MAP09: Castle: Programmer's Keep (Strife)
|Strife levels (07-12 & 31)|
Castle and Temple
After this level is complete, it and MAP31: Training Facility will no longer be accessible as their entrances will be blocked with rubble. MAP03: Front Base and MAP07: Castle will also be inaccessible, as they are replaced with MAP30: Abandoned Front Base and MAP10: New Front Base respectively due to the Front using the castle as a new base of operations. Their command center is built over the entrance to the audience chamber, so that level is no longer accessible either.
- 1 Walkthrough
- 2 Areas / screenshots
- 3 Speedrunning
- 4 Deathmatch
- 5 Statistics
- 6 Technical information
- 7 Inspiration and development
- 8 Trivia
- 9 See also
- 10 Sources
- 11 External links
Go through the door to see an image of the Programmer in a room ahead of you; this room is a trap, so turn left or right and go down either passage and open the doors at the end. (When you approach either door, the level entrance will be permanently sealed. If you want to complete the training facility, do so before going any further.) Kill the acolytes in the next room (plus a reaver on Elite or Bloodbath skill level) and note the altar at the east end of the room decorated with candles. Go round the altar to find a hidden switch on its east side; pull this switch to lower a staircase behind you.
Go down the staircase and kill the acolytes at the bottom (the flamethrower or grenade launcher is effective as they are close together). when you reach the bottom a wall in front of you will open to reveal a large chamber with more acolytes, joined by a crusader on Veteran skill level or higher. Climb up either staircase in this room, and turn around when you reach the top as a wall will open to reveal a crusader - note that all crusaders in this level must be destroyed before you can confront the Programmer. Head through either of the doorways in the east wall and another small room will open east of the water pool, containing acolytes or crusaders along with some pickups.
Regardless of which doorway you have used, look through the transparent grate ahead to see another crusader in the next room on Elite or Bloodbath. Keep heading east and climb a staircase, then destroy the crusader at the top - if this was the last crusader in the level, the walls east of you will lower to reveal an outdoor area. Enter and you will see a staircase with a hovering pod at the top; this is the Programmer, who will awaken after a few moments and begin pursuing you. Keep moving as you fight the Programmer; each time he swings his arms, energy bolts will fall on your position which can easily kill you in a couple of hits. Use the assault rifle against the Programmer at a distance and the mini-missile launcher when you get close. If the Programmer is close to the ground, the flamethrower and grenade launcher can also be used.
Other points of interest
As you start the level, you will see a room in front of you with an image of the Programmer. When you approach this image, bars will close behind you to seal you in (they will open again after 30 seconds). Interact with the keyboard in front of the screen and two alcoves will open behind you containing a number of sentinels. Once these enemies are destroyed, jump on the triangular ledges to get into the alcoves, which contain an ammo satchel and three medical kits. In multiplayer, the south alcove also holds a Sigil E weapon.
There are no official secrets on this map.
- You need to lower a staircase in order to progress. After the stairs, turn to the north and enter the small cave area. In the southwest, there are rocky steps that lead to a small recess in the wall. Press the recess to reveal a surgery kit and a crate of missiles.
- When you have found the Programmer, lure him away from the step pyramid. Jump up the staircase in front of the pyramid and make your way to the other side of the central building. By pressing the southern arrangement of stone blocks on the easternmost wall, you will reveal a small room that holds two medical kits, a box of bullets and a metal armor. On Veteran or higher, there is also a surgery kit.
Areas / screenshots
The Programmer attacks near the large step pyramid.
Routes and tricks
This level contains fourteen spawn points:
- facing south. (thing 218)
- facing east. (thing 219)
- facing west. (thing 220)
- facing north-west. (thing 221)
- facing west. (thing 222)
- facing south. (thing 223)
- facing south-east. (thing 224)
- facing east. (thing 236)
- facing north. (thing 237)
- facing south-east. (thing 238)
- facing west. (thing 239)
- facing north-east. (thing 252)
- facing east. (thing 272)
- facing north. (thing 273)
This level makes use of tag 667 - the walls around the Programmer's arena will only lower when all the crusaders in the level are destroyed, and then only if at least one player is still alive. Walkover lines are placed inside the arena at all its entrances so that these walls can be opened from within, ensuring that players do not become trapped during deathmatch.