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STRAIN 1.0

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STRAIN is THE largest DOOM II Total Conversion. And it's FREE!

This is the product of our painstaking effort at a true successor to DOOM II. We hope you'll agree that it is much better than 90% of all those $50 shovelware first person shooters that wish they were DOOM!

STRAIN includes 32 new levels, all new music, and a complete story which carries through the levels. It also contains 100+ new textures, and many new baddies, weapons, graphics, and sound effects. Yes, that's right: new baddies and weapons!

Designed for single play with special support for co-op and deathmatch play. All difficulty levels supported - from beginner to DOOM god.

Please visit our web site for more info and the story!


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Dynamo

  
STRAIN is up there with the most legendary mappacks ever released for Doom. Constantly interesting to play, jam-packed with custom enemies and weapons, loaded with interesting level designs and action-packed fights, it hardly gets better than this. Like a fine wine, STRAIN has aged perfectly and is as much fun to play back then as it is today. For the ZDoom aficionados like me I recommend strainfix.pk3, a repackaged version that contains everything and works perfectly. 5/5

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The file on here was packed with some weird format, Winrar and other unarchivers wont open it. You can download the unsplit version from here http://www.doomwadst ation.net/main/strai n.html As far as mod itself, seems good, but I am not a huge fan of the UI (ammo counters and portrait etc replacements).

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This is one of the best megawads for doom,a must have. -denizen

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Shame on you, previous reviewers. http://doomedsda.us/ lmps/830/strain10.zi p Now, to the WAD. A few AMAZING maps mixed with so-so maps. I loved playing maps 21-27 or 22-27, so many good ones close together. Also MAP10, 14, 17 were very good. Many custom monsters, some of them are well-balanced, some of them not (the demon with 217 HP was my favourite change). 4/5 stars, vdgg

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First off, this is not a total conversion, since it doesn't replace everything. Having said that, STRAIN is incredible, especially for its time. I remember playing this back in '97 when it came out, waiting for my slow computer to download the huge (at the time) file. But boy was it worth it! 5/5

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Superb!

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JUST ONE WORD TO EXPLAIN STRAIN- BEST (5/5)

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Very good TC, one of the best around I spend many hours playing this good wad

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I'd buy it if it would be a seprate game.

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An all time classic. 5/5 -Maes

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This was just...blah. Boring enemies, boring levels, and WTF did they do to the BFG? 2/5. --Woolie Wool

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2/5!!!!!! Are you mad!!!! This is a total conversion of the highest order!!!!!! 5/5 for God's sake!!! 5/5!

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Cool Megawad especially music

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To unpack the weird files in the zip, go to the directory they're in and run "copy /B strain.001+strain.002+strain.003+strain.004 strain.exe" and then run strain.exe to get the WAD and DEH.

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Absolutly wonderful... Especially the level design.

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A very fun mod to play

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good map set (but mm & requiem better imho) with questionable deh. ***

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For anyone who has xp and can't extract these files extract the zip to C:\strain then open your explore menu and go to C:\strain. Click File-->New-->Text file then name it explore.txt. Next open it with notepad and type "unpack c:\strain c:\strain". Then name it explore.bat. Finally, double click it AND... strain is finally yours.

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Really strong. You can tell they put so much attention into the gameplay, the entire WAD just has coherence that a lot of other WADs fail to match. The monster and weapon conversions are well done and offer a different experience than the norm. 5/5.

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This is terrific and definitely a must play! The maps are all medium-sized, mildly complex and nicely detailed and textured. The more if you consider that this masterpiece is from 1997! Best of all are the new monsters. Expect to find hordes of cute turbo-imps, a mini Cyberdemon, flying, firing wheels and many more that I don't want to spoil now. The originality of maps, monsters, puzzles and ambiences is mind-blowing.

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crashed in doomsday

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Really fricken good TC from back in the days. Recommended if you enjoy addictive fun gameplay...

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My favorite megawad of all time. Nothing compares. Amazing music, new enemies, great level design. Just excellent all around. 5/5

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By far the biggest TC of its time, and still contains some nice stuff, even if a bit of a grab bag. Solid maps for '97.

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Level design... You can get worse, but this isn't very good either, I got bored after playing the first two levels (level 2 is tedious...)The new weapons and enemies aren't very interesting too , but you've got to love that new machine gun enforcer !

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    • By guitardz · Posted
      Some very cool techbases with a nice texture set and pallette.  The music is pretty epic.  And it all runs in vanilla! (Or so it is said, I played it in GZDoom)
    • By Philnemba · Posted
      I honestly can't believe that this whole megawad is 100% vanilla compatible and its only the first of THREE episodic megawads! Esselfortium and her team of creative energetic mappers has done an amazing job from the unique texture set, the music, the maps & even the tweaked color palette that fits the mood of the whole thing.    100% highly recommended! 5/5 
    • By Erick · Posted
      A pretty straightforward map to run through, packing in tons of enemies in rooms both big and small. Most of the monsters you'll be killing are E1 monsters such as Zombiemen and Imps, so while there isn't much in monster variety, there are plenty of ways to get them to fight each other which I like. It might be better to try and get as many monsters to start attacking at the same time since once you get the Chaingun, not even the groups of Spectres are much of a threat. Overall though, the map is still fun to blast through if you just want to kill tons of monsters in packs.
    • By NuMetalManiak · Posted
      this is a strange wad, with assets similar to Darkest Hour and other Star Wars-themed wads, many of the maps focus on small killings, as most of the maps are actually small. Pinchy's finale sure makes this worth it. oh yeah, quite a few custom stuff was done. the flamethrower marines were quite annoying, while other monsters gained multiple attacks, new ones, it's all so zany. the maps are pretty well done overall and this is worth a try.
    • By Doomkid · Posted
      Okay, I get it, it's a megawad mainly for speedrunners who are intricately familiar with the mechanics of the game down to the nitty-gritty. A series of challenges/obstacles that, for the most part, seem to be possible but are generally ludicrous (and sometimes outright laughable, in a good way).   This was is not a "pile of junk" as a few have said however it's really, really lacking in a lot of ways. I get that the wad is meant to have a fun-and-not-serious tone despite it's overall extreme difficulty but the texturing looks like the insides of a toilet bowl after a Taco Bell buffet. Seriously, these maps are jealous of how beautiful and futuristic maps like UAC_DEAD look. The DWANGO series looks like fucking Ancient Aliens compared to this.   The MIDIs are lighthearted, silly and fun, which adds a layer of appeal for me personally. I loved seeing Patrick Stewart at the intermission too, rofl   I had some fun with this IDCLEVing through the whole wad and giving each map a try or 2 before moving on to the next but I seriously doubt I'll ever be back. The same idea with better texturing and overall taking itself just a tiny bit more seriously would warrant a higher rating. Ass-ugly texturing, silly MIDIs and a silly titlepic/interpic are fun in their own right so don't take me the wrong way but a lot of it crossed into "looks like the authors gave 0 fucks" category and I just have to take points away for that.   Also,   lol wtf is this bullshit is this a terrywad or somethin i mean jeeeezus   Overall, this is worth a peek just for some fun but unless you're a highly skilled speedrunner that also doesn't mind looking into a crapchute map after map, this probably doesn't really have much for you.
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