Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Omicron I for DOOM3


Level name: Omicron I

Author: Gabe Sheets

Date of release: 27 December 2005

Size: 4 937 ko

Number of maps: 1

website: http://students.guildhall.smu.edu/~gsheets/

download: http://students.guildhall.smu.edu/~gsheets/downloads/Omicron.zip


Action takes place in an aging Mars facility that contains cargo processing and power control systems for the larger Omicron complex. Demons have overrun the facility and the player's goal is to make it out of the exit and proceed to Omicron II.

Review :

First of al this is another interesting level for doom3 done by a Student at Guildhall And this time it's a familiar name cause back in 1997 Gabe release two great map for Duke Nukem (The Duke Nukem Aquatic Museum and Homeworld) then try to create something massive also for Duke Nukem but was mostly abandonned due to team's problems if I remember wright, Hopefully a third level was published in 2001(Called Nightfall) I made some review for them at AMC (that has still an active forum for Duke Nukem Community but Rest of the website is for over 3 years 'in maintenance' ) and all maps were rated beween 85 and 90%.

Back to the main subject...Omicron I is a really atmospheric substation in wich you arrive by a small 'maintenance' train. Atmophere will directly catch you attention and will make you travel through a quite complex building that is full of vent and pipes you can travel.

You will so discover that something wierd happens on this site (reading PDA files) and that you should restate the power to evacuate this Base. Architecture is for me immersive to impressive through the special feature Gabe created (complex scripted moving machine and Forklift). The general layout as a good use of lightning, and choice of texture from big room to the shortest vent is great.

Gameplay is also a good surpise according this small release some traps a good spread of weapon, ammo and health put together with variety in enemies/creatures placemement, add a certain fun to play through it, with several spots that may be challenging. erhaps some more traps and challenge with a wide building would have create something even beter but it's a school work so limited in creativity.

In conlusion: The different cohorts that have been actually graduated from the Guildhall have produce a lot of interesting small release for games as Doom3, Quake4, HL2 and is certainly a place to visit. This one is another example of quality a student can produce in a quite limited time, it's defenetly too short but well worth the download.

Playtime: 20 minutes

Rating: A B C D E (82%)

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