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kaleb.

[WIP] Park Place

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FDA in 4:30. A pretty cool map overall, nice architecture and looks. My 2 main complaints were in difficulty and lack of depth in the ambushes. I guess these two go hand-in-hand, but I find this whole ambush thing to be pretty dang important. From what I saw, most of these traps in the map were all giving you opposition from one side- towards the player. Not a bad thing necessarily, but these encounters typically only had a few mid-tier monsters that could easily be dispatched with that being the only thing hunting you down.

 

Some ways to 'fix' this would be to mix it up a little - have monsters TP in behind the player in a position where they could easily run away to force them to run in, add an archvile back in the main courtyard as soon as the player gets the yellow skullkey to give them pressure to get back as they see the monstercount going up, etc...

 

And more monsters in general would be nice. I don't really think I struggled much in UV at all, even began using berzerk more than I'd like to admit. 

 

Anyway, a pretty odd inspiration to base your maps off of but this has *real* potential, the architecture's there, it looks great, the gameplay's the primary thing that slips me up. Thankfully, everything worked in boom however so this wasn't a case of "I made it in Boom format but I tested it in Zdoom" like you see a lot around here.

 

Cheers!

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yeah actual difficulty and monster placement are my biggest downfalls i feel. which is the main reason i wanted to release one map at a time.

 

and yeah i dont use zdoom very often so i know that it works in boom compatible ports

 

ill definitely put your suggestions to use, thanks a lot dude :)

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Reminds me of Kuchitsu visually. Here's a quick -nomonsters demo showing how it's possible to get stuck (both sectors behind this set of stairs). 

 

nomostuck.zip

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yeah in the text file i list that as one of the big inspirations.

 

and thanks for showing me this, ill patch that out rn

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Wow, very nostalgic. Neat to see new maps in this style. I really appreciate the joyful mood. I think the gameplay should remain rather relaxed, being slaughtered here wouldn't feel right.

 

Possible improvements:

- make these stairs wider so that the demon can actually get down.

- add a secret or two? it would be nice to have some motivation to explore the map in detail. make me want to stay longer!

- change the yellow key fight somehow, circlestrafing around 2 hell knights is more tedious than fun.

 

I attached a short demo.

parkplace_a1_mem_FDA.zip

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Can I be a guest mapper? I got inspired and started a map in this style. Here is a little preview. If you feel like I'm hijacking your project just say "no".

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2 hours ago, Memfis said:

Can I be a guest mapper? I got inspired and started a map in this style. Here is a little preview. If you feel like I'm hijacking your project just say "no".

nah id love some guest maps! :)

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