Thursday, August 02, 2007

The Outer Darkness

Now here's something you haven't seen in centuries. A Doom update! And an important one at that — it's a new map release!!

This level was originally made for a project called The Ninth Gate that I was working on with Pablo Dictter, Tobias Münch, Damian Lee and Karthik. The idea was to make a set of levels inspired by Episode 4 of The Ultimate Doom — basically maps with lots of wood/marble in them. We never got around to finishing it though (blame real life and laziness), so we have now decided to release the finished levels individually.

Most of this level was made during 2001-03 with DoomCAD (yes!), so the architecture is pretty simple, though detailed. The exit area was made with Doom Builder. No new graphics, except a titlepic. The level music is from Duke Nukem 3D, the other tracks were composed by Damian Lee (originally for The Ninth Gate). It plays on E4M1, and you need a limit-removing port like ZDoom to play it. Oh and since most of you, dear readers, are non-Doomers and will probably never play this, I'm going to be a little generous with the screenshots so that you can at least see what it looks like —


Download (380 KB)
If you're having problems with the above link, try here.






Credits

  • Pablo Dictter and Karthik - Thanks a lot guys for the feedback and for playtesting this level on the lower skills.
  • Doug "Opulent" Merrill - It was awesome to see somebody other than me playing this on UV. The demos were mighty useful. Thanks!
  • Damian Lee - The music tracks rule! Especially the endgame MIDI.
  • Joel Murdoch - For no particular reason. You can stop coughing now BTW.
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12 comments:

Karthik Abhiram said...

Coming from someone who was there from the very beginning of this map...

Awesome work, an inspiration to my mapping too... it's great to see this amazing map released.

I will do a detailed writeup on my site about this. :)

Ismaele said...

WOW! =) That's nice. I hope to play it soon! :)

Rajeev Turlapati said...

yeah gr8..gimme the game n make me play it :P

Varun said...

Karthik -- Thanks! Now release your maps soon.

Ismaele -- Already downloaded huh... cool. It's nowhere as big as your maps though ;)

Rajeev -- Yeah yeah... gonna send you a email soon...

Pablo said...

the link doesn't work for me :-(

shreybomb said...

ok since i am sooper cave-womanish about it...I will only say this! It looketh awesome....visual and all great...now playing and stuff...I think I am gonna wait until you do what you wanted to do "for people like us"....good work! and thanks for privilege

Pratyusha said...

Hey this stuff looks pretty good :)

Congrats on releasing the level!

hope to play the game v.soon :)

Varun said...

Pablo -- Try the yousendit link.

Shreya, Pratyusha -- Much thanks! Yeah you'll get to play it pretty soon :)

Ismaele said...

Now it's reviewed on my web-site, "Outpost of Doom 2"! ;)
It is really wonderful and challenging! :)

Varun said...

Thanks a lot Ismaele! Man you're super quick!

Pavan said...

Off the play the game.... looks killer. Awesome stuff man, you continue to amaze me everytime you do something creative.

Mikko Sandt said...

Some areas felt a bit too cramped and some ambushes (by shotgun zombies) were totally unfair mostly due to the fact that you're running low on health most of the time. Other than that, I liked the map.