The Basin
The Basin by Martinus

A huge, open terrain map with very high ambitions. The level is a based Arathi Basin from World of Warcraft. The goal of this map was to support all game modes in OpenArena, Quake 3 Arena and Team Arena. This came at the small cost of additional PK3 files in the download. You will need to read the readme to work out which files are needed and what to remove!

While all game modes are supported, the map has been tweaked for OpenArena's Domination. Playing in a Tourney or a 3 player DM would be a rather slow game. A 3vs3 game is a little light for the size of the level but starting feel OK.

Playing the level in DM or TeamDM is too free-form. The level really needs an objective based game mode like CTF or Domination. Even with a suitable game mode it takes a long time to travel from one Town Hall or Flag base to the other. When making a Flag Capture you feel a little like you are about to head out on a day long trip, running from one country town to the next. Along to the way you can stop off at a few places like the Blacksmith, Sawmill, mine or a farm. Either way, pack a sandwich.

The features like the buildings and terrain are nice to see but the lighting of the level is chaotic. It is a bright, sunny day but the buildings are dark. There is a fence around the Town Halls, but you can not rocket jump over it as there is an invisible wall above.

At the end of the day, just because the game engine can do something does not mean you should do it.

Might be fun for a while at a LAN party. BTW, I think people besides Tig read the readme files :]

Ranked: 4.5 out of 5 (4 votes)

Download: The Basin by Martinus