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GoatLord

Most visually pleasing wads

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The kind of wads I seem to enjoy playing the most are single player wads (which can include hubs, TC's, multi-level wads, Mega Wads and giant single level maps) that have very interesting architecture, textures and lighting. Great gameplay is fun too, of course, but I think really interesting level design gives me the most kicks. What wads (preferably Zdoom but doesn't have to be) do you find most fun in this regard?

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* Temple of the Ancients (TEMPLE.wad) is a good WAD that has several different styles to it combined into a hub, and I like the architecture in it.
* A Hex On You (HEX_ON_U.wad), by the same author, is also quite good, and has a pseudo-Hexen 2 style to it.
* Equinox is probably the best-looking tech base wad I've ever seen.
* Pleiades (the entire collection) by Roger Ritenour is the ultimate in space station style wads, and it also includes a few planet-based levels.

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I tried Equinox, but it annoyed me to no end. I dunno why it made the Top Ten in the Best Wads thing on Doomworld. I mean, there's some interesting architecture here and there, but mostly it's big, vague, open areas and a enemy to ammo ratio that is totally unrealstic in later levels.

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GoatLord said:

I tried Equinox, but it annoyed me to no end. I dunno why it made the Top Ten in the Best Wads thing on Doomworld. I mean, there's some interesting architecture here and there, but mostly it's big, vague, open areas and a enemy to ammo ratio that is totally unrealstic in later levels.


Yeah, seconded. I played it a while and get bored early.

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I agree that it is a little boring, but in the last few levels it gets better. Also I don't think it was one of the top ten wads.

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I think Marc Pullen's (Fanatic's) castle is the most beatiful wad up to date.

http://www2.fanaticalproductions.net:8080/download.htm?mapId=2

You might also check out map20 of Alien Vendetta-also beatiful.
http://www.doomworld.com/idgames/index.php?id=11790

I also fancy Chris Hansen's Flay The Obscene series.
http://www.doomworld.com/idgames/index.php?id=11097

BPRD's Grove is simply gorgeus as well, altough very system-taxing.
http://www.doomworld.com/idgames/index.php?id=12430
Here's a less system-tiring version:
http://www.doomworld.com/idgames/index.php?id=12453

RTC 3057 Hb 01 has fascinating sci-fi architecture:
http://www.doomworld.com/idgames/index.php?id=12747

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Vegeta said:

Yeah, seconded. I played it a while and get bored early.


yeah me too actually :S

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When I first played Memento Mori 2, I was very impressed with the architecture of levels 27 and 28.

But of course that was in 1996...

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Pure Hellspawn said:

For such wads, use jDoom or ZDoomGL. The graphics in those ports are awesome (but it costs speed).

I don't find JDoom or ZDoomGL to be that pretty at all. I prefer the old-school look, unfiltered graphics, 8-bit palette, etc.

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zarkyb said:

I don't find JDoom or ZDoomGL to be that pretty at all. I prefer the old-school look, unfiltered graphics, 8-bit palette, etc.


I second that.

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Dark Covenant map07 really impressed me back in the day as it has very nice architecture and it was the first pwad I ever played. Modern day? Vrack3 and Phobia.

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Joe Christ said:

I second that.


Texture filtering and anti-aliasing (I don't know if that is a feature in GL versions of Doom...) look good on 16 or 32-bit palettes, but when it comes to VGA graphics I like the pixilated look as well.

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