This is a complete episode 2 replacement for DOOM. It's a compilation of all my previously released Shores of Hell themed pwads. I haven't just settled on compiling them into one pwad and leaving it at that. Instead each map has been through hours and hours of either adjusting or complete revamping in DoomBuilder to make them stand out as fresh, new maps that will hopefully give players a solid and fun gaming experience - even for those of you, who've played these maps before. I've been just as serious about this release as all my prior releases and I really hope it shows. I thoroughly enjoyed putting this episode together and I hope you will enjoy playing it!
Complevel: The episode has been extensively tested on complevel 2 and 3 to find all gamebreaking bugs. In short: It should be perfectly safe for you to use those complevels. If you're the cautious type, I guess you could just use complevel 9 :)
Note to prBoom users: The new color palette also affects the colors of the automap, so secret areas which by default are marked with purple, are now almost black. This makes secret areas look like their lines are hidden, but they are not. They're there; they're just almost invisible. This is unfortunate, but there isn't much I can do about it. A solution could be to change it from purple to another color such as white: In prBoom go to Options - Setup - Automap - "Secret sector boundary".
Here's a description of each, individual map, where they come from and what's been done to them:
!Mild spoilers ahead!
E2M1: First map from "Rip it, Tear it, Smash it!" from 2002. Minor adjustments in gameplay and looks. Level name: "Rip and tear" Music: "Pipeline" by James "Jimmy" Paddock
E2M2: From 2002 A.D.O. E2M2. It's from 2000. Has undergone massive revamping! It was a cramped level, so it's been opened up in a lot of places, and a whole lot of other stuff. Level name: "Beta station" Music: "Vinefort" by James "Jimmy" Paddock
E2M3: The first of three parts from "The Wailing Horde", which was released in 2014. Lots of adjustments and additions in terms of gameplay and design. Level name: "The wailing halls" Music: "Feel the pain" by Paul Corfiatis
E2M4: Major adjustments and changes when compared to how this part looked in The Wailing Horde. Second part of said pwad. Level name: "Hive of the horde" Music: "Stormwater" by James "Jimmy" Paddock
E2M5: Originally my ancient map "The Unknown Chasm" from 1998. It was a crappy map for Doom II, but had potential, I guess. Massively revamped to be released as a submission for a contest on Doomworld in 2015. Then, lastly, further refurbished for this mapset. Level name: "Chasm control" Music: "Ominus" by Xaser Acheron
E2M6: Second map from "Rip it, Tear it, Smash it!" from 2002. Several adjustments and light refurbishment in terms of both gameplay, layout and texturing. Level name: "Smash it!" Music: "Dance of the trooper" by Paul Corfiatis
E2M7: This is "High/Low 2" from 2007. Has undergone a lot of changes big and small throughout the level in terms of both gameplay and architecture. Level name: "Hunt 'em highnlow" Music: "Hysterical horror" by Paul Corfiatis
E2M8: A never before released level. Originally intended for Paul Corfiatis' Doomed Space Wars, but I scrapped it. Took it up again for this mapset and made it work as a boss level. Level name: "Domain of evil" Music: "Sick Building Syndrome" by James "Jimmy" Paddock
E2M9: Third part of "The Wailing Horde". Minor adjustments to accomodate its separation from the original pwad. Level name: "The end?" Music: "Caught in the shadows" by James "Jimmy" Paddock
Daniel Lemos for the statbar (I just modified his version a bit to fit my taste) Paul Corfiatis for music Xaser Acheron for music James "Jimmy" Paddock for music Skulltag (clouds) and Eye del Cul (mountains) for the images I used as ingredients to make the sky. plums for help with custom textures. Strife for sound effects. Perkristian for weapon sound effects. Heretic for teleport sound. Sigvatr for the palette. Descent for intro tune (modified by me). Esselfortium, Salt-Man Z, ClumsyDoomer, Doomkid, Vorpal and rdwpa for additional support and feedback on the Doomworld forums. BDL for informing me of a gamebreaking bug in M1 and an error in this txt file.
Old levels of mine.
Three months... or 17 years. Depends on how you look at it, I guess :)