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The DWmegawad Club plays: Memento Mori 2

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I'll definitely be playing along this month.  Really excited to re-visit a WAD I loved in the day, but haven't touched for 20 years.

 

Also excited by the opportunity to bore you all with tales of the Olden Days :)

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I've played MM2 before, up to something like map28, but with the D4T mod and not vanilla. For this playthrough I'll be doing PRBoom+, UV-Continuous. That's right, I have no interest in shotgun gameplay and questionable armour placement. And if MM1 is anything to go by, there is little in the way of cells and rockets even on continuous.

 

MAP01 - “Outpost” by Denis Möller

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Hey, that's literally the picture in the OP, but there isn't much else that's visually striking aside from the opening room. Right away, it's easy to notice that you start in Hell this time around and fight your way back to more traditional Earth/techbase setting. Something like Resurgence. There are also plenty of custom textures that don't look too bad for a '96 PWAD. Compared to something like Icarus at least. The map itself is as straightforward as things get, with the only peculiar aspect being the Green Armour secret that triggers by shooting a switch you press for progression. And if punching it, take a step back.

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1 hour ago, Capellan said:

I'll definitely be playing along this month.  Really excited to re-visit a WAD I loved in the day, but haven't touched for 20 years.

 

Also excited by the opportunity to bore you all with tales of the Olden Days :)

 

I'm particularly interested by what you have to say about Map 15, especially after 20 years.

 

And, personally, I enjoy the "tales of the Olden Days." As for MM2, I would be interested in playing along with this, were it not for the fact that November is a ridiculously busy month.

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Lots of stuff to read :) This is my all-time fave and there's no other WAD I played this much in my life. Thus, I dare to say I know it well. With one day delay (MAP01 on the 2nd...) I'll be posting my little reviews including some trivia. In the 90's there were three demo packs recorded on MM2 containing some interesting opinions from the era and I will quote and make a summary of everything that I found worth quoting and summarizing.

 

While I'm about to change my avatar to "celebrate" this thread, a little comment on my current one: I realized that SLADWALL looks like a face when I was (multiple times, again) trying to align the player properly and press one of the switches from below on MAP27 The Silos, which can be finished in below 30 seconds due to the author's little awareness...

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Aww, one of the oldies <3 

 

Been waiting for this to get selected, Memento Mori II was the 4th megawad I completed about almost two years ago. Lots of sweet memories from it, the custom textures, the music, that rocking status bar, and all the lovely gameplay, that of course my lack of experience in Doom influenced a lot. Since I'm currently not playing anything different until I get at least three reviews done (and there're eight seven pending), I'll take the opportunity to revisit the rest of the maps that I haven't retried these days. Crispy Doom 3.5. like the old days, this time UV, experiencing pistol starts to see how better or worse it gets compared to sassy continuous. I'm already aware of the grindy nature and basic armor scarcity in a lot of maps, required secrets and whatnot to get a foothold, but it's all part of the wholesome experience (?).

 

 

MAP01: Outpost

 

Well that's a nice setting at the start room, not a lot of megawads begin in a red-bricked sort of hellish building, like Spectre01 said Resurgence is a popular example of an atypical theme progression. It gets into human-made bases and greenish textures pretty soon anyways. As an opening map it's fun enough, basically giving a glimpse of the wad's nature. If anything to point out, besides the unintuitive invisible switch for the armor, is the items in the deathmatch isolated portions. That's something that used to intrigue me back in the day, why they weren't set for multiplayer only. I guess that couldn't be done in older editors. Oh and no automap names, but the solution is simple. Here is a patch for them, if anyone wants. mm2_maps.zip

 

And a video:

 

 

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So I have never played Memento Mori or Memento Mori 2 So I have never played Memento Mori or Momento Mori 2 ever so I'm sorry if I don't say what they're going for right I also haven't been playing Doom in a while so I sucked at it pretty bad ever so I'm sorry if I don't say what they're going for right I also haven't been playing Doom in a while so I sucked at it pretty bad

 

Map01:

Difficulty: Hurt me plenty

Kill:88%

Items:19%

Secrets:0%

Personally the first map is getting my hopes up for the rest. I liked the spawn point it gets straight to action with enemies. The design was pretty nice it had a castle like feeling and the only problem I had with the textures and this is the mixture of the satanic like textures mixed with the uac ones forming a weird kind of satanic advanced castle thought of the textures. The gameplay was ok but at a few points it felt generic. Overall the map was good for a first map.

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1 hour ago, Smight said:

Hello well I didn't join the club but it seems cool

I didn't sign up for anything because the original post says you can join by just playing the maps and actually playing them and reviewing them I'm pretty sure you don't gotta sign up for anything if your thinking of joining

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The club is currently full and not taking new members at this time. You're welcome to join the waiting list though!

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I'm not serious. Anyone can drop in and post.

 

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Olden Timer Yarn

So I don't know how TiC assembled the team for the original MM, but for MM2 they announced it on usenet and told people to email them some sample maps if they wanted to be invited in.  I sent them dfear5.wad, which was maps 21-25 of Demonfear, and one of them (Denis, IIRC) emailed back to say that I was in, as long as my map for MM2 was bigger.

 

TiC had a firm set of rules about when weapons and monsters could be introduced, which they shared at the start of the project.  Mappers claimed specific map slots and mapped for that slot.  The idea of starting in Hell and progressively getting more Earthlike was established early, and Alden Bates wrote some fiction to justify that progression.

 

Then we were given the resource WAD and let loose, with the instruction to make sure we oriented more toward SP (while still supporting co-op) this time, and that we needed to allow DM play on our maps, as well.

 

 

And with that out of the way, let's get stuck in.  PrBoom+. HMP, continuous, no music, frequent saves and loads, vanilla settings.

 

 

MAP01

This is actually the second map01 made for MM2.  The first (by Steve Towle) was immediately rejected by TiC.  That map ended up becoming 'secret mission 1', hidden in the MM2 infopack, if you simply must check it out.  I don't think much of it, myself, but 'secret mission 2' is a good one.  Or at least, so I remember it.

 

Anyway, as far as this map goes, it's relatively straightforward map01 stuff mostly, though the large number of hitscanners and relative lack of health make it a bit more dicey than the norm. Still, nothing like that opening shotgunner gauntlet in the original MM!

 

Everything looks pretty nice, showcasing some of the new textures right off the bat, with some fun little lighting details included.

 

I like that if you don't kill the two imps behind the 2-sided 'red diamond' walls, they will ultimately teleport out of there and come after you (at least, if you go into the optional room to the east of the exit, they will).

 

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25 minutes ago, Capellan said:

I like that if you don't kill the two imps behind the 2-sided 'red diamond' walls, they will ultimately teleport out of there and come after you (at least, if you go into the optional room to the east of the exit, they will).

That's cool. I was going to mention in my post how their placement seemed questionable and easily ignored.

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Nice, I've been meaning to play Memento Mori 1 & 2. I'll have to get to that this month. Will people mainly be playing the maps continuously or from a pistol start? 

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It'd be a crime to discuss this map without bringing up the deathmatch side of it:

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MAP01

GLBoom+ 2.5.1.5, complevel 2, UV, pistol starts, saveless

54/58 K | 8/41 I | 0/3 S | 2:38

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The last time I played MM2 was as a kid, and I seem to remember I liked it better than the first, so this will be an interesting experience.

A quick map, this one pits you against mostly zombiemen, shotgunners, chaingunners, and imps.

Nothing terribly advanced in the department of visuals, but it still looks nice.

The gameplay is a little campy, with there being so many hitscanners about, but it's not very difficult, regardless.

Progression is linear, hard to get lost, but there is an optional side area to look at before heading for the exit.

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One of my favourites wads, and imo one of the best megawads ever made. The ost is excellent. I'm glad to see that Capellan joined, it will be cool to hear some stories from the old days :)

 

MAP01: The starting view is great with that pentacle hanging on the ceiling, and it makes also a nice tribute to the first map of the first Memento Mori. It's an easygoing level but you have to be careful of the hitscanners around, especially the chaingunners. We start also from the hell settings, in this red-marble with metal and wood building. There's also a gate made with a transparent textures, though you can shoot the monsters on the other side. I always forget how to find the secret armor, I wonder why they did that in that way.

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I don't think I'll be able to play the whole thing, but if you guys post videos I'll definitely youtube it :D

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12 hours ago, vdgg said:

Lots of stuff to read :) This is my all-time fave and there's no other WAD I played this much in my life.

We totally wouldn't have guessed it from your custom title. It wasn't a dead giveaway, I promise ;)

 

Also I'm glad ancient member @Capellan is still here 23 years later (P.S Map 15 of MM2 is one of my favorites). The "kids" here will be listening to your snippets of the old days!

 

Never forget the MM roast of 2013.

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MAP02

IMO this is definitely one of the weaker entries in the WAD.  On the plus side, it all looks nice enough: clean layout, no glaring misalignments, a good sense of visual flair.  Against that ... it's a bit dull, with a very gated, linear progression through mostly quite constrained areas.  Freedom to move is not a feature here, so instead it's mostly about popping imps and sergeants with the shottie or chaingun and slurping up keys when you find them.  And ignoring the demons guarding the blue key because they're a waste of ammo.

 

I quickly remembered the rather random action needed to open the door to the red key.  I wonder how many first timers get stuck on that?

 

No true secrets in this (just a marked sector to ensure you don't waste time looking for them) which is a shame, since it seems like it would be easy enough to pop one in.

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Here we go then. I'll be playing on UV continuous, in GLBoom+, my default format for most multi-level wads. By the way, I
liked the cartoon at the start, 'Nascentes morimur' is an amusing response and good grammatical Latin, whereas 'Memento
Mori' is somewhat dubious on that score, but a good title nonetheless....

 

 

MAP01:  Quite a challenging start for an opening map, I'll bet quite a few half-decent Doomers have died at some point on
this. The awkwardly placed chaingunners and the demon ambushes prefigure more dangerous repetitions shortly to come, and
the imps shooting through walls can come as a shock. There's apparently a green armour suit hidden somewhere, but I was
unable to find it.

 

98% kills, 2/3 secrets

 


MAP02:  Starts with the player immersed in toxic blood, but it's not a big deal, and one's soon out of there. The imps
opposite are easily dispatched, though without the luxury of having the shotgun this would be rather more difficult from a
pistol start. The two side rooms were straightforward enough, as was the main building over the bridge. The yellow key
rising from the blood pit is an effective touch, as is the strikingly beautiful red and yellow exit area. Wasn't sure
what my two secrets were (this is obviously going to be a feature of the mapset), but I suppose one of them might have
resulted from passing through the squareish 'window' to unlock the second side room.

 

100% kills, 2/2 secrets

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12 hours ago, meapineapple said:

Nice, I've been meaning to play Memento Mori 1 & 2. I'll have to get to that this month. Will people mainly be playing the maps continuously or from a pistol start? 

 

It's a mix (I'd guess it generally tends to pistol start, but that's not from any proper analysis).  Play the way you prefer.

 

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(I clicked through to fast too get my scores)

Map02: The 2nd map is still ok the start has the player in a room with blood that harms them there's a few former humans in the room as well. now the only interesting parts of the map other than the start is the jumbled up dark room that you enter and the pinky ambush but that's about it it's not too exciting much weaker than the opening level. overall the level was ok but definitely not the greatest.

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I think I've played this before, but if I have, it's been a long time (the WAD file wasn't already on this PC, at least). ZDoom/UV/saving/mouselook/pistol starts.

 

Kinda worried I won't have much interesting to say for these; I'm just here to listen to Capellan's back-in-my-day stories.

 

MAP01: Outpost

98% kills, 2/3 secrets

 

Love that custom skylight. The most dangerous part of the map is probably the hitscanner opener, combined with no armor and low health (where have I seen this before...) There's a bit of cheekiness right away too with the red key only being revealed by approaching the red door, as well as imps hiding behind false walls. After that it's pretty standard fare though. Seems a bit cramped to really be fun for co-op, but I suppose this was designed as SP first, as opposed to MM1, even though co-op is intended. Had to look up the third secret in DB2, no bueno... no way you'll get it unless you get lucky randomly shooting over the invisible trigger line.

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https://www.twitch.tv/videos/260316631 = part 1. (maps 1-15)

https://www.twitch.tv/videos/261439065 = part 2. (maps 31,32 then 16-22)

https://www.twitch.tv/videos/261789075 = part 3. (maps 23-30)

 

I played through this a couple of months ago, as it was part of my huge request list. (was requested by @Nevander) I found MM2 to be mostly enjoyable, but became a bit frustrating in the last few maps for me. Still worth a playthrough though in my opinion, and at least it ends on a better IoS than the first one.

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MAP02 - “The Feeding Pit” by David Davidson

A very short and not particularly strong map. Mostly hallways leading to small rooms with a few Sergeants/Imps to shoot and grab a key to progress. Why is there even a secret sector before jumping off the starting room? The other secret is not as obvious, although I think it's nice that the map hints at what's supposed to open up after you punch the central cross.

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MAP02: The Feeding Pit

 

Lol random secret at the start room was, well, not that random considering the age of the wad. So, the most striking things in the map came from the music track and the architecture, pretty clean and detailed, favoring a vaguely better visual of the sky, while the combat was rather silly but the gameplay not so much. I found it amusing that you had to cross over the guillotine(?) to open the door to the RK, or that you can get trapped in the YK fountain. Just those kind of details that add points. Also the secret chaingun, a must to max the map, is impossible to not notice, since a stray bullet will hit the cross anyways. Yea, quick, silly, and cute map.

 

 

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So, this is a bit weird. I've been noticing while playing the first three maps of MM2 that the discovery of some secrets has been credited on the end-of-level 'scoreboard', but I'm not getting the 'A secret is revealed' notifications in game. I've looked at Galileo's playthroughs, and they're certainly showing up there. I can only think it's something to do with the sourceport I'm using (GLBoom-plus), but this hasn't been apparent before. Any clarification would be welcome. 

 

EDIT: Tried GLBoom+ (and PRBoom+) on various wads, including IWADS, and this message never seems to show up. Strange I haven't noticed that before...

 

Edited by Summer Deep

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