I'll take '/newstuff' for 'four', Alex. Take a look at these worthy new maps, straight out of /incoming.
- The DIG by Oleg Rekutin - - We're starting off this week with an interesting single-player Doom 2 map replacing Map01. The DIG consists of six main areas, five 'islands' linked via teleporter to a 'hub'. It doesn't seem to conform to any particular theme or setting; the choice in textures is varied and inconsistent. The author was obviously focused on the gameplay concept above all else. Seasoned doomers will probably find The DIG too easy, especially with the help of a secret area or two.
- Ruma by Espi - - Well, this wins my award. Ruma is a single-player map running on Doom 2 Map01, and it both looks awesome and plays awesome. This one takes place in a small base built into the landscape of a large ruin. You can imagine just how the setting would look and feel in real life. The health and ammo balance is almost perfect... although you'll probably have to do a bit of running to survive. The secret areas don't tip the scale too far in your favor, which I believe is an often overlooked aspect of good gameplay. Don't be the last to download it. Requires an advanced Doom port.
- The Outlands by Alex Parsons - - Alex Parsons releases his third map, following the previously reviewed World's End and The Underground. Replacing Map01 of Doom 2, The Outlands is a worthy challenge for the veteran Doomer. In this map, you find yourself smack dab in the middle of an E3M2-esque stone maze filled with well-placed Chaingunners and Mancubuses that can take your head off in seconds if you're not careful. Finishing this map on Ultra-Violence will more than likely require a few savegames. Advanced Doom port recommended.
- Glacial Caverns by Jerry Lehr Jr. - - Well here's something you don't see every day: a JDoom-specific map. Glacial Caverns is a single-player map running on Doom 2 Map01 taking place in, well, glacial caverns. The map looks very nice and provides an immersive atmosphere despite the low detail level. The 'Ice Imps' are a nice touch, but the SS Nazis and Former Humans look fairly stupid and out-of-place. You may find yourself getting lost or confused on several occasions but it doesn't detract too much from the fun factor of the map. I'd say it's worth the download if you already have Jdoom/Doomsday.