Welcome back to another fabulous rendition of your favorite weekly chronicle, The /Newstuff Chronicle! Yay! I, your favorite underwater breathing apparatus, will be your guide this week to what's new in Doom worth playing. I know what you're thinking, "But Scuba, Action Doom was already released. What else could possibly be delivered to us that we would want to play?" The Answer is simply, nothing, but that still shouldn't stop people from uploading some rather good levels to play... and alot of 1994 ones that are not. If I may lament (lol) for a moment, these 1994 wads have me thinking. It's amazing this community survived as long as it did considering what all these old maps are like. How we put up with them as long as we did to make it to today is a testament to the strength of each and every member here, except for InsertWackyNameHere and Bloodskull because they are too young. So remember... on the Scuba Scale of DooM... Five flippers being the highest, a blowfish being the lowest...
Zone 13 - Zen Psychosis
doom.exe - SP/DM - 32kb -
The author of this pwad in no way endorses the democratic party or formalized Government in general. For more information on how you can become the leader of your own armed underground resistance group send $12.00 U.S. to:
Sorry to say I have not sent my $12 yet to become my own armed resistance leader, but for the rest of you it's available in the text file. Zone 13 is the first of the 1994stuff and it's just your basic 1994 level. It's a deathmatch level where monsters were added so you can play it single player too. There's a secret exit, but I really couldn't be bothered to find out how to quit. Speaking of searching, the map replaces Episode 1 Map 3 so you'll have to look around for that too. What can I say, this level probably wasn't terrrible when it came out in 1994 but it's bretty blahzay today.
P.S. For your very own army of Scuba Divers, send $12.00 US to:
Welcome to My Nightmare - Ken Flynn
doom2.exe - Solo Play - 392kb -
Your nightmare is my nightmare too. Shhhhit!
DeathMatch For Two Series - Kurt Schulenburg
doom.exe - Deathmatch - 209kb -
I'm at a loss. Here we have 8 levels for doom from 1994 that are... tolerable. These maps are a step above SLIGE, which for 1994 was a work of art. It's safe to say nobody ever played these maps in deathmatch besides Kurt and his friends sitting around their basement on prom night, which is cool because I did too except I was more of a Funyuns guy. Anyways...
Death Match City - Sam Lopresti
doom2.exe - Deathmatch - 36kb -
It happened, somebody made a city worse than Sandy Petersen. Forget this crap, go play another City map from the same year which is much better, Doom City.
Tunnel 11 - Günther H. Baumann
doom.exe - Solo Play - 23kb -
From the Text File:
Created during a night in Berlin with friends
Yep. Also, 64 wide mazes are awesome and a staple of a great map!
DMKurt - Kurt Schulenburg
doom.exe - Solo Play - 126kb -
Contained in this zip file of cruddy old 1994 maps... is FOUR zip files of cruddy old 1994 map! I couldn't be bothered to open zip files in zip files, but I think I can take a wild guess based on the author's previous work...
Four Blowfish! A New Record!
Trench - Scott Scurlock
doom.exe - Deathmatch - 26kb -
It's um... it'a trench... that runs between the 2 sides of the level. Also, I think this level was made with SLIGE, I saw a giant S in there somewhere.
Doomsday - Carter
doom.exe - Deathmatch - 38kb -
Surprisingly not as crappy as some, but don't let that fool you, this still isn't worth downloading. I mean you can if you want, it's not "smash your head on the table" bad, but you won't be pleased.
Doors - Phillip S. Pittz
doom.exe - SP/DM - 46kb -
From The Text File:
Misc. Author Info : 29 - Single White Male
Phillip S. Pittz update: 40 - Single White Male
The name of this wad is NOT hyperbole, there are no less than 80 doors in this map. One room, a circle, has SEVENTEEN doors on each side (not really a circle then I suppose). He says in the text file "I learned how to make doors finally and so decided to go a little crazy with it." Gee that's a bit of an understatement. But still I feel bad about the whole, 40 and a virgin thing.
Jeff's Wad - Jeff Dusko
doom.exe - Solo Play - 20kb -
Awesome! Clearly Doomjr inspired architecture!
Dough (Who names a wad "Dough", seriously - Scuba) - Doug Haynes
doom.exe - Solo Play - 13kb -
Comparative to the last one, this is freaking Alien Vendetta. But copared to Alien Vendetta, gag. Also, I hate Alien Vendetta.
Jericho - Kurt Schulenburg
doom.exe - Solo Play - 303kb -
Let me be frank, or Steve, but this map isn't that good. Props to the author for compsing his own song, but let's be honest, who cares if the level bites. Inside the wad resources is the classic 1994 nudie woman texture, I scoured the level left and right for this, but never found it or the other 4 or 5 custom textures. But thankfully the author felt inclined to replace the teleport sound with the star trek one!
"Boring" - James Jarvis
doom.exe - Solo Play - 47kb -
The author didn't give this wad a title and explicitly stated in the text file "What ever you want to call it" so I have chosen an apt name for it. To be honest, for 1994 it's tolerable. Tolerable enough to waste 13 seconds downloading it? No, but tolerable enough to be spared the rating wrath of Scuba that so many 1994 wads don't.
Meat - Carolyn Schulenburg
doom.exe - Solo Play - 42kb -
Wall hunt Wall hunt!!! Just another boring old map, this one specializes in pressing spacebar on every wall to find out what to do! Oddly enough, the level is filled with mis alignments but the unaligned textures aren't the one that do anything. That's the beatuy of this map! You have to scour it looking for aligned textures to press on!
Sematic - Insane LTD.
doom.exe - Solo Play - 144kb -
If you play one old wad this week (and I hope you don't play any) play Sematic. From 1996 you can clearly see that the author didn't just make lava holes or skies on floors. It actually sort of resembles a map.
Two Flippers and a Goggle
Tunnel - Tim Cuozzo
doom.exe - Solo Play - 28kb -
4 voodoo dolls watch you at the beginning enter a boring and lame maze.
Note: Will not work with Legacy.
Up 'n Down - Kurt Schulenburg
doom2.exe - Solo Play - 123kb -
A Giant elevator that goes up and down with a stupid staircase on one side. I can't even think of anything wittyto say.
On Friday, the last day of reviews for me this week, someone dumped Seventeen worthless wads from 1994 that nobody ever played back then or will ever play now. What next, is someone going to upload the entire DZone CD in the name of "Preservation"? Some things don't need to be preserved, if the New York museum of modern art is burning down, do you save Paintings by Jackson Pollock? Answer, no you let the building burn because modern art sucks, and so do all the wads from 1994-1996. Anything worth playing is in the archive already, like Heroes that was added last week or Hoover Dam, so to hoever keeps uploading all these abominations, tonight before I go to bed I'm going to pray for your death. Painful and slow, because I hate you, and I'm Scuba Steve and I don't hate anyone. Besides Ralphis. Now you might say "But Steve you don't have to review them", well, screw you :P I'm doing it just because I can. So let's see what Santa brought us in this delivery? My guess, a whole lot of coal. Also, by this point, I had to invent a new rating system to cover wads like this, see if you can decipher it.
Cave Complex - Dominic Anello
doom.exe - Solo Play - 30kb -
The screenshot is all the farther I ever got.
May Day - Joe Vallee
doom.exe - Deathmatch - 33kb -
Shawn 2 and Crates yay!
Nirvanna - Ian C Hay
doom.exe - Solo Play - 45kb -
Crappie I haven't played this yet, but I decided to review it first... wow, just played it and I managed to break the level. I activated a crushing ceiling and then stepped back and it stopped too low so I couldn't continue. The level might be worthy of at least one flipper but I'll never know because I can't play any farther. So my review stands. I am psychic!
Pearl Jam - Ian C Hay
doom.exe - Solo Play - 58kb -
Surprisingly... this level is... palatable. It looks... decent and plays... well who cares, I typed "Kill Monsters".
One Flipper and a Goggle
Private Hell - Matrix (Flagg)
doom.exe - Solo Play - 24kb -
Private Hell, Part III - Matrix (Flagg)
doom.exe - Solo Play - 32kb -
Awww, what no Private Hell Part II? A for improvement, F for Effort.
Clean Your Room - Mark Marusak
doom.exe - Solo Play - 9kb -
From the Text File: "Designed for my son, his room is a mess. I experimented with multipaste and boobytraps.. hope you enjoy."
This ______ - Mark Marusak
doom.exe - Solo Play - 10kb -
Never played, See Screenshot.
Gloom of DOOM - Psyber Freaked! & Psyber Cured!
doom.exe - Solo Play - 24kb -
Have you seeeeeeeeen... the marvelous blowfish?
Matrix Match - Matrix (Flagg)
doom.exe - Deathmatch - 11kb -
Maze - Talon
doom2.exe - Deathmatch - 130kb -
Meh, it won't kill you...
Snorkel and Goggles
My House - Dominic Anello
doom.exe - Solo Play - 508kb -
I cannot for the LIFE of me... figure out why this level is 500k. I was expecting a loltastic 1994 house with digitized crappy graphics and bad sounds recorded by the author, but no. I was not treated to any of that! Also, checkout the hilarious irony of screenshot #2.
Bonus - Dominic Anello
doom.exe - Solo Play - 4kb -
Not even worth my time to press Print Screen.
Pumpkin..A Holloween Tale - Mark Marusak
doom.exe - Solo Play - 11kb -
I was going to be lenient and just give it a "crappie" review... but the lack of anything to do with Punpkins OR Halloween garners it the lowest score available.
Sorrow - Harris CGI
doom.exe - Solo Play - 60kb -
I think these screenshots speak for themselves to the greatness that is this map.
SLTRRAMA - Ezuriah, also known as Don Bates
Crappie, Crappie CRAPPIE CRAPPIE!!!
Team UnNamed's 2nd official weapon pack: Crimson Delights - Chronoteeth
EDGE - Solo Play - 734kb -
Taking Semicolons and ridiculously long titles to a new level, Chronoteeth delivers one of those mods where people replace nothing but the guns... so naturally...
So I learned I needed a new version of EDGE, apparently it's up to 1.29, so I downloaded that and ran the wad. One word, meh. 47 words, it was just your run of the mill EDGE weapons modification. There is the usual lack of creativity by ripping pre existing graphics and attributing wonky firing modes to them, and the unbalanced superguns that rip through everything in seconds. Worth a play and that's about it.
Goggle and a Snorkel
Also, no screenshots because I don't know how to take them in EDGE.
Foxxy - Cutmanmike
Skulltag - Deathmatch - 1297kb -
Ahhhh!! ...from the text file:
A skin of my bestest friend ever, Foxxy. Her mother past away when she was 10 and I feel for her, so I made her a very own skin :D
And she's still your friend? This is the kind of work that brings nations to the brink of war, let alone destroy a friendship. Either that or a missed the sarcasm, which is highly possible since I'm quite oblivious to that many times. Did I ever tell any of you about when my father asked me to mow the lawn and I replied "Are you serious?" He said "No", so I naturally assumed he didn't want me to do it. Hoo boy was I ever wrong, apparently he was being sarcastic and really did want me to Mow it. And that's the lawnmower story. OK not the lawnmower story, but it's a lawnmower story. Where was I going with this? Something about the Lawnmower Man the Movie? Either way, the author and the Lawnmower man have mental problems that can only be saved through Cyberspace.
Skulltag Community LMS Project - Various
Skulltag - Deathmatch - 1920kb -
As of this writing (Wednesday), this is the treat of the week. Seven count them, 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 brand new Skulltag last mand standing maps, all of which are of a high caliber. My suggestion? If FNF is still alive, I think we have the winner for this week. Map 3, 4, and 7 are all particularly fun especially 7 if you just dropped a tab of acid. Deffinately one you'll want to check out, and because it's skulltag, that means it's better than ZDaemon.
Axis & Abaddon - WildWeasel
ZDoom - Solo Play - 1955kb -
For the first time ever a Weapons mod is a beacon of hope after all of those 1994 wads. Actually, it's pretty fun and manages to keep a consistent theme throughout unlike most that just have ridiculous weapons that have no cohesiveness. The theme you ask? Nazis! All the weapons you've probably seen before, Rise of the Triad, I think some Return to Castle Wolfenstein stuff, and plenty of monster replacements as well. The Super Shotgun and New Fist are both very well done and by themselves alone worth checking out this wad... because I drew them.
Two Flippers and a Goggle
Dusk Storm - Michael "Bloodskull" Cole
Limit Removing - Solo Play - 176kb -
From the Text File:
People need to stop bashing others for who they are, and start actually trying things before forming there own opinion because of the author. If you dont even have the decency to do this you need some serious help.
o_q powerful. Anyways, this map is a decent map for 2005, and a godsend after all those 94 wads. I kept finding mtself having no idea what was going on, so I eventually just gave myself all keys and kill monsters because I hate dying. The level looks good, which is all that really matters, and it probably plays well too, but I don't really care. I'm hesitant, but I'm adding an extra snorkel to the review.
Two flippers, a goggle and a snorkel.
3D Elevator - Cecelia (You're breakin my Heart!)
Legacy - Solo Play - 68kb -
(Un)Fortunately... Legacy doesn't run on my computer, so you'll have to wait for a real review... or review it yourself! Without giving away my secret of scoring wads, you too can use any combination of the points you see given to wads here today to create your own review! Don't forget to take off points because it's not Zdoom. Ha Ha just kidding Eternity4ever!
Gravecat's Rocket Arena v1.1 - The Indomitable Gravecat
Limit Removing - Deathmatch - 21kb -
Haha for the longest time I thought this was a 1994 upload. It's a rocket arena DM map, that looks like it belongs in the above reviews. I award this two goggles, and may god have mercy on its soul.
Predator skin - NeoWorm
Skulltag - Deathmatch - 79kb -
This is actually a real treat. This is a homemade Predator Skin touched up that looks absolutely fantastic. The sounds are decent, but the beatiful art is where it shines.
Three Flippers, Two Goggles and a Snorkel.