Cousin's. This is my first time playing in Long Island.
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Fields: Nice (small) variety. Didn't like The Woods too much (mainly because I was dead tired by the time we got to that field), that and WWII were the largest. Wild West was probably my favorite...close quarters combat on a smaller field. The Castle was pretty fun, too, this was what actually drew me to go to play at HiVi. Some people complained that it's a waste of paint, but if you move through in small squads and communicate, taking down their flag first and then getting your teammates to raise your flag in the other tower is fun. 9/10
Game Customization: If you go with a private group (which is what I normally do, I played with walk-on's elsewhere a handful of times and prefer my own crew if possible), they let you make your own playing rules (like no gun-shots, elbows-to-knees only, etc.). Their field surrender rule is asinine though, ESPECIALLY when you play with a private group (I can totally understand it when you're playing with walk-on's). If a private group agrees to no surrender or "optional" surrender, then do what we ask; we're paying you to play how we want to play. 7/10
Paint Quality: Absolutely horrible. Most of the people in my group and their friends who join us who have their own gear, the paint was either breaking in the hopper-to-feed neck or jamming their markers. The paintballs that came in the bags they sold was poor quality...my group of four bought three cases at the pro shop and I bought another half-case on-site (4-500 count balls per bag per case) and of the 14 bags, 13 had paint smeared all over the inside of said bags. There were a lot of paintballs that were already dimpled, as well. And as for the paintballs actually working (as in breaking when they contacted another person), forget about it. I let loose on an opponent from 40 yards and none of paint that hit him broke. When we complained about the quality, we were told it was due to the humidity. It wasn't humid out...it was warm (low-80's), but definitely NOT humid. I've played elsewhere in the 90's with higher humidity and had ZERO problems with their paintballs. A few friends also felt they deserved a free bag of crappy paintballs to off-set the numerous bags of crappy paintballs they bought but the staff wanted them to exchange any existing crappy bags for new bags (I assume to re-sell back to other not-as-discerning players). $300 pissed away on crappy paintballs. This by itself prevents me from playing at HiVi again. 1/10
Price: $25 registration ($10 per person for 20+ people, requires reservation); $15 all-day air; $20 to rent (includes marker, goggles, compressed air tank, and unlimited air fills); $10 camo jumpsuit; paint is $30 for 500, $55 for 1,000, and $90 for 2,000 on-site, but you can get it for $75 at their pro shop (it's actually $82 with the sales tax, their website advertises it as $75). I normally go through a case to a case-and-a-half, so for a single day, it cost me $162 (we had over 20 people); it cost my girlfriend and another friend, who both had to rent, $96 (they split the cost of an $82 case at the pro shop).
Paintball is an expensive enough sport as it is. $90/case (even $80/case) is just ridiculous. My girlfriend and another friend came along, and they both had to rent. The jumpsuits they rent out on-site were no longer available, they both had to buy a one-size-fits-all jumpsuit for $25 (rental was supposed to be $10). And they apparently ran out of harnesses + tubes combo's they rent out, and were charging $30 for a set of those. 4/10
Safety: Emphasized often. "Goggles on, barrel plugs in" is pretty standard nowadays. Also made sure people with their own gear were chrono'd properly and the markers were clearly marked with a yellow piece of cloth/string (but not enforced after the fact, you could just crank up your FPS afterwards anyway, which can be said about pretty much any place). 10/10
Services & Facilities: Small concession stand with over-priced food and drinks (to be expected). I brought my own lunch so didn't eat anything there so I cannot comment on the quality of their food. You can eat at tables alongside your lockers with slight cover. There are no changing rooms. There is no indoor plumbing (two port-a-potties). There were two sinks in the eating area but they were clogged up with paint and debris most of the time. 7/10
Staff/Refs: Staff was OK, and the refs tried. Oh they tried. Someone else said, though, what do you expect from minimum wage kids working a weekend job. They're not pro's. They're not even amateurs. There was bad communication (for instance, say give them a pair of walkie-talkies so the refs can coordinate start times). They didn't seem the know the differences between a paint splatter from a ricochet versus a full-on hit. Overall just seemed a bit on the disorganized side. 5/10
Total: 43/70 (61%)
To sum it all up: I'll never play at HiVi again. The general consensus among my group of regular players all agreed, and it all can be attributed to the paintball quality (75% of the complaints), the price (20% of the complaints, but this ties in quite a bit on the return on investment, we didn't get what we paid for), and the refs.
Last edited on Monday, September 27th, 2010 at 3:34 am PST