Wednesday, February 10, 2016

500 Reviews


by my reckoning, this blog is now at 500 reviews and almost five years of uptime. gosh, that's a long time and a lot of words to be writing about a twenty-two year old computer game. so, here is the request list from last year, with the completed stuff removed. feel free to make requests, unless you are BDL, because seriously. anyway, here's to another wonderful year of Doom.

2015 for posterity

SUGGESTIONS

Plutonia 2
Dark 7 / Dark 7 Mission Pack
Ultimate Simplicity
Massmouth / Massmouth 2 / Massmouthmas
Scythe / Scythe 2 / Scythe X
Dolphin's Dream
Unhinged
Castle of Eternal Carrot in the Sky
City of the Damned: Apocalypse
Virus: Episode One
Super Sonic Doom
Oniria 1 / Oniria 2
Happy Time Circus 1 / Happy Time Circus 2
Dark Hell
Hellcore 2.0
Claustrophobia: The Walls Close In
Junko
Grime
Elysion
Disturbia
Cheogsh / Cheogsh 2 / Realm of Cheogsh
NeoDoom
Alien Flower (RDC Freakmapping #5)
Caverns of Darkness
Paranoid
The Darkest Hour
Sinful Discharge (Heretic)
Gulag (Heretic)
Curse of D'Sparil (Heretic)
Codename HYENA Killermachine
Plutinya 1024
The Crypts
Town of Witchcraft (Heretic Treasure Chest)
Cassie Steele
The Experiment
Balls
One Bloody Night
e6y3
hellrun.WAD (Doom / Doom II)
Istanbul
Nordhell
Phoebe
RRWARD
Scimitar
SJS1: Streets of Fear
Triad Experimental Corporation
Kama Sutra
Community Chest / Community Chest 2
Vrack 1 / Vrack 2 / Vrack 3
Deus Vult
The Abyss
Phobos: Relive the Nightmare (and other works by Shamus Young)
Marswar
SlayeR
TVR!
World of DETH
Post
Nerves of Steel
Impure Offering
1 Monster
Action Doom / Action Doom 2
Deus Vult II
Hellcore
Equinox
Armadosia: The Mad Corridor
Hellfire / Hellfire: Reborn / Hellfire: Dreams
5 Years
Jade Earth
Sacrifice in Blood
The Corrupt Priest
Doom: A Megawad in Two Weeks
Mayhem 2012 / Mayhem 2013
Legacy of Heroes
Infested Outpost


COMEDY OPTIONS

Doomguy's pimp ventures II: The More,The Merrier.
pol.wad
School Doom II
21ratmaz
AOL Girls Museum
Duke Nukem Level Conversion
ZBlood
Otakon
Doom Center
Dawn of Reality
The Ghoul's Forest 3
The Mystery of the Marie Celeste
Calgon, Take me away!
RTC-3057
Nimrod: Project Doom
Phocas Island 2
Pinochetstein GL
Doom 3: Mr. Smiley's Head Safari


PROMISES

Wonderful Doom
2002: A Doom Odyssey
Claustrophobia 1024
Titan 2
Titan 1024


IT CAME FROM THE COMMENTS SECTION

Claustrophobia 1024 2: The Mystery of Too Many Maps
Bloodworks
Mitnal
The Hub
cwave.wad
The Ultimate Torment and Torture
Stronghold: On the Edge of Chaos
ZPack: Random Maps for ZDoom
Knee Deep in ZDoom
Community Chest 3
Classic Episode 2: Singularity Complex
Flashback Demo 1 / Flashback Demo 2
Urania


TUMBLR TRAVAILS

Reign of the Spider Gods
Demons of Problematique / Demons of Problematique 2
Whispers of Satan

DELAYED-SION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS
(hidden for your sanity)

Respawned: Back From Hell
Doom: Redemption
Inferno
Phobos: Anomaly Reborn
The Dying End
~The Complete Works of Paul Corfiatis~ / Death Tormention / Verada / Big Boy / PC_PLAN / PC_WOLFThe Twilight Zone II: Final Dreams / Toxin Refinery /  Death Tormention II / Vectra /
~The Complete Works of Kristian Aro~
~The Complete Works of Chris Hansen~ / The Revenge of Avind / The Blessed Hex / The Unknown Chasm / A Time to Face Your Fears / Quail / The Aqueous Rise and Fall / UAC Nukage Processing AreaAntithesis / Fait Accompli / That Urban Sence / The Unaided Eye / Flay the Obscene / Flay the Obscene - Part Two /
No Rest For the Living
Chex Quest
Paranoia
Paranoiac
Something Wicked This Way Comes / Wickedly Simple / No Rest for the Wicked / For the Wicked Shall Perish / Death Comes Not Gently to the Wicked / The Wicked and the Damned / Wicked Be the Ways of Men / Damnation Awaits the Wicked / Exalt Not the Wicked
Planet Phobos / Planet Hell
Innocence / Innocence 2 / Innocence 3 / Innocence: TNT / Innocence X
~The Abyssal Speedmapping Sessions~ / Abyssal Speedmapping Session 1 / Abyssal Speedmapping Session 2 / Abyssal Speedmapping Session 3 /
Congestion Control / Congestion Control 2
~The Complete Works of Memfis~
NewDoom Community Project / NewDoom Community Project 2
Harmony
A Taste For Blood
Endless Torture
King Dime's Birthday Mapset
~The Complete 40oz Birthday Map Collection~
Favillesco Episode 1: Genuflected on Io / Episode 2: Tragedy Over Europa / Alpha Episode: Apostasy on Amalthea / Alpha Episode 2: Desecration On Thebe
Matt Tropiano Birthday Maps
Happy Birthday TMD!
NOVA 2
Arcadia Demade
Drip Feed
Valhalla
Epic 2 + Anything else Eternal made between 2007-2010 (excluding Long Days)
Beyond Revival
Hell Ground
Mapgame
Gravity
Eternal Doom IV
Back to Basics
Cold as Hell
Epic
Songs of the Damned
IC2005
Vae Victus (2)
Decade
Tremor (Part I: Genesis)
Phobos Revisited
Plutonium Winds
Doom Raider: Crypt of the Vile
Ruma
007: License to Spell Doom
Sin City / Sin City 2 / Sin City 3
Null Space
Doom: Resurrection
Threshold of Pain
Monument
Sacrifice Episode
Argus
Pax
Induction
Monument
Jared's Doom
Sharp Things
All Aboard the Mega Magilla Gorilla Flotilla
Pcorf Community Project 2: 2048 Unleashed
Jiffy Bag
Bloodstain
Tech Gone Bad
Freudian Slipgate
EndGame
Infected Area
KILL! Zone / KILL! Zone 2
Sillouhettes of Phobos
Dinner
Beyond Horrible
Nuke Mine
Deimos Deja Vu
Realm of Shades
DemoniZed
Azagtoth
Crimson Canyon
Rylayeh
The Invaders
Knee Deep in the Undead
Styx
Can't Run Frm Evil
Sinister Intention
Sparta
Spire
Baker's Dozen
Imperfection Has Its Charms
Data Center
Dark Resolution 2008
Hatoma Battles the Yomi Demons
The Spire
No Sleep for the Dead
Doom the Way id Did: The Lost Episodes
Sins of the Flesh
Urotsuki 2: Cargo Cult
The Artifact (Boom Edition)
Suitcase of Gor
Japanese Community Project
Mayhem 1500
Ancient Aliens
Somewhere in Time
Nex Credo
Extinguished

80 comments:

  1. I recommend Freudian Slipgate.

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  2. End Game
    Infected Area
    KILL! Zone
    Sillouhettes of Phobos [sic]
    Dinner
    Beyond Horrible
    Nuke Mine
    Deimos Deja Vu
    Realm of Shades
    DemoniZed

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    1. added all of these... plus KILL! Zone 2

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  3. A review on tech gone bad would be pretty sweet, It would be like the ultimate doom reviews

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  4. That's a lot of Doom. My head asplode.

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  5. 1 Monster
    Action Doom
    Action Doom 2
    Deus Vult II
    Hellcore
    Equinox

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    1. i have never played multiplayer and do not intend to in the foreseeable future and wouldn't even know where to begin to give the multiplayer community the kind of reviews they deserve.

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  7. Would love to see your take on Hellfire series, especially Reborn and Dreams. Shadowman is godlike when he does that sort of atmospheric maps with semi-realistic environments. Review of "5 Years" would be nice, since maps from that one are pretty similar to Hellfire ones in style.

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    1. i definitely do want to do a full overview of shadowman's work at some point. added

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  8. The one omission that seems unusual for your site is the (mostly) wonderful Whispers of Satan by Paul Corfiatis and Kristian Aro. I find the mapset just a teeeensy bit inconsistent, but some of the maps they've included in there are some of my absolute favorite of any megawad. For example, Corfiatis' Vulcana (map 25) or Aro's Halls of Cocytus (27). I think when they finally get to the hell levels, they nail the aesthetic of being evil, epic in scope, and brooding without degenerating to traps that require constant BFG spam. My two cents.

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    1. it seems unusual at first but if you take a look at what I have reviewed thus far, i'm slowly building my way toward Whispers by playing through their entire back catalogue.

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  9. Lots of quality Dooming to be had on that long, long list. You've certainly got your work cut out for you. Nevertheless, a handful of further suggestions:
    *Jade Earth - Gigantic and highly polished subterranean techbase map, by Jodwin.
    *Sacrifice in Blood - Very large/heavily exploratory monastery-type map. Very pronounced slant towards 'survival horror' action, i.e. not necessarily having resources to kill everything active at any one given time.
    *The Corrupt Priest - Funky void map, sequel to Sacrifice in Blood. Taking backlash against the ammo balance in the first map on board, this one is much more run/gun oriented, with piles of ammo and lots of killin.' The two make an interesting pair, I think.
    Whatever you end up playing next, here's to another fine year!

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  10. whispers of satan. and a link to download it.

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    1. whispers of satan is already on this list, albeit under Tumblr Travails

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  11. I don't have wad requests as for now but would like to see Doom 2: Hell on Earth reviewed these days, since you reviewed Original Doom and Ultimate Doom. Anyway congratulations for 500 reviews!

    -FistMarine

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    1. Not trying to be rude or anything but you forgot to reply on my post. Once again congratulations for 500 reviews and can't wait for Doom 2 to be reviewed, as well as some popular megawads such as Plutonia 2, Scythe 2 and Wonderful Doom. :)

      -FistMarine

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    2. uh since you demanded one, here is your reply. thank you.

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  12. No wad suggestions here, but I wanted to say congrats to you for hitting an awesome milestone. I wonder if anyone else can honestly say they've played as much of the community's content as you? Even so, looking at your list, there's STILL plenty of great stuff left. Keep it up, yo.

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    1. thanks man! there is so much left to go, but I know I'll enjoy most of it.

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  13. Can't wait to read the results of your venture into Death-Destiny's territory ( and you could add No Chance to that wadlist btw :) ), as he's one of my favorite mappers.

    Also, congrats for hitting the 501 ( at the time of this writing ) review milestone. There's a lot of hidden gems that I would certainly have missed if I didn't regularly check this blog, so thanks for that. Keep going !

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    1. thanks, dude! i am sort of dreading Death-Destiny but i felt the same way about danne and ribbiks.

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  14. Thanks for all your reviews, I admire your dedication and I think I visit this blog everyday because I'm getting too lazy to play new wads (easier to read about them, haha). :P

    All the best!

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    1. Also, Andy Badorak has some really cool single level gems floating around on idgames, most of which can be beaten in a 15-20 minute sitting if you ever need smaller maps between the bigger outputs. :P

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    2. waaaaay back when i started this blog, I made a folder with Andy Badorek's three Sp releases... along with one for Mark Klem and one for Malcolm Sailor. For some reason, I still haven't gotten around to any of those :p

      thanks again!

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  15. Azagthoth, Crimson Canyon and Rylayeh.

    Also, here's a bunch of cool things I found in obscure WAD threads:
    The Invaders
    Knee Deep in the Undead
    Styx (by Bishop)
    Can't Run Frm Evil [sic]
    Sinister Intention
    Sparta
    Spire (by Foodles)
    Baker's Dozen
    Imperfection Has Its Charms
    Data Center
    Dark Resolution 2008
    Hatoma Battles the Yomi Demons

    In addition, The Spire by prower is a huge and very good level.

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    1. added, but the BIG list is now getting hid with a script because the more that gets requested, the more superfluous this list becomes. we are fast approaching a time when i might as well condense it all down to "every doom wad ever, kthx"

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  16. Thanks for years of entertainment! Would like to see your take on Doom: A Megawad in 2 Weeks. It's a curiosity of a community project from the mid-2000s that tries to follow the Doom Bible story. Whether it succeeds in that regard is questionable, but it does at least offer oldschool style mps in a newish flair. Vegeta was (is?) a pretty good mapper.

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    1. added... and i think lupinx asked me about it, too, a while ago

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  17. Came here to grab some links from you, and I didn't realize you had crossed such a massive milestone! Congrats—would love to know how many words you've racked up.

    As per suggestions, I'd like to add MAYhem2012 & 2013 to the pool, partly because I think each one is endearing (yet flawed) in its own way, but also because I'm always looking for more opinions on my work :P Plus you get to see the very first map Ribbiks submitted to DW!

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    1. Mayhem2012 and 2013 have been on the invisible list for a long time... it's just so freakin' huge. i would like to catch up with the DWMC backlog at some point.

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    2. Ah, understood. One of the craziest things about our community is despite its meager size we produce dozens of hours of content each month, so it can be brutal to try and keep up with everything made and released. It's definitely a daunting task!

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    3. it is the MOST daunting of tasks, i mean, holy shit! "Doom is dead" my ass!

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  18. Here's an oddball pitch from the dark days of Skulltag: the Swan Fox series. It's most notable today as being one of the prime inspirations behind TerminusEst13's Demonsteele. They've pretty much disappeared off the face of the net (outside of an invasion episode off all things posted on the Zandro forums), but supposedly the author (who I believe is going by Angel Neko-X these days) will give you a copy if you ask nice enough.

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    1. not to disappoint, but that last part is more work than I'm interested in. not to say that I would totally turn my nose up at goofy Skulltag stuff, but i am short enough for time as it is rather than chasing people down.

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  19. Review "Pinochestein GL" pls.

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  20. Hopefully you get some time back in April...but whenever you do, No Sleep for the Dead deserves your attention.

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  21. Also, DTWID The Lost Episodes. It is finally, FINALLY on /idgames!

    (Now only if we can beg Xaser & NaturalTventy for a finished No End in Sight, or Team UDTWID for well...UDTWID...)

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    1. i am sure that xaser is painfully aware of the desire for NEIS. i can only imagine the relief felt at finally booting out DTWID:LE... replaced of course by the fact that now people are probably going to complain about d2twid:le

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  22. There's a new zrrion level, Sins of the Flesh, and a new episode by Jan Van der Veken, No Sleep for the Dead. Lainos has started another Urotsuki trilogy as well.

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  23. What about Doom 3: Mr Smiley Head Safari? That one is a huge cluster... something. But you get a chicken launcher.

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    1. i'll file this one under "comedy options"

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  24. themes/TeamTNT/return : Paul Schmitz' three Artifact levels

    They are more than just copies, so they deserve special reviews IMO. I explained a little further in the Artifact review itself.

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    1. i was aware of the differences, but now these are officially on the torturous list

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  25. Also this: http://doomedsda.us/wad2087.html

    Only working download is off DSDA, it hasn't been updated for like 3 1/2 years and probably will never see a 'true' release but it it's well worth going for anyways, IMO.

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    1. nah. not unless rf tells me himself that it's finito. I got so much out of phml before I finally knocked out phmlspd.

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  26. Are you willing to take up this one?

    https://www.doomworld.com/vb/wads-mods/66763-release-suitcase-of-gor-former-d2redux/

    Download (working link): https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/106557511/Suitcasev2.wad

    It's not 'finished' per se, but the author makes it very clear in the thread that it never will be updated any further - and as a tester for the first eleven maps, I can safely say there isn't anything to hate about them, regardless of what the author says. Even other community members agree these maps don't deserve to just be lost forever (see the thread).

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    1. suitcase of gor has been sitting in my doom folder for like ever.

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  27. Japanese Community Project
    Mayhem 1500

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    1. both of these fine subjects are now on the BDL request list

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  28. Ancient Aliens - and hopefully not just on the 'I will get to it someday...' list

    Also, Somewhere in Time by Katamori

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    1. so here's the thing

      i don't just play recommended wads, and i don't play requests just because they are on an arbitrary list, especially not one that i am assuming has been curated by BDL (which is not an invitation to masquerade as someone else in an attempt to add more weight to your submissions). it's nice as a reminder, but given how many reccs you toss out, your askance is basically white noise. i am not a computer program that MUST be fed a request for ancient aliens before i even consider playing it. i have been eyeballing this fucker since i saw some pics in IRC after valiant came out last year. you better believe i'm going to play it, even if a thousand assholes spammed this post begging me not to.

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    2. Most of my requests are precisely that, things to consider getting to eventually (items for the very long list, per se), cases where I expect no more. But ultimately I agree there's no need that I specifically 'highlight' an obviously much higher caliber project in any way when posting requests, and thus I'll stop doing that.

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    3. incidentally, both of these megawads are DONE

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  29. Nex Credo: https://www.doomworld.com/idgames/levels/doom2/m-o/nexcredo (what's there is finished, and the author clearly states he doesn't plan to make more, this wad is final)

    Extinguished: http://www.gamers.org/pub/idgames/newstuff/extngshd.zip (a new Vordakk/Stormwalker single map)

    Add Innocence X to the Innocence series of requests

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  30. The Phobos Incursion: https://www.doomworld.com/vb/wads-mods/88644-doom-the-phobos-incursion-released/

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  31. Ancient Aliens is on idgames \ o / Looking forward to the inevitable review!
    - AD_79

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  32. I found this one because of your post asking for it in the request thread over at DW, and it's really interesting, so I'm curious to see your take on it: castheng by "James XIII"

    Even for a mid 90s wad, this one doesn't fit into a box of what you would normally expect from a doom wad. It has a straight up no monsters puzzle map.

    -7hm

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    1. castheng and the tomi rajala back to hell e1 are my two big embarassments atm, along with not having finished mayhem mansion. i would love to get to these pretty soon. its been a really rough year tho.

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  33. You didn't miss NOVA II: New Dawn, didn't you?

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    1. i didn't "miss" nova ii, but it has been a very bad year for me when it comes to playing doom, so i've spent just about all my free time trying to stay abreast of 2016, and i've still come up short

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  34. I would recommend Legacy of Heroes. It's also one of the few projects that uses the Eternal Doom textures.

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    1. in fact, i have legher.zip in the folder with my zdoom .exe right now... along with like 40 other wads, lol

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  35. Hellfire? This wad was very innovative at the time.

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    1. all three Hellfire sets are already in the main list... unless we aren't talking about Shadowman's Hellfire

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  36. Could you add Doom 2: Hell on Earth as well? :D

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