This is a tight little cell-shaded map with a central multi-level atrium
and side areas that wind around it. Rocket-jumping skill will give a
player a significant edge here as there are many useful rocket jumps,
and the red armor appears to be inaccessible without one.
The texturing is in simple gradients in red, purple, light blue, and
olive-green, each color indicating distinct areas of the map. Polygon
counts are reasonable. Bots play the map better than typical, seeming
tougher than usual for a given skill setting. Interestingly, the map
completely lacks bouncepads, with a few teleporters and a plat to
provide means of ascent other than stairs (and rocket-jumps!). Team
deathmatch is supported, with location markers, though 3 on 3 will get
chaotic and more is definitely not recommended. Almost perfect for 2 on
2, but weapons sometimes get scarce with even that many players.
Most of the stock q3a weapons are to be had, save the BFG and plasma
gun. The lack of a plasma gun strengthens the railgun somewhat, but the
winding passages and various obstacles, plus nearly every encounter
involving multiple height levels, tends to counter it.
Gameplay tends to involve the vertical a fair bit despite the lack of
bounce pads. All the included weapons prove useful, though the rocket
launcher tends to dominate, partly due to the inclusion of two launchers
and some additional ammo.
A nice touch is the assemblage of crates in the bottom of the atrium,
where the name of the map can be seen written on some. This area
contains the only slug ammo to be had other than by grabbing the railgun
itself and can be a deathtrap if you're caught down there by someone
spraying rockets or grenades around. Putting the railgun itself there
and having no boxes of slugs might have been interesting.
A good map with good looks and gameplay and only a few minor flaws. The
plat sound is included, but the console messages indicate the game tries
to load a skybox that it can't find. The resulting pitch black sky
doesn't look too bad, though, since there's some large colored pillars
outside the map to relieve its monotony. Bots sometimes jump down the
ventilation shaft with the megahealth, teleport to the top, then jump
down again; you can keep blasting them in the back with the shotgun each
time they teleport back up until they die. The teleports themselves just
look like recessed walls with lightning bolt symbols on them; some
rippling or glowing/pulsating shader effects might have come in handy
here. I actually thought these might be doors at first, until I walked
up to one and found myself halfway across the map. The quad spawns in
tournament mode and there's no spawn marker texturing at the quad or
For some reason, Team/FFA fighting tends to concentrate at times into
the green T-junction where one of the rocket launchers spawns. More
commonly, it concentrates where you'd expect - in the main atrium where
the quad, lightning gun, and one shotgun spawn.
Dominating the bots is easy on lower skill levels as they will not RJ to
the red armor and sometimes go for a dip in the pool of water in the
purple area, where they're rocketbait and good for railgun target
Falling damage is occasionally annoying.
Summary: 8/10 and well worth the download.
Reviewed by Twisted
This is a re-worked version of an earlier
version of unbalanced
, also by acid