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The Barracks

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You relax in the rec room with some of your fellow Marines, while enjoying a Dr. Pepper and a game of pool. After your horrifying encounter on Phobos, Deimos, Hell, and Earth, pretty much everything has been going right. You've returned to your post in the middle of nowhere, content with the silence and peace of your area. Suddenly, you hear a strange noise coming from outside. You walk over to a nearby window and look up into the black, dreary night to find an endless amount of void, dark space. Turning back, you hear the same noise again...it sounds like a low rumbling...something you'd hear during a rockslide or avalanche miles away. You don't suspect much until a large ammunition shell crashes through the wall of your outpost. You speed across the hall, followed by gunshots and screams. You quickly speed toward the armory and grab an 12-Gauge shotgun, a .45 pistol and a box of shells. You quickly attempt to load the bullets nervously, but an enormous hole forges its way through the thin lining of the armory's walls. You immediatly flee down the hall, toward the exit. You reach the door, and find your once peaceful friend pale and bruised. He weakly lifts a .22 rifle and aims toward you. You react instantly with two .45 shots straight to the head, killing someone you'd known for years in a single, horrific second of blood and agony. You stare at the limp, pale body in awe of how destructive these evil beings are. Filled with a rage you had banished to the darkest reaches of your soul explodes from you as an Imp emerges from the darkness. He reaches to swipe you dead, but you meet his fist with a well-placed shotgun round to the chest. His red eyes fill with blood, and he collapses toward the floor. You can't help but spit on the mangled corpse that lays upon the floor. Behind you, loud crashing noises and glass breaking hits your ears. You quickly spin 180 degrees to find a horde of demons devouring everything in their path, with no mercy at all. Instead of fighting your way out of this, you use your head and leap out the door. The Demon's ship has appeared, its size larger than any ship you've ever encountered. You wish you could just kill everything and everyone on that ship on one deadly blast. But you know you can't do that. As you stare into the evil visage of the ship, you can't help but notice there are no windows. You now realize that "Plan A" isn't going to work. On to plan B. As an Imp bursts through the door of the massive ship, you pump a few shells into the back of his skull. Before the door closes, you dive into the ship and kill a few more aliens. Another Imp bounds out of the lightlessness as you aim your shotgun and fire, hoping to hear the flesh-tearing ammunition fly from the barrel. Instead, you are greeted by an ominous "click". Again, you try to fire the gun, but with no luck. The Imp grins at you with a smile that explodes with hatred. He winds back to spurt a fireball as you use the shotgun as a club to smash his ribs into a fine white powder. As he cradles his injury, you use the time to pound his skull in with .45 bullets. You search through the ship, until you come to an area called "The Barracks". You open the door, and walk in. A quick, loud smashing sound bursts from behind you. The door is shut. This isn't good...you know this place. It looks exactly like the first area on Phobos... You notice English writing and the same bunks you used to sleep in. You walk back for a while, until you're met by the cold, steel door that entraps you. Where did they get these strange Barracks from? Is there a way out?


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Awesome. Simply Awesome

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Yep, gameplay is a bit hard and annoying and the places are cramped. Yet, since I love such rare vanilla tricks, I'd still give it a 5/5 - Optimus

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Well designed, interesting gameplay, though apparently not that well tested. There are a few sites were you can get trapped. Also, in contrary to the text file, it needs Boom compatibility to work, especially the floor movement behavior should NOT be set to vanilla compatibility.

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Very impressive indeed in some respects, but not all that much fun to play.

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This is rather gimmicky, with neat tricks but a hacky appearance, cramped environment, and too many bathrooms and other silly sorts of pseudo realism. It made me feel the "expert" made the level to show editing tricks. By the comment two posts above I'm guessing I can't get the red key because it's broken in Doom2, and not because I missed a switch. More testing was needed. [1/5] ~Chain Mail (11/2007)

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lol neat except the few bugs, use -complevel 9, don't think I've seen the "vanilla crouching" idea before

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Stellar. This wad has many ingenious mapping tricks in it.

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Redundant room-by-room gameplay. Cramped movement. Forced Tyson-play. Gameplay died on me pretty fast and the texturing in some places is a crime. 3/5 - Belial

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Good, but not great. It's technically detailed and I liked the clever way you can "crawl" through passageways. In fact it's a Doom mapper's map, because it's not much fun to play. But as a kind of flashy guitar solo it's very good.

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Nice tricks, where's the gameplay? 2/5

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This is dated May 1998. I wasn't overly enamoured of it. There are a few clever design tricks for 1998 (judging by the reviews it is a very early source port level), but overall it's just a lot of small square rooms that you explore one at a time, as if you were playing a hotel or castle-style level. There's a lot of detail but the aesthetics are horrible; it looks older than it is.

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    • By StevenC21 · Posted
      Umm... this isnt Doom 64? Or even remotely related to it?   In addition, its a shitty wad. You are expected to fight 2 arch-viles with a pistol, and then a cyberdemon witha  chaingun in an enclosed space.
    • By Nems · Posted
      Should have been called "Doom 64 for Boom".   I really wanted to like this more. I mean, I do like it but I feel like the gripes I have regarding it just bring my overall rating for it down too much.   It was interesting to see how, at first, the authors recreated the Doom 64 levels in Doom 2 with just vanilla assets. You can still see some of that in the Boom levels like how revenants and arch-viles are used in place of where traps where. That was an interesting touch and I liked that.   As I got further into it though and more of the Boom tricks were used my thoughts wandered from "hey this is a nice vanilla interpretation" to "man I could be playing Doom 64 EX or Doom 64 Retribution". I really wish they would have stuck with vanilla constraints for this reinterpretation. I would have liked to see how they would have handed nightmare monster placement (would a nightmare imp be worth two imps or three, for example). I feel like using Boom and DeHacked cheapened the experience, like they were trying to replicate Doom 64 as close as possible rather than doing a vanilla Doom (2) interpretation.   Additionally, map 30 can fuck right the hell off with that puzzle bullshit.   Anyway, if you don't mind any of the complaints I made, you'll likely have fun with this. I got some fun out of this as well but to me it feels like it's trying to be exactly like Doom 64 rather than simply a vanilla Doom 2 interpretation of Doom 64. In trying to be exactly like Doom 64, it just makes me want to play that more than this.
    • By Marlamir · Posted
      Pretty good. The combat was fun and design wasn't bad at all.
    • By Meril · Posted
      Despite its age, nice details and well designed. Way how blue key is hidden is really clever. But map is dark and cramped. Enemies are only imps and hitscanners.
    • By Dovahxul · Posted
      the more I play the more I get more sad that this map pack is going to end soon its really great :)
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