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Escalation II: Centurion Night

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Summary

REVIEW

Screenshots from UAC Training Facility

Reviewed by:

Zorah

 

Title : Escalation II: Centurion Night
Filename : ph_e0100.zip
Release date : 08/02/14
Author : James "Phobus" Cresswell
Email Address : james@mpcressy.com

 

Escalation II

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Escalation II: Centurion Night is a single map replacement for Doom II by James "Phobus" Cresswell. Designed for use with a limit removing port, Escalation II is a great test of your survival and combat skills.

Design: 8
I'll be honest here, I'm no stranger to Phobus' works. Architecture-wise, this is about par for the course for the author. The map starts you out on the outskirts of an island, moving you toward a breached military harbor. Your goal is to reach a dingy on the opposite end of the harbor and escape the facility. Sounds easy enough, right? A few well placed monsters and traps later, the map's architecture lures you into a false sense of security - Every step you take, you unleash another wave of beasts to fight. The map isn't particularly huge, either, so for the most part, you'll figure out where you need to go quite quickly.

Difficulty: 8
This map is no cakewalk on UV! I took quite a pounding fighting through these hordes, often a bitchslap from a Revenant that just teleported in behind me, or the Mastermind guarding the harbor. If you don't watch what you're doing, you'll get overwhelmed pretty quickly.

Pair this with a low ammo count and having only the chaingun and plasma rifle at your disposal. I found myself having to burst fire often to conserve ammo, and toward the end, it was a mad dash for the exit through a pack of pissed off Revenants. While difficult, though, the map plays fair for the most part, often rewarding your struggles with a box of ammo or health pack after each fight - but don't go getting your ass perforated! It's only enough if you aren't running in guns ablaze!

That being said, if you're a shotgun fan like I am, prepared to be out of your element here. I'm not saying avoid it, far from it. Just learn to adjust your weapon preferences.

...Also, there's no armor (or I didn't find any). Prepare to be reminded that you're a squishy target.

Playability: 9
This map is accessible with a massive difficulty spike after breaching the facility, but once you adjust to it and keep patient, you should be able to escape serious damage. Or if you're an idiot like me, you'll have to respawn a few times and take a minute to figure out WHY you're an idiot.

Overall (Not An Average): 8
Download this map. Do it. Like, now. Stop reading this sentence and do it.

Didn't I just tell you to go download it? Not downloading Escalation II is punishable by a Revenant punch to the face!!




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