Friday, November 3, 2017

600 Reviews

In spite of a dry spell brought on by things that must dominate my time outside of this blog, with the review of Deus Vult I've broken into 600 reviews with six and a half years of operation. Gosh, that's a long time and a lot of words to be writing about a nearly twenty-four year old computer game.

Things to look out for:

--I still have to backfill screenshots from 2012 and 2011. I keep thinking about coming up with a dedicated hosting option but I haven't made any serious considerations.
--Review tune-ups. This is different from the re-writes that I've been doing when replacing the old screenshots for pre-2012 reviews which are more expansive in nature. The tune-ups are more from a copy editor's perspective and should not have any impact on the overall character or thrust of any review. In fact, I doubt any reader will notice the changes unless they're doing line-by-line comparisons to archived versions. This won't have any impact on my review workload.
--More reviews! Since disengaging from the Cacowards my sights have been on finishing Doomworld's Top Ten of 2001, reader requests, and filling out the back catalog of authors in what little free time I have. Other areas of focus include

  • The road to 2002: A Doom Odyssey, which includes the back catalog of involved authors
  • The road to Plutonia 2, which looks something more like Kama Sutra, Deus Vult II, Scythe II, and then Plutonia 2
  • Stuff that I'm embarrassed to have not reviewed in spite of hassling people about them or specifically requesting them. PhobosDeimos Anomaly falls into this category but I'm also more sensitive into wanting to play through Titan 2, Titan 1024, Back to Hell E1 demo (the snarky Newstuff review still haunts my mind), Castle of the Hengs, and Doom the Way id Did: Lost Episodes (where I annoyed both Marnetmar and Xaser, to put it lightly).
  • Filling out the back catalog of authors I've already reviewed in one form or another like Malcolm Sailor or Mark Klem. This is part for completionism's sake and more "disposable" stuff (i.e. not megaWADs) might lead to more frequent reviews but I'm also building toward author retrospectives. I have one already written for Christen David Klie but I want to finish replacing the screenshots for his works first.

Lastly, I present to you the request list from last year with all of the completed stuff removed. I'm not going to dissuade you from making any more, unless you are BDL, because seriously. Just don't expect them any time soon.

2016-2017, 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
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
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
The Abyss
Marswar
TVR!
World of DETH
Nerves of Steel
Impure Offering
1 Monster
Action Doom / Action Doom 2
Deus Vult II
Hellcore
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
Templum Dormien Dei
Temple of the Lizard Men 4


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
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
Threshold of Pain
Monument
Sacrifice Episode
Argus
Pax
Induction
Monument
Jared's Doom
Pcorf Community Project 2: 2048 Unleashed
Jiffy Bag
Freudian Slipgate
EndGame
Infected Area
KILL! Zone / KILL! Zone 2
Sillouhettes of Phobos
Dinner
Beyond Horrible
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
Doom the Way id Did: The Lost Episodes
The Artifact (Boom Edition)
Suitcase of Gor
Mayhem 1500

5 comments:

  1. I will almost certainly be playing whatever the Cacoward winners from 2017 happen to be but if there's anything you think they pass up then those are some easy recommendations. Also if you are an old hand and have any favorites from 1994 and 1995 I would like to see those reccs too, and to a lesser extent 1996.

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  2. I know this probably won't get a review for another year or two due to more pressing classic wad reviews, but it would be cool if at some point you reviewed Templum Dormiens Dei. By the way, I'm glad you've been able to find more time to write reviews, I enjoy them a lot! Hope the baby is doing well!

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    1. Single levels are a lot easier to squeeze onto the short list. My daughter is doing very well! She's very close to standing and walking on her own.

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  3. I'm really curious what your opinion of Project Einherjar is, now that it's in its final form design-wise.

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  4. I'm glad that despite the previous announcements you were still able to write for this blog, and kudos for hitting 600 (actually more now) reviews. I remember discovering this blog around 2012 and since then it has always been a staple source to find more wads to play.
    I understand that you have your priorities for the wads to play, still I hope to read the review of Legacy of Heroes one day, since it was also suggested.
    Cheers!

    -gaspe

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