Offices

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Offices
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Author: Tripwire Interactive
Trader: 4 locations
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"High above Horzine's infamous Biotics Laboratory stands the corporate face of the twisted organization. Local police forces were penned in and wholesale slaughtered when they converged on the entrance. The Horzine offices were undergoing a renovation at the time of the outbreak. Because of this, large portions of the building are closed off."

Offices is a map which takes place in a three-story office building and its neighboring parking lot. Caught in a torrential downpour, the face of the Horzine company ended up, quite ironically, being the setting for the cliche "First Contact" scenario. It is one of the four maps to have originated from the Killing Floor mod, created by Alex Quick. Players take control of the team in the car park in front of a barricaded gate facing the smashed lobby entrance of the building. It is quite a hard map, as players can be attacked by specimens from many different directions, and it is easy to become trapped. This is also one of the darkest maps, especially on the staircases, so flashlight-equipped weapons are recommended.

Map layout[edit]

The map is centred around the office building from which it takes its name. From the ground floors there are two stairwells up, one at the left of the lobby one at the rear of the building which ascends all the way to the roof. There are two other small stairways which ascend from the first to the second floor near the floors two traders. Along the front and rear of the building on all but the ground floor there are large windows which the player can fall through. The majority of which cause a players death but the lower front windows can be survived at a loss of between 70 and 85 health, which can be used as a quick escape or a shortcut to the lower trader, and the guideline to the trader will sometimes go out of one of these windows.

Trader locations[edit]

There are four traders on the map, one on the ground floor a short distance from spawn and two on the first floor; one overlooking car park, one at the rear of the building. The final trader is on the top floor also overlooking the car park.

Defensive positions[edit]

  • Although the stairs are a danger if you are outmanoeuvred by specimens, a team with great coordination will be able to survive. With enough dedicated men (i.e., one for the top, looking into the upper hallways, and one for the bottom, looking towards the traders corridor, is necessary, though more would be desirable) it is possible to hold the stairs connecting the second and third floors, next to the trader by the open window. This tactic requires tight coordination between team members and lots of experience to handle reload times. However, the AI will eventually grow a brain and spawn enough specimens to trap you and your squad there. One person defending each end, with a Field medic running back and forth between between them would suffice. Ideally a Berserker, a Support specialist or a Commando would be preferred for each door, but Sharpshooters or Firebugs will do. Demolition men are not really suitable for defending on the frontline, but can fire grenades over the heads of the players who are on the frontline.
  • In the corridor with the first floor's Trader, if the door at the end is welded, then the team can concentrate their firepower in one direction. To prevent an attack from behind, at least one player should supervise the rear door (preferably a Support specialist) to keep it welded shut, or to tackle any specimens that break through (in which case the team should be alerted). If some players go past the broken wall, then at least one person should maintain line of sight on the room on the other side in order to prevent specimens from spawning inside.
  • Diagonally across from the first floor trader is an excellent spot for Support Specialists to hold, as all specimens are funneled through a single opening and the team members have their backs to the wall. Demolitions are not recommended, as combat is limited to relatively short range.
  • Another good place to hold up is the "U" shaped stairs leading to the roof. Weld as many of the doors on the third floor,the "H" shaped place with a trader location, shut. Afterwards all specimens will be funnelled through the single door on the third floor and the long strip on the roof. These stairs can be held by two Sharpshooters armed with Crossbows, high enough level, and skill.
  • A good place to hold, provided you have sufficient squad firepower to do so, is the roof at the very top. There are 3 entrances, 2 of which are weldable and the other specimens very rarely come from, allowing effective bottlenecking of incoming specimens. The entrances are also very easily defended with use of pipe bombs, as players are able to stand a good distance away from the doors that the specimens have to enter through. This distance also allows players to easily kill any specimens before they get too close, especially if there is a good Demolition user in the team. It should be noted that Crawlers and Stalkers can spawn on top of the roof of the entrance with the fence next to it, but a vigilant squad can easily take out anything coming from there before the specimens get close.

Tactics[edit]

  • There is a trick on the doors that all lead to the staircase; if you back into the corner on the side of the door that swings open towards. When a specimen (Or player) opens that door onto you, you will be closed in the corner until It is re-opened. Specimens have no AI for closing doors, so if your friends are on the roof and you have just spawned, this is a good tactic to use if you don't have enough fire power to reach the roof.
  • If you are on the second floor by the trader next to a window, then you can jump out of the window and onto the car below to escape from nearby specimens. This costs 60-70 health, or up to 85 if you fall on the ground instead of the car.
  • If you are a Demolition, it's advised to stay on the roof or by the trader at the bottom corridor, to make sure you will have enough room to avoid any oncoming specimens. If you consider yourself a skilled Demoman, or have a good team with you, you will do fine on all floors and stairs.

Trivia[edit]

On numerous walls in the building, along with most other Killing Floor maps many words and phrases are smeared in the Specimen victims' blood, such as "...Liars", "God Save Us All", "Look At Us" etc. possibly proving that the Specimen still have a small sliver of consciousness and intelligence remaining, enough to retain the ability to read/write, to know to avoid explosive devices like grenades and pipebombs, and even to form some sort of hierarchy or infrastructure (i.e. how the Patriarch commands the other specimen).


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