This map was the "Intro" demo that was once part of the original version of Absolution. Due to playback and compatibility problems it is no longer used, but is still included in the game wad.
The intro scene is basically a swarm of very tough enemies fighting a group of space marines. There is no health, ammo, weapons, or armor. There is also no exit. Nonetheless, hardcore Doom64 players may want to give it a try.
Joyel has discovered an easy way to access it, and suggests a strategy for playing through:
When you load Absolution, open the console immediately, then type in setmap 1 ##. What this does is it makes whatever existing level you want be level 1. When you want to play map 39, type in "setmap 1 39". It will replace level 1 with 39. Also this could be done with any level, so it is very useful for getting to the custom maps beyond 35.
The only strategy for this map is:
It took me 4 hours, but I lasted the WHOLE level without dying with just the pistol start. No cheats used and in the
end, I was the survivor. BUT IT TAKES PRACTICE!!!
Anyway, I find this level different from any other level of Doom, in fact not just in level design. I think this level is not suited for Doom in terms of gameplay. Map 39 is more of a survival map, or how long you can survive running around. Survival of the fittest and always avoid long gunfire fights/battles. It is not the gameplay style of the other Doom maps where you mostly kill them demons.
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