I must say, this is one hell of a map! Hopefully, the multiple moaning spirits within this map won't haunt me in this ruined church map, created by a novice mapmaker, <secs.>.
Throughout this map, the complicated yet highly detailed passageways and paths wind through this desolate chapel. Weapons neatly and well-placed throughout, health and armor placed with precision and only two power-ups (Quad and Haste) sneakily planted. The sheer flow of this map is astounding. The background images also add to the feel of fighting within this chapel during the darkest and most mysterious of sunsets. The stained glass add a little extra glow to the gloom and the portals are interestingly displayed (one of them being a waterfall).
As you fight within the halls of this church, soft but eerie sounds can be heard; the soft echoes of the spirits, bouncing off the walls. The multiple statuettes add the correct amount of flair to the fight and the tiny sprinkles of DeFrag are required to feel the full potential of this map.
<secs.> says that this is his first map, and even though the construction time is a little hefty (built in about 8 months according to the read-me file), the effort put into this map is tremendous. I highly suggest all players, whether bad or bad-a$$, to pick it up, slam some bots into it and go for a nice dozen or so runs of this place. Once you get the feel of it, go for human players. Overall, GET THIS MAP, and whatever you do... do not hug the Melting Man... ;D
Reviewed by JADscratch
Tigs notes: While this map may technically be <secs.> first from around 2003 (based on the date stamp of files in the PK3), he did released another a few years back.