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The Darkening

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It has been 3 years since the destruction of the huge demon that masterminded the invasion of Earth. Your journey back home was almost as difficult and bloodthirsty as your journey into hell, but you made it. You had expected to be made a hero; after all, you had saved Earth and all it's worlds from a fate worse than death. But it was not to be that way.

Upon your return, you discovered that things had begun to change. The UAC, deprived of some of it's key personnel, had become more secretive and shadowy. You could swear that the Mars station's light levels were lower than you remember them. . . Instead of briefings by the top brass, troops were given datapads for their missions. Sometimes people would go missing. . . Some of the other marines decided that they would leave. Their ship blew up shortly after departure.

Recently, things have gotten worse. All remaining marines have been confined to quarters for weeks, and contact with Earth has been cut off for months. Some of your closest friends have started to disappear Perhaps hell won the fight after all. . .

Then, one night, it is your turn. Your dreams suddenly turn to nightmares, a Spider Mastermind strafing your body, it's manic laughter the only thing you can hear ... As the last bullet pierces your skin, your eyes blink open. Something is wrong. . . it seems even colder and darker than it did before. . . Suddenly, everything goes black. Fearing the worst, you reach under your bed for the pistol you always keep there. Your chaingun and shotgun are in the other room, but it is too late and too far.

Your sight begins to return to you. But where are you? You are in a tiny brick room, a silver door the only way out. Tightening your grip on the pistol, you open it and step through and prepare to discover the purpose of this ... this Nameless Project.


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Gato606

  

Cool wad to play, enjoyable, short maps with nice design.  Really interesting use of Quake I textures.  Sad it's a short mapset

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Spectre01

  

I didn't really enjoy this wad; compared to the IWADs or other 90's PWADs that I've played. The visuals were 90% brown brick/rock. Pistol Start balance sucked. And the gameplay/map progression was mostly uninteresting. I'll keep the negativity to a minimum so - overall score: 1/5.

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Obsidian

  

A nice little collection of well-made (albeit remarkably brown) maps, with a DM set coupled alongside as a nice bonus. I can't really comment on that seeing as I don't DM, but the SP maps themselves are really nice and the added textures compliment the stock ones used quite nicely. And above all, it's fun. 4 stars!

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ditchdigger

  
...not sure why anyone would want to make an exe a batch file.

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Guest

  
excelent

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Unknown date

  
Proof that they just don't make classic wads like this anymore. This wad is perfect in its simplicism and atmosphere. Certainly the best from 1999. I hate those modern wads with their over-the-top map deisgn and unplayably challenging gameplay. Oldies like The Darkening (and its sequel) shit all over them. 5/5

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I started it up in Zdoom and there are no textures showing for the first map. Otherwise, the level design is interesting and all that. 4/5 Good

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Unknown date

  
Simply amazing. Looks good, plays well, fantastic map flow, great ambiance. 5/5

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Flawless. Just flawless.

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Unknown date

  
Beatiful looking, but in some places poor balanced maps. ****

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Unknown date

  
Meh. Cramped, confusing, poorly-textured artifacts from the days when "kewl" gothic detail was new and amazing. A few nice maps here and there, but prepare your idclev cannons.

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Unknown date

  
Great effort, very fun to play through... 5 stars

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it sux

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Unknown date

  
Awesome mapset! It's the perfect fix for the Doomer that wants a fun map set that won't frustrate, but isn't easy either. The theme is top notch, using Quake style brown tones, but they actually fit so much better in the Doom engine, and provide an excellent basis for this episode. Favorite map is #9, which is actually an Episode One style map, but it fit perfectly.

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^ I agree, the architecture is particularly good, but is nowhere near as beautiful as my ex-girlfriends (even the fat one when I was desperate). I remember playing this back in '99 when it was new and shinny and it still glistens today (06/2007). The only fault is that is is not actually a complete megawad. Still gets 5/5 from me...

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A story to remembe as the others, its the best ya can find!

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Stands the test of time. Both episode are good but with smaller levels this one actually has arguably the lower chance of falling into repetition. I'd say anyone should play it at least once. Very solid overall.

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Very well made levels, clean detail, good textures, good use of monsters. Lots of fun, I recommend it.

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pretty good wad, at first i didn't know how to run it but it's simple, just hold control and after you select darken.wad and then hold control and then click resource.wad. then run it via prboom or glboom

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A awesome set of levels I'd recommend for any serious doomer. The levels are very quake inspired and there is a lot of detail throughout. The episode left me wanting more. Not more maps, it's just that I felt that the maps were, generaly on the short side, and were perhaps not challenging enough for me on UV (and believe me, I'm no doomgod, I'm a keyboarder). But otherwise than that, you shouldn't miss it. 4.5 from me rounded up to 5.

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I'm more familiar with the sequel, which was good-looking but a bit dull and empty. This is simpler, with smaller levels, although they're usually more action-packed. The new textures are good, and it's very professionally made, although disjointed; the super shotgun is a fairly easy secret in three consecutive early levels, and the first couple of maps are very average. It doesn't really get going until level 5. It's still great fun though.

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Now that's how we do wads around here!

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One of my first PWADs, fond memories this one. 5/5

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Mohahahaha 5/5 -impClaw

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The maps are all perfectly balansed, not too hard but not too easy, either. And the style is very coherent. Excellent for deathmatch as well. --4/5

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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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