To put it plainly, Splat Tag is massive. Twenty-two paintball fields sprawl across its 600 acres. Woods, brush, and felled trees make for strategic cover, and through every patch of forest could be something unexpected. A helicopter, a bunker, or perhaps an enemy base, right there for the taking?provided players have enough paint.
The high number of play areas encourages players to linger, as does Splat Tag's policies. Open admission grants unlimited access for the day, with referees setting up 15- to 20-minute games. The fields admit up to 200 players per day, ensuring everyone can find those of similar skill levels. Splat Tag also hosts private and special events, including an annual gathering with enough paintballs to blot out murals of of the sun.
Upon stepping off their boats, soldiers storm the beach and attempt to take over a foreign stretch of land. It's no mistake that this image might conjure up echoes of D-day?Special Forces Paintball's primary scenario reenacts the infamous Battle of Normandy. Real army trucks escort players to a central base camp before they ride boats to the beach, huddle in trenches, and defend their flag by laminating it atop multilevel bunkers. The facility's four wooded fields?spread out across 40 acres?accommodate players during 2-, 3-, or 4-hour private paintball, airsoft, and laser bouts or 5.5-hour walk-on games.
Action Packed Paintball?s combat settings in Jordan include eight outdoor fields designed for woodsball, urban combat, and speedball. The experienced staff can accommodate private reservations and walk-on games, and there is a spectator area for those who prefer to just watch the action. After differences are settled on the field, outdoor combatants can retreat to onsite grilling and picnic areas as well as indoor restrooms.
Masked mercenaries lurk in the shadows of trees waiting to pin down their enemies in a barrage of bursting paintballs at Metro Paintball Center’s 5-acre playing field. The battlefield provides ample cover for players to orchestrate attacks or stealthily field phone calls from their mothers with knee-high grasses, straw bales, and a combination of wooded and open areas, all while overseen by experienced referees. The staff provides compressed air and rents out all the equipment necessary to enjoy a day of recreational combat, though guests who bring their own equipment must use the center’s paintballs.
Through the tree line at Adventure Zone Paintball, visitors can often hear the scattered reports of paintball markers and the thwack of their projectiles finding their targets. These friendly conflicts take place on seven fields, each ranging in size and configuration to encourage different combat situations. The largest is Hidden Valley, a heavily forested arena interwoven by trails and spotted with cover. The Outback encourages long-distance play with its central clearing, with players hiding in sniper towers, squatting behind plank walls, and standing awkwardly to pretend they are just trees. The small Urban Chaos field facilitates fast-paced games as teams duck behind overturned barrels and underneath the gate of a pretend car wash.
It's no easy task to navigate the large warehouse that holds Devil Ops Airsoft. Two separate airsoft fields are like giant mazes, where opponents and their plastic artillery could wait behind each and every corner. The first arena takes the form of fast-paced hallways, where players must change strategies on the fly and resist the urge to quote long speeches from action films. The second arena? A two-level battlefield. Here, players fight their way up and down stairs, then battle for control of multiple rooms. The team at Devil Ops Airsoft runs public games every Saturday and Sunday and they rent out their facility for private events during the week.