Hell is the Holy Grail of Paintball Acre-age. You won't find a better or bigger field in Michigan for playing big games. But that's just it, if you play paintball like a game, it's fun there. If you play it like a sport (tourney style), it's average. Hell is famous for it's woods ball and village, and they're fun, but walking on is just not that fun if you've ever played paintball as a sport.
Paintball as a Game:
I know all big games are similar, and i would still recommend going to at least one big game here to see if you like it (prefer the Tippmann Challenge or a Dollack).
But the thing is, you'll shoot a case and a half in one day, and 2,998 shots will be at a 45 degree angle, and they'll hit a tree. the problem in some sort is that the field is soooo big that you never get in close combat situations. Even when your in the village, your snap shots will be at an average distance of 45 yards. Anyone can get out of the way of those. In the woods, one mass of people stands ten feet further than you can shoot without hitting tree branches and watches your paint hit the ground before returning fire into the same trees that you just shot. They throw smoke bombs and then have to cross the Sahara to get close enough to use the smoke to their advantage. In the big games you can hide and not be found, or find anybody for that matter for three hour long stretches. the problem in the big games is that the field is just too big and you shoot two cases of paint and put out 6 people all day. The only reason your ever "out" is because your out of paint or air, or you have to poop.
Now, on to the Paintball as a Sport:
The hyperball field that was there when i played recently was not the focus of their attention and it showed. You could get to the second line of bunkers on the hyperball field off of the break, but you had to stay there until you only had one guy left to put out. The field is designed too big for a 3 man game and too small for a 5 man game and there are no 4 man tourney's. Plus the gravel footing is a big problem for a paintballer. How am i supposed to slide into a bunker when it's all gravel. Instead of sliding I dug into the ground. Not fun. And if it's suggested to play the village only, beware. It will be lopsided in one way or the other somehow. I've never played a game in the village that got down from 40 vs. 40, to anything close to 1 vs. 1. Usually by the end of a game, it's like 38 vs. 1. Somehow, can't explain it. Just be on the good team.
Recommended for 1 big game per lifetime.
Last edited on Tuesday, March 1st, 2005 at 5:25 pm PST