A dark base style map using Sock's tech textures, apparently called The
Flooded Base although the loading message says The Flooded Ship. Detailing
is good, and nice and consistent, following the lead of the mapper-friendly
texture set and adding a few twists, notably the Quake 2-ish octagonal
pipes and extensive use of water. The bobbing crates floating in the water
are a nice idea but really do bob a little too high to be convincing. The
raised trim on the floors looks good but gives the player awkward little
bounces as they move over it - keeping the floors flat and confining the
raised trim to the edges would have worked better.
Some connecting corridors have low ceilings that will frustrate many
players, and parts of the map are very dark. This is a particular problem
with doors hidden in blackness, which could really have done with picking
out with lighting rather than being concealed by lack of it. I found this
disappointing since in other areas the lighting is very well implemented,
and it leaves this aspect of the map feeling a bit unfinished. Finding or
making some specific door textures to match the tech set might have helped
too. Some doors also open quite slowly - generally not a good idea in a map
for a fast paced DM game.
Bots navigate reasonably well but with some obvious problems. They get
stuck on one of the lifts (caused because the lift has a crate on it making
it a very irregular shape, and bots only understand lifts that are the same
shape as the platform's axial bounding box). They are also more or less
incapable of getting out of the water in the central room, although this is
perhaps understandable given that exiting this pool is an arduous task for
human players too - there's a reason not many custom Q3 maps make extensive
use of water! It's unsurprising that they can't activate the complex BFG
No platform sounds are included, which will lead to you getting the default
beep if you have no other maps installed that include these sounds or
aren't playing a mod that includes them.
A potentially good map let down by a few obvious problems that a round of
beta testing could have easily identified. Despite these problems, it is
still well worth downloading.
Review by Shallow