I played the first 3 maps and, to be honest, I really wanted something to razz you about just to pay you back for not liking Jason Fowler's awesome "Home Sweet Home" in Realm of Chaos. Alas, I could not honestly find it within myself to dislike anything about these maps other than their, IMO, too-tight ammo supply. Coulda done with more health, too. Spent way too much time using the pistol in the first couple maps, and too much use of the chainsaw in all of them -- including against Sergeants and, once, a Chaingunner, to suit my fancy. But still, I only died twice -- once apiece on Map02 and Map03 -- it's just that I spent a lot of time at low health and close to zero ammo, so I felt . . . uncomfortable.
And that's not a bad thing in Doom, actually, so I have to say I had fun in these maps that you say are "shit." Me, I enjoyed the layouts, lots of loopy interconnections, just like you're supposed to do, especially in Map01 with all its sneaky ways of attacking various areas. I liked "dat bitty lighting," too. ;D I liked the detailing, also, especially those rounded Pipewal1s starting in Map02. Nice use of DBs curve tool. I still tend to do it the old-fashioned way. Maybe I'll change that.
I never imagined that I'd be so happy with 3 maps loaded to the gills with Plutonia Brick. Talk about sticking to a theme! :D But that brick really loves gradient lighting, so it turned out very cool.
I didn't realize until Map02 that you were recreating the IWAD maps, and I really enjoyed your mash-up of Underhalls and Nuclear Plant. And the blue key trap, I remember thinking, "Oh, shit, not The Shaft from MM2 when I have hardly any health or ammo!" But yes, it was the ever-popular The Shaft. You were more merciful than Jeremy Statz, so I survived. My death on this map came in one of the battles with Chaingunners in the final third of the map.
Map03, quite interesting. In some ways, seemed like a mash-up of The Gantlet and one of the Evilution maps. The higher population of Chaingunners made this a bit hectic and sweat-inducing throughout and I was well-pleased overall. I died first time through on the rocket launcher trap, though I shouldn't have. I guess it was poetic justice for me, 'ey? ;D
This was the first map where I didn't find any secrets. I found 50% secrets on the first two maps. My Map02 find was the much-needed Soulsphere.
Okay, I'm at a loss as to why you hate these maps so much. It's almost as bad as Miley Cyrus putting shade on her old rock 'n roll music. So call me crazy, but I like these. I decided to stop at the beginning of Map04 so I could properly savor your first map when I have a little more time. Indeed, it's gonna take me awhile to get through all of these, but I'll keep you posted.
And my regards to Alfonzo for insisting that you keep and release these maps. I still haven't given up hope that I'll find something I hate, either. ;D