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.: Wonderful Christmas Time :.
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.: Review;From the man who has never made a stand-alone release map so far comes this snowy map featuring a Christmas theme even though Christmas is a month away. Next to the fact that you'll need the Atomic Edition to play this map is also a relatively new mod that DeeperThought has released to give mappers some more options namely Duke Plus which offers several gameplay- and graphic related changes.
The result is that in "Wonderful Christmas Time" health items will be stored in a medkit when you pick them up but don't need them/can't use them directly. After picking up a second pistol you'll be able to wield two of them at the same time and you'll notice the shotgun makes monsters back off a bit when you hit them with it. Speaking of monsters, several you already knew before also show up here but are not quite like the old versions. Assault Troopers fire rail gun shots that do lots of damage, Enforcers can teleport and Fat Commanders shoot something different as well and can be immune to Freeze ray shots, to top this we have Octabrains that are capable of casting lightning rays upon you. If you're new to Duke Plus then this is an extra reason to proceed with caution. You'll also need to keep a better eye out for some changes in the environment. Ice is now indeed slippery and ladders can and will have to be used in order to move through the map as well as using ledges of cliffs. Be careful with ledges, looking too far to the left or right will make Duke let go thus resulting in a 100 feet free fall leading to an imminent death.
Next to the Duke Plus enhancements it's some basic gun collecting/key card hunting. You only need to collect the blue key card and some areas will have to be visited a second time in order to complete the map. With the new monsters and gameplay effects I made some occasional savegames thus it took me about 10/15 minutes to finish this relatively short map.
The map itself is for the grand part a snowy environment with caves and some tunnels together with some control rooms with computers. The snowy landscapes are well made but also kept simple. The white snow in combination with a dark sky and snow gently falling down from the sky (thanks to Duke Plus) should give you a good Christmas feeling. Only in the final part you'll be entering an alien spaceship that has landed in the icy mountains where you'll fight against a boss in order to finish the map.
"Wonderful Christmas Time" is not only a very nice map to play during this wintertime but also a very good demonstration of what can be accomplished with Duke Plus. The development of the latter one isn't finished so who knows what's in store for the future.
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