Reviewed By: Windebieste
an unfortunate accident, your APC has crashed through the
walls of a Xenomorph hive. Crawling clear of the flaming
wreckage, you lose consciousness. Once wakefulness reasserts
itself, it's obvious that you are going to need to find
some weapons in order to defend yourself. Hopefully, scouring
the wreckage of the APC will equip you with the basics of
what you need - but to find real firepower and hold your
ground against the inevitable onslaught of jaws and slime,
you'll have to explore deeper into the hive...
Hive is a small, Single Player Marine map. The Objectives
are simple: Explore the hive until you can find bigger better
weapons and make your way back to the destroyed APC to collect
your final kit and hold your own against the swarming Aliens.
The map culminates in a Skirmish session which means endless
joyous fun for fans of knocking the socks off of infinite
AI. Cool, if you like that kind of gameplay.
The map is short in its presentation and gameplay has been
extended by making the Player traverse the entire length
of the map and then return to the starting location, thus
doubling the use of the design. This kind of backtracking
is a tried and true method of extending gameplay without
having to create huge maps, but hey, if it is good enough
for DooM3 (Which has a truckload of backtracking) it's good
enough for AvP2 maps.
The Author spent about 3 weeks creating this map, but it
doesn't suffer in the quality department. Indeed, the map
is well built, lit correctly and has its fair share of surprises
in store for the Player. The opening cinematic is mood laden
and sets the scene perfectly. The use of custom Objectives
to get the Player on the move is well implemented and the
placement of dialogue over your 'headset' is clever and
spot on. Keep on the look out for the Welding Torch - it's
placement is randomised, but once found, it can be used
to repair the damaged Sentrygun that you can find early
in the map.
Pickups - Ammo, Health, Armour,
Welding Torch, Pistol, Pulse Rifle, Flame Thrower, Smartgun,
is a fine, well assembled little map and will satisfy some
of your craving for Single Player fun. Unfortunately, it
is as brief as it is, but nonetheless, it is well worth
the download. If you are comfortable roaming around inside
a dark, giant cockroach infested slime pit that closely
resembles your younger brother's bedroom, then this map
is definitely for you.
More of this kind of thing, please.
You had better get used to seeing more of this Single Player stuff being released.
Most of the long term AvP2 mappers have now moved onto working
on such Projects. Expect to see Single Player maps and multi
leveled campaigns coming out of the woodwork. You can still
expect Multiplayer maps to be made, but the age of good
quality custom made solo play content for AvP2 is now upon
us - and about time, too.
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