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Old 7th Mar 2011, 10:19 PM   #1
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CTF-Gravis [PC]

CTF-Gravis

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Title: CTF-Gravis
Author: Jos 'Sjosz' Hendriks
Version: 1.0 (as final as it will be)
Playercount: 8-10
Filesize: 37-38 MB

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Download Links
Fileplay: http://www.fileplay.net/file/12976/ctf-gravis
Cr4zy: http://cr4zyb4st4rd.co.uk/Maps/CTF-Gravis.rar
Mapraider: http://www.mapraider.com/maps/?fileid=5583
(more mirrors will be added when/if they become available)

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Background Story:
Built near one of the poles of a classified celestial body with the intent of studying various different aspects of gravitational energy, the Gravis research campus sat empty for years following political fallout over the bloated budget scope of the project. The facility would be used only 7 months every 2 years, due to extreme temperature shifts during a large part of the planetoid's orbital cycle. Both to appease the opposition in the New Earth Government and as a means to offset project costs, small adjustments were made so the facility's main hub could be locked off for highly lucrative tournament play.

Construction Notes
Initially this was my entry for HOLP4. But then life happened to everyone involved, and things came apart. Still, I wanted to finish this level since I'd already put so much effort into it.
The reason I built this level, or, more accurately, the inspiration for me to create a level like this comes from a few different sources. One of my favourite custom UT99 CTF levels (sadly cannot recall or find it these days) was a level that 2 buildings face each other, with the enemy flag visible from your own base, but not directly accessible. I loved the concept of this, and while I've attempted this setup quite a few times, it never really came to fruition, until I saw the second source of inspiration for this level: UT3 retail CTF-Vertebrae.
The level struck a chord with me and despite the fact that I really didn't like the gameplay of the level, the whole setup of mostly vertical gameplay appealed to me a whole lot. Then one night it really materialized inside my head and I started chipping away at the big BSP block. The end result is the culmination of way too much time spent trying to refine the space and finding the right aesthetic for it, but seeing as this is a spare time project, I'm kind of happy with the way this whole thing turned out. I hope you enjoy it too.

Credits
- Carson 'Dregs' Smith, for being awesome and insightful, and for providing me with some really good custom materials and meshes to use to make this level complete, and for testing.
- Andrew 'McLogenog' Yoder, for being a very frequent steamchat partner in crime and providing some insights, and for testing. And for telling me what NASA's up to at 3 in the morning.
- Scott 'Cr4zyB4st4rd' Coxhead, for being up at ridiculous times in his timezone, for providing me the sky material I ended up using and for insights into better lighting. And now also for hosting the file!
- Magnus 'Sefyra' Olin, for giving me the template for a readme (HAHA!), for providing a sky material I may end up using in another level (HAHA...?) and for being a cool guy.
- Hektor (didn't know your actual name!), for arranging and participating in a lot of playtesting during the gameplay stages of development, and for being inhumanly patient and probably disappointed I did not finish this level sooner.
- EvilLair, for having made a wonderful set of base textures to work with. (eX)
- My many co-workers who give me the drive to be creative.
- Everyone else who I managed to forget to call out by name. This level's been in development for over a year and a half, so I'm sorry if I forgot about your input. Much appreciated nonetheless!
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Old 7th Mar 2011, 10:31 PM   #2
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Truly is awesome.
Great flow, solid BSP work (as always) with some very nice unique touches. The PP work is a great subtle touch.

Then there's the sky and lighting :-D

Seriously, everyone should have this.
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Old 7th Mar 2011, 10:54 PM   #3
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There is no other level I've played that succeeds so perfectly with such a vertical design and flow, and that is reason alone to download it. But it's also an gorgeous map from the materials (props to Dregs and Cr4zy) and lighting, to the insane bsp work.

Why are you reading this? Why haven't you downloaded it yet? Do it. DOO EET NAOW.
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Old 7th Mar 2011, 11:58 PM   #4
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Wow nice!
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Old 8th Mar 2011, 12:17 AM   #5
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Great to see this one finally make it out into the light. I should have known that tweet wasn't some home DIY project! :P

Fantastic job as always bud!
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Old 8th Mar 2011, 01:04 AM   #6
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My initial impressions are very favorable! It really feels like I'm playing UT. Thanks for throwing in a reference to the NEG instead of silly things like field lettuce generators

Now let's see if I can find some humans to play it with.
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Old 8th Mar 2011, 05:22 AM   #7
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I've always loved the look of a Sjosz map; always so neat, clean and flawless with gameplay that knocks you over. Awesome job, man!
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Old 8th Mar 2011, 09:50 AM   #8
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Looks awesome, Sjosz-styled glass surfaces are back!
Downloading... still have to first play Cipe, Nelson's bonus CBP3 bouns maps and the 20brush contest ones, though...
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Screenshots look nice, I really like the ceeling-constructions with it's shadows.

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Put it on some servers <3

85.236.100.217:9677 - Multiplay CTF



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Old 8th Mar 2011, 05:50 PM   #11
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Map is pretty rad Jos! Excellent work!
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Old 8th Mar 2011, 10:57 PM   #12
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Great!!!
Now I miss the days making maps for UT3. You got fun and these beautiful things.
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Old 9th Mar 2011, 02:54 AM   #13
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This map reminds to some umcp map in the past dunno what is... nice map dude with titan is totally madful XD
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Old 9th Mar 2011, 01:36 PM   #14
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Thanks for all the kind comments, guys! I'm glad to hear that you all like it.
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Old 19th Mar 2011, 11:05 PM   #15
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Thumbs up another cool back-to-back CTF map!

I love these when they're done right and this one has been. I like the skybox, music choice coupled with great lighting, shadows and use of color to bring out the atmosphere. Also, some good weapon and item placement. Some seriously-cool gameplay with z-axis, xloc, good flow, excellent layout, etc. My bots can't defend, so I sent all of them to attack while I hung around and defended like a mexican jumping bean. It worked out and I even got the last flag.
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Old 6th Jun 2011, 04:35 AM   #16
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I have reinstalled ut3 just to check this map. Failure of last ctf cup pissed me off, so i removed the game

Nice work, as always. Hope i can play it with humans
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Old 4th Mar 2012, 01:27 PM   #17
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Sjosz!

I bet this is a fantastic map. Looks like a rework of Aquatica. Would be lovely to see it in UT2K4.
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Old 14th Mar 2012, 12:01 AM   #18
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Thumbs up Pretty well done.

Like the lighting, routes, details, shadows, skybox, custom music and I think some bots won't definitely missed out of fun. Nice gameplay, visuals and some delirious BSP workout. Great concept.
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Ooh, a sci-fi CTF map... I am sooo in with this one!
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Nice. It makes me miss the map making and the community that went with it.
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