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    2countrv - Jonathan Dowland
    Doom 2 - Single Player - Boom Compatible - 12.42 KB
    Reviewed by: Csonicgo
    This is a 2-bit ripple counter, built using WadC. That's it. It's compatible with any port that can run Boom maps fairly competently, so I suppose that's anything these days. This is more of a proof-of-concept wad. Jon hopes that other maps can use this for some interactive questing, maybe for some crude scripting bits. So, all mappers check this out, it's worth a look.

    As for everyone else, there's a nice, nice surprise if you overflow the counter. I don't want to spoil it, so everyone download this and try it! Enjoy the fun! I'm totally not saying this under threat of being gang-punched to death by bony fists! Honest!

    Doom: Damnation - Ofisil
    Ultimate Doom - Single Player - Limit Removing - 1.64 MB -
    Reviewed by: bzzrak
    Doom: Damnation. A 3-episode Ultimate Doom megaWAD. Made for vanilla.

    Warning: this review is quite long. tl;dr at the end if you're impatient!

    A guy named Ofisil decided a few years ago to remake the Ultimate Doom (stock textures only, of course). However, as it tends to happen with such ambitious projects, he ran out of steam and couldn't complete E4. So he uploaded what he had, 27 levels. And apparently, he made an entirely new soundtrack as well! This looks promising!

    I played through this with Crispy Doom 3.5 (I wanted Chocolate, but 640x400 is necessary for acceptable screenshots), on Hurt Me Plenty difficulty, continuous play, but without saves.

    Well, obviously I can't elaborate much on every single level, so here are short summaries:

    E1: The levels here are techbases, but with occasional Hellish details, like an Icon of Sin marble panel. I completed the episode in a single sitting and it took me around 1 hour and 20 minutes. I didn't regret it.

    M1: UAC Base -- nice, short opener. Feels like it came straight out of E1.
    M2: Nuclear Plant -- interesting, creepy, challenging. This feels like an early PWAD, like the UAC_DEAD we all love.
    M3: Prison Area -- a more "rocky" level. There are some natural areas here, as well as a super-boring and repetitive crew section with lots of dark, identical rooms. Hint: the marble one is a death pit. Maybe the prisoners are executed there? And what's a prison of this size doing on Phobos anyway? The music here is an AWESOME remake of "Dark Halls"; words can't describe how great it is.
    M9: Phobos Sewers -- didn't play. And even if I did, I wouldn't describe it to you. It's a secret level dammit, find for yourself!
    M4: Crimson Mines -- goes even further with the "rockiness". This is a mining complex. The caves look great.
    M5: Powerhouse -- centered around a huge reactor or something. An interesting level with a weird, but small outdoor area.
    M6: Warpgate Research Facility -- cool level. Maybe a bit too brown, but still fun. Also the first appearance of the Cacodemon! The teleporting section was confusing, but not annoying.
    M7: The Core -- big level, with some cool areas. The debut of the Baron of Hell. The monster count starts to increase (182!), but it shouldn't be something you can't manage.
    M8: The Guardians -- a reimagining of Phobos Anomaly. First you see the two Barons, say "ahahaha this is gonna be easy", but then 50 monsters warp in to make your mission harder. Still, with all the soulspheres, this isn't much of a challenge even for those who suck at Doom, like me. By the way, 100% kills is achievable if you save the invulnerability for the finale.

    E2: Hellish bases. As with E1, Hell influences things here more than in the original episode it replaces. The difficulty starts becoming more of a problem; Cyberdemons show up already in the middle of the episode, but still nothing you shouldn't be able to handle. Besides, that's what difficulty levels are for! This episode is the best that Doom: Damnation has to offer, so if you have to play one of the episodes, make it E2. I have completed this episode in one sitting as well; took me 1 hour, 20 minutes, just like with E1.

    M1: Deimos Satellite -- also an OK opener. A rather dark and (very) sparsely populated level that still manages to hold your attention for a good 8 minutes. Watch that lava pit, you might fall in! Has some strange details, though.
    M2: Sector 0 -- where's the crate maze? A more substantial level. Starts out as a techbase, with the color blue being the most dominant. There is a really huge ambush at one point, be careful. After the "bars" section things become hellish and... boring. There is a maze of raising/lowering red platforms; just IDSPISPOPD through that one and save your nerves for something else.
    M3: Warehouse -- ahh. Here it is! Begins in a stone/brick ambient, then becomes a (small-ish) crate maze, ending with marble all over the place. As I've said before, there are some homages to "Halls of the Damned" and I think even "House of Pain". Lots of Barons and Cacodemons in this place, but luckily you're given a Plasma Rifle, a Rocket Launcher and even a BFG if you're attentive enough, which I wasn't.
    M4: Deimos Base -- big level, actually scared me. Remember the times when people were scared of Doom? I don't, but now I know how it feels. The cross between the techbase and hell themes feels the most successful on this level. There are a couple occasions when Ofisil plays around with two different levels of architecture, which is interesting. As I said, the level has some parts that felt creepy to me. An area which you can see through some narrow windows with a lot of monsters fighting. The room behind the blue door. The marble gargoyle that will probably kill you on your first playthrough. The music contributes to the suspenseful mood of the level. This level rocks. This is a genuine masterpiece.
    M5: The Temple -- a hub-based level. You start close to a door that requires all three keys and you have to find them... I mean, you don't have to, but you wanna save the world and get out of Deimos, right? From the start area you will get to a big room with a Baron, lots of Lost Souls and some Imps that guard three teleports to each area with a key. One is a techbase-ish maze of hallways, another is a big, big hellish cave with yet another bunch of Lost Souls and Cacodemons, the last area is a... huge-ass arena where you face... a Cacodemon and 4 Pinkies. C -- Challenging! OK, so you got the keys, now you're back at the door (technically 3 of them, but it's really one), you open it, face a lot of guys and exit to E2M6. Thanks to Lost Souls not being cool enough to count as monsters, the monster count on this level is deceptively low. Stay sharp, marine!
    M9: Chaos Fissure -- see E1M9
    M6: Volcano -- a level that thinks that it's much harder than it really is. MANY Soulspheres, all weapons and lots of ammo against 78 monsters + numerous lost souls. Not hard at all. A cave theme here. You basically have to fight your way through the caves, then you go out to the... volcano, I guess, where a Cyberdemon will warp in. After killing the cyber with your cells/rockets (which is trivial even for me in this setup), you proceed to the next level. There is a big group of Pinkies contained behind some sort of skin "bars" which is meant to be unleashed when you pick up one of the keys, but... you can just kill off the Pinkies before taking the key, and they can't exit the "cage", so they're absolutely helpless. Not cool. However, this level is a nice breather before...
    M7: The Legion -- a slaughtermap that I actually liked! I never thought I could enjoy a slaughtermap! What other miracles does Ofisil have in stock for us, I wonder? This is a big spacious level, mainly coated in the colors red and gray. It starts out completely empty. You will wander around, gathering supplies, understanding that something big is about to happen... and you will be right. At some point you'll unleash a countless wave of Hellspawn, which will teleport all around the level as soon as you see them. The enemies were really plentiful, but ammo and health wasn't lacking (especially if you find a secret Soulsphere, as I did) and the level was a pleasure to play through. A cool touch was a Cyberdemon hidden behind a FIREBLU wall that fires rockets at you. One of the best levels in the megaWAD. You're given another Soulsphere in the room with the portal to the last bastion of Deimos, use it wisely.
    M8: Hellgate -- suddenly... a Dead Simple clone? WTH?

    E3: here the levels start sucking hard. I recommend you to play only until E3M3 or M5, because it gets BAD after that. Around the middle of the episode, the texturing starts becoming insane, in a very, very bad way. This episode took me three days to complete, and I even skipped two levels because they were 2hard4me even on HNTR. Oh well, they sucked anyway :]

    M1: Shores of Hell -- despite what I've said of E3 as a whole, the beginning of your journey through Hell is quite decently made. You start off in a small room with computers around you and a door. When you open the door, you will see that you're on the edge of a big canyon with rocky platforms around. Eventually you will raise a bridge and teleport to a marble fortress inside of which there is a wood+metal area with many crushers and Barons to make your task harder. After you turn the first against the second, you enter a huge room that looks like a cathedral, enemies warp in, you kill them and proceed to M2. Also a good opener. The music is cool as well.
    M2: Unholy Valley -- this level vexed me a lot. A big open level, kinda similar to the original E3M2: Slough of Despair, but without the fancy automap gimmick and with red bricks added to the colour scheme. Many, many Lost Souls here. Be sure to find a safe spot to snipe them off, or you just won't survive the level. Also, be VERY CAREFUL at the end of the level; a switch is supposed to raise out of the floor, but if you move too fast, you'll skip over it and unexpectedly melt in the lava. That's a shame, because the level is rather cool.
    M3: Pandeimos -- a dark, suspenseful level. Reminds me of E4M7: And Hell Followed of the original Doom, because of frequent use of wood and the layout. Not particularly hard, but there's a part of the level where the everything is pitch black, you're in a pool of toxic blood and you have to follow the trail of the candles to progress. And there's some Pinkies and Cacodemons to keep you company. In the end there's a big wave of monsters, but that shouldn't be too hard. The music was cool. It felt very zen in the beginning, but got creepy as hell by the end.
    M4: Deathlight -- I couldn't complete this level, to be honest. Huge, huge, bland, symmetric open area with two Cyberdemons, some Cacodemons, a lot of Barons on a high ledge, and swarms of Pinkies periodically released at you. There's a small closed area with all the keys and doors made of marble, wood and crushers. Two of the key doors are partially open and have nothing behind them except for another key. Damn slaughtermaps.
    M5: The Eternal Citadel -- a rather cool level. A hellish citadel made primarily of red bricks. The monster density is high here (i.e. you'll fight big groups of hellspawn); getting through is hard, but manageable. The fortress is also pretty nonlinear, with many hidden passages leading to useful things you might need. Also, you'll find the level a lot harder if you don't have some semblance of a strategy. Hint: save that invulnerability sphere!
    M6 -- imagine Mt. Erebus. Now double the monster count. Now throw in Cyberdemons, Barons and Spider Masterminds all over the place. I'm not reviewing this, sorry. 214 monsters. Play at your own risk.
    M9: Pit of Nightmares -- see E2M9
    M7: Event Horizon -- dear god, what I have done to be punished with this? A level that takes the retarded texturing to the EXTREME. Door textures? Crates? TEKWALL? In a hell level? Mmm yes. There isn't much ammo; find the chainsaw and berserk ASAP. The map isn't hard compared to some of the previous levels. Some of the ideas are interesting, like a room where you get teleported right on the center of a lowering crusher, and then monsters start pouring out of everywhere. You become forced to form an alliance with the crusher against the Cacodemons, Imps, Lost Souls, and, after those, Barons of Hell. Also, the long FIREBLU hallway was nice to look at, and the way you obtain the chaingun was an awesome concept. A weird level; play only if you really want to.
    M8: The First Portal -- just a big arena made of marble. You enter the level and find yourself surrounded by Cacodemons. As soon as you fire, lots of monsters teleport into the arena, including at least four Spider Masterminds. At this point you can just relax, circlestrafe around and let the magic of mass infighting do its thing. Remember, marine, Masterminds can infight with each other as well! The spiders are on a platform slightly raised from the rest of the arena, so they tend to get stuck on the small height difference, where they become easy prey for the Barons of Hell.

    What can I say about this mapset, overall? (i.e. tl;dr?)

    1. It feels like the IWAD very much. I think, even more than DTWID! There are lots of very unusual gameplay ideas, which is something that makes the good ol' IWADs stand the test of time.
    2. The soundtrack is top-notch. Some of the tracks are remixes of tracks from Ultimate Doom's OST, or very much resemble them. According to the text file, you can use it for your own purposes.
    3. The levels feel extremely 1994-ish, but in a good way. Mostly.
    4. However, the texturing and alignment suck; even '94 levels did it better. This is by far my biggest complaint about the WAD. Just press "A" in Doom Builder sometimes, damn it!!! It's not that hard, but makes your levels look much more professional! Yes, I'm pissed off by this. Also, some of the texture placement is so bad and totally nonsensical that even Sandy Petersen would throw these levels out of the damn window!!! Argh! Ofisil, why?!
    5. The door tracks are not always lower unpegged, for god's sake! Unacceptable in 2016!
    6. The difficulty is on par with the IWAD in the first half of the megaWAD (E1 + half of E2), but gets quite tough in the second half. Some of the E3 levels are full-on slaughter maps, so I skipped them :]
    7. The detailing is better than in the Ultimate Doom. A bit bland sometimes, but hey, this is for vanilla!
    8. The levels often continue "on top" of each other. You know, the end of one level is the same as the beginning of the next one.
    9. You will often see homages to original id levels throughout the mapset. You will see the Imps + Chaingun building from the original E1M4 on E1M7, the wooden maze of the original E2M6 shows up on E2M3... see if you can find them all.
    10. The author has provided level names, music track names and par times, but didn't bother with putting it into a DeHackEd file, instead keeping them in an included text file. A small DEH patch wouldn't have hurt, you know...
    11. The "Barons + Cyberdemon" cliche a-la MAP08: Tricks 'n' Traps is really, really overused. Yet another gimmick that appears in MAP08, monsters teleporting behind you as soon as they see you is something that you will encounter a lot, too. The Lost Souls are overused as well, as a way of increasing difficulty without frightening the player by the maps' monster counts. Clever, but cheap!

    As a conclusion, am I waiting for an Ofisil-made E4 remake? Yes. If you're reading this, Ofisil, I urge you to finish that megawad you started no matter what. This is the kind of things that gets Cacowards. Doom: Damnation is awesome.

    My First Wad - Jayfeather
    Doom 2 - Single Player - ZDoom Compatible - 66.05 KB -
    Reviewed by: bzzrak
    Hey, some newbie's first WAD! Let's review it and tell him what a goddamn dumbass he is and how much his maps SUCK! Hehehehe... Well, no. This is cool.

    Many mappers decided to participate in the Vinesauce mapping contest, but some of them have never mapped before. One of those fellas is named Jayfeather, and he released his entry to the public. Its name tells you everything: "My First WAD". The WAD comprises three maps made for ZDoom-compatible ports, and it does use some of the port features.

    I played through this mapset in ZDoom 2.8.1 on HMP difficulty and it took me about 30 minutes.

    MAP01: "the very first thing I've ever made in Doom Builder". It shows. Here we are in some sort of techbase. Huge and/or bland rooms. A single ceiling flat across the entire level. To make it even worse, that one flat is DB2's default one, CEIL1_1. 32 or 64 thick doors, but at least the tracks are lower unpegged. Secrets being simple item closets and easily visible on the automap. Floor textures used as wall ones.

    Despite not being technically ideal, the gameplay is fun. That one room with Chaingunners and Mancubuses killed me a few times, but it was rather fun and easy, especially because those secrets were rather poorly hidden... Hey author, ever heard of the "Secret" linedef flag? This reminds me of my own first level, heh. This is bearable. It took me eight minutes.

    MAP02: "basic premise is shamelessly copied from Map08". It shows, as well. You start in a "hub" area with a lot of doors around you. The theme here is mostly stone and bricks, and thankfully the author sticks to that theme throughout the entire level. There are a lot of huge and completely bland stairways and corridors. The author does throw in a few traps and monster closets, but the automap helps you predict those. This one generally looks a lot nicer compared to MAP01; it has that plain, but enjoyable 1994 spirit and aesthetic, and that's a compliment. One part that sucked was a huge maze with single (completely harmless!) Pinkies, while the player is given a SSG. That was just boring. IDSPISPOPD!

    The finale is a completely harmless Spider Mastermind fight. You have a lot of plasma ammo on this level, so I literally didn't move at all and shot the spider until she died. B-o-r-i-n-g! After that, a door opens (ooooh scripting!), you get a key, and face the "surprise" behind the yellow door. Next stop, MAP03! This map is actually cool, I enjoyed the 11 minutes I spent here.

    MAP03: "made almost entirely while intoxicated, and plays around with outdoors areas". O-kaaaaay... "Intoxicated" means "sick" or "high"? The theme here is outdoor/stone/bricks, then it goes into a small techbase part, then the BOSS FIGHT, and then you're done. Just like in the previous two maps, there are three keyed doors, and you start the level fairly close to all three. This level is more simplistic than MAP02 and even MAP01, but it's fun, and that's what matters! It's all really bland, but I've already said that, like, 25 times in this review. The PE + 2 Mancubus area with the lava looked kind of cute. So basically you fight monsters, get a few keys, everything is made of stone and bricks and things like that, then you get to the red door... and then WHAM! Techbase! A trident-shaped corridor, but all three doors lead to an arena that is just too big for the monsters inside of it. After you clean that, you face an Arch-Vile, but... you know... you have a load of plasma, so it isn't a threat at all. You take the yellow key from the AV room and head for the yellow door, behind which is a teleporter that leads to the aforementioned BOSS FIGHT, which is actually just a single Cyberdemon with lots of health and ammo lying around. So you blast his ass with your plasma gun, a door opens just like in MAP02, and you're done! This map is weaker that MAP02, but still fun to play. I found it a good way to pass nine minutes.

    Overall, how would Bzzrak advise Jayfeather on the subject of his future maps?

    1. Please use the "Secret" flag on linedefs that open item closets. They are really too obvious and make the maps too easy. By the way, a "secret" doesn't always have to be a wall you press to reveal a medkit.
    2. The gameplay was all right, but please don't make boring mazes like the one in MAP02.
    3. The maps were maybe a bit too linear, but there's nothing really wrong with linearity.
    4. Don't be a ZDoom sissy and make a map for vanilla. :]
    5. Some new music would've been cool...
    6. Use the "map check" option of Doom Builder. There were a lot of unclosed sectors and, as a consequence, lots of HOMs.
    7. Needs More Detail (TM)

    The Day of Chains - Serious_MOod
    Ultimate Doom - Single Player - Limit Removing - 431.71 KB -
    Reviewed by: gaspe
    The Day of Chains is a single map (with a bonus ending level) for Doom. This is a birthday map that the author made for the user Chaingunner. The setting is good old corrupted techbase of E2, and here the nice use of tech and flesh mixed together and the overall low brightness give this map a more grim mood. The gameplay relies on very closed spaces and traps, some of which are rather tricky as the health and ammo given isn't really generous. This is a pretty cool level overall, so check out for sure if you particularly love stuff for Ultimate Doom.

    Travelling to the moon - The_trigger AKA Yugiboy85 (Youtube and others) and Chaos (doom CFD)
    Doom 2 - Single Player - PrBoom+ - 6.05 MB -
    Reviewed by: Not Jabba
    Traveling to the Moon is a very large (around 50 minutes to beat) lunar base level in the vein of Valiant E5, but decked out in the CC4 texture set. The map is stunning to look at, with plenty of panoramic views, gorgeous spot lighting, and lots of those cool scrolling forcefield effects that always seem to be at the heart of CC4-tex maps. The whole thing is set to a great laid-back electronica OGG track (at least if you're playing in ZDoom; the textfile makes it sound like Boom players are treated to Jimmy's "Voyage 1," my all-time favorite Doom MIDI), and although the music and the pulsing lights make you want to trance out, the action rarely gives you a break.

    This map is very challenging. As you explore around the non-linear central base area, you'll face a lot of what I'm going to call incidental combat on steroids: moderate monster density, plenty of roaming hitscanners, and smallish ambushes at just about every turn. The toughest action takes place in the three peripheral keycard arenas, two of which feature rather elegant slaughter-level battles and one of which has a pair of slightly smaller fights instead. After you collect all three keys (in any order), you open up a final arena for a really impressive multi-stage horde battle that includes several Cyberdemons. There are two things I like about the slaughter-type battles in this map that help bring them down more toward the average player's skill level. First, most of them let you feel out the arena and gather all your ammo before you trigger the enemies via the obvious and ominous switches. Second, the hordes all contain a ton of fodder enemies, making them really fun to blast apart with the rocket launcher (which is easily the favored weapon for this map, as there's a ton of rocket ammo all over). Unless you're an invincible Doom god who demands the utmost difficulty, this map on UV should be a pretty nice balance for just about any experienced player who's looking for a challenge. The one thing that can be irritating at times is the abundance of hitscanners, though they can also be very helpful for infighting purposes.

    Traveling to the Moon isn't just fun, it's inspiring -- everything from the architecture to the combat hits the spot. Highly recommended.

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    Doomworld Multiplayer Digest #46

    By Doomkid, in News,

    ZDaemon Thursday Night Survival #283 - Invasion UAC (Part I revisited)
    Date: 12th January 2017
    Euro session: 19:00 GMT/14:00 EST at [L@P], Germany (usually lasts over 6 hours)

    Zandronum Friday Night Fragfest #357: ProCTF + Overload maps & 32in24-16
    European FNF: January 13th, 2017, 18:00 UTC
    American FNF: January 13th, 2017, 20:00 EDT

    ZDS #489 - DmPaQ Deathmatch
    Date: Saturday 14th January 2017
    Euro: 19:30 GMT / 14:30 EST
    USA: 01:00 GMT / 20:00 EST Head over to the multiplayer forum for more discussion about events, matches, wads and more. Happy fragging!


    ZDoom ceases development

    By printz, in News,

    As of 7 January 2017, Randi has stepped down from development of the ZDoom source port, and there will be no more releases under this name. Meanwhile, the offshoots GZDoom – the hardware-accelerated version, led by Graf Zahl, who has also massively improved ZDoom throughout the years – and QZDoom – with true-colour software rendering, led by Eruanna and dpJudas – continue to evolve, so any further development should be sought there.

    The site zdoom.org, containing among others the forum and the wiki, is going to be maintained by Eruanna. You can read Randi's announcement and the discussions further in a news thread at the ZDoom forums.


    Shrooms - Albertoni
    Doom 2 - Single Player - ZDoom Compatible - 3.46 MB -
    Reviewed by: Csonicgo
    I really wanted to like Shrooms. I really did. Unfortunately, the mapper didn't want that to happen. I suppose the malicious, coordinated attack on my ears, eyes, and soul was well deserved, knowing that I would eventually pick this one up out of curiosity. But did I deserve this? This WAD physically hurt me.

    Oh, you think I'm kidding. That I'm using that literary hyper-bowl. Friends, this is not the case. I had to stop playing for a while so my eyes could regain trust that I was still on the firmament. My ears wanted to deafen to stop the horrendous music, which sounds awful no matter how I choose to play it.

    Let's get on with this, shall we? Gameplay is unbalanced as fuck. Aesthetically, it feels like specks of dirt in your contact lenses. The music is sonic trash. The level design varies from 1994 to "hey, I bet I can make a level for this new ZDoom port!" If this had been released in 1998, I still would have thrashed this thing, because it pulls the WORST of the terrible ZDoom mapping cliches: Dense, purple fog.

    This is why GZDoom was "recommended", I take it. It's too bad, because that purple looks like garbage regardless. Using a hardware accelerated video card with this WAD does not mask the terrible, puke-inducing colors of obnoxious purple and green. And to top it off, there is a red so dark you can barely see imp fireballs.

    The levels try to pull a few jump scares/a few "cinematic" bits, but they are implemented so poorly that they immediately break any sort of immersion that could possibly exist. Teleporting me to a box with horizon lines in it for a split second as I walk down a hallway does not scare me, especially when I can see the setup in front of my face. All that tells me is that you know how to use silent teleports. The Z height didn't even change! So I fall down into the "scary room" and then my momentum I had building goes to shit as I'm teleported back, Doomguy-oofs-and-all. There wasn't even a music change, or a sound effect, it just... happened! Imagine if Doom 3 jump scares had puppet strings visible on the monsters and some duct tape on some of the cardboard cutouts that made the "scenery" of the Hell flashbacks while Betruger was laughing. That's what this feels like.

    And then one of your maps somehow breaks ZDoom so bad that I think I will have to report it as a legitimate rendering bug - how did anyone not catch this?

    This really feels like a 1998 WAD with some ZDoom scripting tacked on. While some of the environments feel "huge", that's the only thing that's notable - unless you walk off the center path a bit and find beginner's mistakes like midtex fences eating through the floor!

    Oh, and the later levels are so dark to be unplayable. Just to make sure it wasn't just ZDoom, I played it with GZDoom, and it still looked the same. I have no idea how this happened, I just want to forget I ever played it.

    That's a good idea. Forget it. Don't play this.

    Sparta 2 - Project vesuvius - Matt "cannonball" Powell
    Doom 2 - Single Player - Boom Compatible - 3.9 MB -
    Reviewed by: gaspe
    Sparta 2 - Project vesuvius is a megawad by Cannonball, and this time for Doom 2, contrary to the mapper's preference of making wads for Ultimate Doom. It's the sequel to Sparta, which I didn't play to be honest, but it seems that the only bond between the two wads is that they share the same concept of being collections of scrapped maps. This is a mapset of difficult levels; even in the first few maps you'll have a challenge, which grows as the levels progress into slaughter scenarios for the most part. Every map has its different things from the others that makes the wad more varied, at least to a certain extent.

    My biggest complaint is that many situations end up the same: arch-viles spawn behind you or in nearby areas, and combos of Afrits + Pain Eelementals. Regarding the Afrits, there are also the Evil Marines that everyone hates; both were originally featured in Scythe 1 and 2. I don't dislike their addition to the wad, but I must say that I liked more how they were used in Scythe 2. Other negative things, but not so much considered that this is a wad of scrapped levels, is that some maps are glaring fillers. Other than that it was a really fine wad; MAP06-09 and 17 were the best for me. This is surely recommended if you are geared towards hard and slaughter maps.

    Foursite - Bauul
    Doom 2 - Single Player - Limit Removing - 1.71 MB -
    Reviewed by: Voros
    Foursite, one huge map. I'm not exaggerating.

    Bauul first came up with the idea many years ago, but the idea never became a reality. Then suddenly, after one year of work, Foursite showed up in late 2016. It's also his first map.

    This map is impressive in both detail and gameplay. Initially, when I heard of this map, my mind said "it's probably another one of those crazy hard maps." Surprise, it's not (at least not "crazy" hard)! Starting out in what I assume to be the bottom of some small canyon/valley, you don't encounter a single enemy for a few minutes, then tons of enemies later on.

    Bauul used excellent monster placement here, as it progresses from very, very, very easy (some Possessed Humans here and there) to Nightmare-like difficulty (the Spider Mastermind room, while walking/running over very thin bridges).

    The map is called Foursite for a reason. There are four massive/gorgeous quadrants of the map. Each quadrant is basically a switch-hunt, which will open the next quadrant and a bit of the exit each time. Foursite requires the player to have good platforming skills, because jumping on moving platforms with Mancubus fireballs heading your way ain't simple.

    There are also keycards being used here, but they're not necessary to finish the map. Use 'em to get more powerful weapons instead!

    Bauul mentions that the Spider Mastermind has been beefed up with DeHackEd. It never stops firing its chaingun, and its health is around 7x higher than before. The arena you encounter it in makes it nearly impossible to "shoot at it until dies". That's where the switches come in. These switches bridge the gaps found in the arena, leading you all the way to the final switch. Remember "MAP06: The Crusher" of Doom 2? Same concept here.

    This is a great map, albeit a lengthy one. Try it out when you have free time!

    Ave Terra - LPDem
    Doom 2 - Single Player - ZDoom Compatible - 75.61 KB -
    Reviewed by: Not Jabba
    Ave Terra is a pretty simple and straightforward hellish arena level. Its main trope is changing geometry, with walls repeatedly lowering to make the central area wider and wider, usually revealing more monsters in the process. It's a pretty short level that never gets very big (monster count was a little under 150 on UV), and the geometric shifts are never super interesting, especially compared to what someone like Xaser can do, but it's not a bad idea to base a level around.

    The battles can sometimes be a bit challenging, but they're mainly done in the style of "throw lots of random monsters together into the same space." The ammo and items placement feels similarly random, though there's enough of everything to go around, and the map could probably do with fewer keys given how compact it is; I kept getting the next key so quickly that sometimes I forgot I even had it by the end of the current battle and got momentarily stuck wondering where it was.

    The map is pretty bland to look at, and there's little finesse to the design (virtually no cover to dodge behind, for instance), but it's an OK map overall. I wouldn't recommend it, but here's hoping it was a good learning experience and a stepping stone to bigger and better things.

    Simple Pistol Starter - Coldiron
    N/A - N/A - ZDoom Compatible - 19.75 KB
    Reviewed by: walter confalonieri
    This is a little patch for ZDoom-compatible ports and compatible with all the original Doom games and some Doom clones as well (like Heretic, Freedoom, HACX and Chex Quest), plus some of the major mods like Brutal Doom, Strange Aeons, Beautiful Doom, Valiant, and many others (check the description in the textfile for further information) that makes you start every map with a pistol, making a discontinued gameplay experience instead of the usual continuous play with all the weapons you have. If you like to play this way or you want to play some mapsets designed for pistol start (like Doomworld Megaproject series), download this!

    Blood Tunnels - VeeTHis
    Doom 2 - Single Player - Skulltag - 10.61 KB -
    Reviewed by: walter confalonieri
    This is a short wad by VeeTHis for the forgotten Skulltag port (or Zandronum using the Skulltag data PK3s, but it works kinda fine on all ZDoom-compatible ports, except a missing thing in a room near the end of the map) that claims to be a short jokewad.

    But could it be defined as a jokewad?

    Is it somewhat fun? No.
    Is it somewhat cringy? Not really.
    Is it an ugly map with insane layout and texturing? Yes... sort of.

    It is a short, linear map with a huge bad 1994 mapping style. There's an ASHWALL2 cave with fast-opening doors in player passages showing the path to reach the exit room; you reach the room and... you finish the map without any sign or warning. Woah.

    Gameplay-wise it is not really hard, except a compact army of shotgunners after the starting room, but when you get the trick to defeat them it becomes easier. Also in that spot there's a Wolf SS soldier frozen in position for some reason; probably the author wanted make a statue of a Nazi in the middle of a short bloodfall room, or an actor that will be activated after a script that the author forgot to put in... who knows?

    Overall, this map is just pretty forgettable for whatever aim it has; it is too ugly and stupid for a serious map and is too bland and unfunny for a jokewad. Skip this thing and play something else.

    Kamikaze Suicidal - Michael Jan Krizik (valkiriforce)
    Plutonia - Single Player - Vanilla - 252.79 KB -
    Reviewed by: gaspe
    Kamikaze Suicidal is a single release from the well-known valkiriforce. It's a sort of sequel to his MAP22 of Plutonia Revisited, since that map wasn't so different from the original. This is a pretty big map for Plutonia, set in a techbase with toxic waste, and the look is made by the distinctive textures of the iwad. The gameplay reminds me a bit of Plutonia and it was quite tricky sometimes, but more prominent is the style of the author: a rather sprawling layout, and the monster count is high (around 400 on UV). This is a really well-crafted level and it's and easy suggestion, both whether you are familiar with this author or not, but more importantly if you are looking for a good Doom map.

    Killing Adventure 2 - Ruba
    Doom 2 - Single Player - Boom Compatible - 3.39 MB -
    Reviewed by: Csonicgo
    There once was a time when I was wrong.

    Shocking, I know.

    It was around 2010, when I declared, "GOD DAMMIT RUBA STOP MAKING MAPS ALREADY." And today, I officially apologize to Ruba for this terrible statement. While Ruba was notorious for making map after map of supremely unplayable crap, I couldn't help but notice there was a serious mapper in there, somewhere. I was convinced it was an already well-established mapper's alter ego just making maps like that to either get it out of his system, or to ride the jokeWAD fad. Either way, I was confused and angry at those maps. Plus, the name "Ruba" sounded like "Ruby" and my brain immediately dreams of hot redheads, like Christina Hendricks, Marilyn Monroe, Piper Fawn... wait, what was I talking about? Oh, yeah, I kept typing "Ruby" instead of "Ruba". How embarrassing.

    Anyway, Killing Adventure 2 caught me off guard, and sucked up an entire Saturday afternoon. Gone are the days of 500 identical rooms with five imps in each one, and 90 degree walls because "texture alignment". If this is really Ruba, then Ruba is one of the best examples of a Doom success story: a mapper can turn it around. While it isn't "Doom Jr." levels of improvement, Ruba has gotten better to the point that I can play without throwing things.

    So should you play this? A better question is, why are you still reading this, and not playing it? For those still here, let's go over the basics:

    Ammo balance is tighter than a 12-year-old back injury. You're going to be counting shells as if you were playing in Vegas. It doesn't help that MAP01 itself requires that you defeat earlier enemies a certain way, as to save ammo for the tougher ones ahead. This does not let up, either; The whole mapset is on an ammo diet. What this means to you is: you better not pick up any more ammo than you need. If you have 190 bullets with no backpack and you pick up a box of bullets, you're already fucked. There were many occasions that I found myself completely out of ammo. This is not a good feeling. And I know it was because of my carelessness, not the mapper's. And that's a bitter pill to swallow, considering that the gameplay in places invites you to spray bullets everywhere and play with your brain turned off.

    This being Ruba, of course, there is some "jokewad" material in here, but not in a way that drags the mapset down. Most are in the form of imitation - one map imitates all the start maps of all the Doom games, plus one of John Romero's new maps. Sometimes there are things that are just there to bring a chuckle, like a picture of George W. Bush on a wall somewhere. One of the weirdest moments during my playthrough was when I entered a room with chaingunners and cacodemons, with "I'M NOT GAY FAG" written on the wall, with arrows pointing to pictures of women. I then found myself filled with bullets. Well played.

    The music selection is random as hell, yet I could not stop listening to it. They add a little something, and I'm not really sure what that something is. I assume it's video game music, but some selections do not sound like that at all...

    Ruba's maps all share a creative uses of textures. Remember the Icon of Sin face? It's used liberally here to make new creations like studio monitors. Wolf textures are used for big red brick steps, stone supports, and more. GRAYTALL also gets a chance, with its trademark red stripe put to good decorative use. It's really cool to see this level of creativity with stock textures.

    The environments are BIG. I mean that. This gives the maps an oppressive tone with the advantage of increased maneuverability. This may be a problem, however, if you fall onto a hurtfloor and have to book it to a teleporter or rad suit before your health reaches zero. Ruba nails this aesthetic in this mapset - something I thought only B.P.R.D. could do.

    Now, for the bad stuff - this mapset starts packing in monsters Holy Hell style about... 15 maps in? If you're playing with a fancy-shmancy weapons mod because you've already given up playing it normally (me), you may see your frame rate drop into the single digits. If you use enhancement wads that add crazy decorative shit to your kills, guns, or lights/trees/hanging dudes/whatever, you're gonna have a bad time. One of the maps is titled "DON'T KILL ME!!" which I assume is my computer, screaming.

    Yes, there are a lot of gimmicky maps, a lot of slaughtermaps (well, slaughter-lite to some of you), and because of that, it looks like a great thing to play co-op on, because even as I've been playing since 1993, I routinely got my ass handed to me.

    And before I wrap this up - what the hell is with your face in this thing, Ruba? You plastered your face in the weirdest of places, with the weirdest of emotions. At least I know you're human, I suppose. That's always a relief. Or, that person is being held hostage. Who knows at this point?

    I can't hate this mapset. I genuinely like it. Ruba, please make more of this. Doomers, please play this. You won't regret it.

    Legacy of Heroes - Gaspe
    Doom 2 - Single Player - Boom Compatible - 6.84 MB -
    Reviewed by: Not Jabba
    Eternal Doom: divider of nations, breaker of souls, object of devotion. A megawad both praised and cursed for its slow pacing and its focus on difficult puzzles that require players to carefully search and uncover secrets to progress. A wad that I've ragequit less than halfway through each of the three times I've tried to play it.

    In many ways, gaspe's Legacy of Heroes feels like Eternal Doom Lite -- and for those of us who can't hack the cruel labyrinth of its predecessor, lighter is most certainly better. Legacy of Heroes has that same heavy focus on exploration, taking in your surroundings, hunting through the darkness, and finding the right switches to progress -- but those switches are (almost) never hidden, so you won't get lost or overly frustrated as long as you're careful and thorough. As a result, you get to spend your time enjoying the atmosphere and the fighting instead of grinding to a halt while you try to solve the progression. The set does offer some more hardcore puzzle elements for the true Eternal Doom fans in the form of secrets -- about a half dozen per level, and many of them seem to require multiple steps of puzzle solving. I never even came close to figuring out most of them, but I appreciated how they added another layer to the maps, a totally optional hardcore challenge that you can come back to whenever you want, either at the end of the level or in a second playthrough. If you want a BFG, however, you'd better get cracking.

    The combat gets pretty tough, though it (usually) feels significantly more casual than Eternal Doom's other favorite child, Epic 2. Combat in Legacy of Heroes is very tactical. There are lots of snipers, particularly chaingunners, and setups frequently revolve around enemies that are entrenched by the architecture, have the advantage of the high ground, or both. To make up for this, the levels typically offer a decent amount of cover that you can use to advance on your opponents. There's a lot of relatively easy incidental fighting due to the exploratory style, but the larger battles require you to act with precision, moving quickly and prioritizing your targets.

    One area in which this wad doesn't go light at all is the architecture. Boom's increased engine limits allowed gaspe to take the beauty and realism of Eternal Doom's resource selection up to 11, and the outdoor levels in particular are defined by sprawling, gorgeous views. The interior sections are much more confined and a lot darker, with tight swaths of high-contrast light around the torches and other light sources. With every cavern and corridor fading out into shadow, these interiors really ooze atmosphere. Eternal Doom's textures have always felt somewhat monotonous to me because they all use the same few sets of colors and dim lighting blends them together even more, but this mapset still gets a lot of mileage out of them, creating an array of ruined cityscapes and dungeons that mainly distinguish themselves through the shapes of the architecture. One of my favorites is the underground town in map 03. There are also some really wild scenarios here, like the gigantic whirlpool you drop down at the end of map 05, only to find yourself in some kind of spider temple that's infested with a mysterious blue glowing coral structure. Map 08 has one of the better sector ships I've ever seen. Every setting helps to add to the implied story and the feeling of adventure. Also, this may sound odd, but one of my favorite aspects of gaspe's detailing are the fancy little key/item platforms, like the plasma rifle pedestal in map 04 or the red key platform in map 05 that's shaped sort of like the Dragon Claw from Heretic.

    The difficulty gets more intense around maps 07-09. Map 07 and map 09 are both dark dungeon crawls that feel a lot bigger than their monster counts would suggest. Both of them have much stronger puzzle elements than the rest of the set, and each of these levels had a spot I got stuck on for a long time. Getting the blue key in map 09 requires hitting three switches scattered around the level, and while I found two of them eventually with normal exploration, the third one seems to require solving an Eternal Doom-esque puzzle to lower a wall. I eventually just clipped to the other side, but at least I was able to make sense of what I needed to do, so I wasn't stumbling around blindly. Map 08, by contrast, is a huge city level that has you fighting through dense architecture with plenty of enemies at every turn, and for me it was the most fun level in the set just because it's the most action-packed. Map 10 is pleasantly small, with a slow and suspenseful build-up followed by a final boss battle against two custom Maulotaur monsters. The bosses aren't much more than Mancubuses with a ton of health, but the arena itself makes the battle interesting, as most of it is damaging slime and you have to try to stay on the various little rock islands while still focusing on beating the Maulotaurs. Map 11 is just a small closing scene, and it seems to hint that what you've been through is part of a much bigger story in which the time continuum gets rather... complex. Maybe there will be a sequel?

    If you really dislike the style of mapping that Eternal Doom and Epic 2 represent (if you're me, for instance), then you'll probably find Legacy of Heroes frustrating at times. The pervasive darkness can be a little much sometimes, especially in the beginning of map 06 and several parts of map 09, and although it adds a lot to the atmosphere of a dungeon crawl, it can detract from gameplay at the same time. Finding your way from point A to point B can be confusing, and the pacing often felt slow to me, especially when I was fighting too many Hell Knights and Barons or suddenly facing yet another pair of Cyberdemons (pretty sure I did that twice in the exact same arena on map 09). All of this is intentional, of course, and it's all done in faithfulness to the mapping style; it could probably be refined a bit here and there, but it's well done, and you'll just have to take it or leave it. However, I will say that I got hung up on columns, stray rocks, and decorations a little more often than I should have, especially in the earlier levels.

    Despite the few small flaws and aggravations, Legacy of Heroes is a very good mapset, and I enjoyed playing it -- especially when I found myself standing on top of a wall or bridge, my view suddenly opening up into an amazing panorama of distant towers and domes. Eternal Doom fans should find plenty to love in this more modern take on Team TNT's classic ideas, and lay-Doomers will find it much more accessible and fun than its predecessors.

    The /newstuff Chronicles is a usually-weekly roundup of new items uploaded to the /idgames archive, and it is written entirely by community members like you. If you wish to contribute, the /newstuff Review Center is the place to do so. Register on the Doomworld Forums first if you don't already have an account, because you need one to submit reviews. Special thanks goes to the nearly 300 users who have submitted reviews over the past several years.

    Eris Falling

    ZDaemon Thursday Night Survival #282 - No End in Sight (Part II)
    Date: 5 January, 2017
    Euro session: 19:00 GMT / 14:00 EST at [L@P], Germany

    Zandronum Friday Night Fragfest #356 - FFI_Z + Crudreams LMS & Superfast Domination
    Date: 6 January, 2017
    Euro session: 18:00 GMT at Funcrusher, Germany
    US session: 20:00 EST at TSPG-Painkiller

    ZDaemon Sessions #488 - X-Noob Survival
    Date: 7 January, 2017
    Euro session: 19:30 GMT at [SDA], Germany
    US session: 20:00 EST at Dwango United, NJ Head on over to the multiplayer forum for more goings on in the multiplayer scene. Happy fragging!


    Chocolate Doom 2.3.0 released

    By chungy, in News,

    Only 18 months after the release of 2.2.0, the next major version of Chocolate Doom is here. You may get it at the usual download location and read the release notes for all the details. Some of the biggest highlights of this version include the pitch-shifting sound code à la Doom 1.2; automatic detection of the GOG.com install of Strife: Veteran Edition; the floppy disk icon's return indicating disk activity; aspect-corrected 1600×1200 screenshots directly from the engine; full Doom 1.666, 1.7, and 1.8 emulation; and extended demo support in Heretic and Hexen, providing longtics and multi-level/multi-life recording and playback.

    Eris Falling

    ZDaemon Thursday Night Survival #281 - Doomworld Roulette: Session 2
    Date: 29 December 2016
    Euro session: 19:00 GMT / 14:00 EST at [L@P], Germany

    Zandronum Friday Night Fragfest #355 - NSDM24 Instagib & Aeon Team Possession
    Date: 30 December 2016
    Euro session: NSDM24 Instagib, 18:00 GMT at Funcrusher, Germany
    US session: Aeon Team Possession, 20:00 EDT at TSPG-Painkiller
    ZDaemon Sessions has not yet been posted for this week, so keep an eye on the multiplayer forum for further updates. Happy fragging!

    Eris Falling

    ZDaemon Thursday Night Survival #280 - H2H-Xmas
    Date: 22 December 2016
    Euro session: 19:00 GMT / 14:00 EST - [L@P], Germany

    Zandronum Friday Night Fragfest #354 - Christmas Extravaganza DM
    Date: 23 December 2016
    Euro session: 18:00 GMT - Funcrusher, Germany
    US session: 20:00 EST - TSPG-Painkiller
    ZDaemon Sessions has not been posted yet for this week, so keep an eye on the Multiplayer forum for further updates. Happy fragging!


    The /newstuff Chronicles #523

    By Bloodshedder, in News,

    Cursed Realms - Path Over The Abyss - StormCatcher.77
    Doom 2 - Single Player - GZDoom - 877.78 KB -
    Reviewed by: Not Jabba
    Cursed Realms - Path Over the Abyss is a single moderately large GZDoom map with nice visuals and an almost purely green/gray/black aesthetic. It's set in a void-like otherworld that's sometimes reminiscent of Quake. It's also full of lethal bottomless pits that you will probably come to hate and fear (but since this is a video game, mostly hate). This isn't to say that the gameplay sucks -- the level is well put together, and the challenges are fair. Be warned, though: much of the gameplay revolves around platforming, and the most difficult challenges come from having to deal with platforming and combat at the same time. It's easy to accidentally strafe off the edge of the abyss, and the level requires jumping to progress in several spots. In and of itself, the combat is pretty moderate, with no hitscanners and few Revenants or Arch-Viles.

    This level is carefully designed, and I appreciate that. Everything about it is deliberate. The author knows exactly where to put those pits, and exactly what to throw at you while you're trying to cross them to make your life difficult (mostly flying enemies, in case you're wondering -- the platforming adds a whole new level to closing in on a Pain Elemental). There's no slow weapon progression here; you're given the SSG right off the bat, your next major weapon is the plasma rifle, and the chaingun is nowhere to be found. I think this is a good choice given the gameplay focus, since you don't have to worry about weak weapons slowing you down and can focus on how to move around.

    There are a couple of additional minor annoyances that could have been fixed. The final yellow key door is marked as red, and one /idgames reviewer points out that the level is completely broken in coop, mainly due to the way the level intentionally freezes when you die. There are a lot of things about this level that will annoy a lot of people. Players who dislike platforming, GZDoom, or heavy use of Lost Souls are all advised to approach Cursed Realms with caution. I have to say though, I am all of the above and I still found this map pretty enjoyable. The port features make this level nice to look at (I particularly like the smoky floating platforms that appear throughout), and the combat is well designed.

    The Mines - FlightPhoenix
    Doom 2 - Single Player - GZDoom - 227.51 KB -
    Reviewed by: Not Jabba
    The Mines is the author's second map, and although it's not the worst beginner map I've seen by any stretch, it has its share of newbie issues. The rooms are all very square, and the map is mostly laid out as a couple of straight lines. Combat is very basic and dull, and most of the tougher moments are easily resolved by herding monster hordes through doorways into narrower halls. Item and monster placement feels pretty random -- you have what you need, but there isn't really any refinement to the design -- and there are way more keys than there need to be for such a simple layout (the yellow keycard is sitting in the open, practically right next to the doors that require it). The architecture is mostly flat walls and isn't very nice to look at. I also noticed some weird scrolling textures in the yellow key supply room due to improper unpegging. The map requires GZDoom, but I'm pretty sure the only reason for this is a bleeding sky glitch that I know can be addressed easily at much lower compatibility levels.

    In its best moments, this map seems to draw a healthy dose of inspiration from Tricks 'n Traps. There's a somewhat interesting rocket launcher grab setup in the blue skull key room, and an Arch-Vile trap that caught me by surprise in another part of the map (though perhaps mainly because all other combat was so unsurprising). The best area is the giant chasm where you have to raise a couple of platforms to make a bridge across. There are a couple of doors there that open much slower than you expect, giving the monsters across the pit a moment of surprise in which to pummel you with projectiles, and patience will reward you with the opportunity to eliminate most of those same monsters without combat. I also noticed some light fixtures in at least one room that shut off when you shoot them, which I thought was kind of neat. I wouldn't recommend this map, but there are definitely times when it feels like the author is on to something, and I hope they'll continue to improve.

    Doom with MIDI-Converted Sound Effects - Jaxxoon R
    Doom/Doom 2 - Single Player - Vanilla - 3.9 MB
    Reviewed by: walter confalonieri
    This is a sound conversion for Doom and derivative IWADs (Doom 2, Plutonia, TNT) made by Jaxxoon R where every sound from the game has been converted to MIDI files, fully working on the Doom engine!

    That's pretty impressive for an achievement, but what's the trick?

    The trick is that these files, as Jaxxoon explains in the text file, have been converted by one of these online MP3 to anything else converters, an MP3 to MIDI converter in this case, and then recorded to a WAV file with audio capture, and then put into this very wad with SLADE3.

    The result is a funny sound replacement, but personally I was bored pretty quickly of piano midis everywhere, and I dropped out even before the MAP01 exit...

    But if you guys want to play a sound conversion with a weird twist and an interesting technical achievement, play it. But otherwise, skip this one!

    Server Doom - Nicholas "Tiger" Gautier
    Ultimate Doom - N/A - ZDoom Compatible - 49.3 KB
    Reviewed by: Not Jabba
    This little mod has just one purpose: it merges all four episodes of Doom together so that you can play the whole game continuously. Whenever you exit the last level of an episode, you're greeted with the map intermission screen for the next episode (this is done properly, too -- you see an unmarked map, followed by a "you are here" sign pointing to the location of the first map). This screen is followed by the intermission text, and the story images at the end of each episode are eliminated altogether. You're probably not going to use this mod for solo play, though -- its main purpose is to allow a continuous coop playthrough. Server Doom has apparently been around for a long time (with the first version dating back to 2008), so I'm not sure if this is a minor update or if it just never ended up on /idgames until now. In any case, it's a very simple but very useful mod.

    Server Heretic - Nicholas "Tiger" Gautier
    Heretic - N/A - ZDoom Compatible - 5.43 KB
    Reviewed by: Not Jabba
    This is exactly the same as Server Doom, but for Heretic. It allows you to play all five episodes of Heretic continuously, and when you beat E5, it loops you back to the beginning of the game.

    Realistic proportions - Eevee (Lexy Munroe)
    Doom/Doom 2 - N/A - ZDoom Compatible - 2.07 KB -
    Reviewed by: walter confalonieri
    This is a little mod made by Eevee for ZDoom-compatible engines that replaces the player heights with the official one given by Tom Hall according to the "Doom Bible" documents.

    In other words, this wad turns into a giant in a world of dollhouses. In other words, in many of the maps (if they don't have a huge ceiling or a large open area like map13 of Doom 2 in my example) you'll find yourself too little for every map, so you're forced to keep crouching to play this map. Is a nice idea but the result is pretty awful; skip this thing.

    Warehouse of the Damned - Carlos Lastra
    Ultimate Doom - Single Player - ZDoom Compatible - 131.4 KB -
    Reviewed by: Not Jabba
    Another nice Doom 1 map by Carlos Lastra, this time occupying the E2M2 slot. This level looks like a standard E2 base with a bit of extra detailing; there's relatively little Hell influence, but some good atmosphere in the darker areas. It tends to have a very open feel, with many possible paths out of the starting area and lots of windows that peek into other areas. Overall it looks very good, though not quite as unique as Big Trouble at Deimos Base.

    The map starts off with a pretty tough battle as soon as you start moving, with enemies coming from everywhere and slightly tricky (but fair) navigation due to the room's psuedo-crate-maze layout. After that, the action is pretty standard Doom 1 fare, with a couple more moderately challenging ambushes and one crusher trap that you'll potentially have to be pretty observant to avoid (I got squished the first time). The combat is fun, just enough to keep you on your toes, and as long as you save your bullets for the Cacodemons, you shouldn't have much trouble. Worth playing, especially if you're an E2 fan.

    Corrupted By Chaos - Entryway - StormCatcher.77
    Doom 2 - Single Player - GZDoom - 108.64 KB -
    Reviewed by: gaspe
    Corrupted By Chaos - Entryway is a short single level for GZDoom. This map is the winner of a mapping contest held on the forum of the Russian Doom Community, where the participants had to build a level based on the first map of Doom 2 and they couldn't modify the lines of the level geometry. This map uses many 3D floors, and the use of the restricted space was well done. Combat takes place in tight areas, apart from the last fight in a more open area, and as said before the map is really short. Nothing too exciting overall, but this is a pretty nice map, and maybe some mappers will also find this interesting for the restriction of the contest.

    The Rooms - VeeTHis
    Doom 2 - Single Player - Skulltag - 39.38 KB -
    Reviewed by: gaspe
    The Rooms is a rather unimaginative and generic title, but it very much fits the map. A series of flat rooms that use Doom Builder default textures where the monsters are just shat into the rooms. Avoid.

    Seamless - Zalewa
    Ultimate Doom - Single Player - Vanilla - 128.4 KB -
    Reviewed by: gaspe
    Seamless is single level for Doom 1. The text files says that the map "makes no 'use' of lines", which doesn't seems very clear, but I guess that it refers to the fact that to progress you don't need to interact with doors/lifts, and there aren't any switches. Gameplay overall is really fun and the flow never breaks, as what you can only do is go ahead. There's a trap at one point that's pretty much instant death, though. Another thing that could probably turn someone off is the '95-esque look of the level. It has some good moments visually and the combat was nice. I guess you won't find this map very appealing if you don't like old-school stuff.

    Quake Style Ending - Massao
    Doom 2 - Single Player - Vanilla - 25.77 KB -
    Reviewed by: walter confalonieri
    A Doom 2 remake of the ending map from Quake made by Massao, an almost-newbie mapper in the scene (he made a pair of maps so far). In layout terms the map is kinda similar to the original; some texture choices like ashwall4 as a slimefall texture doesn't convince me at all. Also, more lighting in the middle sewer section could be better.

    Also the gameplay follows the style of the Quake map, but on a much easier side... sometimes too easy.

    This map doesn't have a lot of stuff to say or criticize, it is just an OK remake. If you want to play it be my guest!

    Star Portal Return - DarkWolf (Steven A. Martin)
    Ultimate Doom - Single Player - Vanilla - 98.93 KB -
    Reviewed by: gaspe
    Star Portal Return is a wad for Doom 1 with three levels. The last two levels originally were made for a project named "Star Portal Crisis" that has its roots back in 2002. The author was also collaborating with another person for this project which in the end was never done, so he decided to edit the levels a bit (they were made with WinDEU) and make a new level to fill the E1M1 slot. The theme is the classic E1 replacement, and the look and the architecture is really clean and simple, though you can notice that the first map, even if shorter, has some more nice details. Gameplay was rather fun; it gets better with every map, though nothing was really notable. Overall it is a nice wad, but nothing too fancy.

    Quarantine Breach - Matt "cannonball" Powell
    Ultimate Doom - Single Player - Limit Removing - 60.92 KB -
    Reviewed by: Not Jabba
    Cannonball is acknowledged as one of the masters of Ultimate Doom mapping, and although this E2M1 replacement seems simple at first glance (and in fact isn't much more than a pair of large set piece battles with a bit of extra corridor running in-between), it shows once more just how good the mapper is at using a fantastic layout to force players to keep moving or die.

    Cannonball cites "Containment Area" as the main inspiration, so of course I assumed going in that it was going to be one big crate maze, but it's nothing of the sort. There's not a single crate in the entire level, so it's a bit hard for me to see just where the inspiration comes in. It's definitely E2 to the bone though: a gray stone base map that's defined by blue tech trim and sheets of red-hot metal.

    The map has one of those eerily silent openers where you see your starting gear (shotgun and mega armor) sitting right in the middle of a large space, and you just know things are about to get rough. And man, talk about going straight from zero to 60. It's possible that you may get enough starting shells to kill all the Cacodemons and melee monsters and establish a foothold in that central starting area, but more likely you're going to want to hit the ground running, find the switches that open up the pathways to the various higher tiers, and try your luck somewhere where you're less of a sitting duck. The layout is nicely open here, with plenty of avenues to allow you to dodge/flank enemies and crossroad-type setups where you can strafe in and out of cover. After you've made it through all of this and enter the final area with the red key, all hell breaks loose again, this time with a lot less room to maneuver, and if you decided to use that shiny rocket launcher to sucker punch the starting Cacos, you may find yourself wishing you'd saved the rockets for later. This map is nonstop challenging action, true to form for Cannonball, and I highly recommend it.

    Moon's Call - InsanityBringer
    Doom 2 - Single Player - Vanilla - 129.5 KB -
    Reviewed by: Not Jabba
    Moon's Call is the sequel to Moonsong, a level I reviewed back in The /newstuff Chronicles #509. The theme is similar to Doom 2's haunted-mansion-style Hell levels, with most of the level made of brick, stone, and wood. The music is an extremely subdued piano piece that takes some getting used to and may feel a bit out of place at times, but there's something pretty eerie about it, especially when the fighting stops and you find yourself suddenly in near silence, surrounded by shadows. The architecture is rather basic, but the lighting (as with Moonsong) is nice and clean, with good contrast.

    Combat is hit or miss. There are many battles that you can easily beat by camping around a corner; in particular, I remember coming back from getting the yellow key to find a horde of imps in the starting area that were really trivial to snipe through a window before I even went back out into that area. The imps all over the wood town area were also greatly weakened by their very limited movement and the fact that they rarely had a good enough line of sight to threaten a player using a hitscan weapon. If you've got an aggressive playstyle, you may not notice any of this, since the battles are all pretty easy to handle out in the open as well. There are some nice battles too, though. The starting area immediately throws you into a fight against Sergeants and Imps from all sides, and with all the hitscanners, it's a little harrowing to pistol your first zombie to get the shotgun so that you can really establish a foothold. The Revenant/Mancubus sandwich in the plasma rifle battle was also nice and deadly, and the entrenched Revenants supporting the final Cyberdemon were a good way to make that fight more threatening. Health seemed overabundant; ammo balance was better, aside from the massive stock of every type you get along with a Megaarmor at the entrance to the Cyber's den, which seemed a little silly.

    Overall, I'm not sure this map has the same je ne sais quoi that Moonsong had. The prequel had a neat contrast between the brightly moonlit exteriors and dark abandoned interiors that gave it its own unique character, but this map feels a little more basic. It starts getting more interesting toward the end with the assault on the strange townlike area, and then the surprise detour into the ending area from Moonsong. Once you reach the exit, you're greeted with an intermission text that sets you up for another sequel, which will take place on the moon. It sounds like an interesting note to end InsanityBringer's debut series on, so I'll once again eagerly await the next release.

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