Following the more and more used DM
style of connecting hallways and stairs endlessly creating a pseudo 3D
environment "Sure Shot" sets an example of how it is best done.
"Sure Shot" is best described as a
true 3D level without true 3D... I'll leave you with that in mind for a few
seconds... As you're running around this, at first glance small arena type
level, you get the feeling that whenever you run up a set of stairs leading
you to the next room or hallway, you get the feeling that you're moving
upwards all the time and that you're on top of an area you've already been
in. Its very strange, but fascinating nonetheless. I don't know exactly how
the author has done this, but great it is. I think its got something to do
with the fact that the level when looked upon in the automap, looks very
small and doesn't span a great area. Its the height that makes it feel big.
And most importantly it sports some of the best DM around, as you get the opportunity
to use all of zDooM's (if that's the one you're using) nice gameplay
enhanced features like jumping and run-all-the-time. Nothing can stop or
prevent you from doing anything in this map, and jumping from one place to
another, or falling to the ground or plain walking along the hallways and
stairs quietly is all accessible. Sure Shot is fast, fun and entertaining
and exhibits some great Deathmatch with its limitlessness.
What about eyecandy? Why that's no
problem, because "Sure Shot" manifests itself as a true winner and #1 by being
utterly superior in terms of looks. The Darkening II textures and flats are
without a doubt some the best looking new textures seen in any add-on to
date! They offer what the original can't and draws some attention to Quake
II without ever looking like anything from that game. Or any other for that
matter. As a designer one can
suddenly create a totally new feeling and environment to a DooM level with
an unmistakable smell of DooM. Not easily explained but "Sure Shot" is a
perfect example of that with its DooM feeling and new looks. Excellent!
I couldn't find any problems with
lighting and shading. You have your dark areas, light areas, shadows etc.
all nicely and flawlessly made. Just perfect!
You don't want to miss out on this
level and you don't want to not having tried it. Everyone else likes it so
download now or die a lonely death.