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Q1SP: Mire Prison
Hello everyone, here is my first map. I had a great time learning how to use Trenchbroom and receiving feedback while working out the final kinks. I designed it with the loose idea of e1m3 meets techbase..sort of. I'm looking forward to improving and bringing you guys more in the future, and hope you enjoy this for now!


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all the links ask me to log in to google, can we get alternate links? 
It's always a good idea to upload your final release to Quaketastic at the very least as a backup link/mirror. You can find the login info in the top post here: 
Alternate Links :) 
Depends On The Difficulty, Really 
I tested this one. No clue how Easy plays, but Normal and Hard are pretty different.

On Normal, it's pretty fun. Good layout and encounters. Detailing and texture work is interesting, if a bit thin and fiddly at times (those buttons are still weird, I could easily see someone not realize they're buttons). Balanced well, beat it no problem.

It's pretty bullshit on Hard though. You take a lot of damage you can't avoid from Zombies and Grunts, and there's no armor and not enough health to recover. You end up pretty weathered by the time you hit the end, or at least I did. I've yet to beat it on Hard as a result. I suggested to JCR that he add some more armor and health in spots, but that didn't go in, it seems.

Here's an early morning demo of a Hard run anyway: 
Skill 2 Blind Run
a lot of derping around the obvious..

Cool map! 
This was insanely frantic and in terms of combat, I never felt that it was unfair so overall, I thought that it was fun as hell. In terms of map design however, I felt that there were some unfair bits:

-After getting teleported into the water pit, I didn't have much time to react after killing the piranhas and given that my health was already low, I drowned almost immediately. I think that you should consider that on a blind play through, the player might naturally be looking for a pocket of air since it's not often that you get completely submerged with no escape except to hunt for a switch so that you can press forward.

-Making the left path/jail area accessible from the very start seemed kind of brutal. On my very first play through, I wasted all my ammo and most of my health trying to clear that area out so that by the time I had to go the opposite way to hunt for the silver key, I didn't have anything to work with.

-In the final walkway with the nailgun wall traps, it's possible to fall into the toxic water and I don't think that there's any way to get back up. I'm not sure if this was by design but it didn't feel like a fair punishment.

On the same note, it's also possible to cheese that walkway by jumping onto the railing. I guess falling into the toxic waste is punishment for attempting to cheese it but I would rather that the railings be higher and if you retain the choice of allowing the player to fall into the waste, give them an escape.

It's also possible to cheese the final fight by retreating. At the very least, I would close the door at the walkway entrance once the player walks through in order to prevent completely retreating. Then again, the final fight might have been way too crazy without an easy escape like that.

The way that the jailed zombies force the player to kept moving is great. There are some enemies that naturally force the player to avoid becoming a sitting duck but not to this degree. That was definitely my favorite part of the map and I thought it was a cool mechanic. Really fun map.

Skill 2, 1/3 secrets, 102/117 enemies. 
As Poorchop wrote, frantic is a good description. The zombies everywhere do a good job keeping the player moving; zombies being around without an explosive weapon to immediately dispatch them- or another enemy to fight them- always makes me uncomfortable and anxious. Unfortunately, in this case it's easy to take big chunks of damage between them and the Grunts, and the easiest way to get some breathing room is ducking down and getting the Quad in the slime after clearing out the Grunts and Enforcers, then taking the double barrel shotgun and killing as many of them as you can before it runs out. Not entirely sure where else that Quad would be put to use, honestly, nor why anyone would think to intentionally dive in the slime in the first place.

Biggest complaint is probably the water pit where you have to find/shoot the button before you drown- the only reason I didn't die here was reading about it ahead of time (but not spoiling the rest of the map), it's a royal pain trying to get a good angle on the button even with a zero-spread weapon like the nailgun. Trying to swim to the surface only to be forcibly pushed back down by a trigger_push is sort of a kick in the crotch. Also: armor. Even a green armor would be helpful when clearing out the rooms at the start, and if you don't find the yellow armor secret you're not gonna have a fun time for the rest of the map after.

Never figured out how to get up on the last platform where the zombies were; probably could have rocket jumped but didn't want to risk the health chunk what with the kill counter saying there was still enough enemies left for a fight, only to find it was the end of the map, so I'm guessing that's due to the rotfish kill count bug. Overall not bad at all, pretty enjoyable outside the few issues above. Skill 2 demo here: 10:06, 3/3 secrets, 102/117 kills. 
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