This is quite an amazing map. For anyone who remembers Quake's DM5, this is a must download because not only does this pk3 include a conversion with a completely different layout (as well as some other components such as the height of the water among other things), but it also includes a "pure" version which is an exact conversion from Quake 1. The major difference between between the conversions and the original is obviously the quality. Not only are there new textures and structural details, but there are also other updated features implemented (such as decals and more advanced lighting).
The detail of this map is amazing, and yet it is still unobtrusive to the game play. This map was obviously made for Free For All, but it also plays fairly well on Team Deathmatch. The atmosphere of the map inspires full immersion in the game because everything flows so well together, and players can easily notice the hard work put into the details to make the map more realistic.
The scale of the map is quite perfect for the game play it was intended to satisfy. The conversion to a Q3 friendly layout was also very well done. The map is definitely more playable in Q3 with the author's changes. Although the layout was not created by the author, many structural and creative details were. The map seems less uniform throughout when compared to the original Q1 version, and to be able to express such creativity through such a dull base is remarkable.
Honestly, this is one of the best maps I have seen in a long while, and I recommend this map to everyone who enjoys a few good games, enjoys interesting maps, and/or is a die-hard Q1 fan.
Brilliant work, Tabun.
Ranked: 4.2 out of 5 (42 votes)
Download: Return to the Cistern by Tabun