Awarded 2nd Place in the CPMA 2v2 Mapping Competition for which it was designed, Hot Place is one scorching rock solid map. Hot place is a smallish base type map cast into a rock and lava mountainside. thefury has drawn on a rich variety of artists for texturing this map. The skybox and teleporter textures really add to that hot place theme. Like thefury's other level, Evolution, visual splendour and gameplay are seamlessly blended with neither being sacrificed.
Item layout has been well thought out with all weapons present with the exception of the bfg, but the Rail Gun is retired from service for TDM play. And speaking of game play, this map offers perfect connectivity with some double-jumping choices available for promode, and yet still managing to cater for those like me that prefer it vQ3 style.
It's arguable whether one end of the map is more loaded than the other, but in all the games I played I didn't really find this to be an issue. Also a note should be made about the LG/RG pool which some may find not to their taste. I however felt this added to the tactics of the map, meaning you had to pick and choose your moments to go fishing.
Final Thoughts: Stunning visuals with great game play make this a definite keeper. Grab it now, whilst it's still hot!!! ;)
Reviewed by Foralarx