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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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JBerg

  

I just played this for the first time in 2021 and I enjoyed it a lot! The maps are sort of old school but play very well.

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printz

  

Great classic Doom II episode in the style of Thy Flesh Consumed / American McGee / Quake.

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Endless

  

Entering with the expectations in 90s mode, I was waiting for a good quality collection, of course, but what I have found I think is something much more promising (20 years later, ups.) The Darkening is a collection full of interesting little maps made with the idea of continuing a frenetic and relentless rhythm, it reminds me quite a lot of Scythe, we could say that it is a kind of prototype of the latter, excluding the difficulty. This wad is much easier compared to modern wads or even other classic wads. Both its simple design and its reduced number of demons contribute to this fact. However, who said that chilling out a little is no fun? 

 

For me, solid 3.5/5

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P41R47

  

Pretty interesting set of maps, ranging from small to medion size, but nothing too marvelous or amazing that stood up. Its just a very good mapset in the good old style of Doom: cramped corridors, dark areas, and with a few new textures.
Storywise its kind of a sequel to the original Doom 2, starting 3 years after the demise of the Icon of Sin.
Its not bad, but i felt that its needed something else to be way better. The new midis are interesting, but a full set of them would have been better.
Aside from that, i enjoyed the maps, but the not soo much appealing environment was really a let down, because, even original Doom 2 mapset have somekind of eye candy that one can stood, look at and say: yeah thats a hell of a picture!

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JudgeDeadd

  

A set of 11 fairly short, but still fun maps. The visuals are high-quality and the overall gameplay is fun, although it gets way too easy on later maps (especially when you move through narrow hallways and effortlessly mow down enemies in your way.)

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NuMetalManiak

  

that's odd, I never wrote a review for this. okay, would've honestly still thought that this is better than Darkening 2 only by sheer virtue that this set is fairly short. on the surface though, there's not a whole lot that Darkening really has to offer. it's just a standard 11-map set with short maps and decent, but not overly tough gameplay. the secrets can be really confusing, that's about all I can remember. Doomers these days yearn for more advanced stuff than this. it tries its best being a story-driven set, and it's just...well...humble I guess. that's about all this wad is though, humble. not great, not complete shit. note that you need RESOURCE.wad to get the textures right as well. there's also the DM-only set, something that Darkening 2 would also hold. all in all, it's short and can be a good quickie for on-the-go Doomers.

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Budoka

  

Mostly well-crafted, but all around forgettable content. From a total of 11 maps, there are like two or three standout fights and that's it. And all the maps look pretty much the same. Yeah, there just isn't much to say about this, even Adam Windsor's map is complete throwaway material somehow.

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

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it sux

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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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  • File Reviews

    • By Doomkid · Posted
      Good maps, most of them ended up in Skulltag later on (as in, 2004-2005 lol). A solid wad that frankly deserves more play time, even in the year 2021.
    • By Lol 6 · Posted
      Sounds a lot better
    • By roadworx · Posted
      this really deserves much more attention than it gets! it definitely has its fair share of negatives like cryptic progression, symmetry, etc, but for the time it's actually very good. the visuals are very nice with interesting architecture and good lighting, and despite not being balanced for pistol start very well the combat is great fun nonetheless.
    • By roadworx · Posted
      it's like if the casali brothers got their hands on skillsaw's kamikaze soldiers   srsly tho, for 1995 this wad is pretty vicious. the moeller brothers love to throw some real nasty shit at you on the regular, but despite that it still remains very fun (albeit somewhat frustrating at times). the levels all look decent for 1995, and the spritework for the new enemies and textures is quite good as well. aside from a few specific things (the beginning of map06 for example) there's not really any genuinely bad things about the megawad. if you're a fan of older stuff then i highly recommend this mapset - it's not as refined as later stuff the moellers worked on like memento mori, but it's still great fun.
    • By roadworx · Posted
      a very fun mapset that, unfortunately, is plagued by a few bugs. it's mostly fine if you get the fix, but if you're unaware of it then it's gonna prevent you from progressing   it's a shame, because this really is a great mapset. it starts off somewhat standard but quickly becomes quite reminiscent of av's later levels. i highly recommend it if you're into that
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