This arena is in celebration of Arken Weapons anniversary. Arken manufactures many weapons including the experimental ones used in this tournament.
A very open hardcore style map with an interesting feature; a tank. This tank charges every minute or so and it fired using a small control room that’s situated off to one side. The area it spams is large and open and not a good place to be once this thing starts firing. Very satisfying when you wipe all your opponents out. It does add a great side to the gameplay and is a welcome addition to the normal deathmatch style.
The playercount is set at 2 to 4 but I think another two can fit in here comfortably. this isn’t really a duel map though. Bots don’t seem to get caught up anywhere and they know how to use the tank. Pickups are thoughtfully placed as well.
One problem is that you can get stuck on the back end of the tank. It can get really fiddly jumping out. Hammer jumping doesn’t seem to work.
Performance 23/30 (Hardware)
It is a very heavy map due to high polys. I found this map to run much better under OpenGL. Try these as I found them to give good rates. If you have no problems then don’t change. I did get slight slowdown when looking across the tank area, even with the custom OpenGL drivers.
Eye Candy 23/25
One look at the screenshots will tell you that this is no slouch in the looks department. Those extra polys have been put to good use. The tank looks especially impressive as does the sky box. The architecture looming menacingly over the map. Lighting has also been done to a high standard.
The Details 10/15
All here but no word that the OpenGL drivers are needed or even suggested. In fact, under DirectX it blue screened. I had to spend time hunting down custom drivers just to get the map to run.
Final Score 82/100
A great looking map but those extra poly really cost and the problem of getting stuck behind the tank mean the score is lower than it could have been. Due to the DirectX driver problems this map runs poorly under DirectX, maps must run on a standard UT install. I haven’t marked Arken down as this was unclear in my map submission page and therefore would be unfair to the author.