Up For Debate - What Are The Best FPS Multiplayer Maps Of All Time?

Written by Jacques Waugh on Sun, Mar 27, 2016 10:00 AM
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We’ve all got a favourite map. Sometimes you just click with the layout and the way the guns are balanced for a map and it sticks with you. Some maps are a perfect distillation of what a game is designed to play like and others are universally good and see play outside of the game they were first made for.

We’ve compiled a list of what we think are some of the best FPS maps for multiplayer to help jog your guys’ memories in the remembering the greatest maps to shoot, stab and frag your way around.

Battlefield 3 - Seine Crossing

Not the most famous Battlefield map but one that got the Battlefield 3 formula just right. It didn’t matter if you wanted to drive a tank, lock down an area from a window or snipe across the river, Seine Crossing provided so much variance in the way you fought that it felt like 5 maps rolled into one in the best way possible.

Call of Duty 4 - Crash

FPS maps have a tendency to be balanced towards a certain playstyle such as sniping or close quarters. Crash was incredible because it allowed for all types of gunplay, whether it was shotguns in the buildings or a sniper on the roofs, you never knew what kind of fight you’d be in for.

Unreal Tournament 2004 - Facing Worlds

Bullets, jetpacks, space, this map had it all. Featuring some pretty crazy low gravity combat, the two towers map defined Capture the Flag for a generation. With the epic backdrop of Earth beneath your feet, Facing Worlds is a truly timeless and epic experience.

Goldeneye - Complex

While Complex may be the most visually boring of the maps on our list, it was definitely one of the craziest. Hidden doorways leading to secret sniper spots and vents that allowed for sneaky routes into other rooms became to many the quintessential Goldeneye map.

Counterstrike: Source - Office

Now before you scream “Dust” at me like a crazed zealot, I’d argue that Office was a more varied and nuanced map. Finding life outside of Counterstrike as a staple of Garry’s Mod proved this map was built for frenetic FPS battles.

Halo: Combat Evolved - Blood Gulch

Bungie have tried many times since, but they’ve have they match the achievement of the truly iconic Blood Gulch. Two bases stand end-to-end across a vaguely symmetrical map, separated by a winding road in the middle, a high path to one side and cave network to the other. Surely one of the greatest CTF maps of all time.

Timesplitters 2 - Hospital

Last but not least, we have the Hospital map from the ever loved Timesplitters 2. Originally to be called Asylum, the map features all sorts of religious iconography creating an awesome horror themed environment to murder your friends in. It was one of those levels that had so much personality that the game felt entirely different while played on it.

These are just a snapshot of the great maps gamers have had a chance to slay their way across. What do you guys think of the maps on our list? Let us know if you agree or disagree and which maps you guys will always hold a place in your heart for, and what makes those maps so great in the comments below.

Which of these was the best FPS multiplayer map?

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23:41 Mar-28-2016

De_dust2 pls

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17:00 Mar-28-2016

De_dust_2 damn it --

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16:57 Mar-28-2016

how in the hell can you not include De_Dust II...
no words....

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15:15 Mar-28-2016

Does Sniper Elite U-Bahn Station counts? :)

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14:09 Mar-28-2016

de dust 2 cs 1.6 still best for me :)

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10:36 Mar-28-2016

You missed the best (in my opinion) fps game of all time, certainly from a map design prospect. Battlefield Bad Company 2. Atacama Desert, Valparaiso, Isla Innocentes, Nelson Bay, Arica Harbor are my favourites

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04:04 Mar-28-2016

I would have to say Untitled in CS 1.6 was the best map of all.

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02:07 Mar-28-2016

and of course people in the Discussion Area are suggesting Dust 2 xD
haha! I like BF3 Seine Crossing.

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01:03 Mar-28-2016

blood gulch...lost my very soul on that one...

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21:15 Mar-27-2016

UT Facing Worlds is what i voted for cause it is the only CTF map that people didn't care about getting the flag and played it as a death match.

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19:52 Mar-27-2016

CS:S Office and Halo Blood Gulch are the two maps I most remember. Ah Halo Combat Evolved get my sniper use a banshee and fly to that cliff area to snipe at you know what I am talking about

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01:06 Mar-28-2016

i love you,your the guy on every server that i hated !

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18:46 Mar-27-2016

Strike at Karakand anyone? :D

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01:17 Mar-28-2016

bf2 then yes, bf3 and 4 then no

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15:40 Mar-28-2016

BF2 version was the best. BF3 version was pretty good too. I remember when there was this glitch that you could fly by standing on the MAV and get to the highest building and snipe confused people. Damn that was hilarious :D

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18:45 Mar-27-2016

Call of duty 4 : Crossfire is the best map ever.


also James Bond: Nightfire with the map Skyline (ps2) (no multiplayer thou, but still awesome on 4-player split screen)

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18:26 Mar-27-2016

I have fond (and gut-bustingly hilarious) memories of Facing Worlds from the original Unreal Tournament

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17:04 Mar-27-2016

(CSGO) Dust2 for its amazing ability to be plain, simple, extremely well balanced, and yet still a fantastic map to play on.


(Cod4) Crossfire for its amazing ability to bring out teamwork.

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17:00 Mar-27-2016

no csgo dust?

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16:07 Mar-27-2016

Well... The only one of these I have tried is Blood Gulch on Halo. I normally avoid online multi player like it is the plague, and the only reason I know Blood Gulch is because there was local multiplayer on the original Halo. So I guess that is the one I will vote for. ;)

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17:34 Mar-27-2016

same

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15:54 Mar-27-2016

Where is Quake 3?!And some maps from Rainbow Six games definatly deserve a chance.

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15:47 Mar-27-2016

What about de_dust2?

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13:47 Mar-27-2016

Halo CE:Blood Gulch&#60Sidewinder as a CTF map, the amount of strategy and thought that can go into this map without any communication is simply staggering, this may be one of the greatest maps ever made PERIOD!


CS:S- As great a casual map to shoot em up as office is, Dust 2 is the most iconic in the Counter-Strike map pool, I understand the want for variety in the article God forbid everyone calls you out by sticking to the norm, but as an internet dweller it is therefore my duty to scream DUST like aforementioned zealot.


CoD 4- Crossfire is in my opinion the best map of Call of Duty as a whole, the huge variety in firefights allows for sniping duels, intense CQC firefights, while Crash is fun, nothing really punishes anyone going into the 3 story and staying there all day, campers suk

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14:09 Mar-27-2016

UT 2004- Honestly its hard to say, corrugation, ironic, icetomb, facing worlds... Too hard to choose FeelsBadMan
BF3- Naw, F' that BF as a whole, the greatest map of all time, as far as the fun factor goes, is Sharqi Peninsula, with a distant second being Gulf of Oman, somehow the remade Sharqi Peninsula became an underplayed wasteland, but players of Battlefield 2, and hopefully BF3 B2K players, can all remember the fond memories the firefights of Sharqi gave us.


GoldenEye graced us with Facility, a streamlined deathmatch experience! Hard to compare any GoldenEye map with Facility as it went on to be officially updated TWICE, in spiritual successors, Perfect Dark and Perfect Dark Zero known with the sleek name Felicity.
TimeSplitters 2: Compound!

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15:56 Mar-27-2016

i love crossfire man but crash has more of an element of surprise and you can always hit the campers from behind.otherwise i agree with you

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