Orange County Paintball. I will not compare fields that I have only played at once.
I went to Xplex today with a group of about 11 people. A guy who I believe was the owner met us right when we came in and showed us to our table. I first have to say that I have never met a field owner who cares so much about his customers when it comes to feeling welcome and safe at the field. All day he was working hard to make sure that the people were satisfied with their experience and addressed any complaints appropriately. He played a video for new players that they had to watch and personally instructed a group of people about all the rules and how to stay safe. I'm not sure this day would have gone so well if it wasn't for his presence.
There are 5 fields there and I got an opportunity to play on all of them.
The Hyperball field was small and off to the side, intended for smaller games and, I'm assuming, smaller people. All the bunkers there were very short, so it was difficult even crouch safely in most parts of the field. It could just be me because I'm 6'4", and going prone is a last resort for me while playing pump. The field is somewhat fairly balanced though getting into positions off the break was hard at times due to a large distance between the starting point and the nearest bunkers.
The "Lake" field is a decent sized and mushy field with a fort in the middle. The attackers started behind a board and had either the choice of heading straight into the field, or taking a trail around the lake. It was an "Alamo" type but the refs made the mistake of balancing the teams, so it was about 10 guys in the fort while there were 10 guys all around.
The Airball field is a good 3-5 man size with a decent amount of bunkers. The ground was groomed nicely, but they could do a better job of keeping the bunkers inflated. While most were good, some were a bit saggy.
The field full of palates has five forts in it and random palates scattered throughout. It was difficult not getting shot and some places were easier to guard than others. It had to be the worst one out of them all. If the field owner reads this, I suggest he alternates the stacking of the palates so that they can actually protect you. Part of the frustration was getting to a bunker and having no cover in any direction.
The Woodsball field was pretty large and had great terrain for all types of players. It was my favorite out of the five simply because it allowed so many different tactics to be used or tested. One of the forts was too well protected by wide open fields but it had to be my only annoyance with the field.
The refs would always accompany players and did a good job of keeping people safe and regulating the games. I've never played in a place where the ref would actually signal to other players that you were out so that they would stop shooting in your direction. They knew the rules and enforced them well. I would have to disagree with anyone who says otherwise.
Some people complained about the ant piles. I encountered three. None of them were on a field. I know how bad it is to deal with ants so I really cannot blame him for the problem. They never bothered me and I did not consider them something to worry about in play.
I think the prices are fair. I've payed more for worse fields before, so I considered this a privilege. Yes the paint was crappy, but he does give you the option (pay $5 more) to bring your own in. It is a luxury that many fields don't offer.
In conclusion, I would definitely consider playing there again. I had an amazing time (due to my amazing talent : ) ) and the minor annoyances were not enough to think at all negatively about this field. Yes there are better fields within a 50 mile radius, but it's worth checking it out. I hope business is well in the future for Xplex.