Tuesday, April 02, 2019

The Golden Parrot & Project: X Insurrection Released

Today sees not one, but two mods released: The Golden Parrot and Project: X Insurrection. Let's start with the Golden Parrot. This pirate themed mod by fraggeur had a long development process, so it's great to see it has finally been released. New additions include graphics, weapons, enemies, bosses, music, sounds and coding additions like multiple floor/ceiling textures, a merchant system and a controllable parrot! You can download the mod right HERE, or discuss the mod in the DHW thread right HERE.

And next to that, we see the release of another long awaited mod: Project: X Insurrection by RichterBelmont12. This mod stars Rain, a vampire slayer whose mission it is to stop a new batch of Neo-Vampires. New features include floor/ceiling textures, clouds, new weapons, textures and much much more. Among those who helped RichterBelmont12 with this mod is WSJ, so you know there's gonna be some great stuff in this mod. You can download the mod HERE, or discuss the mod on DHW HERE.

Thursday, February 07, 2019

New Wolf3D website

Brian Lowe's (Schabbs) retirement left a void in the Wolf3D Community. The Wolfenstein 3D Dome was a hub for all Die Hard Wolfers, a site that contained all the mods and kept us up to date on all matters related to Wolf3D. While valiant attempts have been made to create a successor to the Dome (the Wolfenstein 3D Vault, for example), none have managed to replace the Dome as a central hub. Now, there is a new site which has the following goals:

  1. Obviously, attempting to be a regularly updated aggregate of news, mod announcements, and interesting Wolfenstein related things.
  2. Provide a more easily searchable database of mods, and provide a way to discover random mods.
  3. Provide a mirror download for mods, and restore mods that only lead to dead links elsewhere.
  4. Find a way to adequately showcase video content.
You can find the link to this new site by Zombie_Plan here: http://wolf3d.morezombies.net/
The mod list can be found here: http://wolf3d.morezombies.net/a-z/
There is also a new Discord server dedicated to discussing Wolfenstein 3D and all games related to it: https://discord.gg/Fee7PBY

If you have something interesting to share about anything Wolf3D related, you can do so here: http://wolf3d.morezombies.net/found-something-interesting/ 

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Released: Splitwolf for Retropie

Always wanted a co-op version of Wolfenstein 3D? The wait is finally over, as Splitwolf has been merged into Retropie (a popular retro-game emulator) as an installable package thanks to Lazd. Finally you can play co-op and multiplayer modes in Wolfenstein 3D on your own television! You can read more about the mod and how to install it on the Retropie in this DHW thread. There's also a 4-player playthrough of the mod by jpsplat, which you can watch HERE.

Multiplayer framework, new game modes: LinuxWolf
Gamepad support, configuration UI, and RetroPie implementation: lazd
Additional art: DoomJedi, Untrustable, Atina, PSTrooper, ArmanAhmadi
Title Screen: Atina
Title Screen Font: Tormentor667
SDL Port: Moritz "Ripper" Kroll (http://www.chaos-software.de.vu)
Original Wolfenstein 3D: id Software (http://www.idsoftware.com)

Monday, December 17, 2018

Released - Frantic Passages

Admittedly, I'm a bit late to the party as this mod was released on 5 December, but nevertheless here's a post about the new release by Thomas Weiling: Frantic Passages. Seventeen new levels punctuated with rudimentary features and quite a few new graphics, this new mod by one of the best mappers out there is a must play for every DieHard Wolfer out there. You can download it right HERE.

Enjoy, my fellow Wolfers! :)

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Released - Wolfenstein 3D: The Old School

Yesterday it was brought to my attention that a new 5-level replacement pack for Wolfenstein 3D's shareware episode has been released by Steve. You can download it from its ModDb page, which can be found HERE. A playthrough of the whole set has also been released on YouTube, you can watch that one right HERE or watch it below:

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Spear of Destiny Extreme 1 - Eisenfaust Edition Released

A bit late to the party, but nevertheless a blog post to commemorate the release of Spear of Destiny Extreme - Eisenfaust Edition. This new edition of SoD Extreme features new challenges, surprises, gameplay tweaks, music, optional missions and a wide variety of new weapons. New features are introduced along the way, so every level is bound to have a couple of surprises for the players. On harder difficulties especially will this mod be a treat for all the die-hard Wolfenstein 3D fans in the world!

The ModDB for SoD Extreme 1 - Eisenfaust Edition can be found HERE.
You can download Spear of Destiny Extreme 1 - Eisenfaust Edition from HERE.
You can discuss the mod over at the DieHard Wolfers forum in this thread.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Atomprojekt playthrough

I'm working on a playthrough for Barry Christian's Atomprojekt; my goal is to beat it as far as I can without saves (which I didn't do when testing). I left a video of Level 1 below & you can find the list through the link at the bottom. Enjoy!

Playlist link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTK5UMTFDo8-GfiaSYxt3PF4sOpwpzjx6

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Wolfers on YouTube

Here are some updates on what various Wolfers are playing through on YouTube:

JohnLobo87 is replaying Castle Totenkopf SDL Edition. He also reuploaded his Spear of Destiny Reloaded playthrough.
RussianStorm is still doing her playthrough of Wolfenstein: Machines of Death. She also played Operation: Kill BJ. Inbetween videos have been made for the demo of Down, the first couple of levels of Kurlandfront, Spear Resurrection 2011, Project Eisenritter and a video discussing Wolf3D and DooM.

kakhome1 (aka MrWolfForever) is doing playthroughs of The Virtue of Procrastination and Kurlandfront. He has also done vids for the DHW SDL Lost Episodes mapset, DHW SDL SoD Mapset and the DHW SDL Wolf3D Mapset.

Lingyan203 did playthroughs of both Spear of Destiny Reloaded & Wolfenstein Reloaded. I do wonder if Codetech & Megabyte (KFH Games) will ever release a Lost Episodes Reloaded!

TreeSapThief started a new playthrough for Spear: End of Destiny, the AReyeP & MCS classic.

If I forgot to mention a channel currently doing a playthrough of any Wolf3D mod, please let me know in the comments and I'll update the post.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Kurlandfront Released!

Today sees the release of Kurlandfront, a new mod by Tristan and yours truly. The story: B.J.'s at it again - this time in Kurland, German-occupied Latvia. Here he must seek out Hans Grosse and his henchmen and stop them from launching the Nazi invasion of Great Britain. Are you up to the task? You will travel through 15 levels of mayhem featuring icy snowcaves, dark dungeons, cosy officer clubs and - ultimately - Hans' lair.

The ModDB page for the mod can be found here.

You can watch the trailer below:

You can download the mod right HERE.


Saturday, April 28, 2018

Review: Atomprojekt (SDL)

Title: Atomprojekt
Creator: Barry Christian

SDL Version Released:
Length: 34 levels (+ 3 secret levels)
Level Format: Continuous
Story: Yes
Graphics: Original game + some new ones 
Sound: Original game
Special Features: New objects, new doors, new enemies, changed ceiling colors, two new keys, increased amount of ammo, timed level

Note: I did a couple of music tracks for this mod. It doesn't color my ability to review this mod, but I feel that it is important to note nevertheless.

About the game
Passage to Höllenteufel was Barry Christian's first mod in 15 years, and it's widely regarded as a great comeback (I gave it an 8.5/10, not too shabby!). After releasing mods such as Armageddon, The Road to Neuschwanstein & Domination, Barry became less prolific for a number of years. The release of (and the subsequent reaction to) Höllenteufel seems to have reinvigorated Barry, because less than a year after the release of Höllenteufel he released this new mod: Atomprojekt.

Our protagonist, B.J. Blazkowicz, is sent on a mission to stop the Nazi's from creating a weapon of mass destruction. Known as Atomprojekt, the nuclear project is funded by Hitler himself and managed from a military installation at Erlangen. It is your mission to destroy the research, kill all the Nazi's involved and stop them from using this unfathomably destructive weapon.

Mapping: I had some criticism regarding the first couple of levels from Barry's previous project, which where too maze-y in my opinion. Luckily, that is not the case here. Right from the get-go, the mapping is firing on all cylinders. The maps feel wide and expansive, and the changed ceiling colors do so much to add a little more personality to levels. Level one starts off with a trusty combination of teal ceiling colors and grey walls, and all the way through the combination of wall textures and ceiling colors is excellent.

One of the best aspects of this mod is the variety that is being displayed in the maps. From wide corridors to smaller rooms, from hordes of enemies to clever traps, there is enough in here to keep the player on his toes. It reminded me at times of Chemical Warfare, Liz Ryerson's mod, in that it really aims to do something different and keeps up the variety. It's quite easy to map on auto-pilot, fill your maps with 3-space corridors and have it over with. It makes the mapping in this mod all the more impressive.

It is a tough mod, even for the DieHard Wolfers among us. And if I had to note a criticism, it is that, for as much variety as there is, there are a couple of levels that feel a bit too much like hordes of enemies are just thrown at you. That felt a bit too repetitive at times. This will depend per player though, and I can easily imagine many people not being bothered by this at all.

Likes: The mapping is mostly excellent, with only the occasional misstep (level 32, especially its beginning). It really goes to show that there still is much life left in mapping for (semi-)original Wolf3D. It really feels like a culmination of Barry's mapping skill: I dare say it may be his magnum opus. Not much to be added really, it's just solid all around. And special mention for the timed level: it's pretty awesome!
Dislikes: As I stated before, the hordes of enemies felt a bit repetitive to me at times. I also really didn't like the beginning of level 32, where you constantly had to strafe and shoot at the turrets. It became a chore very fast, and it slowed down the gameplay a bit too much. It just didn't work for me.

Ron's Score: 9/10
Difficulty: Very challenging!
Best Levels: 8, 11, 15, 19, 20, 21, 26, 28, 29, 33 
Worst Level: 32

Wrap-up: Atomprojekt is Barry Christian's magnum opus, and will probably be hailed as a new classic in a couple of years.

Where Can I get it?: You can download the mod HERE or by clicking on the screenshots.

Lingyan203 did a full playthrough of this mod, which you can view right HERE.
Kakhome1 (MrWolfForever) played a couple of levels on his channel, which you can view HERE.

Disclaimer: All reviews are only my opinion when playing the mod and are not intended to discredit anyone or the hard work they have put into creating their mod.