Thursday, 19 February 2009

Backlot for COD4

Level name : Backlot

Author : Alex 'Sparks' Romo

Date of release : 17 April 2008

Size : 63 092 kb

Number of maps : 1

Website : here

Download link: Author's page

Story and Mission :

None If I understand right this was a modification, throught adding a strong sp gameplay, to an originally made MP map.


In this map the Author, mainly focussing on scritping, wanted to create a map oriented in a possible disturbing gameplay through playing as a enemy of the american troops...The goal is oriented in a multi purpose mission with a major one that is to old the place.

I really don't know if I'm right but the map Backlot is one of the favorite multiplayer map for COD 4 and is a map delivered with the original game, I won't describe the architecture and design that has a perfect professionnal layout and will only focus on the gameplay
Gameplay is quite restricted due the posibility and the size from the map. It has for sure in some place a quite clostrophobic feeling but the author was able to create an intense experience that didn't make you feel like being blocked in a small township.
Objectives are well trigered to make the mission intense, travelling can be sometime approxiamtive and the use of the compass is really necessary to know where to go next. Hopefully you have a lot of squad mate that make the experience more ballanced that if you were alone.
Challenge isn' t that difficult and this is perhaps the minor issue of this map conversion.

In conclusion: Alex was really able to create an intense and well scritped experience that except the point of vue ('enemy' role) was really enjoyable, with a good mix between objectives to achieve and combats. THis one is for sure a one to be tested.

Playtime : 20 minutes

Rating : A B C D E (78%)

Sunday, 8 February 2009

sp_Pillar for COD4

Level name : sp_pillar

Author : Red

Date of release : 5 October 2008

Size : 36 167 ko

Number of maps : 1

Website : here

Download link: here (you may need to register to get this one : Recommanded)

Alternative Download:

Story and Mission :

None the author created at First a MP map and after converted this 'arena map' into a single player expeirence.


This map is a hard mission to service it's nohing to bother with what we are normally looking for as a mission oirented in team squad added with multi purpose objective. In this one you have several goals to achieve but mainly just need to survive...

Design is quite simple with a squared arena full of pillar and crossed by to water path from which you cannot get out. You will after need to go to a dark underground maze that you need to travel forward and backward...The ambiance isn't that bad but design is for sure quite limited

Gameplay is in the same way simple. First you will need to activate some stone that will give you the opportunity to autosave and breath a littlebit when the first previous objective are finished you will need to recover doxument and after escape in a portal futuristic way. Gameplay and combats are quite challenging and this seems to be the most import aim

In conclusion: This is a simple suriving experience with no eyelights nor realistic experiance but regarding to what we encountered in the actual gaming experience it's something different and for sure even if got a lot of frustration filling I was quite happy to finish it...

Playtime : 30 minutes

Rating : A B C D E (61%)