The /newstuff Chronicles #115

You thought I disappeared? You thought the world was rid of me? Too bad, because I have returned, and I'm in the mood to... review. I'm a bit rusty though, so I might be a bit prone to aimlessly ranting. Ignoring that, this week I have unzipped 12 zips to discover 7 single player wads, two of which are re-releases (I think brosruin.wad is), 2 graphics wads and 3 example wads. Fun fun fun.

  • Captain Mancubus v1.1 - Epyo and Black Void
    (wad)(txt) -ZDoom 2.0 - SP/Co-op(img) (img) (img)
    You're a mancubus, and you want to kill Satan. Original concept, just... not executed good enough. A 6-level hub, the gameplay is quite smooth most of the time, but the layout of the levels get very repetitive and boring. So boring, that I couldn't finish the entire wad, and I'm quite tolerant with most of the wads that I have to put up with every three or so weeks. My favourite level was the Reactor though, as that had fast, furious action which gave me a nice challenge to beat. Other than that, it's mostly borderline. Maybe it was just my imagination, but health wasn't very abundant in this hub, which is weird, since you can practicly get unlimited shells and armour bonuses. The unlimited armour bonuses is more than enough, but being able to refill your shells is a bit overkill. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that fighting a cyb in a cramped area is not very fun, which is what you get to do in Dark Heart.

  • Deliverance - Simon 'SlayeR' Judd
    (wad)(txt) -Advanced Doom port - SP(img) (img) (img)
    Impressive. A very large single-level wad, presenting excellent gameplay and some very nice detaling overall. I'm sure that this would take a long time to finish (maybe at least 15 minutes?), but it has solid, hard gameplay which will make you come back for more. I didn't have the time to go through the entire level, but I noticed a few minor puzzles are around, making sure you need to use your brain a bit. Ammo and health is kind of scarce, but I guess that there probably was more further on in the level. Honestly, I can't think of any problems with the level, other than it feels more like a mini-episode than a single level.

  • Doomworld Forum Adventures! - Anonymous
    (wad)(txt) -ZDoom 2.0 - SP(img) (img) (img) (img)
    If the Doomworld Forums were a soap opera, this would be the offical game. It is hilarious, showing off the funny side in the regular discussions, such as AndrewB being the moron that he is, Ralphis being the Loser king, Deep announcing about some useless feature in Deep$ea that will be used by exactly 0 people, and my personal favourite, the /newstuff thread war. Fun for the whole family, or something. I dunno, look at the screenies, go download and play it now, and make sure you keep those damn Newdoomers away from our precious forums.

    On a sort of related note, I have a suspicion on who the real author was, but I don't wanna feel like a fool announcing the wrong person.

  • fen boi's 3D Examples (Update) - Lee 'fen boi' Szymanski
    (wad)(txt) -Various - SP(img) (img) (img) (img)
    An update to fen boi's 3D examples wad, adding another example wad (gallows.wad) and a bit of tweakage to fenexam.wad. I must say, I'm very impressed by what is possible in doom2.exe, and fen boi has created a very simple, but effective wad. The only problem is that the doom2.exe and boom examples can only work in Single Player only, as the other player would be able to see the bugs that it causes if he stood at the top or bottom of the fake 3D trick. I don't think that it would be important, as being able to pull it off is hard enough on its own. Also, the text file is not the easiest to read, but I guess it is survivable, as I have seen worse before...

  • HELLO, HELL - Leon "Mr. Bond" Kartrovich
    (wad)(txt) -Doom2.exe - SP
    I am speechless...

    This has to be the biggest piece of shit that I have ever seen. Even if this is meant to be a joke wad, it is still something that I strictly refuse to play ever again. I don't even want to put screenshots up, because it is too worthless for anyone to see or experience.

  • Judas Priest a tiro limpio or Judas Priest shooting all of them!! - Eye del Cul
    (wad)(txt) -Doom2.exe - SP(img) (img) (img)
    This is a single level wad, with an incorrect date (April 1994? I don't think so), and over half the text file is in Spanish. Luckily, there is an english translation near the end of the file, but the author didn't translate the history section. Keeping those two minor problems aside, this wad is very good overall, with a very balanced gameplay mixed and an impressive E1/E2ish detail. Lighting is great, as it gives most of the level a dark, creepy atmosphere. The difficulty is moderately hard, but not too hard to keep the lower-skilled players away. The only problem I had with the level is that ammo is scarce near the start. Two somewhat needed ammo boxes are hidden behind the corner pillars in the start room. Without them, you won't be progressing very far in the level. In a nutshell, it is an above-average wad that should be played at least once, as I believe that the author might be able to make other great levels like these in the future.

  • Moon Base Hanoi - Kara C. Rader
    (wad)(txt) -ZDoom 2.0 - SP(img) (img)
    At first, I thought that this was a serious wad. I mean, it looked like some generic spaceship control room... then there's the computer screen, with some nice ACS text colour usage there. Then there's the teleport, which leads into a semi-original joke room, full of ZDoom marines and two archviles. It's funny the first time, because of how it quickly swings from seriousness to total retardness, but then it gets somewhat boring after a few times.

  • Splitdoor for DOOM2.exe - Lee 'fen boi' Szymanski
    (wad)(txt) -Doom2.exe - SP(img)
    A simple, but effective way to create a splitting door with doom2.exe line specials. It does not close, therefore it is pointless to make it repeatable. Since it uses two different linedef specials, you can't use a switch with it, or you would have to activate one half at a time only. Still, it's a very nice example from fen boi, even though the text file again is unreadable.

  • The Brotherhood of Ruin - Kristian Aro
    (wad)(txt) -BOOM Compatible - SP/Co-op/DM(img) (img) (img) (img) (img)
    I have the weirdest feeling that someone else uploaded this, as the TITLEPIC graphic says that this wad was completed in 2001. Anyway, since it is in the /newstuff, and I do have to review it, regardless of how old it really is... let's go back to the main topic, shall we?

    This 11-strong level set disappointed me. I was expecting something outstanding from a Team Insanity member, though I was frustated to find out that he cared only about architecture, and did very little work towards gameplay. Sure, it may look visually impressive and it has decent custom textures, but how the hell can anyone fight two hell knights in a square somewhere around the size of 256x256 units? I don't know about any of you, but I certainly can't, as cramped battles are a real turn-off for me. The indoor areas in this wad are packed with them, which gets very annoying after a short while, especially when most of the ceilings are about 72 in height. I'm sure there's gonna be a flamewar about how much I suck at SP, but I don't really care. Most SP levels nowadays are all about eye-candy and how many linedefs you can place in a 128x128 area, which lowers my expectations of finding a level that has top-notch gameplay. Still, I was not caring about going through every single room in the levels, and I came to the conclusion that item and monster placement is an absolute disgrace. Way too many monsters per ammo and health, which gives a negative impression towards newer and low-skilled players. It does inspire me to try harder in detailing my maps though, but it also tells me not to unbalance detailing over gameplay. Definitely a recommendation for those who don't care about the gameplay aspect of levels anymore.

  • Vanilla DOOM/DOOM2.exe elevators - Lee 'fen boi' Szymanski
    (wad)(txt) -Doom2.exe - SP(img) (img)
    In my opinion, fen boi creates excellent example wads. This one shows how to make an elevator with doom2.exe linedef specials. The only catch to it is that it can only go down, and it can't be repeatable. There are two flavours included in the zip, one which has less complex detail on the elevators, and ones with some bars to prevent the player from preventing the trick to fail. Yet again, the text file was a bit of a problem, as I had to continously scroll left and right, which makes it quite easy to lose where you were reading.

  • ZDoom Monster Pack 01 - Sphagne
    (wad)(txt) -ZDoom 2.0 - Other(img)
    Small graphics wad replacement with a dehacked patch, changing the SS dude to the Strife soldier, and the dead Lost Soul scenary to a railgun-holding Strife soldier. Is there anything else I should say?

  • ZDoom Sin Weapon Pack 1 - Sphagne
    (wad)(txt) -ZDoom 2.0 - Other(img) (img)
    Interesting weapon replacement wad, with new graphics and a spiffy dehacked patch as a side dish, changing quite a fair bit of a few weapons. I haven't tested this in DM yet, so I can't really say how good that they'd be against slaying fellow marines.

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meh for some reason the links aren't showing up in the comments thread. Julian's new php left out somethings most likely. Looking in to it.

Whoo first post! :P

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hahaha DoomWorld Forums Adventures!! :D

Captian Mancubus I found very fun, I played it quite a while back though. :D

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Deathz0r: I don't know what you're talking about. No offense, but "Hello, Hell" is a damn good wad. At least put a screenshot :)

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[17:01] <_Hyena_> I want to see what deathz0r said about the crap I uploaded

o_O

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Let it be known that the only reason I made Hanoi was because I knew Deathzy was reviewing this week. ;P

It's fun to play anyway. Play it.

Oh, and:

<_Hyena_> YES!!!
<_Hyena_> Deathz0r hated the wad I uploaded with passion beyond passion

=P

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Omg no! Ruinbros has excellent gameplay! Then again, that's coming from a guy who berserks/tysons Barons of Hell for fun... But still, it's not THAT difficult. I only needed 2-3 saves to beat the entire level set.

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I still have a strong hatred against cramped rooms, regardless of how convincing someone says how good they are (the rooms that is).

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Oh crap, i did a typo. It should of been j-l, not j-i.

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Szymanski said:

whoops :)

It's fine, at least it wasn't a SP wad that had a long story in the text file.

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I thought ruinbros had really good gameplay. Sure it's a bit slow-paced and cramped sometimes, but it's still fun and hard.

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/me like it cramped. Gives me a rush. Specially when I beat them asses. :p

Oh yeah, RUINBROS RAWKS

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OMG DETHZ0R SUX LOLZ!!!11 :P

Deliverance was fun. DWforums won tho. :)

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Hmm... Objective 3 almost complete, heheheehehhhh...

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Ichor said:

Hmm... Objective 3 almost complete, heheheehehhhh...

Objective 3 complete- now preparing to invade #zdoom. :P

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Virgil: I agree -- overall, Brotherhood of Ruin is not that hard for an experienced player (well, I thought AV "wasn't all that hard" too :) tho it'll nail novices regularly. I've played the entire original set twice now (the current Newstuff file seems to be an update, with more maps -- haven't played it yet). I got shot up plenty, but seldom killed. Generally where it's cramped, there is a way around the fight and somewhere to nail 'em either later or from a safer vantage, but you have to use your brain to see it. One map gets really ammo-starved from a pistol start (ammo/monster points ratio over .900!!), but can still be done if you don't insist on killing every critter the first time you see it, and use infighting to best advantage. The maps have a pleasantly realistic look and feel, and remind me rather strongly of the better maps in the Herian set.

BTW, Subject line is not showing up on posts, at least not with Mozilla.

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Ichor said:

Hmm... Objective 3 almost complete, heheheehehhhh...

Bwhahaha, I have already conqured teh DoomWorld!!!!!111 >:D

Didn't take long too. ;)

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So uh... you suppose it was the same person who did that Openprojects wad?

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Best chronicles EVAR!!@@@!...Well, not really, but dwforums sure does rule.

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Epyo said:

Best chronicles EVAR!!@@@!...Well, not really, but dwforums sure does rule.

Damn Dashiva. His mother should have told him. O_o

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I've noticed a pattern. Every week there's one kickass wad, and two pretty good ones. The rest generally are average to below-average.

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I've noticed the trend that the rate of "LOL-I'M-STUPID-LEVAL"-WADs has increased exponentially the last months.

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