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Area 51

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Area 51, The militarys not so top secret base in Nevada, rumored to be the high tech research center and holding area for aliens, has cut off communications with unnamed high ranking officials in Washington DC.
We are sending you in alone to investigate armed with latest technology. You will have a security pass bio-chip inserted under your skin so you can enter all tightly controlled ultra secure areas. The bio-chip will allow you to get through the bio- scanners without tripping the alarm. However, If it is damaged or exposed to high levels of radiation it may not work. Also, It is untested on the gene scanner under construction there. Try to aviod this area if possible. If you trip an alarm try and find an escape route pronto. It is possible the compound houses a UFO. This may be your only means of escape once you enter AREA 51!


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Walter confetti

  

A really good and intricate level sets in the infamous Area 51 from one of the Squadron 247 mappers, with a very interesting techbase classic theme in the style of levels like the invade series or galaxia, with brand new textures and sprites that i really enjoyed (awesome flying brain and the alien guy, even if the aliens with that yellow suit make me think that aliens are going to cook meth with Walter White lol)

 

Again, a really, really enjoyable map, worth the download! Too bad it is incomplete and misses the final map...

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geo

  

Out of 500,000 people who showed up to storm Area 51, you were the person smart enough to travel back to 1997, a whole 20+ years before the US Air Force expected your arrival. Even back then, the military installation was armed to the teeth with custom high fences, guard posts and a complex interior structure of underground rooms. Armed with only your pistol, with the Mission Impossible playing in midi form you are able to Doomguy run your way inside make it inside to find 'dem aliens and rescue green plasma technology.

 

Area 51 is a grand two level excursion that flows nicely, has a lot of content to its levels, good fights, diverse locales and some custom artwork. There is a new reskinned hover beast, barrels and rivers full of yellow glowing ooze, yellow hazmat suited foes, and plenty of text to guide you as if you were in the real facility. You'll trudge through sewers, explore pristine clean rooms, trek through some unique architecture with deep lifts, sprawling staircases, big rooms and tight corridors.

 

This .wad is dare I say 95% good to great and a real gem from the era, but the worst parts are the early lack of ammunition that gets balanced out over time and the use of pitch black corridors. There are monster closets and a few chaingun snipers, but nothing that truly hinders the experience for more than a few moments. Everything else is an enjoyable challenge that gets punctuated every so often with a revenant or a baron here or there. These are the beasts contained, but you'll mostly be slugging it out with humans, imps, specters and pinkies..

 

It has withstood the test of 20 years and was still an enjoyable 40 minutes to get through today. Your results may vary. Make sure to quick save!

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Jayextee

  

Everybody, storm this WAD. They can't stop us all. #thatjokewillremainrelevant

 

Honestly, this is stellar work for a 1997 WAD. By today's standards the custom sprites may be a little ropey, the new sounds clashing, and the cute little edits to the IWAD assets probably less-cute. But in the context of an era in which WinTEX was the best tool around (shudder) this is actually a gem. Two maps with questionable midi choices (Mission Impossible's theme tune I can both understand and forgive; White Wedding? I have no idea what the author was thinking on that one) but they're filled to the brim with neat little immersive touches that make it worth playing today, even if only out of curiosity.

 

So go clap some alien cheeks! ;)

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Tritnew

  
A great and classic WAD from '97, I love that It takes place on a Science Fiction like enviorment. Though, the difficulty Is pretty rough around the edges, but other then that, It's a spot on WAD that You'll have fun with. 5/5.

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Guest

  
Excellent for something so old! I like the custom sprites. Very engrossing.

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Doomkid

  
Legendary WAD, one of my favorites as a child. I think this was the first time I had seen custom grahpics in Doom and I was blown away. It's still great fun today.

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Unknown date

  
Outstanding. Good work on the graphics, unique atmosphere/appearance, and the gameplay bounces along nicely. Not at all easy (on UV) but it's quite feasible to play all the way through without using saves. The ammo supply is quite generous, but not absurdly so.

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really cool mod

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A pretty cool classic mod. This was one I played years ago... never could quite finish it because I wasn't great playing and it is slightly difficult... well not that difficult by modern level standards. I still recommend it. It's a good play. Seems like there could be more added to it. 4/5.

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TimeOfDeath

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fuckin cool, nice/funny sprites

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Icarus-style, but only two maps, quite big. Notable for cacodemon sprite replacement (also WolfSS sprite replacement, but this one sucks). Cool layout, pretty good effort overall. 4/5 stars, vdgg

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Unknown date

  
A 90s science fiction wad made with love and care. Secret military bases, aliens, explosions, Billy Idol... And it's from the guys that were a part of the Squadron 417 team. 18 stars.

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5/5. One of the best wads I've ever played concerning sci-fi.

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