Friday, December 03, 2010
Review: Beyond Mutantstein SE by the Wolfenstein 3d Community
Title: Beyond Mutantstein SE
Creator: Wolfenstein 3d Community members including AReyeP, BrotherTank, Arielus, Harry Snr, Schabbs, Poet, MCS, Bobby Bucksnort and others.
Length: 21 Levels
Level Format: Continuous
New Story: Yes by AReyeP
Graphics: Original plus some new by AReyeP
Sound: Original plus some new
Special Features: 4 keys with locked doors, coding by MCS
Initial impressions: An impressive list of mappers have made levels for this. All enemies are mutants which should lead to a very challenging mapset. The opening levels have a great look about them and fit the theme well.
Gameplay: In a word - frenetic! The number of mutants mixed with imaginative, fast paced levels make for a fast challenging game.
Mapping: Ranges from some average levels to mostly very good to some being outstanding. There is a nice mixture of large and small levels, which seems to jump around in styles a lot. I feel the mod would have benefited better with more time spent finding a more suitable order of the maps which would have created a better flow to the mod. Some levels have gone a touch over the top with the number of UberMutant's included on some levels.
Likes: Fantastic gameplay from some of the Community's finest mappers. The chance to see mappers make levels around a theme that they haven't previously explored before is a highlight to see what they've been able to produce. Different mappers means each level is something different from the others.
Dislikes: The blue lines around the status bar. Black lines also appear above BJ's head on the status bar at certain levels of damage which can become quite distracting. There are too many UberMutant's on some levels, especially where little to no ammo or health is placed near by.
Dean's Score: 8.5/10
Difficulty: Difficulty is of a harder level than normal sets, especially on some levels with high numbers of Mutants.
Best Level: 9
Worst Level: 11
Wrap-up: A really fantastic mix of levels from many talented Community members. A lot of hard work has been put into this sets development which has seen a challenging and highly respected piece of work. It's evident that the set has been made with a common good about it
Where Can I get it?: You can download the mod by clicking HERE or by clicking on the screenshot at the top of this post.
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.