WolfForever wrote:Sept 2004: Operation Letzterschutz - Here's the first "gold" of 2004 going in reverse order other than EoD. I absolutely loved this game; it is a definite conversion, the theme is very consistent with excellent variances between all the episodes but equally excellent consistency within the episodes, and all the mapping, being it Majik Monkee or ack is rock solid as well. I have a hard time thinking of a way to fault this game because it all blends together and is done really, really well IMO. This is exponentially my favorite release involving Majik Monkee. Top it off with the fact that it's been converted to SDL too. Also Sept 2004: The Untold Story - Never looked into or played it, but I've heard stuff by MaX is more for effects.
Letzerschutz is fantastic, indeed a true total conversion, though without more advanced coding changes. Always loved that one. Mäx made some real gory mods, Sensenmann and Northern Darkness too, extreme graphical talent on that guy. Too bad his work is often put aside due to the gory content.
WolfForever wrote:Jun 2004: Coming of the Storm - Pure, pure gold. This is far and away WSJ's best Dos release. Like Letzterschutz or EoD, it's very hard to think of how to fault it at all. If I had to say ONE thing, it would be that there aren't any secret levels. A total masterpiece just like everyone else has always said. It probably fits in top five and almost definitely top ten.
Coming of the Storm was a terrific mod. Always loved that one. If ever ported to SDL I can't come to think of any improvements.
WolfForever wrote:Apr 2004: Dead World Rising 2 - Never played this, somehow the Doom theme just didn't sound appealing in this case.
This was one of the last Wolf mods I played before my "rediscovery" of Wolf (I took a break from May to September) and therefore the last I played sans digitized sounds and music. I liked it then, but yes, it does seem well below par now.
WolfForever wrote:Mar 2004: Alliance of Powers - Absolutely one of the best levels only Spear sets ever released. I don't think it can be matched by anything other than possibly Spearmpixsod (which is actually much older) and this year's DHW SoD set. Two famed authors, that I will not list because they wanted aliases here, combined together to make something that rocks from start to finish and truly proves you don't have to touch the code to make something great.
ack and Ariel really compliment each others' maps quite well. This set is superb. Really need to play this again soon. I could do with some proper inspiration.
WolfForever wrote:Jan 2004: Batman: Wrath of Mr. Freeze - I'm not a fan of ISJ's work, even though I love WSJ obviously. ISJ seems to make much, much less serious efforts. But maybe okay if you want a silly type of set.
I like ISJ's Batman sets. Never was a classic comic book reading kind of guy, so this was my introduction to the Batman world. "Quest for the Amulet" is the only "serious" (in your words) mod that ISJ ever released, and that, my fwend, is very, very good.
End of Destiny, needless to say, is a brilliant mod and truly one of the turning points in Wolf history. No doubt about that.
NOW for those who did NOT get an award back in ol' '04...
OPERATION ZEITGEIST: http://www.belowe.com/opzeitnewdemo.zip Terrific mod with lots of code changes and a very unique feel. Whatever happened to the author I do not know, but I do know that my first comment on DHW ever was a pad on the back about this mod which he felt like starting up again. No one else replied.
PROJECT OMEGA: http://www.garjen.co.uk/ Very good original-type set.
SENSENMANN: http://www.belowe.com/ReaperMan.zip By Mäx. Gory as hell and quite creepy, but ZOMG it's quite good.
The Legacy of Kevin Cartosa by Rocketboy680, not good, but I played it anyway. It was fun to play, though.
http://www.wolfenstein3d.co.uk/ctcpics.htm <-- THE MOD THAT NEVER WAS: COUNTDOWN TO CHAOS... Look at them screenies!
SCHABBS, AN EVIL LUNATIC: http://www.belowe.com/schabbsael.zip Good set, varied and fun. Masterpiece? No. But a fun mod.
FRIEDL 3D: http://www.belowe.com/friedl.zip Original-type set.
REVENGE OF POOPDECK WILLIE: http://www.wolfenstein3d.co.uk/pdwres.zip Excellent stuff and very funny!
DEAD RECKONING: http://www.wolfenstein3d.co.uk/deadreckd.zip Some gory shit, but quite entertaining.