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Earth

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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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valkiriforce

  

This had lots of fun exploratory elements and fancy visuals, but I wasn't so keen on the abundance of dark caves crammed with the larger Doom 2 beastiary. At first it started to feel like a commitment playing this wad with the first few maps leaving much to be desired, but I started having more fun when I reached maps that had more breathing room for running and gunning. The lesser maps really feel like they were early efforts, with some consisting almost entirely of cave crawls - made worse by the fact that many of them have hidden lines on the automap. Another thing to note: Ritenour seems to like putting things very close to the edge like a key or a switch, so make sure you check every corner carefully, as some solutions were very close to a cliff edge. Falling off could spell your Doom, as often the lower cliff ledges damage the player with no escape. There were also very thin ledges which could be climbed, so that was another easy to miss solution. Despite the low points dragging the experience a bit I greatly enjoyed the visual work of crashing waves, a clever skybox and nice island locales with mountainous structures and buildings. It was worth a visit in Doom's earthen vanilla equivalent - and it's quite the achievement for something this old, I just wish I could see where I was going in those darn caves...

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Walter confetti

  

Some pretty good concepts here and few amazing maps, but nothing really extraordinary as i tought from the first time i've played this... really long ago.

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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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Guest

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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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    • By [Vitz!] · Posted
      One of the best wads I've ever played, has a great and memorable soundtrack while also having a nice and difficult (but satisfying) level design. To me a nice step up from the original and a way more balanced map pack overall.

      Highly recommended to people who want a nice and difficult wad to play.
    • By MuratMikal · Posted
      I generally like city maps on DOOM but this set of maps are one of worst I've ever played. Extremely confusing maps, obtuse progression and on top of that there's no enough ammo on UV to kill the monsters. Gave up on MAP 06. It's utter garbage really, you should avoid it.
    • By Loud Silence · Posted
      Creative, fun, entertaining and challenging levels, very cleverly hidden secrets, some butt-kicking ambushes and traps. Ammo balance is pretty tight in some maps with pistol start, but everything is possible. A must-play WAD.
    • By Walter confetti · Posted
      A very neat 1996 map that i kinda remember to have played already long ago, or at least something with a similar start, a really good interconnected layout (even if i was roaming around asking where to go, especially after taking the blue key and trying to leave the caves section), good texturing, hard monster placement (the easiest monsters are the shotgunners), really generous with health placement and some strategic megaspheres here and there, too bad it is too stingy with ammo, leaving me battling chaingunners with only a chainsaw sometimes... but overall, very good!
    • By Walter confetti · Posted
      IT JUST WORKS! Ok, with that stupid jojoke out of the way, we can start talking about this map:   It's a nice map from 1995 with some interesting room shapes (especially the one beyond the blue skull key door), the difficult and map flow is pretty easy and straightforward to navigate, don't fell discouraged by the large amount of enemies (it contains 120 monsters in total)! They're just cannon fodder for the majority of the map, expect for the final part with a arch-vile / cyberdemon combo near the exit, overall it could be easily beaten in 10 minutes or even less if you are a talented player... Enjoyable.
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