2 to 4 players | Reviewed by Fat Controller - Saturday 10th February 2001 @ 2:02am
At first glance this runic-style map appears to be decked in classic id metal, but look again: Kingpin textures adorn the walls, while id metal acts as trim. There are also swathes of discoloured planking, which looks a little strange at first. However, you'll soon get used to it.
Architecturally, it's a large two-level atrium with a split level floor and three side pods holding stairwells and heavy weapons. Curved buttresses and cutouts in the walls frame nice views of the blood red sky. This is a relatively simple, straightforward layout and you'll know it like the back of your hand in no time.
Low end/software users should give this map a miss due to r_speed issues: in the central atrium there's almost constant greyflash if you look along the long diagonal. R_speeds tended to reach 700 and above. On my box anyway.
DM is a slugfest with people running inside for weapons and outside again for ammo and fraggies. If your system can handle it, give the map a whirl.
A Single Player version is included which blocks off the stairwells, and you have to get runes, kill all monsters, repeat until the exit opens. Great stuff.
3.0 out of 5.0
#1. ooooooooooooooh ^
by DaZ - Sunday 11th February 2001 @ 11:58am (188.8.131.52)
I love the build style of this map. [kona] please please please make a larger SP map in this style cos it would look so sw33m :) As a Dm map it plays nicely 1 on 1 and is very tactical. Nice job, but I want bigger!! :)
#2. i change my mind.. ^
by CardO - Sunday 11th February 2001 @ 12:18pm (184.108.40.206)
when u showed me the beta of this map i hates the textures, but now they make me jizm! i love it [Kona] ! mmmmmm jizm.
#3. software :) ^
by Fern - Sunday 11th February 2001 @ 12:25pm (220.127.116.11)
<[Kona]> How did you play it?
#4. Fatty and his revs... ^
by XeNoN - Tuesday 13th February 2001 @ 5:35pm (18.104.22.168)
They all seem to be a bit vague, and always offerring "3/5" or other average marks. I would have preffered a more detailed review.
But the map? Looks great, plays poorly. More effort should have been put in designing the layout, with speed in mind.
Overall I guess I would have given it 3, so I guess I'm contradicting myself. Oh well. Shoot me later.
#5. Faulty Rubber Throttle Cable Grommets ^
by Fat Controller - Wednesday 14th February 2001 @ 5:05am (22.214.171.124)
(sorry, I can't get it out of my head)
Actually, I tend to look for the better parts of maps, which is strange since I'm very much the faulty rubber throttle cable grommet - sorry, pessimist.
Yes, Kona's map is unplayable in a serious game on my system, but the architecture was good. Maybe I'm overcompensating for my faulty rubber throttle cable grommet - damn it! low end computer.
Back when MPQ was on PlanetQuake, I did more 4-5 star reviews; maybe it's time I was more extreme in my reviewing, like CHQMD.