What defines a great multiplayer map, be it for first-person
shooters, real-time strategies and so on?
A grand amount of space
for players to explore? Various passages, shortcuts and back doors
for easy escapes and flanking? Unique and humorous settings that
contrast with the main game?
Some games like to push things farther and get very creative with the
level designs, either by making them take place in unexpected
locations - such as Santa's workshop in a destruction derby vehicular
combat game - or by adding neat twists to the gameplay for a
unique and memorable experience.
Take first-person shooters, for example. Most will likely take place in a generic, war-torn city or underground
military bunker. Interactivity is usually kept to a minimum and there
are no lovely music tracks or stand-out features that set it apart
from much else from the market.
And then you might make the discovery that a beloved cult-classic
shooter from years ago set their level in a swingin' sixties disco,
complete with instruments to mess around with and a shiny crystal
ball floating above the dance floor.
Without further adieu, here are ten of the most bizarre, weird and
wonderful multiplayer maps. Share your experiences, or some of your
personal favourites, in the comments below!