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-nazgul- Thursday, March 20th, 2003
Period of
Field Use:
3 years
Last There: N/A
Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Indoor: Area 51, Paintball City.
Review: After a considerable look at the available 3 indoor fields in TO here's my personal impression/comparison of Sgt. Splatters (based on a 10 scale).

Staging Area ( 6 out of 10):

It's not that bad; has a decent look and layout with good amount of tables (upstairs/downstairs), an arcade section (waste of space IMO), small pro-shop a small bathroom and the main desk/counter. Could get a bit crowded with 20 plus players but that doesn't really bother me. Where it begins to loose it's points is it's cleanliness. I realize indoor paintball isn't a clean sport, but even if you take that into the consideration the place is just horrible. Day old boxes, bags, broken paint, barrel condoms and add sand to the mix and you've got a place that just isn't easy on the eyes. Bathroom blows, tiny room maybe 3 feet by 6 feet usually clogged with a small leaking sink and a busted door.

There's alot of wasted space here, which, in my opinion, gives you that unfinished look to it.

Field ( 6 out of 10 ).

As all reviews agree here, the field is big - but not huge, don't get your hopes up expecting an indoor stadium.

Field layout is not bad, with a two level building (L shapped) running along the south and half of the west wall, few 1 story bunker-buildings, barrels and 1 two story tower. A concrete step runs down the middle of the field rising the other half of the field about 3 feet, where you'll run into some more of the same; bunkers, cars, barrels and 1 two story tower - nothing that really strikes you as special. Cover is good, not too crowded giving you good angle shots and wide scenario potential.

Like it or not, the walls are slimed with old paint, and the floor is sand. However these two factors are no-issue for me as, for 1.) all indoor fields are covered in old paint and 2.) both sand and gravel share equally bad cons -- just don't drop your marker.

My biggest beef with this field however, is the lighting. Probably due to the low ceiling height (another negative on my list) they seem to use standard fluorescent lights, which lack the power, are badly distributed half of which are busted or ready to burn out. With anything other than a clear, scratch free, anti-fog lens (add a 20/20 eyesight) you'll have trouble spotting your marks or trace your paint trajectory.

Staff ( 6 out of 10).

These guys are friendly and helpful when you catch them on a good day, but often seem tired and over worked. Haven't bothered with the pro-shop in ages as I usually deal with another store near my house so my score doesn't reflect that aspect.

Replay value ( 5 out of 10):

Eh, it's just another paintball field, I'll drop by occasionally during winter. Players here are generally ok, with the occasional wiper here and there. It suffers from bad refereeing (actually almost non-existant), and not many memorable scenarios ( you’ll play full field elimination - no second floors, attack and defend, a lame version of speed ball on the ‘lower level’ of the field, and the very rare center flag push).

Rental equipment ( 5 out of 10):

I’m an owner so I may be a little bias here. However, from what I’ve seen, there’s not much to expect. Markers are just lame -Winchester Durangos (comparable to stingrays), old, dirty, scratched masks - Scott Bigfield I think. This is definitely not the place to take your first-time friends.

Theme / ‘cool’ factor ( 3 out of 10).

The "city under siege" theme and "Hollywood set design" is just a BS marketing scheme. Buildings/bunkers are your run-of-the-mill plywood boxes, with ~ 3 scrapped cars, barrels, and ceiling support-columns. They put a little more effort in the staging-arena decoration, but it’s obvious they were on a very tight budget here.

Conclusion:

Srg. Splatters is probably one of the longest operational fields in Toronto and even though it has seen some changes during it’s life span, it’s just more of the same old, nothing befitting such a long lasting field. Frankly, to me it has that ‘stagnated’ feel, as if it was long forgotten by the owner who’s leeching the profits while the overworked staff is struggling to keep the thing safe and operational. The limited nature of its old warehouse building is a serious handicap to any serious revamp in the future, however simple thing such as a new powerful lighting system befitting a paintball arena, a decent bathroom, some tippies or spyders for the renters and a someone on cleaning duty would go a long way for a place such as this.

Final score: 5.2 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, March 20th, 2003 at 6:06 pm PST
 

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