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I always start with a link to a previous update. Deus Vult is, let's get this straight, one map. So large, only the most recent versions of ZDoom, which increase the sidedef limit or something, can run it. Fortunately it was split into four smaller pieces which do run in PRBoom.
- Map 1 starts off in some kind of a space station. Parts of it are reminiscent of the Vrack series, and of course Equinox. It's very colourful, using many vivid blues, greens and reds in amongst the darkness. Then you jump through a river of lava to find it changes style completely into massive gothic architecture.
- Map 2 transfers you to Hell. Through another curtain of lava you find a massive cavern with monsters crawling on every surface. Apart from some side tunnels it's all completely open. Cover is highly limited and I found the constant charge, hit, run for cover cycle to consume a vast amount of game time. You also get to the blue area you can see from map 1.
- Map 3 and you find yourself back in enormous gothic architecture land; it's a cathedral in hell. The initial firefight is fearsome but there are several invulnerabilities available. The second half of the map takes you along a low lava river crawling with monsters.
- Map 4 is in some ways the opposite of map 3 as you go up another river of lava to a Great Hall. Having cleared out this and the unholy circle behind it you get to climb up the lavafall to the second half of the river and eventually the end, which is an enormous eye on a tower in a valley.
I should point out I played it on HNTR as UV is way overstuffed with monsters. Its main influence being Alien Vendetta this is not surprising. My descriptions are not doing the grand scale of these maps any justice so I very much suggest you download Deus Vult and run round it, even on a low skill level like I did or perhaps even with -nomonsters.
PS it has a number of comedy secrets which range from "not obvious" to "fucking impossible to find" but they are worth it, if only to scream "Copying JeffK was never funny" or "Keep present-day politics out of this, moron" at your monitor. Unfortunately a couple of teleporters at the very start of map 4 don't work on the lowest skill level as their exit point is not flagged to exist.