This map pack contains the top three maps from the Quake3World Newbie Mapping Competition 2001
By far the best map in this lot is Scorpion by Cardigan
The map has class and finish that set it apart. Rightly so, the gold medal
winner for the comp. A space floater with the quality of a nunuk or quint map
and built to look in part like a scorpion (surprise, surprise!), it boasts the
"largest curve in any Quake 3 map". This is one fine map.
There are two versions of the map, one for tourney and one for FFA. Custom
textures give the map a grunge, rustic look and the custom shaders add to the
overall aesthetic. The saw machine on the small platform only adds to the
wow-factor. This map took a long time to create and the effort and attention to
Playing this map will not disappoint. The different use of the same trap/platform
in the two versions of the map is ingenious. A feature is flying out the end of
the scorpions' sting at eye-popping speed, going BFG-ballistic, then getting
more than a taste of your own medicine. Tops! Apparently there is a graceful
figure-eight trick jump unintentionally included too. Bot play approved.
If you just want to download Scorpion it comes in two flavours, with music
and without music
The Killing Floors by Mugford
: A map with two large areas. The flow of
the game play leaves a lot to be desired. The teleport leads you to the top of
one of the main areas which you then fall to the bottom of and make your way
back up top again with maybe a random firefight as a casual interruption to the
process. On your way you might like to pick up the rocket launcher and Quad
from the other main room. Due to the lack of scope for game play this map lacks
a bit of panache. Good to size up the competition.
The Fire Temple by arshishb
: The thing that stuck out like a sore thumb
in this map was the tech-style jump pad texture that seemed to totally clash
with every other texture around it. With this distraction aside, the rest of
the map was constructed well. Bot play was pretty boring. Bots tended not to
use the armor and health generators and only had eyes for the plasma gun. The
distance between and segmentation of the different areas of the map meant that
a lot of time was spent looking for a fight.
Download this for Scorpion. Definitely.
Reviewed by Daniel