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Looking for Level Secrets When Playing Doom 2 Megawads for the First Time...

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Do you guys just play through the levels ignoring secrets or do you try to find each and every secret before going onto the next level?

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Well, I always try to find some secrets. The usual suspects of course, strange textures, alcoves, comouter terminals, walls with corpses infront of them. Other than that I don‘t bother much. It‘s nice to find them, but I am not a 100 % guy...

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I try to find as many secrets as I can, but I won't lose sleep if I get to the end of a level without having found a single one of them.

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I probably would get a title like "A Secret is Revealed!" because god forbid I never leave a secret behind as much as possible (although I couldn't get all of Umbra of Fate's secrets for some reason).

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I look for the secrets in general, and usually put a bit of extra effort to try to figure out any that tease with a "but I know you can get there" sort of preview where there's some item that's not obviously reachable, as well as giving some extra attention to exit-to-secret-level map slots, but aside from that I don't generally bother to do anything like save at the end and go back if I didn't find all of them.  Gives some extra replay value if I ever go back to them.  I'm not sure if I even have all the IWAD secrets memorized, every now and again I'll be replaying and have a "huh, never knew that was there" moment.

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I usually try looking for secrets while in the middle of finishing the level, but once I seem to finish the level without finding at least one secret, I usually use the IDCLIP cheat to find out where the secret(s) is/are. No regrets confessing this here

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always search for secrets because most of them helps or will help in case that you're having trouble or just simply do 100% for casual gameplays. And secret levels are not the exception to this rule.

 

Fun fact: I change the message for secrets. Instead of the usual "A secret is revealed", I put "Secret found. Cool!"

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Definitely ignore, if I find something by accident good, if not, I couldn't care less.

 

Besides, I'm pretty damn bad at finding secrets in general.

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I disable map totals from automap/hud in any source port that has it as a feature, so I don't actively try to get 100% secrets for the sake of it. I only search if I've noticed something that hints towards one, otherwise I tend to just find them accidentally.

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Normally I'll hit a few secrets just by keeping a keen eye on the surroundings, but I don't go out of my way to look for them.  Just the usual suspects - misaligned textures, oddly placed candles, automap showing a door where there isn't one, etc.  I think the only time I actually find 100% secrets on a map is when I legitimately can't figure out a way forward, and I end up finding everything except that damn yellow keycard.

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