The Bravest Yard
The Bravest Yard by Pasquake

A really good looking space map, which uses custom textures and a custom skybox. The author describes it in the readme as "fun" and "bouncy" and that would be an accurate description; it's actually fun to run around the map and trying all the jump and launch pads, to see where do you end up.

The visuals are a strong point in the map and this is probably the reason why it was made; although it looks too bright on most parts except the lower level, the design is nice and mostly well done. I've found two little problems on this side: there is one missing texture, and you hit your head on the roof when you try to use a couple of the several jump pads.

There are a few secrets. It took me a while to figure out how to get into the big pipe to go for the Quad Damage, but once I got in, I had some trouble, as some times I couldn't get the Quad and got stuck inside the pipe.

Game play is not good. There is no balance between all the map's sections due to the poor choice when placing the items. Bot play was really bad, and some of them got stuck on several parts around the map, even if they had a Rail Gun two steps behind them. Seems like Orbb found something that I didn't as I could see Orbb sometimes just standing there, looking at somewhere on the upper section of the map.

Download it if you like good looking maps and want to jump around.

Reviewed by John Doe

Second opinion

Well, after my initial shock of the lingering 50000 r_speeds, I shrugged it off and continued to play. The map was not built very well for bots, but that doesn't really degrade it as much as the fact that this map could have benefited from some additional beta testing. It looks pretty awesome, but looks aren't everything people expect from a Quake map so here's my verdict...

Good for 1 round. 5/10

Reviewed by BFG20K

Update: The download has been updated to include a previously missing texture. (06.May.2006)

Ranked: 4 out of 5 (8 votes)

Download: The Bravest Yard by Pasquake