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cs_east_borough

Hostage rescue map based on neighborhoods from The Bronx borough and Harlem neighborhood in New York City.

East Borough - Hostage Rescue

by Will2k

cs_east_borough is a hostage rescue map based on neighborhoods from The Bronx borough and Harlem neighborhood in New York City. This is not an accurate recreation as I took the creative freedom to merge several elements from real life counterparts into one neighborhood in the map. I was also greatly influenced by the beautiful rendition of New York City in both GTA4 and Crysis2.

The map is realistic and I tried to incorporate all the elements and details that make New York so unique: the buildings and facades, the storefronts and old shops, the street and road signs, the projects, the fire escapes, the graffiti and the list goes on. The details are authentic from New York: storefronts, road signs, sidewalks, manholes, buildings textures... all were carefully crafted and modified in Photoshop and VTFEdit (Took me around 10 days to prepare the textures and my wrist still aches from all the tiny maneuvers I had to perform in Photoshop :)

I also scattered some funny elements throughout the map mainly in the form of billboard ads or bus stop ads. Some ads are brands that I modified and parodied while others are original work that I created from scratch.

The map is about street scenes so expect the gameplay to be in wide open areas with some back alley and indoor action. The map offers access to some buildings for elevated heights and sniping opportunities. And for those of you wondering: yes, the basketball court is built to scale :)

The layout is very simple and easy to remember and provides instant action for both sides as well as ambush opportunities and surprise attacks.

The optimization process took me around 1 week to finalize and to find the optimum locations for hints and areaportals and the optimum fade distances for models (Non-critical models will slowly fade as you walk away from them and disappear once the player is at the other end of the street). The high FPS is consistent around the map and provides smooth gameplay for players.

The map has:

  • 64 spawn points (32 vs 32)
  • radar overview
  • 3D skybox
  • Soundscapes
  • custom textures and models
  • Manually-tuned Nav file with place names

All the custom resources (except the nav) are embedded in the bsp.

For installation, simply extract the 4 files in the zip archive (bsp, nav and 2 txt files) to your \Counter-Strike Source\cstrike\maps folder.

I had a blast in the 2 months lifespan of this project and I really hope you enjoy this map as much as I did creating and testing it. Comments and constructive feedback are always welcome.

Will2k

March 14, 2012

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    1 year ago:
    10/10

    I usually do not enjoy CS (Hostage Rescue) maps... but this map is Excellent!!!

    Close combat.. Long range.. Multi-level.. very well done!

    Thank You

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    3 years ago:
    hey, when i was opened the file,there was only 1 text file and when i tried to open the map in the game, the game suddenly start to stop working. Can you help me with this problem?

    9/10

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    3 years ago:

    Posted by Matr!X7689 Brilliant!

    Thanks for commenting and rating; appreciate it :)

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    Brilliant!

    10/10

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    3 years ago:

    Posted by PJ Gas You can change this map please go to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ?

    Thanks for rating.

    I already have plans to make a sequel to this map in CSGO. It will not be a direct remake (not the same map) as the new one will be a bomb/defuse map with different layout & gameplay. However, it will share some of the buildings and textures from this map.

    Stay tuned.

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    You can change this map please go to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ?

    10/10

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    4 years ago:
    Awesome and professional map!

    Playable on .:. Map-Paradise .:. 84.200.7.220:27015

    10/10

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    4 years ago:

    Posted by captain0terror really amazing stuff sir. I have no understanding how you are able to build a map this big and maintain +150 fps everywhere in the map. Just wow.

    I have a PhD in optimization :))

    You can read my technical paper here where I describe in one of the sections how to approach optimization for the source engine.

    Thanks for the nice words

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    4 years ago:
    really amazing stuff sir. I have no understanding how you are able to build a map this big and maintain +150 fps everywhere in the map. Just wow.

    Love all the custom materials which really make you feel like you're there. Did you make all those overlays too?

    The only breaks in immersion for me was that you can see the skybox corners, and the one hill looks like a ramp where might look more natural as a smooth curve ;)

    Great work! :P

    10/10

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    4 years ago:

    Posted by sand15 Why the map don't load when I click start . At console it show red font that
    CModelLoader::Map_IsValid: Map 'cs_east_borough' bsp version 20, expecting 19 map load failed: cs_east_borough not found or invalid Please help me!! Thank you very much

    try googling it

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