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Screen Shot Screen Shot Added 7-5-1998
LEVEL: TAB7: TO LIVE & DIE IN STROGGOS
(tab7.zip 983K)
AUTHOR: Michael Contorno

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RATING
80

PLUSES

MINUSES SUMMARY
Tab 7?? 7?? Michael must have a clone or two helping him out. The most prolific Q2 author out there is back with a brand new map. This time you mission is simply to get 2 keys, clean up the area, and get out. The map sports some good variety in locales, a very good challenge, and plenty of action. You begin in an outdoor area which is very unnaturally angular, and choppy, and seems haphazardly thrown together. Action and challenge are high as you make your way into a smallish building to retrieve a key from a very nice looking computer room. Texture use within the building was very nicely done, and I found it pleasantly appealing. Taking the key back outside, it can be used to access a much larger building, where the bulk of the map takes place. This second building contains some good looking architecture, and more of the same high challenge and plenty of action. There is a very difficult to locate, yet well crafted, secret area lurking within this building, and it contains some very useful items. The building displays some of Michael's trademark complex lay-out, making it seem much larger than it is. Inside you need to find the Pyramid key, to unlock the exit of the map. Gripes include: the terribly angular outdoor areas, a complete lack of story, some brushes which appeared to be slightly out of alignment, and an all-over unpolished feel. All told, this map doesn't live up to the quality standard which the Tab maps have been reaching lately. It has an unprofessional, slapped together feel in many areas, which, combined with the lack of plot, contributes to a feeling that the map has no real 'soul' to it. It's a decent play, but don't expect the level of quality previous Tab maps offered.