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Valiant - 32 Map Megawad For Doom
Valiant by Skillsaw is a 32 map (!!) megawad for Doom which contains 5 episodes, new and tweaked weapons and enemies and other things.

Screenshots / DL / etc http://www.doomworld.com/vb/wads-mods/71704-valiant-wad-my-32-level-mbf-megawad-download-available/

You need a Doom engine such as ZDoom, GZDoom, PrBoom-plus 2.5.1.4(complevel 11), and Eternity in order to play this release.

I have played up to map 6 and am enjoying it immensely!

Mods edit: Looks very good for Doom maps, on Daz's twitch stream.
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Archvile Attack 
sort of like the opposite of the "shambler dance," since you CAN'T really exploit it easily.

What I liked about TFC, and e4m2 in particular, is how far it took the basic gameplay mechanics and just assumes the player can deal with it; it just throws you into a huge battle right in the open at the start of the map, incorporates not just narrow stairs above lava but even "jumps" that require player agility, and from the start of the map there's just a cyberdemon chilling out guarding the exit. Kind of like Covert Ops for C&C1, this was when the designers were assuming that anyone who bought the expansion was a hardcore veteran of the original game. 
Awesome 
, that second article. Bookmarking his list of recommended doom wads: http://blog.danbo.vg/post/69605500322/some-doom-wads-to-play 
 
Danbo is spot on on his article imo. 
 
I often wonder how much of Doom's design was intentional and how much was id stumbling into it ... 
 
I mean, hear me out ... every game since Doom has had less and less interesting combat.

While I love Quake, the combat is much less interesting than Doom 2. And Doom 3 and RAGE fall even further. I liked RAGE but it's a fairly bog standard shooter by today's standards.

You can't even say it was Romero because, well, he was there for Quake.

So ... 
No Game Designer Can Predict Everything 
And level design, which is extrapolated from the game design, must be emergent to be interesting.

In other words a good game has to be a team effort where the good ideas mix coherently and bad ideas are identified and discarded. Bigger teams can achieve more than smaller ones, but I believe there is a critical mass where you just have too many people and good and bad ideas mix into random sludge.

The QA process is a giant safety net for lazy design - bad ideas got polished up and unfortunately good ideas ten to get marginalized.

Then the designers can rest easy, not having to worry if they used enemy X or powerup Y in the most nuanced and clever way possible.

As id got bigger, their games got less effective.

And there's another thing - considering the amount of interactivity in the latest id creations (when comparing them to Doom) are they more games, or products. 
 
Once the team is big enough, good ideas stop being recognized at all because the only thing that everyone can find acceptable is what no one finds interesting.

Also, Quake's development was far more complicated than just "Romero was there." 
I Tried Making A ZDaemon Coop Server 
But I kept getting a map error involving the need to build or rebuild nodes. does anyone here know how to construct these additional pylons? 
 
Hey, the first two levels are damn cool. Better than those frigging Cacowards. Great up-mix of bog doom2. 
 
Up to map 27. Big arse US launchers, and a few secrets leading to a great easter egg with some nutter.

The whole thing has been great, and only a couple of crazy-hard levels. 
Who Wants Fame, Fortune, Glory ? 
As I was saying in General Abuse there is some serious gold to be made with an actual new "Doom" no matter what the IP/Title of the game.

It is simply baffling that no studio/designer has taken it apart and tried to create a newer version of what Doom actually is.

Ever since Doom came out its all been about the next "Doom killer". My god, why the obsession with "killing" something that works so well ? No one has even gotten close to emulating Doom's strengths, let alone "kill" it...

So much to be done, I ranted off on random ideas on how to "next gen" a so called oldschool game with current tech without obessing on eyecandy. 
Doom Killer? 
Lots of the good doom clones were back in the early 90's. Duke 3d, Blood, Powerslave etc.

Since Half-Life was released people have been more interested in copying that experience. 
 
Lots of the good doom clones were back in the early 90's. Duke 3d, Blood, Powerslave etc.
Yeah, but not as good. Serious Sam sort of tried to up the gameplay, and Duke3d was awesome - but Doom just nailed it.

Last level of Valiant was epic.. but too tough for my sorry arse :|. 
 
Doom was also first and defined the experience. That makes it almost impossible to top. 
 
As much as the Build games are awesome, they do not quite match Doom's monster/weapon/fight styles balance etc.

So Doom clones, no. A clone would means as good as Doom. They were not as good in these same points. And frankly I don't think they were trying for that, they had new things and themes to play with in Build and they are very very fun games, Blood is my number 2 game after Doom but its for different reasons.

Maybe topping it does not have to be the goal here. Maybe a 1:1 gameplay copy with more modern tech and a few additions that do not marr the strengths of the game?
Boring ? Hmmm, maybe... it sure has not been done in 23 years though. So many other things have been redone ad nauseam since then in the games industry. Why not Doom at least ONCE. I agree its stupid to make 25 actual clones, but 1 in 23 years does not seem an exaggeration does it ? 
 
Part of why I don't think Blood, Duke etc are Doom clones is mostly because they use different enemy and weapon philosophy. Just a simple thought: Build Engine games are much more hitscan-based than Doom, which makes them very different and overall much more difficult than Doom in some situations (Blood especially, this game is torture). 
 
Exactly Skacky.

And : Pfft, cakewalk. Blood's secret is jump over the enemies frantically :D 
 
I just have one question. Can you play this map pack in Brutal Doom? 
 
Doom = hilariously fast player + unnaturally slow and clumsy enemies. Try to imagine that with photorealistic graphics.

I don't think that making a faithful clone today would be an easy and straightforward task. 
 
Blood is hard because the Cultists, Fanatics, Acolytes, Zealots, and Priests all idle in the weapon-ready-not-firing stance, meaning that there is a single frame difference from spotting you, and actually firing. Yeah their accuracy is also great, their secondary attacks are strong, the whole going prone AND strafing is tricky - but its that "almost always gets the first shot" that makes them so punishing. Have them idle in a walking frame like Doom, Duke, or Shadow Warrior does and it'd be a much easier game. 
 
Ya, whats the point of the photorealistic graphics there either way dwere ?

Modern tech does not mean de-facto photorealistic crap.

Photorealism is not the only means of using modern tech to create immersion and better gaming experience. 0 loading times, enormous levels, unlimited level building possibilities and enemy quantities, interactive environments, physics, metagames and so on...creativity and imagination are the limit.

Aiming for the "sweetest gfx" really puts a limit as to what gets done with big budgets and latest tech. 
Keep Going, Canute.... 
The tide just eventually might turn back. 
Killes 
With big budgets, you say? Well, good luck marketing that.

Although the idea itself is interesting. I've thought about something like that.

Modern source ports kinda do a similar thing, allowing for much bigger maps and providing a lot more freedom in general. But writing an engine from scratch would probably allow to utilize cycles in a more efficient manner. 
 
 
lol, awesome secret! 
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