Metropolis is one vast industrial city that covers the
entire land surface of the planet. Raw materials constantly stream to the
planet through its spaceports, and finished products are either consumed
or exported to other worlds. The population of the planet is so vast that
an accurate census has never proven to be possible. The planetís land
surface is basically one enormous slab of concrete and plas-steel. A
layer of soil was imported and distributed across the surface to support
the flora, which in turn helps maintain the planetís atmosphere as well as
to provide aesthetic value. What appears on the surface of the planet,
however, is like the tip of an iceberg. The city itself extends deep
below the surface (at some places extending miles below the planetís
crust). Tremendous atmospheric processing plants help purify and pump air
throughout the extensive subterranean complex. Many of the citizens have
never been on the surface of the planet, which is inhabited primarily by
military personnel, traders, and the elite class. The deeper beneath the
surface that you travel, the lower the class of citizens you find. The
lowest levels are inhabited primarily by the homeless, scavies, and
mutants. Authorities attempt to reduce the problem of homelessness by
periodically inducting as many of the homeless as possible into the
military; however, many of these citizens do not prove to be able-bodied.
For many of the people in Metropolis, life is a hopeless existence; for
most, it is at best a drudgery.
The area of the city depicted by the map is one that
consists of several plazas. Each plaza is comprised of seven buildings
that surround a lift or elevator platform. The platform is designed to
transport vehicles down into the subterranean parking garages that extend
for the first few thousand feet below the surface of the planet. A
traditional lift contains a single compartment that ascends and descends
through a shaft. Unlike the traditional lift, each shaft within the
Metropolis contains several platforms that can be retracted into the walls
of the shaft at any point. Controlled and coordinated by an automated
system, multiple platforms will raise or lower vehicles through the shaft
simultaneously, thus vastly increasing the speed and efficiency of
operation. The second screenshot provided on this page depicts a vehicle
on a platform that has just been lifted out of the shaft to the surface.
Because it would interfere with the functionality of the lifts,
constructing a building atop a platform will not be possible.
Metropolis has often been subject to alien invasions, and
has even experienced some fighting between various Imperial factions.
Consequently, some of the buildings on the surface of the planet have been
damaged; however, most are still in excellent condition. Many of the
older buildings show signs of deterioration, and some even have mold or
mildew growing along the interior walls.
This map is designed for up to 8 players. It is suitable
for team-play or for a free-for-all battle against live opponents. It is
also suitable for a single player to fight against the computer AI.
Although scripted to include at least one Imperial force, the map is
suitable for any combination of armies you prefer. The map is enormous,
1024 x 1024 in size, so it may take a long time to load. If the mission
runs in a sluggish manner, you may need to upgrade your system RAM and/or
your video card. The map is designed to use any combination of victory
objectives desired. The map contains a total of 5 critical locations, 8
relics, 16 slag deposits, and 140 strategic points.
Download "Metropolis" version 1.0 (File size:
5.35MB) posted May 5,
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