Zalewa

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    Four years to build this WAD and fourever bind it to idgames/ archive. Fourteen hundred enemies to kill, out of which I did only 700 before giving up. Four weapons - chainsaw, pistol, shotgun, chaingun - these many you will use to kill these 700 enemies unless you're lucky and stumble upon that rocket launcher and that switch that gives you access to it. Four ways (or more) to enter each area. Forty times four combinations of getting lost in these halls of Doom. Four laughs at the description's quote "The layout is not too confusing": ha, ha, ha, ha. Four-walled room which hosts the forlorn blue keycard, sitting there at the pillar, taunting you eternally with its blue presence. (seriously, I noclipped my way through the way that leads up to it and I still don't know how to get it.) (also: "blue" has four letters) I haven't been such confused ever since fourth grade. No rating for this one - only contemplation. In gameplay and effect of awe this is similar to the Dawn of Reality, however whereas Dawn of Reality uses highly realistic environments with lots of attention to detail, here the biggest focus is interconnectivity. The rooms seem to be built around functional purposes in a "realistic" setting, but the detail inside serves only either combat purposes or pure visual clutter to make the rooms "less empty". Despite the huge size of everything, you can get around very quickly. The only long-wided pathway that I found was connected with teleporters that allowed you to skip all the unnecessary running. That said, there are also other one-way teleporters that will move you far away from the area which you were just exploring - so you either need to backtrack, do F3 or do "warp x y" if you're using a ZDoom port. The combat focuses on large amounts of low-health enemies with some stronger ones thrown in to the mix. There isn't a big amount of the latter, given your weak weapon set. 700 enemies in and still I didn't find a super shotgun. This map also uses lots of time-based switches where you need to lower a lift and then jump into a pit to get onto it. If you fail - F3 or backtrack. If you succeed you will most likely only discover that you reached an area that you've already been in before. If I could I wouldn't give this a star rating, so have 5 stars instead.
    I rarely see additional maps done for existing PWADs; and these ones here are good. The WAD is quick to beat with rather easy difficulty but the levels have good balance between exploration and action. Some triggers will not be obvious, especially on MAP03, but it's nothing too iritating given the overall small size of the levels. I also liked the puzzle with closing doors on MAP02.
    4 stars for 4 maps, but when going in to this, keep in mind that it indulges/awakens masochistic tendencies. Oil your F3 key well, lest it will squeak. Visually the maps are green and based on pillars - the architecture serves the purpose of building arenas to fight the monsters in. The low monster count of each map is deceptive, as they are used in a way that maximizes hurt. Expect all rooms to contain arch-vile & cyberdemon invasion. At least on UV. I don't know how are lower difficulties.
    I judge this Whiskey fueled misadventure as way below the quality level of the first IWAD, whereas I consider the first IWAD to be of rather high quality. This is a room-corridor chain with non-orthogonal linedefs, red/green stone textures and next to none sector height variation. Everything is very bare and shooting is straight-forward. I would rate this 1 star if 0 stars were still available, but they are not, so have 2 stars instead.
    Automap is very unfriendly in this map of hexagonal shapes that form terrain taken straight out of UT2k4 map editor but with less curves and more sectors. I find this map... entertaining. It's nice. The happy guitar shredding music makes me think of Rainbow Dash soaring through clouds.
    I like me some Egyptians. This WAD plays very ok, looks exactly as advertised and has consistent gameplay. Visuals are a bit bare but maybe this fits the theme?
    Amateur design reeks from this. You kill enemies with a bow that is more powerful than super shotgun - you can kill a hell knight with two arrows. Who knew? Doomguy should have taken that bow when invading Hell instead of BFG9000. The bow graphics come from Daggerfall. Locations have some detail and thought put into them, but it's not enough and they don't look good. It's all very rough and progression is room-to-room based. I stopped playing once I reached the foggy halls maze where you can go anywhere but all paths except from the right one will teleport you back. I didn't find it. I'm happy that you know your dungeon crawler design, but I'm playing Doom here. Not recommended.
    This map? One big meh. It's a fairly large Doom 1 map clocking at about 230 monsters on UV, but I stopped playing at about 130. It has certain charm, considering how you can explore the rooms that seem to imitate a real-world location, but at the same time it's bare, squarish, contains inescapable death pits that look like progress and it's easy to get lost in the very small area. Not recommended.
    Excellent, hands down. There is certain ammo tightness, especially in the earlier maps, but I think it makes this WAD even greater. A must-play.
    What a bloody good map set. Excellent use of GZDoom visuals. The maps are atmospheric and gloomy, they have great architecture, there's good use of GZDoom features and high difficulty. Top WAD! Multiplayer could be made to work if respawn scripts were present to reassign PlayerTID after player death.
    Quote from the text file: I'm really not sure what to think, really, because I have no idea what's the author's idea of "everyone else's UV", but I think it's not the same as mine. The description consists of telling the player over and over again to play this on HMP, not on UV, and so I did. The maps will either punish you with wailing revenants, arch-viles and other monsters that crush you from all directions in a wild orgy that even this new Westworld show would be jealous of, or, you will be stuck trying to figure out which piece of the level that looks the same as every other piece of this level has opened up after you have crossed over an invisible linedef or pushed a strange button. I look at all these beautifully crafted sectors and think how mapper has put lots of effort into pressing CTRL+D and dragging vertices and aligning textures and then I can't think of these levels as nothing else but not fun to play... for me. This probably means that I'm a piss poor player and that's okay.
    I have played at least 2 of those maps before, but I don't know where I got them from. This wad will tear you apart, tear you down and tear you to pieces and then it will leave you in tears. The maps are good, but I'd recommend cautious expectations or using lower difficulty levels.
    The visuals are very blocky here, plain and rough and brown. Lot's of brown. But they work; somehow they create a nice skyscraper architecture. The gameplay is constant action, with enemies sniping at you from long distances - both horizontal and vertical. There is at least one dickish Arch-Vile placement. This is a good map with minimal geometry - an example that detail clutter can be avoided.
    I like this particular ZDoom level. It uses ZDoom features in ways that enhance gameplay. Level visuals are interesting, if the proportions are a bit off; I'm not sure why, though. Texturing - good. Detail - good. Layout - not bad, with some verticality, but not much. Coop play is impossible due to missing player starts but I edited those in and we had some coop fun. Boss battles are orchestrated good with little helpers coming out that prevent circle strafing and hiding behind cover.
    Surprisingly difficult WAD with very well done graphics. Quake textures work very well with Doom, maybe they work even better than with Quake. Most maps play well, the layouts are interesting and the resources are scarce. The few last maps leave a bit of a bad aftertaste, unfortunately, as difficulty progresses into downright shitting down your neck. See that Cyberdemon? You're gonna walk into an invisible teleporter that will teleport you right next to it where it will shoot a rocket in to you. See that circular, small room where you have to avoid enemy fire? Part of the floor will soon lower into unescapable death pit. Stupid.