Desert Fox (better field for those that aren't into speedball, but they only have one. And $65 for field-paint-only is excessive)
I posted some of this in my dispute of timmyhelman's review so I will recap it here where others can more readily see it.
I kind of like this field, but in Tucson there is not much choice. Personally, I would rather get a dozen friends and head out into the brush somewhere. But if you are as friend-deficient as me (at least when it comes to paintballing friends) you take what you can get. If you LOVE speedball, this field was built for you. If not, you might get tired of it after a while. Personally, I love bigger fields that actually let teams maneuver against each other. And what I mean by that is movement to contact and being able to isolate and outflank an enemy position. I just don't like the size of speedball fields. I can't stand starting a round within range and plain sight of the other team. Again, if you prefer those than you are set at this place. EXCEPT for this: open gamers are all crowded together no matter how many there are. The result is that the SI fields are overcrowded. It is stupid to stick 50 people on a field the size of a volleyball court designed for 5 on 5 speedball. Only one field at SI is large enough to hold this many people at once and they don't get around to letting you play on it until halfway through the day. See, they always play the fields in the same order. They never mix it up. It is also a very bad idea to take tourney players with $1500 guns and 2000 rounds in pods and pair them up with little kids carrying clunky rentals. I can't think of a better way to kill the sport than this. So to really make this field rock, they need to make another one or two fields the size of Western Town, randomize the play order of the fields, and divide up the open games into smaller groups (that are better balanced) on different fields. It is ridiculous to play on a field when you have seven guys stacked up behind every single bunker on your half of the field. I will add, however, that if a group of people can get 15 others together several days in advance, they can pay a deposit and get a private game. I would highly recommend this to avoid the huge crowds.
Overall, the fields are well made, they just need better variety and a little change in their operations. But I would still recommend them.
First off, on of the things I have noticed is that the refs are really thorough in their safety rules and how to play. Now they have started to chrono your gun before the games, during lunch, and randomly through out the day. One of the things that makes me mad is when you are in the middle of a shot they take you and chrono your gun randomly. I know they wanna help but it is kinda rediculous. They have many unique fields there and there is great choice. I think a stupid thing is that on their new helicopter field there is no 50 and there is generally no cover because everyone is smushed into one bunker. Their prices are pretty decent and you can bring your own paint unlike some other places (*cough desert fox cough*.) Their staff is pretty decent (especially that asian dude, i think his name is Paul) and helpful most of the time. A few weeks ago there was some new refs I had never seen and I noticed one ref in particular. I asked him what his age was and he said 14. As he said that I kinda laughed and walked away (he was just a year older than I.) What happened to the regular refs??? I know I have only played for a year but I don't think you should make a 14 year old a ref! Then again some of the old refs only cared about the more experienced players so what does it matter. If your gun breaks they will be happy to repair it usually for free so that is a plus. What makes me mad is that players come later in the day and don't get assigned to a team so they go on the no arm band team and soon enough if you are on the arm bands then you are screwed. Another plus is that they have a 30 minute lunch break. They supply hot dogs, gatorade, soda, chips and water and at a decent price. If you have never gone to SI and you have only gone to desert fox the players are much more experienced at SI. There is no way to improve at desert fox because the field is so big you can basically walk to your next bunker. Over all I think this is a great field and it is definatly better than desert fox.
The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion on the comments page.
Period of Field Use:
January 8th, 2006
Other Fields in the Area:
driven by desert fox but noone was there so i didnt bother stopping
We made the trip from safford, a 2 and a half hour trip with me and the rest of our team. there was five of us all togetherand one of the games they pulled 4 of our team members off the field for shooting too hot, well they chronoed them at 280 to 290. they made them sit out for a game but it pissed them off enough just to pack up and leave. i dont know about you guys but i thought the legal limit was 280 to 300. well they just lost about $200 worth of business that day.
My first time playing paintball was at SI and it was a blast. After a month or so I wanted to break out and see what else was out there.
Desert Fox is the only other place within a days drive of where I live. even though they make you buy their paint which is nothing i have ever heard of at an absurd 65 dollars a case i decided to give it a try anyway. There is only one but it is pretty large, although it does get old quickly. There is no food for sale at Desert Fox, all there is are two Gatorade machines.
SI isn't perfect either but it is certainly much better than DF. first you can bring your own paint but they still have some for sale if you run out or forgot yours. they also sell food for lunch at very reasonable prices. there is a rental/repair booth but the rentals are in poor condition and i constantly watch them fall apart on the field. the refs are generally fair but sometimes have more interest in messing with other refs than paying attention. Also some more favored and frequent players who give them more business are given leniency. But over all SI is a good field
Well to first start this off let me say that the refs at this Field are not to great but do pretty good on goggles and barrel bag saftey. I have played on this Field since the old owners were there and personally i believe that the old owners were much better. One other thing that really gets me mad is that when you are playing an open game right before your gonna start players from the Fields team come out making one team of their choice almost 100% bound to win. most of the good players there are a@@holes when you try to talk to them. i have also personally witnessed several of the Fields team players cheating in open games. there will also be days when at leat 60 people are there and they put 30 on each team which is wayyyyyyy to much (when you have 60 markers firing you really cant move at all). the refs give the team players more respect and let them slide a lot more then a common player. another things is that in the middle of a game refs randomly come up and chrono you in the middle of a game! The refs also claim that they can and will take your gun away for several games if you violate some of their rules (i don't know about you but i like my gun and do not intend for some a@@hole to take it from me). Overall i can deal with this Field only because its the best one Tucson's got and i love paintball so i really don't have a choice. my conclusion would have to be to be prepared for some bumps and some annoying things to happen in your day of play but if you stick it out you will overall have a good day of play.
The setup at Sudden Impact is decent, someone has put admirable effort into the fields and it shows. Unfortunately, the field seems to run fairly poorly.
Two weeks ago I saw ref named Jacob throw a kid's barrel bag on the ground and call him stupid. The guy with the visor who takes money and sells air and supplies and passes and such is pretty rude and certainly not good with the multitude of children who frequent the establishment, going so far as to smoke around them.
Today I witnessed one old man (a regular) bunker a little kid. I saw another grown man (another regular) point blank one kid in a bunker, and unload his hopper at another kid, even though the grown man was already out and merely mad that the kid hadn't stopped firing soon enough. These offenses are bad enough, but they were carried out in full view of the refs with impunity, seemingly because of the popularity of the players.
Above and beyond that, the entire day was played with one team of children and noobs who can't play against the team players and regulars, with no attempt to re group toward balance.
It is a shame that such a decently built field, owned by a nice lady, is left in the care of un professionals who seem more dedicated to popularity and school yard attitude than customer service and safety.
I have been going here since the first time i went paintballing. The fields l like in this field are Ghost Town and spool field. Last time we went, we took the trenches at ghost town and kicked butt!!! we practically shot out every one on the other team. But somtimes the trenches can turn against you. Thats why ur team needs to get it before the other team does, alot of times both teams get it at the same time and they have to battle for it. Never take the tower it's a death trap, only if you have some one covering you from down bellow. Ghost town is my favorite because i shoot out the alot of guys there, Especially when they combine spool field and ghost town toghther and play capture the flag!
Spool field is the first feild you will play in the beginning of the day. Somtimes me and my friend gather up some people and do a train all the way up to the center field. one time by my self made it all the way to the center 50 but with cover fire. I must of shot out a whole bunch of people, but then i got flanked both sides.
But i have to make a comment about the tourneys. With the air bunker issues they need to put more than put sand bags to have them stay in one spot. one time i played a tourney i cover behind the snake and the snake literally took of like a car! they need to at least nail them to the ground.
Last edited on Sunday, April 17th, 2005 at 12:19 am PST
Desert Fox-mostly for rec players, other fields around Arizona
I haven't been to Sudden Impact in awhile, but decided to play a couple weeks ago. I went on 2 different weekends and noticed some bad things.
First off, there were to many people on the fields at once. I was one of 35 people on one side, on a field that is really only big enough for maybe 10 to 15 a side. To many people were getting overshot and hurt cause there was no place to go!
Second, the refs looked and acted bored. I saw many people blatantly cheat and overshoot many noobies!
At one point, I asked one of the refs about these situations and was told "Oh well, I can't see everything"! Which brings another issue, there was only 2 refs on the field at any point while I was playing!
I like Impact and have played there for awhile, but I can't say I will play there again until things change.
What happened to Art, Abdul, and Rob, at least I could count on a safe place to play.
Love the field, the refs are the nicest peeps, the players that frequent the field are awesome and are a blast to practice with. Field layout is awesome, the reffings great, radios on each of them and they always are running around checking everyone. Again the peeps taht hang at the field are awesome, a blast to hang out with, GREAT sense of humor.
Safety enforcement is great, the tutorials are thorough, and the refs help out a lot. PAint is cheaper here and you have the option of bringing your own. Sudden Impact is THE place to play in Tucson/
Well first off I must say that the owner is one of the nicest guys in the world, Dan is his name. His wife is also a very nice lady, Nancy who helps cooking lunches at the field. Dan's family are also super nice. Ivy is more than hospitable and Jack is the coolest kid you'll meet.
With that said, the refs are all really nice, helpful guys. The field has both Nitro and Co2. There is about 7 different fields with 3 speed ball fields. What more can I say, this field is owned by an honest family. You know that you will have a great time!
Check out there website at www.paintballhq.com
If I could give them an 100 out of 10, I would!
May our Lord Jesus Christ richly bless you!!
Last edited on Sunday, December 26th, 2004 at 10:36 pm PST