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HeXen: A New World (ANW)

Postby ArgonianLord » Tue Nov 11, 2014 4:24 pm

Minor Update: As of 10/12/2019 2:52 AM (Smaller update that adds a rerecording for all of Raducal's voice overs to fit what I envisioned for him in the beginning rather than the low pitch he had before.)

Greetings once more everyone that may have played my first WADs I released here (HeXen: Tower of Chaos: Special Edition and Heretic: Sitnalta) and greetings to all of you that are completely new to my WAD related stuff.

((Download link of awesome power))
http://www.mediafire.com/file/gw81ikmm2 ... W.zip/file


((Screenshots of some levels in the WAD))
Map01: Sentinel Island
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Map03: Eastern: Alden-Wood
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Map06: Swamplorn Fortress
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Map02: Nalderzan Outpost
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((Info about the wad itself))


I give you all a new WAD I've been working like no tomorrow at these last couple of months. A new WAD that furthers the simple, yet slightly intriguing plot of the first to entries in my small WAD series :) This new WAD is obviously the one you see here, this is A New World, a WAD heavily inspired on the gameplay seen in the Shadow Wood hub in original HeXen. Inspired so much that it even uses the "Each level has its own unique key" idea.

For those of you that have remote interest in the plot of this WAD, then it is as follows:
((MAJOR SPOILERS FOR THOSE THAT HAVEN'T PLAYED TOWER OF CHAOS: SPECIAL EDITION))

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That about covers the basic premise of the story, now onto talking about some of the gameplay features.

Through out the WAD, you will be revisiting the same level to gain access to a Heart of D'Sparil and possibly your class's respective green mana weapon. As stated, ANW was inspired by the Shadow Wood hub from original HeXen, and it can really be felt as you play the mod. An example would be that you get the Keys for Maps 3, 4 and 5 in Map 6. And get the keys for map 6, 5, 3 in map 4 and etc.

The WAD also features a Good and Bad ending. I will not be spoiling anything about them, rather, I will simply put a warning that you may get the bad ending unless you make sure to explore everything the WAD has to offer in all non level 9 levels.
And speaking of level numbers, ANW offers 9 levels. Eight regular levels and a rather important 9th secret level (Which covers the map08 slot).

And unlike most HeXen WADs, ANW does not have any spawns for the original super weapons, nope. Rather, you will get two new super weapons that were made by yours truly. The way you will be getting these super weapons depend on what ending you will be getting, and that is something you will see for yourself.

The story also plays a big role in the WAD, as the cutscenes will tell you later on (Currently you can't skip these cutscenes, as I have no clue on how to make them. If anyone knows how to make a potential skip script for them, then do tell! As I'd love to add a skipping feature for the cutscenes). The cutscenes aren't as frequent as they are in your usual modern FPS, as a matter of fact, they only show up every now and then, and barely halt the gameplay too much (I'd say so at least).

A fair advice about level 06 is that there's some books that lie on the ground (Identified with the green cover and the picture of some cat-like devil on it) and can be read. To read them however you need to press use, as putting a "Player Walks over" would make things... conflict.

And for those of you coop people like myself, yes, this WAD is coop-able, I've tested it with a friend and it worked flawlessly. No clue how it will handle more than two players though. Another thing to point out, Skill 5 (Pope, Archmage and Titan difficulty) is highly encouraged to be the used difficulty if you'd like a challenge, otherwise it may be a bit too easy.

With that said and done, it is time to write in the lovely credits.

Credits





Sprites:

Tifsim sprites: Originally by Raven Software, edited by Eriance

Raducal sprites: Originally by Raven Software, edited by Eriance

Vampire sprites: Originally by Raven Software, edited by Maelstrom and Nash

New Spear and Trident Sprites by respective authors.

Sounds:

Blizzard Entertainment

Raven Software (A lot of Heretic and HeXen 2 sounds)

ZDoom WRW


Decorate:

ArgonianLord

Eriance

Maelstrom


Music:

Level 1 theme from: Anvil of Dawn
Level 2 theme from: Anvil of Dawn
Level 3 theme from: Castlevania Aria of Sorrow
Level 4 theme from: Daikatana(It was not horrendously bad)
Level 5 theme from: Shadow Warrior (1997)
Level 6 theme from: Heretic 2
Level 7 theme from: HeXen: Beyond Heretic (Remix of unused track)
Level 8 themes from: Neverwinter Nights 2 and Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver

Additional music:

Resurrection: from Neverwinter Nights: Used for Heaven

Wizard's Chantry: from Neverwinter Nights: Used for Hell

Confrontation: from Aria of Sorrow: Used for Iron Lich boss

Westminster Roofs: from Nightmare Creatures: Used for Tifsim

Queen/Primagen Boss: from Turok 2: Seeds of Evil: Used for Mindflayer boss

Tracking the Kobold Raiders: from Neverwinter Nights: Used for Redyres boss

Belmont - The Legend: from Castlevania: Curse of Darkness: Used for Raducal

Port Oblivion: from Turok 2: Seeds of Evil: Used for Raducal dialogue

West Harbour Theme: from Neverwinter Nights 2: Used for bad ending

Aarin Gend: from Neverwinter Nights: Used for good ending

In the house: from Realms of the Haunting: Used for second stage of the "horror section"

Blood, track 10: from Blood: Used for first stage of the "horror section"

Voice cast:

Raducal voice acting: ArgonianLord

Mindflayer voice acting: ArgonianLord

Tifsim voice acting: LordMisfit

Redyres voice acting: IceDude323(aka Sam)


Special thanks to:

You for downloading

My dear friends Icedude323(aka Sam) and LordMisfit for giving me some great voice overs

Yholl for some DECORATE assistance here and there














I would also appreciate it if you post info about potential bugs and glitches so that I can fix them if need be.

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Re: HeXen: A New World (ANW) Version 1.0 A

Postby CWolf » Tue Nov 11, 2014 4:46 pm

Hmmm... that screenshots looks interesting, by the way I think what it will good at play and discovering around.

I'll try it.
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Re: HeXen: A New World (ANW) Version 1.0 A

Postby zrrion the insect » Wed Nov 12, 2014 11:16 pm

I love the way this is looking.
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Re: HeXen: A New World (ANW) Version 1.0 A

Postby Seidolon » Fri Dec 26, 2014 12:12 am

Interesting concept using voice-overs for some of the characters. Haven't seen that in any other wad. Level design is brilliant too.
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Re: HeXen: A New World (ANW) Version 1.0 A

Postby The Ultimate DooMer » Wed Dec 31, 2014 2:48 pm

Pretty good overall, especially the choice of graphics and monsters (it's a shame there aren't more wads that mix Heretic/Hexen/Hexen 2 stuff, as they all work so well together). Final boss fight is a bit weak but the rest is nicely done.

Some major flaws though:

Weapons: The 3rd weapon is so far back in the project, it's almost at the end of it. There's green mana scattered everywhere, and nothing to use it with. Hexen is bad enough for having only 4 weapons, but with this project you effectively only have 2.

Cutscenes: The text appears too slowly and there's too much of a gap between lines (especially given the length of some). There's also a few cases where the player can move around during them, and one bug (at the good bishop who gives you the trident) where the camera doesn't switch back to you (so I had to noclip past it). I'd also print the messages to the console (HUDMSG_LOG instead of PLAIN) and make the cutscenes skippable, too. (the easiest way to do it is by telling the player to puke a script from the console)

Items: Definitely too many of these (esp. flasks, discs and flechettes), same goes for mana. You can also break the final map by using a chaos device (doors won't open again), so I'd remove these by script upon entering the map.
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Re: HeXen: A New World (ANW) Version 1.0 A

Postby ArgonianLord » Thu Jan 01, 2015 2:36 pm

The Ultimate DooMer wrote:Pretty good overall, especially the choice of graphics and monsters (it's a shame there aren't more wads that mix Heretic/Hexen/Hexen 2 stuff, as they all work so well together). Final boss fight is a bit weak but the rest is nicely done.

Some major flaws though:

Weapons: The 3rd weapon is so far back in the project, it's almost at the end of it. There's green mana scattered everywhere, and nothing to use it with. Hexen is bad enough for having only 4 weapons, but with this project you effectively only have 2.

Cutscenes: The text appears too slowly and there's too much of a gap between lines (especially given the length of some). There's also a few cases where the player can move around during them, and one bug (at the good bishop who gives you the trident) where the camera doesn't switch back to you (so I had to noclip past it). I'd also print the messages to the console (HUDMSG_LOG instead of PLAIN) and make the cutscenes skippable, too. (the easiest way to do it is by telling the player to puke a script from the console)

Items: Definitely too many of these (esp. flasks, discs and flechettes), same goes for mana. You can also break the final map by using a chaos device (doors won't open again), so I'd remove these by script upon entering the map.


Fair points of criticism. As for why there's so much green mana everywhere, well its primarily due to the fact that the different classes should have some backup green mana if they've gotten their respective green mana weapon. Might switch somethings around later on.

I've been wanting to fix the cutscenes issue for quite some time. Matter of fact, I was actually waiting for someone to help me add some form of skipping feature for the cutscenes. And for future reference, I will definitely try to do something about the text. Think the plain-text will make things far easier for me to kill off those annoying breaks between the voice overs. The type-on might be a cool idea, but it is really annoying to work with when you need to keep track of voice overs too. So if you got any idea on how to go about fixing it, I'll be in your debt. Level testing with the lack of an option to skip the cutscenes is bloody infuriating.

As for that friendly bishop, well that bug I have never seen before, huh weird. I'll make sure to check up on it as soon as I have the time.


EDIT: Checked up on the issue with the good bishop, for whatever reason I can't seem to replicate this issue. The cameras switch just as they should without any issues. So I don't really know how to solve this I'm afraid

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Re: HeXen: A New World (ANW) Version 1.3 D

Postby Manhs » Tue Mar 07, 2017 4:05 am

I have finished it with the bad ending (which was very sad) and the good ending now and it was really awesome !
The story was interesting and cool, i don't know about mapping but the way You put your ideas in this wad is awesome, you have a lot of creativity and ideas !
The nightmare part was really creepy for a hexen wad, the puzzles are cool but not boring (i was lost at the end to find the place where i have to put the mask).
The level design is not symetrical or flat, you keep your style but you have improved it !
The wad was less epic and shorter than the previous one but the quality of the maps was better (with more ideas), it's not just a hexen wad for me, but a real classic where you added an awesome adventure, man, if you make some new wads, i will play it for sure ! :D

There is maybe still too much health items (well, for skilled players, maybe), i liked the stuff for Hexen 2 and others, really cool.
But im still dead sometimes by the dark bishop who throw the bats (the powerful ones) so it's all good ^^ it was dangerous sometimes !

Again, i don't know about programming a map or others, but it's the best adventure I have played in wad of Hexen, a bit like Master Of Chaos, but with a story and all ! Good job ! 8-)
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Re: HeXen: A New World (ANW) Version 1.3 D

Postby Zhs2 » Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:32 pm

I did not see the bad ending. I liked this mapset a lot more than I did your original Tower of Chaos, it was plenty more fluent and contained far less dead-end corridors - not to mention the abundance of hints and level design structured to lead the player to important things. The dialogue was still as cringeworthy as ever (and the voice acting, ehhhhhh) but thankfully that particular content also wasn't so overdone as in Tower of Chaos. Nice work with this thing, 9/10 would play it again
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A New world Bugs and Comments

Postby zombie_ryushu » Fri Mar 31, 2017 11:48 am

Myself, and my partner have gone through a new World serveral times. We have some bugs and Comments:

Bugs:
1. It is still possible to get locked in Heaven or Hell if one person goes through the portal and doesn't hold the door open for other players.
2. If one person goes through Heaven, and a different person goes through Hell, neither door will open for either opening. You will be stuck in Raducal's Room with no exit.
3. In the event all players do choose one ending or another, only one player can exit Raducal's Room, the other players must use F12 to see the ending.

Possible Enhancements:
I think the Bishop Sprite is far too overused. I would suggest the D'spairil Palette Swap from the Doom Extra Monsters pack for Tifsim the Fire Mage.
The Bosses really are too easy.

Wrath of Cronos Specific:
Heretic monsters, and most bosses do not give Experience. The only boss that does is the Death Wyvern.
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Re: HeXen: A New World (ANW) Version 1.3 D

Postby zombie_ryushu » Sat Oct 07, 2017 8:05 pm

From Zombie Ryushu and partners, comes: A New world with Wrath of Cronos support!

This is Alpha level code.
- Most Heretic Monsters give Experience, display a life bar, and scale in difficulty relative to the enemy.
- Iron Lich boss included.
- Most enemies drop items
- Vampire reverted to Stock WOC Vampire properties.

Exceptions / Known issues.
- Undead Knight Ghost does not give experience. The non-Ethereal version functions normally.
- Custom Bosses: Raducal, Tifsim, Redreys Mind Flayer do not scale with the player level yet.

Credit goes to:
Kalinka
MadCat
Spiral Energy for support.
Some scripting credit of MadCat.
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Re: HeXen: A New World (ANW) Version 1.3 D

Postby zombie_ryushu » Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:56 am

This project has its own thread now.
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