GBAtemp Recommends Revival # 046

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  1. Another World
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    Another World Emulate the Planet!

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    Welcome to the 46th issue of the GBAtemp Recommends Revival Project! This project is a weekly feature where we share our favorite games and applications with you. The things we recommend may be "old school" titles, a Homebrew, a ROM hack, sleeper hits, an application, etc, but one thing's for certain, we think they are fantastic and deserve your attention!

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    Earth (Doom II WAD)​

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    Custom Doom levels, known as WADs, began to appear soon after Doom was released. The Early hacks were time consuming endeavors, usually only altering a few minor game elements. Then around 1994 the first software level editors were released and Doom WAD making changed forever.

    Roger Ritenour was a talented level editor who enjoyed experimenting with what could be possible. He was known for thinking outside the box, utilizing special effect design elements that he combined to make Earth in 1997. Ritenour incorporated elements such as animated GIF images and teleportation closets which allowed his WADs to merge an organic world with random monster spawns. When Earth was finished it included sheer cliffs, dark passageways, hidden paths, rolling ocean waves, semi-random enemy placement, and a level of difficulty that rested between creativity and frustration.

    Earth is a game about exploration, discovery, and amazing scenery. While some gamers fault Earth for its lack of constant action and use of extremely dark passageways, it remains a master piece of the use of WAD-making tools.


    Genre: First-person shooter
    Release Year: 1997
    Developed by: Roger Ritenour
    Doom Version: Doom II
    Game Size: 10 levels

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    Fun game. I just played some Earth earlier today on the Wii while checking out the RetroArch emulator's prboom core.
     
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    it might be my all time favorite mod. not because of the action elements, which it does lack at times, but because of how much it pushed modders to come up with something new. when it first came out it was pretty much the mod all other mods were compared to. those who were making mods had released some really cool things up to that point, but it was roger who pushed the boundaries. like how he used animated gifs to make the pounding surf. i also love all the little foot holes that allow you to climb up cliffs and explore levels in a new way.

    that's great to hear that its working on the wii. the doom legacy port for psp doesn't run it so well. there are missing textures in some areas. thankfully it runs great on dsdoom.

    Earth was named one of the best 10 WADs of 1998.
    http://doomwiki.org/wiki/Top_100_WADs_of_All_Time#1998
    http://www.doomworld.com/10years/bestwads/1998.php

    if you like earth, check out his other release, phobos.

    http://www.doomworld.com/idgames/index.php?id=9597

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    wow, how time flies, I remember playing a doom wad that was made to look like a james bond game (was fun) :)

    Thanks for the post, these retrospective posts (especially GBA) always make me smile.