Total Chaos is a total conversion mod for Doom 2 that runs on the GZDoom source port. The mod is a survival horror set on a remote island known as Fort Oasis. The island was once run by a community of coal miners which one day suddenly disappeared, leaving behind the abandoned concrete jungle to waste away. Something, clearly, has gone very wrong with this place. Upon your arrival at Fort Oasis, you receive a strange radio transmission. Someone wants to be found.
An incredible work. Truly amazing.
Ambitious and immersive, a real piece of scary art. The ambientation fit perfect and the constant tension makes you stay alert every second, much better than a lot of actual commercial titles. Doom Mod of the year for me, maybe a retro version will be awesome, graphics don't make a game better.
This is A fun survival horror mod to play
Ive only reached chapter 4/5 as of this review, still, it will be a bit long.
On a technically level, Total Chaos is amazing. I havent seen a mod do so much visually with so little, even most full release games don't manage this level of visual fidelity. The same goes to the sound design and overall atmosphere; it's a very good game on paper. The issue, or issues, are all in the actual moment to moment game play.
The inventory is a great idea, people loved the RE4 attache case inventory, but Total Chaos adds a 2nd layer; weight restrictions. This means not only do you sometimes have to do inventory tetris, but you have to manage your overall weight, with a very strict and punishing cap. This wouldnt be so bad, but unlike the RE4, you don't simply have weapons, ammo and healing items to worry about, because Total Chaos also adds a full suite of survival stat meters, including hunger, radiation, bleeding, and stamina. Meaning your inventory will be cluttered with items and it will be way harder to know what you should keep or throw away since most everything heals but also degrades one of your many stats. Theres also the issue of many items weights not lining up with how much they would actually way; every single syringe you find, empty or otherwise, weighs at least a pound, a single shotgun shell weighs .8 pounds, etc.
Going back to the stats though, the item placement seems to be completely arbitary. HP items and radiation heals are fairly uncommon, while bleed heals are moderately common but mostly pointless, and food is so plentiful you can finish the first 3 levels with over 200 pounds of it and a full stomach. You also have plenty of crafting materials, but the game prefers to give you things you don't need, like duct tape and glass bottles, instead of actually useful items like rags.
Suffice to say, if youre at all good at resource conservation, but also don't have an already established intimate understanding of whats coming up next or what items are going to be more useful in the long run, or just would rather be safe than sorry, the inventory system is a nightmare.
Finally, and this is the straw that will probably keep me from proceeding, and is slightly spoilery, the difficulty is all over. Most of the enemy pathing is bad enough they get stuck behind walls trying to get to you and the combat isn't particularly hard, but enemies deal so much damage per hit, corridors are so small, and your dash (not sprint, dash) and attacks take up so much stamina, you will often get cornered and have to take hits, and when doing so you will be forced to expend a lot of resources to counteract this. Normally this would be fine, it wouldn't be the first time iv'e looked past a games overly punishing/annoying combat to enjoy it, but the game forces you to do it fairly often with cheesing being the best option (charge up a heavy strike, swing, then quickly back off and wait for your stamina to recover. Repeat until game is over) so it's not only unfun, it makes up the majority of the game.
Even THEN, I was willing to put up with it; the cheese was easy, and I wanted to see what the game had to offer in terms of atmosphere later on, but then they start pulling out some of the most obnoxious enemies iv'e likely seen. Namely, an enemy that is basically just an invincible, exploding copy of the statue from SCP containment breach. Unlike containment breach though, which only has 1 of said statue, this game feels free to throw as many as 5 at you at any given time, making the game more about save scumming to find the best path forward than actual strategy or resource management.
All in all I think the game had promise but got bogged down by too many things that if I had to guess, the creator saw in other games and thought he should add into his. If it had stuck to the basics and stayed as fairly basic, but very atmospheric and tense survival horror FPS, ti would be legitimately great, but they threw in all these elements of other games that don't mesh with that base, like inventory management in a linear game with no backtracking between levels, complicated stats when you have no way to get specific items you may need, and enemies who's innate function conflicts with the general playstyle the game wants you to take.
I think there are 2 kinds of people this game is for; those who are able and willing to brute force their way through anything and learn every in and out the game has, and those who are very inexperience to horror games who will miss secrets constantly, panic often, and play it by ear most of the time. If neither of these sound like you, I can't really recommend it. Its just far too tedious.
Pros - Atmosphere, enemy design, level design, sound design, honestly its just well designed.
Cons - Spent 3/4 of the game over-encumbered and the remaining 1/4 on the verge of becoming over-encumbered.
Item weights should be revised, don't know if doom supports decimal values but definitely something to look into.
Aside from a few moments early on was never in any real danger outside of enemy groups that bordered on BS instant death squads but a liberal application of shotgun to the face of the heavy hitters of the group resolved the problem.
A few buggy collision blockers in weird places, missing things and several dozen rubble things rotated the wrong way but that's of little consequence beyond 'looking weird'
Cant say i like the twist ending i got, hold a great dislike for games that feature the 'it was all in your head / the player dies in the end' trope (why cant it just be mysterious mutant apocalypse for once) but the game was fun enough that it was little more than a slight smear against a ultimately solid experience.
Brilliant atmosphere, scary af, amazing work. Probably mod of the year.
Oh my goodness, this mod is so incredibly great. I just play some on this, but very impressive. Actually, feel like S.T.A.L.K.E.R. + Doom + Outlast...My current situation is run and dodge the monster(Because my pickaxe is broken, damn), like Outlast...(That creatures and environment feel really like S.T.A.L.K.E.R series) Also this mod have inventory and status, that is why I said this is S.T.A.L.K.E.R....LOL
edit: Review based on Retro edition
Atmospheric, intense, fun and scary.
Environment is peace of art. Game feels like FPS Silent Hill & Resident Evil 1&2.
Horror element is not jump scares (there is still couple of them), but nicely done atmospheric feel of despair. It will scare you, but you will also feel moments of power when mowing monsters down with shotgun, until it's back to despair because you run out of ammo.
Many horror games have problem where you will get used to monster which haunts/chase you whole game and you lose all sense of horror.
You will of course get used to some of monsters though the game, but game has nice habit to throw new monster at you time to time to deal with. And majority of those monsters are not just new models, but their abilities and behaviors are different which helps to keep the horror element throughout game.
Level design is amazing for gzdoom. It looks so beautiful and full of details. There are multiple paths you can take, secrets to find and some traps. I only got lost twice.
Inventory management is little clunky. Specially crafting. It has it's moments, but cooking food is so tedious I threw my cooker away and started using medicines to reduce poisoning from rotten food.
I also liked that you will not just use food for reducing hungry meter, but also for boosting stamina.
Ok, in reality it doesn't make any sense that you eat 3 canned food just to get stamina boost to get rid of four pesky monsters from your face faster, but in this game it works. There is plenty of food everywhere, but you will run out of it if you try max your stamina constantly, so you have to make some choices when you need that extra boost.
Melee weapons are your best friends. You will always need at least one. Their usage is easy and stamina system stops you for spamming attacks like a maniac. Hitboxes are overall good, expect those pesky flying lost soul like monsters. I almost always miss them so I stopped using melee against them and just threw some rock at them.
Guns feel good. Doom like good. It was always happy times when I found some shotgun shells to donate for group of monsters.
Story? Well... nhah. It has it's moments, but it was better when you didn't know what was going on.
Overall good atmospheric survival horror FPS.
Very refined atmosphere, total immersion in history, very difficult to play; not bad, really, very good to play ... very good inventory on the survival side, much better than official games.
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