Well, wow. And how I wish I had more time on my hands. ZapWizard writes:
If you don’t know the biggest PC game of the year is Crysis. The maps are huge, and the detail intense. The game is set on a tropical island, and Crytek the company who made Crysis has released a great editor called SandBox2.
When I started making my custom single player map for Crysis, my first stop was Google Earth. I used Google Earth to make a 1:1 scale version of Monuriki, the island in Fiji used to film the movie Castaway. I used Google SketchUp to ensure things stayed 1:1 scale. The images for my island were extracted from Google Earth.I also used geo-tagged photos from Picasa as additional reference. I am even using Google Docs to write my storyline and have friends collaborate on the document. I am documenting how I made my island for other map makers by posting high-def video tutorials on DivX Stage6.
I have a flickr set of images here.
The how-to videos are here.
The project forum post is here.