Beta Desert Highway 2021.12.29

Now 75 Miles of Roads!

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  1. ashtonneale23
    ashtonneale23
    5/5,
    Version: 13.0-Alpha
    Oh my gosh! Finally! I love this map and have been waiting for soo long! Looks like we finally got a repave on the roads!
    1. iheartmods
      Author's Response
      Yes, indeed! I'm sorry that it took so long. I had to get the proper time and motivation in place :)
  2. bob.blunderton
    bob.blunderton
    5/5,
    Version: 13.0-Alpha
    Preface:
    I'm giving this map 5 stars because of the fact it's very evident that a LARGE amount of time and effort has been sunk into this. Sure, I could possibly nit-pick a few things here or there - but I think anyone can do that about any map. As a map maker, I can appreciate the fact that if a map can keep you busy for an hour or two in one session- for me it was two hours, that's a very good thing and shows you've made a fun environment with lots to keep the player occupied. Good points are lots and lots of miles of roadway, great for testing out your car configs at full-bore - without being a bore! A whole lot LESS bumps in this version, this is a big plus, as old version 7 or so, use to launch the car randomly.

    More to the point:
    This is basically a rural desert interspersed with bits of civilization in the form of buildings or other man-made things like bridges and signs, and even includes an oasis to stave off boredom. Just when you think you've seen it all, there's a new road or two in the update to keep you exploring. Best of all the FPS is tops here on an AMD Radeon Rx 480 8gb (as expected), the older version also having run great on my old Radeon HD 7850/2gb.
    There were very few MESH roads in this map. Thank-you so much for taking most of them away, only leaving the ones required by the terrain for things such as bridges, or mountain-hugging roads.
    At the risk of sounding conceited, the road textures are beautifully used and really break up the monotony of what would otherwise be the same-looking road for the dozen+ miles it took me to cross this map (it's huge, sometimes bigger IS better). After-all, not every road is paved at the same day, with the same batch of stone, from the same hole in the ground. Something I've learned is you can never have too many types of different road textures, with a large environment like this.
    A sound-stage* is also included, something I don't even have much of in my own maps. Immersion is important, and for what it's worth, it's here!

    A few things I've noted:
    There looks to be good AI support here, with only a few bridges lacking crossing ability for the AI (there's other ways around, however, so they aren't stuck. I can so entirely help on this, as I have a few tricks for this.
    My tires went flat when taking an injured car on the 'main' road's bridge over the stream, but not at all when the car was working 100%. I didn't mind as that was the ONLY time that happened, once, in 2 hours.
    Intersection decal work could use a bit of TLC. I can make T and + intersection decals for you if it would help, always will help a fellow mapper.
    The car didn't notice the water, when it was submerged... so I made the best of the situation and drove about underwater and still had a hoot.
    The things I've brought up in this past paragraph, aren't so much negatives, as they really didn't detract much at all from the enjoyment or immersion, but they're here. This is a formal review, and I am honest as could be here. It's what I'd want for myself.
    Let's not forget the primary objective...
    So what did I do? Cruised a good hour or so in various cars on the roads. Then chose to experiment jumping off the jumps-disguised-as-hills that are everywhere off the sides of the roads, all over this map. I can not overstate the fun of doing such. You could do this all day, and I for one, plan to. Nothing like getting up to 200mph+ and NAILING a hill, for this is why we play Beamng.drive! I then proceeded to take a Ibishu DOVE (mod vehicle) and drive ALL OVER the landscape, enjoyably flying and crash landing to my hearts content, because I killed the 'Legranny Bucket' a bit too easily. There's plenty of high hills/cliffs to go flying off of, and if you toy with the gravity settings (moon gravity, or Jupiter gravity), you can have quite a chuckle at the results when falling into a deep crevice or mini-canyon. There's a lot of fun to be had slamming into the map edge mountains at 200mph also, like the ones at the bend in the road near the starting point.
    In closing I'd like to say, this is why I started mapping - This map. Where Canyon of Speed map made me buy this game, this map made me want to make a map myself. This map originally inspired me that a large terrain with expansive roadways would be possible, going on for miles and miles, because some of us just want to cruise around and set our own objectives and timeline for completing them (or sometimes, never complete them at all and not care).
    Keep up the good work on this. It shows a lot of effort and devotion to a very grateful community, and we thank you for this. You have a good understanding of the level editor, why folks play Beamng, what they want, and what makes a user-map fun. I look forward to your future endeavors. This is most certainly a map that will keep a person happy for an hour or two, or maybe all day! You'll be coming back to this time and again.
    1. iheartmods
      Author's Response
      I love this, thanks so much! I hadn't played with AI during the update so understandably I broke the bridges. I too know exactly how to fix this. Think I need to re-add the water so the physics works properly.

      I'm very glad to have someone as clear and concise as you around! Thanks!
  3. passengerpigeon
    passengerpigeon
    4/5,
    Version: 13.0-Alpha
    This is an excellent map and the first realistic terrain map I installed. One suggestion, though: would it be possible to replace the shrubs by the mountaintop lake with a forest of taller aspen and conifer trees? In real life, mountains in the American desert have full forests above a certain altitude and not low shrubs, and this would add some nice variation to the map.
    1. iheartmods
      Author's Response
      Thanks for your suggestion. This is actually a good idea so I'll think about it. I would think adding a lot of trees up on one side of the map would be taxing on FPS so that's something I'll have to consider.
  4. Scrungo Bungo
    Scrungo Bungo
    5/5,
    Version: 13.0-Alpha
    this is the best map ever made
    1. iheartmods
      Author's Response
      Aww, cheers!
  5. Nissan Skyline
    Nissan Skyline
    5/5,
    Version: 13.0-Alpha
    ITS BACK!!!
    1. iheartmods
      Author's Response
      INDEED. Cheers!
  6. jdbensch
    jdbensch
    5/5,
    Version: 13.0-Alpha
    It's nice to see that you didn't forget this map. It's a fun little map (not really little) to drive around on, especially with AI. I'm glad to hear popped tires won't be a problem. Keep up the nice work!
    1. iheartmods
      Author's Response
      Thanks! It's always been on my mind but life got in the way
  7. fufsgfen
    fufsgfen
    5/5,
    Version: 12.02
    This is really good map, when going at high speed close to AI car you can see how suspension is working with all those perfectly made bumps on road.

    At few intersections I have got blown tires, also at starting area I'm getting weird FPS issue which gets lot worse with tire smoke, but when at different area tire smoke does not affect fps, might be related to weird fps issue I'm getting with lights when shadows are enabled. Maybe it is just my weak i3 cpu.

    Great map for fish tailing AI cars for example, also when I place few concrete barriers it becomes quite nice high speed crash test. Good job!
    1. iheartmods
      Author's Response
      Thanks for 5 stars! Less laggy new version is in the works!
  8. Grigorij
    Grigorij
    5/5,
    Version: 12.02
    Such maps, create new opportunities for the game. The best map for testing car speed limit
    1. iheartmods
  9. corvette86_97
    corvette86_97
    5/5,
    Version: 12.02
    it isn't good...... IT'S GREAT
    please fix some points of the AI and the union of some roads
    only a few things more and this will be a great map
    *sorry my bad english
    1. iheartmods
      Author's Response
      An update is coming soon, I promise you!
  10. Aerohead1999
    Aerohead1999
    5/5,
    Version: 12.02
    I remember watching whybeare doing a video on this back in 2014 and i did not have Beamng drive then but seeing it now made me thing i will play this map thinking but i dont got a fast pc :/ will it matter...
  11. Lamboguy11
    Lamboguy11
    4/5,
    Version: 12.02
    Good but the ai WILL NOT drive on the actual highway...btw idk if its just my version tho
    1. iheartmods
      Author's Response
      I'll look into this for version 13
  12. TheOfficialTini
    TheOfficialTini
    5/5,
    Version: 12.02
    It looks awesome,but i still havenĀ“t tried it,is it a little FPS friendly? because my pc sucks xD
    1. iheartmods
      Author's Response
      It's not too bad on FPS but a quick PC is obviously recommended.
  13. TommasoItaly99
    TommasoItaly99
    5/5,
    Version: 12.02
    I played Versions 7 and 9, and I'm downloading V. 12 right now, awesome map
    1. iheartmods
  14. SandwichesANDmilk
    SandwichesANDmilk
    5/5,
    Version: 12.02
    D-series + pessima X 156 MPH = DEATH DESTRUCTION AND CARNAGE!!!!!!
    1. iheartmods
      Author's Response
      "What a lovely day!"
  15. BACOON
    BACOON
    5/5,
    Version: 12.02
    The best custom made map I have ever seen on beamNG. Spend tens of hours just driving across the map. Had best fun destroying accidentaly my car and towing it with Gavril T-Series back to home place :) Flying is awesome too, it make sense with two airports. I'm happy to see this map still upgrading, hopefully it would be systematic, Big thanks to author for pleasure and chill while driving on this map. Best regards from Poland :)
    1. iheartmods
      Author's Response
      I'm glad you like the map! Greetings from America!
  16. TheActionHero
    TheActionHero
    5/5,
    Version: 12.02
    2/10 not enough road. Just kidding, It's a nice map, and it's pretty relaxing as well.
    1. iheartmods
  17. CarBro74
    CarBro74
    5/5,
    Version: 12.02
    This is an awesome map. Could you just add more exits? I do not like only 3 exits on a highway really long and I am heading at speeds at 100 mph. Also, this is a pun, I found a V12 in this map! ;)
    1. iheartmods
      Author's Response
      Well, more exits equals more roads to exit off of. Isn't there enough already? Thanks for 5 stars!
  18. madmax032
    madmax032
    5/5,
    Version: 12.02
    Thanks for continually updating/improving this map! I have downloaded many versions and it just keeps getting better. The only thing I would change would be the stream/river, which seems very static.
    1. iheartmods
      Author's Response
      I'd like to but I'm not sure how. Thanks for 5 stars!
  19. The Reviewer
    The Reviewer
    4/5,
    Version: 12.02
    For some reason, when i load the map, everything is black except the signs, roads, buildings, and some gray parts on the mountain. The actual desert part is black.... Have you come across this?
    1. iheartmods
      Author's Response
  20. Jujune
    Jujune
    5/5,
    Version: 12.02
    You were right. The Map is awesome now, except for a few things like: Too many green bushes and trees, some buggy roads (to thin or just uncorrect placed on mountains) Also i found some offplaced things like electric cable rails or what they are called.

    Other than this, fun map to drive on, long roads, AI Support, Mostly Smoothroads, no lags, no texture bugs. 9/10 - my actual rating.

    BTW, could need some villages around the map.
    1. iheartmods
      Author's Response
      Thanks Jujune!
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