MAP27: No Brakes (NDCP)
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The map is large and difficult and is mainly influenced by Plutonia, but also gains influence from Alien Vendetta and many Erik Alm style maps. No Brakes has a good level of detail and lighting and is full of monsters. "This guy throws everything but the kitchen sink at you in this map." -Bob Larkin
The name 'No Brakes' was derived from a song by The Offspring, and was a starting point of how the gameplay of the map would be like.
The map was originally designed for the Doomworld Community Chest 2 community megawad, however it was withdrawn. After being entered and then withdrawn in a spate from other similar projects it came to settle within the NDCP community megawad. It was however, later released separately, as the NDCP project was progressing too slowly for the author's likings. A copy of No Brakes remains in the NDCP project, but remains identical to the already released version of the map.
You will have to be wary of traps around every turn, as the map has plenty of them. Also be wary of areas with cages in this map, as it can be difficult to see monsters beyond them, especially after pressing switches.
Right from the start you will have to deal with enemies, including a lost soul immediately to your left. Go through the sewage tunnel until you find a lift leading north. Take the lift up and at the end of the passage hit the switch. Backtrack to the start to find that the door behind the vines is open. Go forward a bit to trigger a trap. Go through the stairs into the next big room. There are chaingunners behind the cage, as well as a switch you need to press. Press the switch, watching out for the arch-vile that appears behind the cages, then go through the new door. The invulnerability just before the next teleporter should help you out when you teleport into a large monster-filled room. A similar setup to the previous area exists here, where there are monsters behind a cage and a switch to press. Press it to open a number of areas. Most are monster closets, but go through the vines to the east to continue with the map. There is a cage of arch-viles in the middle, and another cage to the right with chaingunners and revenants. The lone switch here reveals two revenants and opens the north door.
Take note of the three teleporters that are on the right hand side of the room before you head through the north door. Go up the stairs and past the barrier to the next switch, revealing a baron of Hell, a BFG9000, and another switch. This one opens walls around you revealing mancubi and an arch-vile. The north door lowers as you approach it, and you will appear back at the big room again. The central teleporter to the east is open now, so take that into a new area. In this large area with blood pools, find the lift to the east and take it up. In this room is a teleporter. Go through here into the central cage. Quickly press the switch and leave the cage going back into the room. Two columns with Hell knights inside are going to lower, as is a tunnel to the southeast with various monsters. Go through this tunnel. The next switch you press lowers lots of walls, revealing the outer sections of this area. As you progress further, be sure to watch you front and back as there will be monsters coming at you from different sides. When you get past the cage with shotgun guys, go through and climb the stairs, as any attempt out of the blood will warp you back. Keep going until you reach the red skull key. Watch out for the trap, and then backtrack a bit to the room with the large bloodfall structure. The red door is to the southeast. Take it and enter the teleporter back to the large room with cages.
Now find the red switch near the teleporter with red bars and enter this teleporter. In this hall, go through, and then through the bloodfall into a very large chamber with a cyberdemon on the far end. There are several lifts here leading to the halls north and south. Take either of the northern lifts, and go to the room with the skull on the floor. Go north from here into the room with the blue key. You will be locked in when you enter the room. Grabbing the key releases several monsters; the arch-vile's closet has a switch which allows you to escape. Be careful heading back into the large chamber as a lot of monsters will now be in it. When you have finished your business here, take the teleporter to the east to leave back to the large room with cages.
Finally, hit the blue key switch and take the teleporter to be whisked back to the start. There is a new passage open where an imp will attack you from. In the next big area is the yellow key, and you will be ambushed by a ton of monsters when you grab it. When you are ready to leave, go through the sewage tunnel to the yellow door and exit.
There are no official secrets on this map.
Areas / screenshots
Mancubi before the red key
The records for this map at the Doomed Speed Demos Archive are:
Last updated on April 3, 2013.
1. ^ ndcpmax.zip is a collection of UV max demos for NDCP.
Last updated on April 3, 2013.
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