Special mention goes to Rimrook who would have gotten fourth place if it existed. All the other entries below are in no particular order.Anvus
Rimrook's entry is a wonderfully atmospheric and detailed entry that makes excellent use of the textures. We've come to expect no less from Rimrook, so it was a little sad to see no actual gameplay included, and that it didn't take me long at all to run through it. I would love to see a complete SP map made out of this theme. But again, the lack of anything to do is pretty much outweighed by the visuals, so I can't really complain about that.
Rimrooks makes excellent use of the provided textures in his small showcase map. While lighting is a bit bland, use of some simple laser effects adds a lot to this map. Clever use of brushwork and textures helps this entry look very nice. It'd be cool to see this turned into a small mod with some backstory and gameplay.Deathan's Entry
A multi-story deathmatch map with a nice modern style. The brushwork is solid, and the texturing too, but the layout's a little basic, and perhaps too open for deathmatch. I can imagine a lot of hectic spawn kills, and not a lot of people using the upper levels because of it. It looks nice though, Deathan managed to get something pretty unique out of the textures, and actually included gameplay, which sadly a lot of entries didn't!
Dethan's HLDM map certainly has a nice look to it - the cool blue lighting inside the two towers in the map and the use of the contrasting textures in the floor and walkways adds some very nice touches to the map. The layout, however, doesn't seem very practical - every floor above the ground is only accessable from a single central elevator, and it is quite a slow ride to the top. If some modifications were made to provide players with more opportunities for vertical gameplay (stairs, ladders, more elevators, etc), the deathmatch gameplay would probably be quite a bit better.The Incinerator Complex
A heavy industry map from Quartz, with a nice mix of traps, secrets and straight out killing fields. It's pretty blocky in places, and pretty scarcely detailed, but it's functional and the theme comes across well. I found the layout a little confusing in places particularly the indoor segments, but I suppose part of the deathmatch experience is learning the map's tricks. A solid entry.
This is another HLDM entry, with some interesting use of conveyors and moving parts to provide additional routes through the map. Unfortunately, all these routes are one-way, which means the deathmatch gameplay would only flow in one direction. Some paths that work back in the other direction (from the bottom to the top) would improve on this layout. The corridors are a bit small and cramped, and there are a lot of tight spaces and corners - adding some more space would help as well. While the texture work and lighting in this entry could be improved upon, they are still pretty good, and with a bit of extra work, this could make a good deathmatch map.de_minestorm
Doggybag's entry is a solid defusal map for Counter-Strike with a nicely realised mining theme. It's a bit large and sparcely detailed in places, but a pretty great entry overall. Doggybag made good use of the textures, working them into a distinctive mining facility. The layout feels right for some good old fashioned CS action, and each area is different enough making it easy to learn, so no complaints there!
Doggybag's entry is quite large - I wasn't expecting it to be as big as it is. The layout of the map seems reasonably appropriate for a Counter-Strike map, and the size of the map would easily accomodate for a large number of players. Use of rain effects makes the ambiance quite nice. Attention to detail is a little lacking, probably due to the sheer size of the map. The layout of the map is all there, it just needs the extra touches added in. Use of props, models, and attention to lighting would improve this map.Commieman's Entry
Unfortunately the only thing really notable about this entry is how incomplete it is. I'm not sure if the intention was to make a deathmatch map or a full singleplayer adventure, as it's pretty hard to tell what the goal behind the map was with it in the amount of pieces it is. A train yard was maybe not the best choice given the textures, but Commieman deserves points for trying, even if he didn't make it to the end.
Commieman submitted his very incomplete entry of a train station. While it does look quite promising, there's not really much to say - it just needs more time and work to complete. Though, I would love to see this map completed and posted in the map vault!Moaby's Entry
Moaby's entry is a simple little action level the feels like it's styled after the corridor shooters of old. I'm not exactly sure where I'm supposed to be in this map, but it's well mapped and consistently detailed, and uses the pack well. While the gameplay amounts to little more than just shooting your way through a small army, it was challenging and fun enough to keep me going. A sound entry.
Moaby created our only Source entry with single-player gameplay, and he certainly injected a hell of a lot of combine soldiers into it! Fortunately, ammo is easy to come across, and most soldiers drop health canisters, meaning that you shouldn't have too much trouble with this map (though I was on 1HP for a while when I played it!). There's plenty of content in this map, and the textures are used reasonably well to create a nice environment to shoot people in. The "main" room of the map has some good use of lighting, as well - as you make your way past the soldiers, the well-lit room goes dark, and some emergency warning lights come on instead. It's quite a nice effect. Texture use could improve in some areas where it seemed a bit out-of-place or repetitive, and the ending of the map was quite sudden and random.CrAzY's Entry
I don't think I have the words to describe this entry. An incredibly zany entry set in a human testing facility that makes Aperture look safe. You'll fling yourself across rooftops, and through tunnels with the most impractical equipment imaginable. Regrettably, I got stuck more than once, and figuring I had maybe broken the scripting somewhere, had to cheat my way through some sections. Despite that, it was a fun and inventive way to make use of the texture pack.
CrAzY certainly lives up to his name with this entry. It starts in a few small rooms with some basic jumping puzzles, but after that, it starts to turn into something very strange. Unfortunately, I was unable to figure out what should be done due to a complete lack of direction in the map, as well as a reliance on obscure puzzles based on physics glitches in the source engine. I had to noclip to see the second and third maps, which both had simular issues with obscure glitches and lack of direction. Texture use in the first few rooms is okay, but it gets progressively worse as the entry goes on.