So I decided to play again through the mappack yesterday evening, in order to get a renewed appreciation for it.
Overall, it's great - the first level is only what I would call "good" (it works as an intro map), but I was reminded of how much I liked the Noon
map's atmosphere (the music there fits it perfectly, and the skybox is surprisingly effective), the main temple map (Dusk
, the only long map in the pack, took over an hour on my first playthrough and is actually quite hard) is still a great one despite lots of noobish stuff thrown in together with very decent level design and clever gameplay sequences, and the revisit of the first map thereafter is cleverly done (thumbs up for that ambush)... and the final level, Night
(and this week's MOTW), is just about great too: memorable castle (shame the Titan fight is easy), memorable ending, and after the map finishes we get that memorable cinematic flyby (you know, Chris Burgess did put a lot of effort into it, but I remember watching the ending a second time back when I first finished One Day
and something unexpected happened - I got crushed by a Titan
when it happens during what is supposed to be "just" a cinematic, it's quite a bit of a shock
Anyway, UB is probably right, this was likely all a dream sequence - I mean there's just a bit too
much weird stuff that somehow manages to be consistent between each individual bizarre thing, like for example the name of the Prophet ("Dane" .... I mean no offence to any Dane out there, but Dane the Prophet on what is presumably Na Pali is like having the planet called Bob or ... I mean, imagine if the hero/heroine of Unreal
- dark, gritty, serious unreality - were called Twig. That's Banjo-Kazooie material. Imagine if I were called Twig? It wouldn't impress anyone. I mean, like, "oh, watch out for Twig!")
Also WTF with the reference to "Mein Kampf" - that's
when you know you are playing community-made content of the highest calibre (joking).
Oh dear, I just re-read myself.
Anyway, I did play the other two Burgess releases, and they were definitely inferior to One Day
but still good (and they gave me some ideas too). However, while One Day
is a great old one (lol), I also think it is a bit overrated which is rare on this site, where things tend to be underrated (from a review score perspective, I mean). Like, for example UMS Solaris
is just much more impressive (nod to UB
Looking forward to the next MOTW