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Game Mode: Classic, Deathmatch
Tags: Hostage
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Jun 8, 2013 @ 6:32am
Feb 24 @ 1:34pm
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Description
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. This map is a remastered version of my CSS map cs_east_borough (2011-12) with almost complete visual upgrade/overhaul from brushwork and models to textures and visual/lighting effects. It will be soon followed by a bomb/defuse sequel, de_brooktown, based on neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Manhattan boroughs in New York City.

The map is very realistic and authentic, and I tried to incorporate all the elements and details that make New York so unique: storefronts (with the exception of couple of them), road and traffic signs, sidewalks, manholes, graffiti and buildings... were all taken from actual NYC photos. The storefront signs are mostly from landmark stores in New York (brand names edited) and the traffic signs are taken from the Department of Transportation (DOT) and are specific to NYC. I built the sidewalk, curbs and ramps according more or less to the specifications found in the road manual of the NYCDOT. Even the orange traffic lights and the famous orange NYC taxi have the RGB color values as in their real life counterparts :)

The textures preparation took me a lot of time to do the research and prepare the reference photos; every texture you see, especially storefronts, signs and graffiti, is the result of 3-4 photos layered in Photoshop and meticulously (also painfully for the wrist and eyes :) retouched and edited to get the final visuals you see in the map. I relied on 2 amateur photography blogs that are dedicated to New York (and maintained by New Yorkers :)

I also scattered some funny signs throughout the map mainly in the form of billboard, building and bus stop ads. Some ads are brands that I modified and parodied (Grey Van shades, Lesswiser beer, Redbook footwear,...) while others are my original idea/work that I designed and created from scratch (Crook law firm, LOL insurance, Family jewels,...). There are many others that you'll discover while roaming the streets.

The map is about street scenes in addition to some backalley 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. Despite being an open-ended map, it is fully optimized with luxurious frame rate across all parts for a smooth gameplay experience.

The map has:

- 64 spawn points (32 vs 32)
- Static loading screen & 2 radars (grayscale/colored)
- 3D skybox
- Soundscapes and Particles
- custom textures
- Kv file (SWAT vs Professionals)
- HDR with tonemap control and color correction/post processing
- Manually-tuned Nav file with place names

The map can also be found on Gamebanana (old version, not updated)
http://csgo.gamebanana.com/maps/174539

My website and portfolio since 1999: http://will8k.tripod.com

An excellent video by Ferhod titled "I've got the power" taking place in the streets of East Borough can be watched here

Enjoy the map.

Will2k

June 8, 2013
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LE1T MAMKU SKLEIT Jun 26 @ 4:00am 
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Pey'j Jun 4 @ 4:35am 
Can i ask for your authorization to use this map in a video, please?
will2k  [author] May 27 @ 11:23am 
@ keesu: thanks :)

The bomb/defuse sequel to East Borough, also taking place in urban New York, can be found here:

Brooktown
keesu May 27 @ 4:49am 
Brill, more please.
will2k  [author] May 26 @ 2:23am 
@ ϟ dante ϟ: thanks for the support :)
will2k  [author] May 26 @ 2:23am 
@ Storm_at_Sea: Thank you for your comment.

Initially the map only supported classic hostage rescue, but after the last update in February, I added deathmatch mode for the fun of it.

I guess for AR mode to work well, the map needs to be a bit more compact. The map was designed back in 2011 for Counter-Strike Source with only hostage rescue scenario in mind and obviously I did not account for arms race at that time :)

I'm not sure how well arms race would work on this map but i'll keep it in mind for the next update. Thanks.
dante May 25 @ 4:21pm 
This has been one of my favorite maps for a long time.
Storm_at_Sea May 14 @ 6:48am 
Ever considered adding Arms Race to the map? -It's very similar to DM which it has already (I'm trying for an ArmsRace achievement and I'd like some different maps to play on, unfortunately many ppl don't add that play mode to maps even though they have dm- basically any map with dm would handle arms race well too). Just a thought. Thanks for the map.
will2k  [author] May 14 @ 4:42am 
@ Jarzka: Thank you.
Jarzka May 13 @ 12:27pm 
Very nice