of the wad as it has the highest concentration of decent maps, and has far less of the bland silver spaceship theming that icarus tends to be associated with.
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