Twas the night before Sunday, and all through Doomworld, not a creature was stirring, except for a Bloodshedder, who at 8pmish asked me if I'd pull an emergency /newstuff with him. As I was participating in a lame retro microprocessor argument on IRC and generally being an ass I had no excuses to proffer, so I said yes. No great chore though, just four new wads this week, and some revisions of previous releases.
Bloodshedder says: I could've handled it myself easily, so this was no real emergency...
pritch's gaybar reviews:
Water Treatment Facility - MaxPower8905
GZDoom - Solo Play - 1083KB -
First off, I must confess I didn't use GZDoom to test this as I haven't got around to making it work on this machine yet, but it ran fine in ZDoom 96x albeit missing a sky texture. I haven't heard of this author before, but like so many lately, it seems he's a disciple of AgentSpork. He claims in his text file that this map was inspired by Simplicity, and with its return-to-centre linear style, precision monster and monster teleport placement, neat texturing and tidy layout, it certainly doesn't fall far short. It's not quite as polished as a Spork release though. Even in his smaller maps (and at 5 minutes for a run-through this is certainly short) Spork always finds something extra to liven up the gameplay. This doesn't quite have that yet, but I'm certainly looking forward to future releases from this young mapper.
Gunsmoke - Moniac
doom2.exe - Solo Play - 124KB -
This map reminded me of Doom 2 in many ways. It's inconsistently textured, if competent, feels disjointed and counterintuitive, and has some strange lighting choices which just don't feel right. It feels precisely like the author's description of it—something done when bored. It's not that it's too bad to play, there are much worse, and there's a bit of fun to be had in places like the danger area, but all in all this is not a great map. If you like the Doom 2 feel though, you may see something in it. Also, why do people still put flashing Doom logos in maps (see screenshot)? So 1994!
DuduCrazy's Guns SE - Luiz Eduardo (DuduCrazy)
GZDoom - n/a - 945KB
I'd like to review this, but GZDoom doesn't want to work for me, and it doesn't want to work for pritch either.
Funhouse - Hans de Heus (Apocalypse)
Boom Compatible - Solo Play - 222KB -
This is a pretty good hellish-castle-type map. There are generally no shortages of ammunition or health, and the difficulty isn't incredibly demanding either. The architecture is competent if not decent-looking, though the amount of cramped areas may be a bit much. Keyed doors tend to be scattered about and often unmarked, creating the chance of wandering about trying to figure out where to use your newly-acquired key (this may also cause you a little trouble in finding the exit). Because of this, it's somewhat non-linear, but don't expect much of a challenge in the areas you've visited once already. There's also a cyberdemon battle that can more or less be run through in an area of the map that doesn't seem to match the rest thematically. Overall, this is probably worth your time.
Happy Valentine's Day! - Love Marmot
doom.exe - Solo Play - 18KB -
A strangely pointless E3M8 replacement with a simple message spelled out in the automap. It provides no cover, so ideally you'd get the spider mastermind infighting with the other monsters and take it out quickly. Unless you like gimmicky-type maps, don't go for this one.