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Ascension by Gael
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HelterSkeleton Rep. 6361
#15   10 Jun 2022
@raspatan that is a very good question. tbh i don't really play space maps all that much but I will have to give it a try. I can say I agree with everything you've said in your comments and from memory I can't really think of anything since. But I think Ludonarrative dissonance would prolly match it. And Stjartmunnen's Shine wasn't uploaded here at the time. They are really the only space maps I play a lot
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Whatscheiser Rep. 662
#14   09 Jun 2022
I Have to echo what everyone else has already said, this is a great space map! My only nit-pick is the texture chosen for the jump pads. To me it just doesn't stick out enough and it was a little awkward navigating at first. Something with a bit more contrast would have served better here, I think.
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raspatan Rep. 4538
#13   03 Dec 2020
Quite enjoyable map I must say. Good item placement, particularly the RG in the bottom middle. Nice connectivity too, making it for fast action. FFA is intense carnage (like many space maps) but I think the maps is at its best as a tourney one. The few health available really makes you think hard on strategy. I even found myself that the best action was suicide, in order not to give away a quick point. Quite a new insight. The textures are cool too.
@HS Has your opinion changed in +9 years?
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KommissarReb (SW12) Rep. 2372
#12   11 Sep 2011
Good space map. I Wouldn't call it "The best".
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HelterSkeleton Rep. 6361
#11   11 Sep 2011
without a doubt the best custom space map ever made for Q3A from a very small handful of contenders
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AEon Rep. 780
#10   25 Aug 2009
One of the very few space maps that have been done right, IMO. Meaning the gameplay is interesting, i.e. the many JPs let you travel all over the map quickly. Due to the overlap in the platforms you cannot easily camp at one spot - put differently you can hide. The frame rate is up, because the author understands that you have to keep the geometry simple. The result a fast space map the looks quite elegant and plays well against the Hunter (bot).

Personally, I am wondering if the TPs should not have been replaced by JPs, to add even more "bounce" action for us "instagib lamers" ;).

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Will unregistered
#9   10 May 2008
Awesome map... Almost perfect for the bouncy mod.
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Gael unregistered
#8   02 Jan 2004
dev- I'm flattered and very happy that you enjoy Ascension as much as you do. Best Q3 map ever? That's saying an awful lot, and I'm not sure I agree, but again I appreciate the sentiment.

As far as me doing no more Q3 maps- I'm actually starting to get the itch to map again. While I don't expect to be cranking anything out anytime real soon, keep an eye out. Never know when I might sneak one in. ;)

Keep fraggin!

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A small games dev unregistered
#7   04 Nov 2003
We've been playing this map like mad at work during our Quake 3 games . It's just perfect . And we test every new map out there !
If there's one map we would unanimously choose it's this one . Small and simple , yet always surprising (no one owns this map, the winner always changes) , this one is a killer .

I can't believe it's ranked so low on this site ...
Sad to learn you stopped doing maps Gael :o(


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Fates Warning unregistered
#6   10 Apr 2003
I like everything about the map except for the "skyboxes".

Grrr, dam ATI !

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MSandt unregistered
#5   04 Apr 2003
Well I liked this one. I'm not a fan of 'space' levels and I'm sure I have seen levels like this before but this one had excellent gameplay value, simple & good design & well placed goodies.
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ted unregistered
#4   03 Apr 2003
the first thing i noticed is i got used to it in one deathmatch. secondly, the items are placed well; i'm never stuck with the machinegun. or gauntlet. fortunately, neither are other players which keeps things interesting. good work. i like the background particularly.
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Gael unregistered
#3   01 Apr 2003
Yeah, I do agree that it's not really a tourney map per se. It can be played 1v1 but isn't a tourney map as you normally think of one.

I know a lot of people hate space maps, but I honestly have more fun trying to make good ones. It's great to see that people seem to like this one.

As far as making more maps- probably not. Shortly after finishing this map I really lost interest in everything Q3. Well, not so much lost interest as I found other things more interesting and didn't have time for Q3 anymore.

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nitin unregistered
#2   30 Mar 2003
nice map, one of those rare good space maps. Nice simple layout that works very well and is a blast in FFA (this is seriously no tourney map) and is also asymmetrical for a change.

Nice clean look, that is very simple yet quite appealing and pleasing at the same time. 7/10.

doing any more maps?

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Gael unregistered
#1   29 Mar 2003
Thanks for the review Europa! I guess if there is one thing I would change, it would be the PT- I'd flag it for FFA only. Glad you enjoyed the map.
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