An architecturally distinctive map, Passive Valley
is made almost
entirely of smooth, sculpted concrete curves trimmed with chrome and
highlighted with team coloured lights. Sinuous ledges snake around a long
central arena, sometimes branching off into passageways decorated with chrome
pipes. A consequence of the predominance of curves - and the open-plan design
of the map - is that frame rates are comparatively low in places, but this
should not be an issue on a decent machine.
Gameplay is tilted more toward human players. Important items such as the RA,
RG and MH are virtually inaccessible to bots, and bots tend to take the same
path to and from the flag bases, making them less than challenging opponents.
It's a nice piece of mapping however, though some textural variety could have
made an improvement, and - my pet hate - the team colours err on the garish
side. There are a few glitches, such as the cracked patches in the central
arena, but on the whole this is a rather original and fun map to play for teams
Download if curvy concrete is your thing.