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    Illuminatus v1.0.0

    Illuminatus Review Let's start with the Cons: - Almost too easy combat, even on UV. If you die playing this game, then you must be drunk. TBH, I don’t think the author was going for dogfighting in this wad as much as he was into problem solving. - (Almost) Every monster fight comes in pairs. You enter a room, and whatever enemy is on the left, will almost certainly be mirrored to the right. - You activate a switch and you’ll find yourself running around finding out what this switch did. I’ve seen HeXen games with less “switch resulting.” - Loads of backtracking. Loads of it. Now the Pros: - Loads of ammo, health and everything else to assist you. - Large maps, especially after Map 23. - Virtually flawless seamed architecture. Nothing fancy, yet nothing bland. - Most importantly, Illuminatus was fun. To me, no matter how well a game looks, no matter how well map is made, no matter how long/short the level is, NONE of these compares to whether the game is actually FUN or not. And I admit I had fun with this wad. Definitely a 90’s feel, which isn’t a bad thing if done correctly - which Illuminatus does. There’s definitely more exploration and/or problem solving than combat with this wad. The later levels are huuuuuuge and will take up to an hour each to complete because you’re going to be running all around the map finding out what each switch you just activated did. If you like exploration/puzzles more than combatting, then this is the wad for you. Overall, Illuminatus is not a fantastic wad, but far from terrible as well. I think I liked this wad more than Zalewa did, and I am a huge fan of his map work. Worth checking out at least once. I liked maps 24 and 25 the best. I would definitely play it again after a few months of playing others. I give this wad 3½ stars out of 5.
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    Dark Encounters

    One word: Awesome!! VERY fun game play, great textures. I agree with Zalewa: Difficult, but fair. Secrets not terribly difficult to locate. We will see Dark Encounters in the Cacowards! *** Update - Two months later: I've played this wad again. And it was just as fun as the first time around. I forgot to mention earlier that you will find a Computer Area Map in almost ALL of the levels if you aren't afraid to explore - and they aren't even in the secrets! Last few maps are somewhat slaughterfests, but don't let that discourage you from playing this fantastic wad. PS - As a side note: Zalewa, if you're reading this, your Power Metal wad rocks! It's my fave single level wad, hands down. I wish your would make more. I think I've played all of your wads. Big fan here!
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    Doomworld Community Top WADs of All Time

    10) Back to Saturn X E2 - Fountain of Sparks 9) Back to Saturn X E1 - Get Out Of My Stations 8) Doom 2-The Way id Did 7) Unholy Realms 6) Scythe2 5) TNT Revilution 4) Alien Vendetta 3) Legacy of Heroes 2) Nova II - New Dawn 1) The Vilecore
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    Back to Saturn X Episode 2

    This is hands down my favorite Megawad thus far released. The whole damn Team that worked on this rocks! My ONLY complaint is the lack of a Backpack until quite some time later. I also love the names of your maps...some names were worth a giggle. Thank you for a fantastic game! Keep 'em coming! Visuals - 10/10 Music - 10/10 Enemy placement - 9.5/10 Replay value - 10/10 Favorite map? That's easy: Map 25 - Unstable Journey. What a trip!
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    Rate Vile Flesh

    Vile Flesh - 4.5 out of 5 CONS - Author wasn't going for detail here but the maps weren't entirely bland. They got larger, but not too complicated, as the game progressed. - Although ammo and health was aplenty, armor was very scarce. - Secrets VERY difficult to find on some Maps. This got annoying after awhile. - Final Boss was a bit easy. PROS - It's very cool only one author did all of this! Rock on Gynn! Great wad for 1994! - Game play was VERY fun. Not a slaughterfest by any means, but challenging on UV. You can beat the game without dying. I wouldn't recommend anything easier than HMP. - Plenty of ammo, except Plasma Rifle/BFG9000 cells, which isn't entirely bad considering Cyber Demons weren't everywhere; plenty of health packs. - I DID like the idea that Map 26 warranted VERY few Shotgun shells - and I mean I only found 16 total (a 'bundle' of SSG and two [4 pack] shells - including secrets) in this large map, with no Sargeants. So get used to the Chaingun & Rocket Launcher on this level - ammo for the Chaingun was aplenty! - The puzzles were clever. Good monster placement. - Music was awesome! All and all a very good Megawad. Well worth downloading and playing. Has definite replay value. ~ dylux