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Reviews: 18th March 2004 [Reviewed by Tronyn]
Game - QUAKE
Map - flecksp1: Azure Infux.
by - opt1c
Download - flecksp1.dz
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Overall Verdict - average debut map with a palace theme.
This is a medium-sized Q1SP that uses a lot of blue textures, some from the
IkBlue set, some modified id textures. Overall, it is a unique combination
that is refreshing even though the monochromatic design can be a little
tedious at times. Architecture is simple, sometimes even blocky, but feels
solid enough. The environment you find yourself in is basically a dark
palace of some sort, featuring a series of indoor chambers and halls and
some outdoor courtyards as well.
The execution of theme is satisfactory, but
isn't above average in any way. A lot more detail would have been required
to make this a truly visually appealing map, perhaps that and trim using one
more color (lava actually becomes a sight for sore eyes here!). Lighting
is, like the architecture, satisfactory but nothing special. Buttresses,
pillars and such are used well in order to break up the monotony, but there
aren't enough of them to hide the fact that this is basically a series of
rectangular rooms and hallways.
Gameplay is pretty good, throwing a variety of monsters at you usually in
large room combat. This leads to some entertaining fights, avoiding Vore's
firepods, Ogre's grenades, and Fiend's claws all at once. Supplies are
always sufficient, so though the fighting may be challenging you aren't
likely to die often or at all. A nice finale featuring a whopping load of
fiends complements the map.
What you have here is a nice debut map, definitely lacking in architectural
detail and layout design, but doing everything decently enough. It's
certainly worth playing due to the entertaining gameplay.
Overall Score: 12/20