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Everything posted by chlef

  1. chlef

    Five Rooms of Doom

    I rarely quit a wad in disgust, but this one did it. It was pushing a 5 star experience, but then the slaughter stupid started ~map19 and only got worse. It's not clever, not amusing and absolutely not entertaining. It ruined an otherwise good wad and left a very sour taste. Why do mappers do this? Played on HNTR and it really was that bad.
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    In the Deep

    Not the prettiest maps, but very nice to play. Old school goodness.
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    Yeah, this is what Doom is supposed to be. Basic and enjoyable, no gimmicks or stupid sound/graphic mods. Just pure Doom. This is a keeper.
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    As an intro to Doom for kids and those that have never played it, these are actually pretty good.
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    Short, sweet, crap free, good.
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    If this wad ended with map5 it would be a deserved 5 out of 5 classic. Unfortunately, it can't resist itself and slides further and further from then on into unplayable slaughter (even on HMP) and ruins any chance of further enjoyment. Which is a crying shame.
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    Castle Phobos v3.1

    Yeah, nah. Unvandalised pure Doom and this might have scraped in with 3 stars. But no... insult has been added with awful graphics mods and gratingly annoying custom sounds. Why do people do this? I played with probably more than a 100 gameplay mods and could count on one hand those that were good enough to justify their existence. The rest are like nails on a blackboard as far as enjoyable play value goes. This gets an overly generous 2* (and only because there were no crashes or lockups).
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    Excellent old school entry. The complaints here are trivial - the only important thing is that it is enjoyable to play.
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    Escape from Planet Deum

    Great. Another map that spells out "DOOM". They all blur into one. Maybe this one is better than the others, maybe worse, dunno - I don't care. Slogged it through the "D" which was almost ok, teleported to first "O" and was greeted by two pointless crusher traps. At that point I just rolled my eyes and quit. Please, no more of these.
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    Fleur De Mort

    You're talking about another map. This one has no shape, is ugly, clunky, confusing at times and needs a fair bit of backtracking. That said, it is adequate enough for a reasonable play through. Save it for when you've run out of other maps. It will do on a pinch.
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    Much better than the bad reviews make out. It's just basic Doom with no frills and there are plenty of worse ways to kill some mindless time.
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    Ugly, flawed, but better than most maps here and completely enjoyable to play through. Has a plasma rifle which I forgot I picked up and on UV never had any reason to use if I did.
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    Another map that sticks to the basics, does them fairly well and as a result is a pleasure to play. Not enough of these.
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    Short, sweet and crap free Dooming. Great stuff, wish there were more like this that just kept to the basics we love.
    Yeah, no. I am not that bored that I will play this through. Have more fun stuff - like tetris. Monotonous, grey and not very good at all.
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    The Lost Worlds

    Starts off well enough then nosedives into unplayable rubbish in the later levels. Maybe you should have just left it at m5 eh?
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    Big, bland, ugly, random acid/radiation areas that look like normal floors, random barrel clusters, swarms of cannonfodder monsters etc. What everyone is oh so tired of. Abandoned it after 3 minutes of running around. Certainly not the worst out there. Worth playing? yeah, naah. Unless you have absolutely nothing else to play. Tetris is always an alternative.
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    Deimos Deja Vu

    OK, it's an homage to the originals and it shows pretty obviously. It is also a chore to play - maps are bigger than they need to be and are a repetition of a repetition. More compact design and more variation and we could have had a real 5 star winner. Oh well.
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    Rec Facility

    Doom The Way It Should Be - very nice. Oh for a 4 episode megawad pf this calibre.
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    Evil Unleashed

    Trying to say only positive things is pretty hard, but I think I have something - This is not the worst wad I have ever played. At least it doesn't break and you can finish it. That's about it. Thankyou.
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    Danne's E1

    By relative standards for Doom episode replacements, this deserves a 5. Doesn't overreach itself. Maps are a nice size, playable and balanced, good secrets etc. Above all else it does what so few others do - it is ENJOYABLE to play. If only more authors concentrated on that last aspect.
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    Just nudges into the top 50% of these episode replacements. Nothing memorable, but a more than adequate time killer of you need one.
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    The Aphexius mines

    There are 3 reviews here that don't show up and no rating. Which is odd for a 25 year old map. It's a large (600+ monsters) e1m1 that is better than most of it's kind and it's relatively enjoyable to play. However, it's pretty obvious there was no play testing as several sections have lifts that drop into pits and only work once - sections you have to backtrack through and need the lift to proceed, so there is no avoiding noclipping. Other than that, it's pretty good.
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    Blood, Sweat, & more Blood

    We can't give a negative score, so 1 it is. 2 for map1, minus 1 for irritating cheech and chong/simpsons sound effects, minus 1 for slow black/white strobe lighting. That's just map1. Map2 - minus 1 for incomprehensible teleport maze. That's where I abandoned it. The aim of the game is to provide enjoyment and entertainment. This wad is an FAQ of what not to do in that regard.
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    3 Heures d'Agonie 3 ! [Finally Final!]

    Perfect example of a wad that could be highly enjoyable. But it's utterly poisoned by slaughter stupid. Even on HNTR. Unplayable crap. Bet authors think they are "clever".