Monday, August 22, 2016

Splitwolf 1.0

Team Raycast released a new mod: Splitwolf 1.0. This release gives you the ability to play two-player co-op splitscreen with another player. Next to that, this new release features various new game mods, as well as new features such as MG42's and armored vehicles. Which you can all play in the classic Wolf3D maps! You can download the mod HERE. Its ModDb page can be found HERE. There's also the possibility to discuss this mod at its thread over at the DHW forum, which you can find right HERE.

Requires the original files to play.

Coding: Linuxwolf
Additional Art: DoomJedi

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Wolfers on Youtube

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

JohnLobo87 is currently playing through the original Spear of Destiny using the ECWolf engine. Apart from that, John is also doing a playthrough of the 2016 version of Doom, showing off some of the classic maps that can be found within the game.

LightningBoltForever completed a playthrough of Castle Totenkopf SDL.

RussianStormxLobo88 is playing through SoD Extreme II. She is also playing through other mods on and off, such as Project Weltgericht and Nocturnal: iLOW3D.

MrWolfForever is currently playing through Passage to Hollenteufel.

Lingyan203 isn't playing through any Wolf3D mods at the moment, but it usually won't be long before there is a new playthrough.

Kikoskia is doing a playthrough of the original Wolfenstein 3D, if you're feeling nostalgic! :)

KumanoMTG just finished a 100% playthrough of Operation Serpent. His next full walkthrough will be Coffee Break Pt. 2. He also did a video on level 5 of SoD Extreme II.

GarrettChan did a 100% playthrough of levels 5 and 13 of Sod Extreme II. He also plays various other games on his channel.

If I forgot to mention a channel currently doing a playthrough, please let me know in the comments.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Review: Operation Serpent

Title: Operation Serpent - First Encounter
Creator: Executor & Blzut3

Dos Version Released:
Length: 7 regular levels + 1 secret level
Level Format: Continuous
Story: Yes
Graphics: Original 
Sound: Original
Special Features: Increased map size, floor/ceiling textures, new enemies, new weapons and much more
Dos/SDL: ECWolf

Initial impressions: You play as Maria Cortez, a Mexican-American spy who has been sent to the fictional country of San Salvacion in order to gather intelligence on rumored experiments, which are being performed by the fascist ruling party. When you start the game, it is immediately noticeable how crisp and colorful everything looks. It's fantastic, and really makes you want to explore the area. The size of the maps (4-6 times as big as a regular Wolf3D map) is astounding. Next to that, it sounds fantastic as well. There is a distinctive new soundtrack, and all the enemies have new sounds as well. It immediately sets itself apart from the original game. Atmosphere, setting, story, weaponry, enemies: from the start, the mod has its own identity. And that is definitely praiseworthy.

Gameplay: This mod plays like you'd expect an action-packed FPS to play, so there is no true learning curve for anyone who has played the original game and/or any FPS. It does stand out in terms of difficulty. While it is still doable, there are sections that are really tough and will require multiple tries. But overall, it doesn't exceed the difficulty norm for current Wolf3D mods. You will be tested, as it should be, but not frustratingly so. However, the increased map size can, on occasion, make the action feel a bit stagnated and dull. Luckily, in later levels, the enemy variety helps to counter this effect a little. Most levels require the occasional switch to be pulled, and there are traps as well to add a little variety.

Mapping: As was stated in the introduction, this mod features maps that are 4-6 times as big as the maps for the original Wolf3D were. The first impression wows, and you really want to explore these gigantic mapping canvasses. Unfortunately, however, the big map sizes aren't always a plus. It's like Hollywood sequels: they aim to go bigger, but that doesn't always make it better. That is the risk when you venture into areas previously unexplored by modders, and increased map size is just that. This and Gary Ragland's Leiche Soldat are the first mods to feature increased map sizes, and they both suffer from the same flaw: not all the maps remain engaging throughout. Some of the maps in this mod suffer from too much backtracking, disrupting the flow of the game. Next to that, these gigantic maps can also make you feel like the gameplay lacks some variety, as you go from fight to fight. You miss a sense of sequentiality, as if you just go from army of enemies to army of enemies. It ends up feeling a bit stagnant at times. This shows that the increased map sizes, while an interesting feature that definitely should be explored more, also need new features in order to keep the Wolf3D gameplay engaging for such a long time. While I'm singling out this big negative, I don't want to be too negative: overall I'd say that the mapping is quite good and never truly bad or anything. It just shows the pitfalls of these increased map sizes.

Likes: The variety in weapons and enemies is great. Level 4 introduces a new enemy, whose introduction is very memorable and scary. It's one of my favorite enemy introductions in recent years. Next to that, overall I'd say that this mod is a great showcase for ECWolf. It looks crisp and clean, sounds great.. a mod like this will definitely make Wolfers interested in using this as a base engine for their own mods. The difficulty of this mod is the right kind of challenging, and I think a lot of Wolfers are going to like how action-packed this mod is. The levels have a lot of variety in terms of settings, with levels taking place in the jungle, on the streets, in labs and in secret underground lairs. It is distinctively colorful in all these areas, which makes a game just that much more immersive and vibrant. It truly gives this mod its own distinct atmosphere. Finally, I think the secret level might be very cathartic for some, thanks to a recent hype. :) 
Dislikes: The increased map sizes aren't always a plus, as was explained before. Some levels can feel stale because of this, and I can imagine that the 100%-ers are going to have a tough time achieving perfect stats. The engine could also use parallax skies; while the uses of blue and orange shaded colors works really well, I wasn't fond of the starry sky ceiling texture. It looked fake and kinda took me out of the game. The music was great for its genre, but on occasion it would be out of place. While a (trash) metal soundtrack works particularly well during action sequences, it really kills the immersion when you're just exploring a level that is calm. I would have preferred a musical score ala Doom (2016), where the music gets loud during action sequences, but is calm or non-existant during calm, explorative sections of the game. Finally, there are some small details that can become a bit annoying. For instance, when opening a door, the player cannot shoot enemies until a door is completely open, while the enemies can. This (unnecessarily) killed me a couple of times, and would become frustrating on occasion. I also had one problem with the enemy sounds, which overall were fantastic, but they were very insisting when they were alerted and looking for the player. The constant Spanish comments were so frequently played that they have the ability to drive you crazy. Less frequently employed comments by enemy guards would definitely be recommended for the next mod.

Ron's Score: 8/10
Difficulty: Ranging from challenging to very difficult, but never frustrating
Best Levels: 1, 3, 4, 5
Worst Level: 7

Wrap-up: Operation Serpent is a great showcase for the ECWolf engine, and overall an enjoyable and challenging mod. It is occasionally bogged down by some small bugs, and the increased map size isn't always used to its full potential, but overall this is a mod that is well worth playing.

Where Can I get it?: You can download the mod HERE or by clicking on the screenshot at the top of this post.

KumanoMTG did a 100% playthrough of the mod, which you can view right 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.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Balames87 new channel

It was brought to my attention that one of the best Wolfers out there, Balames87, has returned with a new channel on Youtube: johnlobo87. You can check it out HERE.

Good to have you back! :)

Monday, July 25, 2016

Release: Passage to Hollenteufel Phase 1

Barry Christian released Phase 1 (the first 31 levels) of his mod Passage to Hollenteufel (formerly Wolfenstein Forever) this weekend. I was the primary beta tester and played the entire thing before its public release. I'm not going to write a full review of the mod at this point, but I will say I really liked it a lot, and would strongly recommend anyone with any taste whatsoever towards a vanilla flavor mod really needs to give this one a look. Here is a link to the release thread that contains the download as well as more details/screenshots. Below I also left videos I recorded showing some footage from a few of the levels.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Give It a Shot: The Episodes That Should Have Remained Lost Part 1 & 2

Ack is one of the best mappers around; I think we can all agree on that. Yet this set, using the Lost Episodes by FormGen as a base, was met with a lukewarm reception. At first glance, this can be explained: the maps rely heavily on small, narrow corridors with little room to maneuver. Commonly, this is not popular among Wolf3D players (and I must admit, the more mazes there are, the less I tend to enjoy a mod). Furthermore, it is based on the widely derided Lost Episodes; a new set of missions that, to say the least, aren't held in the same esteem as the original Wolf3D and Spear of Destiny are.

Yet, I would argue that there is enough good stuff in here that it makes it worth it. At the same time, this set is very experimental and definitely a niche set that will mostly appeal to those interested in mapping in the first place. For them, this set might not be the most enjoyable to play, but it is also, at times, a masterclass in enemy placement. Next to that, it should be applauded that ack keeps on pushing his mapping into new places. While the results may not always be succesful, this is a set by someone who is willing to take risks and do something new - in the fairly conservative world of Wolf3D mapping, I believe that is something that should be encouraged.

You can download parts 1 & 2 HERE.

SSGmaster has done a playthrough of both parts. You can watch part 1 HERE, and part 2 HERE.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

SoD Extreme I & II Playthrough

Lingyan203 is doing a playthrough of both SoD Extreme I & II on Youtube. You can watch all the videos of the levels HERE. At the time of writing, he has finished playing through the first SoD Extreme completely, and has just completed 3 levels of SoD Extreme II. But I imagine it won't be long before the second set is completed as well. Enjoy!

UPDATE: FrauBalames88 has started her 100% walkthrough of SoD Extreme II as well. You can watch level 1 HERE.

Friday, March 11, 2016

DHW Totengraeber Community Set

The DieHard Wolfers community has started working on a new community set, this time using the classic mod 'Operation Totengraeber' by BJ Rowan as a base. If you want to join in, you can find the appropriate information, and all the tools needed for mapping, in this thread. If you're not a member of the DHW forum yet, feel free to register.

Some screenshots from a work-in-progress map by Military:

Saturday, February 20, 2016

SoD Extreme II Released

Mapping - RonWolf1705 & Dean
Coding - Andy_Nonymous & Linuxwolf
New graphics - Doomjedi
Title Screen - Lozer_42

Some new coding features have been added this time:
-exploding barrels
-breakable column, barrel, oil drum, vase

A list of who made which level:
Level 01 - Dean
Level 02 - Dean
Level 03 - Ron
Level 04 - Ron & Dean
Level 05 - Dean
Level 06 - Ron
Level 07 - Dean & Ron
Level 08 - Ron
Level 09 - Ron
Level 10 - Ron
Level 11 - Dean
Level 12 - Ron
Level 13 - Dean
Level 14 - Ron
Level 15 - Ron
Level 16 - Ron
Level 17 - Dean
Level 18 - Ron
Level 19 - Dean
Level 20 - Ron
Level 21 - Dean


Download it HERE

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Operation Eisenfaust Legacy - Halloween Edition released

Team Raycast just released a small Halloween pack (4 levels) for Eisenfaust Legacy. You can download the pack right HERE. Enjoy!

ModDB page
DHW thread