PUBG fans are enjoying the beauty of learning and exploring a new map, which is perfect timing for this week’s Big Question: maps. Specifically, multiplayer ones.
While there’s plenty of debate about what the best multiplayer maps might be, everyone has their favourites. And you might be fully aware that your favourite isn’t necessarily the balanced or fairest map, but goddamit, it suits the way you play, and that makes it fun.
I used to absolutely love the snot out of de_cbble in old-school Counter-Strike for this reason. It was, unabashedly, a defenders’ map. You very rarely saw terrorists picking up six or seven rounds, unless someone had radically screwed up somewhere.
That was just how the map was designed: it was hard as nails to crack, and I enjoyed being with a team who loved butting their head against that challenge. (It was also the first map I ever played in a competitive LAN match, which happened to go into overtime where I got a couple of clutches and basically flipped the game with a full crowd watching. Good times.)
Facing Worlds is a fan favourite for a similar reason: it’s iconic, evocative, even though the long sniper lines and narrow design mean it’s not a very practical map to play on. But hey, if you’re playing Instagib CTF, you’re just in it for those big kill streaks.
More recently, I’ve been playing a lot of Overwatch. In there, it’s the control point modes that really sign to me. I’m a big fan of Ilios, considering I play a lot of Soldier 76, Moira and Roadhog, although Lijang Tower always has plenty of great, tense battles.
What are your favourite multiplayer maps?