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Crane Site
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Overview
Update Released Alpha (v2.0.0 revamped)
Map Status Active
Map Type Construction site/establishment

Crane Site was the first map to ever be playable in Phantom Forces. It was created by shaylan007, one of the three developers of Phantom Forces. Before it had an actual name, players simply called it "Crane". The map has a four-story office building, a multi-story parking lot, a gas station, a garage, a partially constructed building with a sky-walk leading from the offices to the aforementioned building, a pair of silos, colored trailer[1], bunker and the map's defining feature - the crane. The crane is the central focus of this map, hence why it is called Crane Site.

When the game was updated to Version 2.0.0, Crane Site received a visual makeover, featuring an all-new crane and redesigned buildings. Cubicles were also added into the Office Building.

Objectives

Location Flare Domination King of the Hill
Gas Station A
Parking Lot B

Top of partially constructed building

C
In between all office buildings

Strategy

The most notable and iconic part of Crane Site is unsurprisingly the crane. It is a hotspot for snipers, particularly less-experienced ones. It provides snipers with the ability to snipe enemies from most parts of the map. Although it can be an effective sniping position, it is very exposed, with a user being able to be killed from most directions, including the metal grate used as the floor. A good spot to snipe on the crane would be the concrete slab on the right hand side, however, the sniper's head is easily spotted by a Ballistics Tracker, and is still able to be shot from underneath.

More skilled players tend to 'farm' kills off of people who camp on top of the crane. Great places to snipe 'crane campers' are the parking lot and office building, which offer more protection than the crane, at the cost of not being able to snipe players from most parts of the map.

After v2.0.0 was released, crane campers were much, much more common due to the fact that they could hide behind the sign and could not be shot from underneath. Nowadays, the developers have implemented ways to combat crane camping, such as a metal grate for the floor of the crane which can be seen through and shot through, as well as generally making the crane a much more exposed area.

The map is generally friendly for sniper rifle and DMR users, as it provides long-ranged sightlines where users can eliminate enemy players from a distance. However, inside the parking lot, office building and amongst the center of the map, weapons such as PDWs and assault rifles fare better than DMRs. On gamemodes such as King of The Hill, these weapons provide the necessary close quarters combat (CQC) power needed when taking the objective. 

A more interesting option, melee weapons can be very useful for taking out snipers, due to the fact that the player's agility is significantly increased, meaning they can outmaneuver a sniper and kill them before they have time to react. It also provides a stealthier option of killing an opponent, so nearby snipers may be oblivious to the player's presence.

Trivia

  • Before 2.0.0, there was an Eye of Providence on the back of the office building.
    • During alpha testing, shooting the eyeball while scoped in with a sniper would warp a user the top of the radio tower for a free sniping position until they would eventually run out of ammo.
      • Though, teammates can simply deploy on the player to give ammunition.
  • The tower in the back of the map is the same tower in the map Caspian Border from Battlefield 3.
  • There are few cultural references that can be seen after 2.0.0.
    • In the gas station, there is a Swedish Fish package under the counter of the shelf.
    • Litozinnamon's player model can be seen on the radio tower, waving.
    • There is a Pepe flag at the very top of the radio tower after 2.0.0.
  • Before 2.0.0., all other shelves and fridges at the gasoline station were filled with Doritos and Mountain Dew, a direct reference to MLG meme.
  • The green sign near the crane humorously reads "Danger zone 9001km" in reference to the “It's over 9000” meme and "Nowhere 257km", referring to the fact that the map is in the middle of a desert.
  • In the alpha, it was possible to "Wallrun" up the back of the gas station to get to the roof.
  • In update 2.0.0, the map was revamped to be "more clean, polished and appealing" to players, while the actual Crane Site Revamped map was removed from the map roster.
  • This is only one of three maps to be desert-themed, the others being Desert Storm and Dunes.

References

  1. CTE
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