- If you're searching for other versions of the map, you might want to check Recurring maps#HyperBlast.
DM-HyperBlast (whose full name is HyperBlast) is a map appearing in Unreal Tournament.
A perfect open map for one-on-one takedown, DM-HyperBlast has a wide variety of defensive items to gain an upper hand against your opponents.
Map description Edit
Hyperblast is an axially symmetrical map geared for defensive gameplay. The layout consists of three levels accessible via ramps. The lower level is composed of two rooms with a corridor between them, and door-like openings to the outside, which means you can knock your opponents into the hyperspace if you are lucky.
The middle level is the largest and consist of two platforms with two corridors between them. The wider one has the Pulse Gun, the narrow one has an Armor. The lower level can be accessed only through these arms. There are a pair of teleporters in the platforms, which can get you a quick escape if you need to get away hastily. Additionally, a long semicircular corridor connects the two sides, filled with Health Vials and a Shield Belt at the middle. The pickups are handy to boost your defense.
The upper level is simply a corridor with access to outside and an Invisibility powerup at the middle, above the middle corridor connecting the platforms. The top of the ship is a very dangerous place. With absolutely no cover, weapons that deal heavy shock damage can easily toss you into hyperspace. This is where you will find the Rocket Launcher (above the Invisibility/Pulse Gun) and the Shock Rifle (above the semicircle) outside.
Weapons and pickups Edit
|Bio Rifle|| |
| Weapon: Lower level, right side.|
Ammo: Lower level, right side.
|Shock Rifle|| |
| Weapon: Outside, on the curve.|
Ammo: Outside, on the curve.
|Pulse Gun|| |
| Weapon: Middle level, dead center.|
Ammo: Middle level, dead center.
| Weapon: Middle level, right side.|
Ammo: Middle level, right side.
| Weapon: Middle level, left side.|
Ammo: Middle level, left side.
|Flak Cannon|| |
| Weapon: Lower level, left side.|
Ammo: Lower level, left side.
|Rocket Launcher|| |
| Weapon: Outside, on top of the ship.|
Ammo: Outside, on top of the ship.
|Health Vial|| |
|Health Pack|| |
|Body Armor|| |
|In the narrow corridor between the two sides.|
|Shield Belt|| |
|Middle level, at the mid-point of the curve.|
|Upper level, dead center.|
Tips and tricks Edit
- The Shock Rifle is dangerous to get, but very rewarding when it comes to damaging your enemy.
- When you see a player falling into the void, don't waste your time and shoot him quickly to score a frag.
- As an added touch of realism, players that fall into deep space will swell up like balloons as the pressure around them drops, and will explode after a few seconds. As a player moves away from the ship, there is a "point of no return", after which his or her body begins to expand and there is no way to avoid exploding. Their ability to move around out here is limited, so try to shoot your opponents before they pop in order to get the kill!
- Get the Rocket Launcher or the Flak Cannon, then camp at the Shield Belt. Also collect the Health Vials for the maximum health.
Single player Edit
This is the level where you fight Xan, the Tournament champion, in a very hard one-on-one battle. You have to score 15 frags before him to win the game. He constantly jumps around during combat, thus making hitscan weapons nearly useless. Also, he perpetually traverses the ship, making it a burdensome task to hide from him. Furthermore, he has the exasperating habit to pick up the Invisibility from the upper level. When he does so, keep running away until his invisibility effects wear off. With this said, plus all of the previous tips, here're some additional tips:
- You have to rely on splash damage (shock combos, flak shells, rockets, explosive blades) and spamming weapons (minigun, flak cannon) to damage him.
- Keep him away from the Shield Belt at all costs. Since he's a tough opponent anyway, you shouldn't make his task any easier.
- If he leads the match, try to lure him outside and knock him off the ship. This will decrease the frag difference. The same is also advised if he picks up the Shield Belt AND the Invisibility.
- If nothing else works but your aim is good, camp at the top of the curved corridor and keep shooting at him with the Shock Rifle when he goes for the Rocket Launcher. Even if you do not kill him, there is a chance that he won't be able to land next to you.
- Alternatively, you can wait at the Shield Belt until he goes for the Shock Rifle, then shoot him; he can't dodge in mid-air.
- In order to prevent Xan from picking up the Invisibility, you must reach it first, and then control it by timing (it respawns every 109 seconds, so keep track of the time by looking at the scoreboard's "remaining time" while you aren't engaged in battle).
- This map had the working title "Borealis".
- The map was started by Inoxx and finished by Eekels. The latter carved the semicircular area and did the weapon/item placement.
- This map is remade as DM-HyperBlast2 with minor changes, to serve as the Final map in Unreal Tournament 2004.
- The PlayStation 2 version of the game takes the first sentence of the intro text, and adds the following:
Author's notes Edit