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Ten level episode replacement for first episode of Hell on Earth.

Story Line You arrive on earth to find it subverted by savage aliens. Your point of arrival is a rocky coastline with rolling surf: Levels: The Ruins (MAP01): You stand facing out to sea with rolling breakers splasing on the rocks. Behind you are the ruins of civilization, haunted with alien hellspawn. Seek the Sword of Damocles... The Tomb (MAP02): To have hope of freeing the world, you must take back the one place the enemy considers special... Mines of Moria (MAP03): Like its Lord of the Rings namesake, it is crawling with evil things... The Chasm (MAP04): The enemy is bivouacked in rugged coastal terrain. You mission is to clear them out... Strategic Defense Command (MAP05): A deep underground command and control center, one of the last great hopes for mankind in repelling the alien invasion. However, it seems to be off line, You need to find out why... Observation Station (MAP06): This place has seen some action before it fell to the enemy. Beware!... The Emerald Tower (MAP07): Your mission is to capture the Emerald Tower. Short, sweet, and relatively easy!?!... Ammo Pit (MAP08): This is the domain of the arch-vile. Trick him into helping you... Islands (MAP09): You arrive on an rocky island in a rugged fjord. Out to sea and somewhat up the coast is another, larger island that you must somehow reach... The Hill (MAP10): You must capture a heavily defended hill. Then home at last! You arrive in your comfortable penthouse suite where you end the episode...

Combat These levels contain a wide variety of combat situations requiring different strategies. To win these levels, especially at the more difficult skill settings, requires thinking in terms of fields of fire, looking out for your flanks and backside, and keeping open lines of retreat. Most of the monster placement is randomized so that their location and response are different each time these levels are played. Hence, you will be unable to count on finding specific monsters at specific locations. The monsters occasionally show sneaky behavior due to features in the level designs. Setting: This episode is set on a rocky coastline. with spectacular outdoor views. These include high vistas and overlooks, live surf crashing onto the rocks, scenic elevator rides on the outside of tall buildings, and a spectacular bridge crossing the canyon in THE CHASM level. General: Secrets generally have some clue that the thoughtful and observant player can spot. These levels are designed to be winnable at the easier skill settings without finding the secrets, but to win the more difficult settings requires locating most of the secrets. There are no totally hidden hazards or traps; there will always be some visual or audio cue to warn of there presence. Some of the pools and slime pits have depth, ie, you will sink into them, sometimes up to your eyeballs. One final note; cliff edges at most of the high vistas are lethal to fall off of (one cannot expect to survive a fall of several hundred feet in real life).


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Cacodemon9000

  

The most nice thing I found in this wad is starting view and fisrt level itself worth playing, really nicely done. But most part of the wad is just dark labyrintine identically looking caves and some large empty outdoors areas. To make things worse automap is disabled in many cave areas. Running around almost blind without properly working automap in search for another key most of the time isn't something I enjoy. 2/5 only for nice visual tricks.

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Marcaek

  
Nice waves and beach, then it's appropriately brown ashwall for the rest of the set.

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Kingpin3

  
Doom engine in "realist" style...Take his other pwad "phobos" too :)

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joe-ilya

  
The startup view is the only good thing about this mapset full of boring maze cave areas with hidden lines on automap.

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Guest

  
LOOKS LIKE EPIC.WAD with different models and such but Im gonna admit it's a pretty great map.

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Guest

  
Load it up, admire the neat wave effect and beachhead, close Doom, play something actually good.

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Guest

  
Besides the cool waves in the first map, filling a cavity at the dentist is more fun than running around in these darkly lit rectums. Its peculiar how a mind who cooked up the plane in "Phobos", and the other very clever and creative effects these maps are known for, could be so infuriatingly flat with the overall design. To top it off, he decided to remove the automap lines in the majority of the cave areas. Thank you for the frustration.

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Guest

  
Dude, This Is So F*cking Cool. I'm Downloading It Right Now.

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Absolute garbage!

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not legendary, but i liked the under the bridge idea, very creative wit the two bridges, never seen anything like it. 4

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A classic, must download! -- 5/5

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The caves are annoying as hell. Other than that, it's pretty darn good.

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me no rikey! great ideas but poorly executed. the gameplay went fishing. sorry ;)

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Doomkid

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I always liked these maps. 4/5

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4/5 Funny

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JudgeDeadd

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A rather lackluster old WAD. Deserves some kudos for having vaguely nice architecture for the time, but the gameplay is dull and annoying (long, empty winding passages; ultra-dark areas; automap denial.) Not recommended.

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Almost epic journey. Why "almost"? Well, random monster placement and overdarkness are frustrating factors. So I play with modified colormap, +25% gamma correction (id=9069). Also last level is short and dumb, sadly had no proper challenge. Anyway - it's a pretty darn good stuff.

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Lovely. A lot of boom, doom, and death. Another reminder of why I never tire of this game no matter how many newer games I try.

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individual track . smart , beautiful, original . a little too much of the dark flight.

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a fuckin 5 for visuals alone

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loved this!!

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Nice design, quite quite quite realistic, Mr. Ritenour. The levels were fairly fun and engaging, I felt my adrenaline glands coming into use after sitting dormant from doing nothing, haha. But the caves were indeed annoying as hell, overdone as well. jDoom will poison this wad btw, persons. An interesting, unique experience. Gameplay was average at best, it looks good but not really that good for DOOMing in. I give you 4/5 for originality. Have a nice day.

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Muy entretenido. Mapas buenos y regulares, pero un conjunto interesante. 4/5

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Some very good ideas (crashing waves -wow!), but several of the later levels seem unfinished, or the author lost interest. There are areas not accessible without idclip, and unknown without allmap, hat have nothing in them. The first few lavels however are classic. 2/07 TimeGhost

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The first few levels were really awesome. The later levels were alright. Too bad the sky textures are fucked up and won't work in later versions of ZDoom.

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    • By yourusernamee · Posted
      loved all of it except map20. that map sucked the life out of me. really great stuff all around.
    • By Gato606 · Posted
      It's a nice wad overall, nice map design, textures and monster placement, enjoyed playing on D-Touch (GZDoom1.8) with Dude4th weapon mod.  My only complain would be the secrets, they have very few to no clues about their position.  There was a problem on E3M5 on the secrets around the squared starting room with stairs, the wall closes and let me stuck inside, had to use idclip to get out from those secret rooms.
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      Done with these settings:   - GLBoom+ 2.5.1.4. - Ultra-Violence. - Pistol starts. - Saves every 10 minutes or no saving.   This is a funny memewad of concepts and tricks from the Boom engine. It's anything alike classic conventional Doom gameplay, ergo the chosen compatibility, and brings a specific gimmick in a satirical form for each map. Aesthetics are part of the idea too, by way of monotextured layouts of the simplest geometry, such as to find out which sector/linedef has an action, and mostly grey and brown as the predetermined colours, with a bit of green and red bricks in some levels. Besides, skies made of one resized texture, and music from TV series and movies, the ideal recipe for an experience in Doom one doesn't opt for everyday.    Concept-wise, it's much appreciable to experience each map on its own, even more when the idea of carryovers will only block your progress in survival maps: better leave in bad shape and restart freshly than carry less than 15 hit points and be eternally murdered by former human ambushes. This example is one of Pinchy's numerous parodies of unconventional/inconvenient situations we've all been through in Doom. Humping walls to find progress like in primitive maps, having the screen constantly tinted because of pickups, being harassed by incoming projectiles from monsters out of your FOV, that fear of eating your own splash damage because the door can close at any moment, these are just a few of the most hilarious cases I've seen here. It wouldn't be bad to say not all of the gimmicks were clear enough to me, still don't know what's the meme in map 13. Same in some of the later maps, they seemed to have less ridiculous and more serious content, or at least not something different from earlier maps, but if anything I support that seemingly passion for zombiemen hordes, which held up my enjoyment most of the time. Funnily enough, it wasn't until the very last map that I laughed out loud at doomguy's surroundings, and there was nothing else than THE END messages under a sky in fireblu. Guess I couldn't hold my laugh for too long.   Secret-wise, it's interesting to me that in a wad of this category the only existing secrets serve as a combination of the gimmick in question and helpful extras for survival. The second map's way to hide secret sectors is quite funny indeed. As for favourite maps, I found the concepts in map 02, 04, 07, 09 and 15 to entertain me more, last one because it tickled my fancy for exploration. Some of the rest like 05, 07, 11 and 14 woke my other feelings, not only they made me laugh but also feel tense, those imps and troopers could not beat me!... not more than twice...   Overall, even if not all of the maps made sense, or had strange concepts I didn't understand, the point was to laugh, and I believe that was achieved here. Because laughter is good for the organism, check this out. My rate is 7/10. 
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