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Tartlman

Megawad of the decade?

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As 2020 draws near, I suppose we should look back at all of the great megawads of the decade.

 

Personally, i'm split between Ancient Aliens and Eviternity, but I think that Ancient Aliens is better for having (in my opinion) better designed combat.

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That's a tie between AA and Sunlust for me.

 

There's been lost of good stuff coming out this decade for sure, but these 2 really stood out from the crowd IMO. I would've also put Eviternity there but I have to agree, combat was definitely better in AA.

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I'm still less than halfway through AA. It's pretty good so far overall but I preferred the diversity in theme more in Eviternity

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Ancient Aliens

 

2010 - Epic 2 #8

2011 - Doom the Way id Did #6
2012 - Base Ganymede: Complete #4
2013 - Doom 2 the Way Id Did #10
2014 - Nova: The Birth #7
2015 - Valiant #9
2016 - Ancient Aliens #1
2017 - TNT: Revilution #3
2018 - REKKR #5
2019 - HocusDoom #2

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Best Ultimate Doom megawad: No End in Sight, honestly nothing really comes close to this, not even the DTWIDs, loads of innovative stuff for what it held.

 

Best Vanilla Doom 2 megawad: Probably BTSXE1 (was Epic 2 vanilla-compat? can't recall if it was), most vanilla wads were decent but then again a lot weren't that great.

 

Best Doom 2 megawad: Eviternity, I love Ancient Aliens for all the good stuff but Eviternity just did what it did and better.

 

Best full TC: Golden Souls 2

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Sunlust has been the best megawad I've played from the last 10 years, but there are a lot of things I haven't played.

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Nice to see so much consensus on Ancient Aliens; sometimes I worry that it's mastery has gotten a bit buried under the constant waves of "the next big thing."

My personal favorite megawad is ALT, which is from the 2010s, but that's kind of a class of its own, an orange in an apple orchard if you will. More generally speaking, I would agree with AA.

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It's so hard to pick between the AMAZING multiplayer megawads released this decade..

 

https://www.doomworld.com/22years/multi.php

https://www.doomworld.com/23years/multi.php

https://www.doomworld.com/24years/multi.php

https://www.doomworld.com/cacowards/2019/multi/

 

All worthwhile contenders. I'd have to pick Don't Be a Bitch overall, though. dbab01 is the perfect newschool map.

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I really want to say Back To Saturn X Episode 2: Tower in the Fountain of Sparks, but it's technically not finished, so not sure if it can really count or not. Ancient Aliens is also a good contender for me.

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3 minutes ago, Firedust said:

are you guys planning on doing a decade special at some point? Like for the next year's cacowards?

 

I doubt it. 25 Years of Doom was big enough. I, for one, need a break.

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One of the only recent memory ones that comes to mind for me is Golden Souls 1 or 2. I have yet to beat 2 but 1 was nothing short of a masterpiece. It's rare to see anyone implement a good amount of platforming into their wad.

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I absolutely love the Doom the Way Id Did series and it's a big inspiration to me when it comes to ideas for mapping but Back to Saturn X Episode 1 is definitely the most important. I still remember the first time loading it and how much I was blown away by the new assets and level design, and how I couldn't stop thinking about it after beating it. 

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3 hours ago, Grain of Salt said:

Firstly I'd like to say that it is Sunlust, and additionally I'd like to add that it is not Ancient Aliens or Eviternity. Merry Christmas everyone.

 

Now u have done it.

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Ancient Aliens - Skillsaw took what he did with Valiant and made something even better.

Sunlust - The epitomises the slaughter genre perfectly.

Both I feel are the pinnacle of megawads this decade.

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I have never gotten over my first flush of love for BTSX E1. The ending aboard The Unsinkable Fats Domino is one I'll never forget. :)

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IMO: Valiant>Ancient Aliens because of the thematic variety, more consistenty achieved without having guest maps (even though AA guest maps are quite awesome) and best lineup of custom monsters so far.

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There are so many to choose from. Ancient Aliens, Vanguard (I think it was this decade, anyway), BTSX E1, Sunlust and Eviternity are my personal contenders. 

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