Welcome to another edition of /newstuff where I happen to host a distinct lack of new stuff. Most of those that aren't from 1994 look like they are. After sifting through a mountain of utter tosh, we come out with only a dwarf's handful of maps to play, and even they aren't that good. See what you can find among this lot to pass your time this week.
Bartshouse 2.0 - Bart McKendree
doom.exe - Solo Play - 23KB -
Right well, I was faced with a dilemma. Some reviewers mention these some don't. Some readers want them mentioned, some don't. I had a distinct lack of time, so I admit my playing each of these was a rush job. To make all happy, I WILL review them, but they will be very short and I'll get them out of the way first. I remember playing this one along time ago. It was rubbish then and is rubbish now. Meant to look like the inside of a house. It doesn't.
Theatre Of Doom - James Wilson
doom.exe - Solo Play - 83 KB -
Designed to be like a cinema and is one of the better 1994 Wads. Still ghastly.
DMJon - Jon Grieve
doom.exe - Solo Play - 70 KB -
I’ll quote: More of a collection of things he just tried out. See for yourself.
DMLaw - Unknown
doom.exe - Solo Play - 35 KB -
Meh, another 94 Wad. Good at the time I’d imagine. Awful now.
DMMisi - Unknown
doom.exe - Solo Play - 18 KB -
This probably wasn’t even good in 1994. It certainly isn’t now. (Sorry, these reviews aren’t helping, I should ignore them.)
Demongate v1.0 - Tony Lipscomb
doom.exe - Solo Play - 33 KB -
Inferno style 1994 wad--more joy.
Be Quick or Be Dead - Steve Faille
doom.exe - Solo Play - 43 KB -
The only thing more irritating about this map than the actual level is the name...
DMSFG - Ben Jordan
doom.exe - Solo Play - 243 KB -
Nine levels of 1994 rubbish instead of 1--so 9 times more to hate. This is so old that the author has to reveal the secret that monsters actually fight each other--my, how this will make my playing challenge a lot more lenient.
Welcome - Neil Reaner
doom.exe - Solo Play - 45 KB -
...back to 1994 again. I love you Funduke. For review purposes, this is no better.
Whacker - Bobby Eddins
doom.exe - Solo Play - 21 KB -
A DM map of an arena that Funduke says looks original--maybe so, in 1994. You’d enjoy DM-ing in Doom 2 more.
DMLamou - Unknown, or if he is, he hasn't put it in the right place in the text file
doom2.exe - Solo Play - 522 KB -
Two 1994 wads in one, both with hard gameplay--and predicatably nasty design. Avoid.
dmrsndpw - Unknown
doom.exe - n/a - 238KB -
Oh isn't this great. It's Doom with the f-word. *sarcastic applause*
Waffenmod - Kaiser Martins
doom.exe - n/a - 379 KB -
Okay that's the 94 maps outta the way!
This mod changes weapon and soldier graphics to WW2 type images. A slightly new slant that could add a certain something for a few minutes at least. Oh, there are sounds too.
Alpha! - Chronoteeth
doom.exe - Solo Play - 772 KB -
Another new weapons mod, sorry I was stuck for time and couldn’t find EDGE on my cluttered computer so instead followed the author’s advice and provided a link for EDGE and a link for the map--try it yourself! I’m sure it’s great.
MGFX - Kaiser Martens
doom.exe - n/a - 142 KB -
Urmm the resources for Waffen.wad....take it if you want.
Dupe - GiltyGear
doom.exe - Solo Play - 30 KB -
Well another Doom 1 offering and not from Funduke this time. It’s actually pretty playable for a first time mapper creating a Doom 1 map. Give it a go, pretty fun and passes some time if you have no life like me. Haven’t got screenies for this as it was Doom 1 and I haven’t programmed a screenshot button.
Cavern - Zigmund Oswell
doom2.exe - Solo Play - 119 KB -
This is ugly--we’re talking Jackie Stallone ugly here--random textures, awful gameplay, irritatingly long and repetitive lifts. *Sigh* If I don’t get a good map soon I’m going to cry.
Aquafina - Jacob H Orloff
ZDoom Compatible - Solo Play - 31 KB -
Was it me that reviewed you last time? Big piece of advice that will see steady improvement--stop trying to complete maps in a week. This is an improvement, but there is still little detail here. Good gameplay, very good try, and there is significant progress. Keep at it, take your time.
Best map so far however--and that’s depressing.
Himmelfh - Kaiser Martens
doom2.exe - Solo Play - 81 KB -
A level from the author of Waffenmod. Mistexturing, lava pillars with SS guards, HOMs and that was all in the first two rooms--which is all I played to. I don’t imagine you’d have the willpower to go any further.
Blofeld X - Didy
doom2.exe - Solo Play - 1007 KB -
Finally a set of maps that are decent and worth playing. That’s not to say they are brilliant but in comparison to what we’ve had so far--6 maps, mostly outdoor areas, easy enemies, smooth playing, large rooms, some nice detail. One of my main qualms is the fact places look very big and bare. Overall, a good set of maps.
Inside of the Gray Building - Lucifer "Diablo" Kaminski
doom2.exe - Solo Play - 34 KB -
What can I say? It’s a first map, in a grey building. I’ll be fair, there is effort here, but it’s your run of the mill first map really. All aligned as the text file promises. Good attempt, look forward to progressively higher quality offerings from this author in the near future.
Machine - Jacek "Illdo" Dobrzyniecki
doom2.exe - Solo Play - 30 KB -
Sorry, but if I was as nice as I was in my last /newstuff, this may have escaped with a positive "well at least you tried". Unfortunately I’m in a bad mood--this sucks. Big style. Attempts at detail are rare and when done are out of place (see example pic of blood) and texturing is all over the place.
Missile - Chris Valentine
doom2.exe - Solo Play - 46 KB -
Limited to just a rocket launcher (or missile launcher as the author calls it) there are several dashes along narrow ledges crammed with enemies. Inventive. Average enough design which becomes bland and repetitive and the gameplay is just plain irritating.
Outahere - Zigmund Ozwell
doom2.exe - Solo Play - 173 KB -
Pretty nice. Some good detail and some nice intense gameplay to enjoy. There is no fixed theme and some areas are a bit random but structuring and design is done well and item and monster placement are very good. Plus there’s something very satisfying about mowing down soldiers with a double minigun.
Rockisle - Zigmund Ozwell
doom2.exe - Solo Play - 222 KB -
Excellent, we have something of quality. Two maps set around white rock caverns. A cold theme is present with great height variations and intricate detail. A very good play, give it a go.
Superfly - Jim Jankowski
doom2.exe - Solo Play - 71 KB -
There are some nice rooms but textures vary quite a bit, sometimes for no apparent reason. Lighting is done pretty well and overall it’s a well designed map. Nothing out of the ordinary, worth a whirl.