Valve has claimed being the title of best PC Game developer of all time. And rightfully so, with the acclaimed games such as Half-Life 2, Portal series and such on. However, they released Team Fortress 2, a free to play, yes it is totally free, and it really is amazing. Valve takes care of Team Fortress 2 like its it baby and the updates that come in just adds so much to the overall amazing experience. The game is just amazing. Team Fortress 2 belongs in your PC Game library because of tis awesome graphics, amazing gameplay mechanics and just overall fun with or without your friends. This is a game that is free, awesome to play and most importantly of all, it's free. Did I already say that?
If you haven't seen them already, Valve has released a lot of Meet The- webseries, of all the characters, my favourite being the Pyro, the Heavy and well, a lot of others. The fact that Valve has enough time and enough dedication to make these videos is an incredible display of determination to promote their game.
This game has you hooked from the moment you enter the game. You'll log in hours of this incredible game and to see that many players log in many hours as five hundred, yes, that many on a free to play fps game, this game is just a delight to play. Everything to the cartoon graphics to the hilarious writing and the delightful gameplay is just an addictive formula to make you want to play the game a lot. Does the formula work? Yes, it does.
Now, to get this settled, we all enjoy the first-person shooter genre of the video gaming community if you play avidly, at least, the majority of us do. What's in the current market today is vanilla, it's Call of Duty or Battlefield, and even the most recent, HALO 4. So, how to sum them up? Well, I have played Call of Duty, and sure it really is satisfactory for a while. Then you play online, and once you get through all the game modes, you ask, what now? What do I earn? Well, you have to prestige, or do whatever you want afterwards, brag about what level you are. I honestly have no idea how it works, so let me introduce to you, Team Fortress 2.
Look at the front cover of the DVD copy. It should be noticeable. You should see a slightly bearded fatso with biblical amounts of ham in his fists. You see a hardhat guy, a HAZMAT psycho, and some western assassin. These are only 4 of 9 unique and distinctive characters you, the player, can control as you make your way into the game. So now you could ask if you did, what's with the massive fists of the mini gun man? Why is everything so shiny? Why so much red? Well, do you know the company named Valve, the geniuses behind TF2? They're art style was not that much of a priority, but that NEVER meant that they were lazy. Treyarch, Infinity Ward, Dice, Activision, and whatever other companies of award winning games were very balanced, they perfected models, resources, skyboxes, dialogue, so many in-depth developer concepts. Valve really focuses on gameplay, and that is what makes them so unique. Half-Life was their most famous series of FPS games, and was extremely popular during 1998 and later. It still is, about 10 million copies or maybe less by 2012, yes, that is an estimate. The games graphics obviously would've been neater, I didn't really pay attention to 1998 graphics, but what made this game so different was that there were absolutley no cut scenes, the whole game was played while in first person view. There were chapters title as such, and the setting of the game was Black Mesa and was in the future. Other games made by Valve are developed by the company's main 3D game engine, Source.
The way that Team Fortress 2''s default GUI is obviously similar to Half-Life's H.E.V. suit's GUI, different font, but same GUI. As I mentioned before, there are 9 different classes, they have no actual name, but they are named as: Scout, Soldier, Pyro, Demoman, Engineer, Heavy, Medic, Spy, and Sniper. As you can see, their names suggest what they are experts in and the point of each class is to use their abilities (special or not) to your advantage. There is also no Deathmatch thing like in the more popular FPS franchises, this game primarily uses communication and the classes to advance toward points and capture them. Different gamemodes include: Attack/Defend, Control Points, Payload, (Blu (Builders League United) moves a bomb from their spawn to a certain place) Payload Race (same idea, but both teams race their bombs to points) and even a co-op mode called Mann VS Machine where a team of 6 players battle 8 waves of robots and prevent them from deploying a bomb.
There is taunting, and you could even kill when taunting! (Taunt kill)
Throughout your playtime, as long as your item server is okay, you are able to find items that you can equip on any characters as long as the weapons/hats/misc/etc. items are wearable by a certain class. There is a cap on how much you find each week, my average item count from what I remember is 8-11 per week.
A key aspect about why a Team Fortress 3 hasn't been made is because Valve updates Team Fortress 2 and mainly has themed updates, like Halloween became Scream Fortress, December Holidays became Australian Christmas, but sometimes Valve makes an patch/update that has no holiday relevance, for example, Mann vs. Machine! Not only is it a game mode, but new types of weapons called Botkiller weapons, as well as some outfits that were robot themed. I thought that MVM is one of the most memorable updates Valve has ever made. It is almost lie another different game!
Overall Rating: 9/10
Team fortress is a totally free 2 play online shooter game. In fact, before you read the rest of the review, head over to steam now, and start the download. That way by the time you have read this review, you might be some way through your download!
To start with, TF2 is a fps (first person shooter) game, but with a "comic" twist to it. And personally I think this game does it better than any other out there (including non-free 2 play games). What is great about this game is that originally it was not free 2 play, but it has been released as such, so it doesn't feel like you are getting a watered down game, but rather you are getting a properly developed game... which it is.
I should probably point out at this point before I carry on that the game is not TOTALLY free 2 play, you can't get some of the hats, costumes etc without payin, although therotically all the weapons are unlockable in free2play guise, they are just harder to unlock (but its good that its like this, this way the paying players do not have a stupidly overpowered advantage).
In the game you can play a variety of classes, from heavy (armed with a huge spinning gattling gun), engineer (shot gun welding turrent building master of destruction), demo man (kaaaa booooom!), solider (missiles are the order of the day here), pyro (some people just want to watch the world burn), medic (help your comrades), scout (unbelievable fast), snipers (take your enemies before they see you) and spy (master of disguise and perception). Each class has its own weapons and abilities, for example, spy can go invisible, or disguise him/her self as the enemy. Pyros can set people on fire, soliders are a good all rounder etc). Each class also has various weaknesses (for example, heavys are very slow, making them easy pickings for snipers, especially when firing).
However, the game doesn't feel like its just a case of looking for people you are strong against, itsmore a combination of finding the right enemy at the right range. A pyro stands no chance against a sniper at range, but if he manages to sneak closer, the sniper is toast... literaly!
There are loads of gameplay modes, but all are pretty similar. All either involve capturing bases within a time limit (or capturing them all), or moving a cart/stopping a cart (in the cart is a bomb) to a certain locaiton. Some maps have both teams trying to move a cart whilst defending their own base etc. But in general I would say its safe to say all game modes involve capturing flags/carts. The only exception to this is capturing the suitcase, where you have to grab the suitcase and run back to your base, whislt defending your own suitcase. This gameplay is quite fun but tricky at the same time.
The graphics are not high def or anyhting like that, but then again, they are not meant to be, and there is a large amount of weapons availble (but to start with you only have stock weapons, but these are not much worse than the unlockable weapons so you are not at too much of a disadvantage). These range from flamethrowers, magma axes, laser pistols and even bow and arrows!
In summary, i think this is a great game. It does get a bit repetitive from time to time, but if you are looking for a fun, comical fps game, go no further than this one, i mean its free 2 play, if you don't like it, you can always just uninstall it, and it wont cost a penny!
Team Fortress 2 is a totally free (as of 2011) team based multiplayer first-person shooter with a strong graphical style and an emphasis on fun and slapstick rather than the usual bloody violence, which makes a refreshing change.
You will need an internet connection to play TF2 as the single-player is very limited, being just the training missions.
You join a team and choose an offensive (scout, soldier, pyro), defensive (demoman, heavy, engineer,) or support (medic, sniper, spy) role. Each have their own unique primary weapons and abilities, for instance the engineer can build turrets and resupply points, and the spy can disguise himself as enemy players and then backstab them.
Each character has a unique size, shape and voice animations, which adds character but also makes sense tactically as you can quickly identify targets.
There are three game modes - capture the flag, control point capture and payload maps where a team has to push a bomb in a mine cart into the enemy base where it detonates.
The graphics remind me of a Looney Tunes cartoon, with brightly coloured environments and strong lines delineating the details in addition to cartoonish character design. The audio effects are similarly silly, a lot of the characters have strong accents and communication between team members is often very funny.
TF2 went free to play in 2011, it is now subsidised by the Mann Co store, where players are encouraged to purchase equipment and more powerful weapons. This does give richer players an advantage but it doesn't unbalance the game.
This game is tremendous fun and will last you a very long time. Considering TF2 is now free it's a no-brainer. Get it through Steam - the online games client - and you'll receive free gear depending on what other Steam games you have.
I bought Team Fortress 2, seems like years ago. But as from a couple of weeks ago the game is now completely free. "Forever" as valve is very keen to point out in their adverts. I dont feel gimped. I dont feel cheated. Ive gotten allot of fun out of this game over the years, and now there will be a hole flock of newbies coming in to enliven the community.
This is the best multiplayer game. Hands down. The balance and varying tactics the different classes force and allow mean you can be playing in the same match and basically be playing a different game. The key here is, no one class is too overpowered.
For new comers I highly suggest you take the training on some of the less standard classes. Engineer, spy etc... So you dont spawn and not have a clue what to do. Other than that, dive straight in.
Valve is great for producing games that work well on almost any computer, so I wouldnt even worry about your specifications.
Great game. Seriously great. Just give it a go. Why not?
The first time I played Team Fortress 2, I got blown to pieces. Bullets were flying at me from everywhere. I could easily have given up straight away, frustrated by the experienced players who were against me. I carried on playing, despite being one of the worst players in the game. It was lucky that I carried on, because this game is one of the best online experiences ever. It offers hundreds of hours of gameplay with plenty of well-designed maps and nine balanced classes.
First, I'll talk about the gameplay in general. There are two teams, RED and BLU. Both teams compete against each other in various modes. Each person in both teams plays as one of the nine classes, whether it's the athletic Scout or stealthy Spy. Each class has their own special ability. For example, the Demoman is a grenade specialist while a Pyro is the master of weapons involving fire. There are several maps to play on, which are all quite big and all varied.
I'll go more into depth with the classes. The nine different classes are varied but balanced at the same time. Each class is put into one of three categories: offence, defence and support. Here are all the classes and a description of them.
Scout - the sportiest class in the game. His special ability is double-jumping which can be handy. He wields basic guns. The primary weapon is a scattergun, which is quite a strong gun. His secondary weapon is a rapid-fire pistol. It's not very powerful, but probably the best weapon for when you are moving around at a quick pace. Finally, his melee weapon is a baseball bat. It's not very strong, but like the pistol, it's good for when you're moving around quickly.
Soldier - one of the bigger characters in Team Fortress 2. He doesn't really have a special ability, but holds the seriously strong rocket launcher as his primary weapon. This can kill an enemy in two shots. His secondary gun is a standard shotgun, which is fairly strong. The melee weapon is a shovel. It's not a fantastic weapon. Because a Soldier is so slow, he'll be blown to smithereens if you go for an enemy with this.
Pyro - the master of fire weapons. He is stronger than each other classes, making him the best but worst class at the same time, if you know what I mean! His primary weapon is a flamethrower. Setting an enemy on fire keeps them alight for a few seconds. His second weapon is a shotgun. His melee weapon is an axe. Ouch! I wouldn't want to be hit with this. This is the Pyro's best weapon for when he's underwater, as his flamethrower wouldn't work there.
Demoman - an explosive obsessor, as you'll see now. His primary weapon is a grenade launcher. Hitting enemies with this can be lethal. Next, the secondary weapon is a sticky bomb launcher. Fire these at walls, floors or ceilings and you can detonate them at any time. This is the perfect weapon if you want to be strategic. His melee weapon is a glass bottle, for giving enemies a good whack on the head. It's not great, but if you don't like explosives it's the Demoman's best weapon.
Heavy - look out, here comes the heavy! He's strong and tough, and he looks it, with a bald head and huge figure. His primary weapon is a minigun. This has a fairly big capacity, and is good for headshots. His secondary weapon is...yet again, the shotgun. His melee weapon are simply his fists. These are really strong when you hit an enemy in the head. I'll also mention that he's the main class in Team Fortress 2.
Engineer - if he's on your team, he's your best friend. His primary weapon is a shotgun (sigh), his a rapid-fire pistol and his melee weapon is a wrench. He has a special device, though, which builds sentry guns. First it starts off as a tiny sentry which only supports your teammates. As you build it up with the wrench, it becomes bigger and more powerful, soon killing enemies in just a few shots. With this device, you can also build dispensers (which give you health) and teleporters.
Medic - MEDIC! That's what you'll hear most in the game. Guess what he does? Heals his team members, with a handy device that gives them health. His primary weapon is a syringe gun, which fires out deadly needles. His melee weapon is a bonesaw. Looks like you wouldn't want to go to his surgery...
Sniper - an Australian sniper pro. He specialises in hiding in his base, and peeking his rifle out of the window to get headshots on enemies. So, his primary weapon is a sniper rifle, which you can use to kill enemies from a distance. His secondary weapon is a standard submachine gun. This is used if you are too close to enemies to use the sniper rifle. Lastly, his melee weapon is a kukri. Basically, this is a dangerous sword/knife.
Spy - the most unique class in the game. He has the ability to turn invisible, handy for backstabbing enemies. His primary weapon is a revolver. It's quite powerful and used for headshots. His secondary 'weapon' is an Electro-Sapper. Sentries are destroyed in a matter of seconds if these are placed on them. His melee weapon is a knife. In addition to turning invisible, he can put on a disguise, making him look like someone from the enemy team. This is good for going into their base. They think you're one of them, so you can casually walk past.
So, they're all the classes and now I'll go onto maps. There are several maps to choose from, each with a different style. Only certain game modes can be played on them. Here are some of the best maps in the game (it would take me ages to tell you about them all!).
2Fort (Capture the Flag) - a classic Team Fortress map. A small bridge separates the two bases. This is one of the more intense maps, with bullets flying everywhere, plus a lot of Team Fortress pros will play here. This is one of the more simple maps in the game, and doesn't take too long to get used to. This is very well designed.
Well (Capture the Flag, Arena, Capture Point) - several game modes can be played here and has a slightly different design depending on what game mode you are in. There is no respawning in Arena mode, so it can be frustrating considering how popular the map is. Capture Point matches on Well are fantastic, and Capture the Flag matches are extremely frantic.
Granary (Capture Point, Arena) - seemingly a huge rubbish yard, full of skips and large tanks. There is a good vantage point for snipers. Arena matches are tough and take some getting used to, but capture point games are excellent. There is a huge map to explore too. However, it does feel very similar to the other maps in the game.
So, the classes are balanced, the majority of the maps are well designed and the modes are varied. But there is something else that makes the game great: the graphics. While Valve's previous games such as Half-Life 2 and Counter-Strike: Source aimed for realistic graphics, Team Fortress 2 has a unique, cartoony visual style. They are influenced by 20th century commercial illustrations. It's a nice change from the graphical style of other FPSs (first-person shooters) like Call of Duty. Overall, the graphics are smooth and look fantastic.
The audio is also very good. There are several tracks that are played in the main menu, including the catchy Team Fortress 2 theme. The guns sound over-the-top and loud too. The sound plays a big part in the game - when you're in a match there is loads of shouting and guns are firing from all over the place. Remember to turn your volume down!
Here are the system requirements for the game.
Minimum System Requirements:
CPU: 1.2 GHz Processor
RAM: 256 MB
Graphics Card: DirectX 7 capable graphics card
CD or DVD rom drive
Recommended System Requirements:
CPU: 2.4 GHz Processor
RAM: 512 MB
Graphics Card: DirectX 9 capable graphics card 256 MB
CD or DVD rom drive
Ideal System Requirements:
CPU: 3.4 GHz Processor
RAM: 1024 MB
Graphics Card: Radeon X800 or Geforce 6800
CD or DVD rom drive
You don't need a seriously powerful computer to play this but beware - it's an online only game, so you may experience lag.
Overall, Team Fortress 2 is a brilliant game. It offers gameplay which can last you hundreds of hours. There is much more to do than playing matches, including unlocking guns and crafting items to make weapons and gadgets. The graphical style is unique, and the sound is excellent. This is essential to any PC owner.
Age Rating: BBFC 15
Price: £9.99 (Amazon.co.uk)
This for me was a revolution, i bought the game for an old pc after seeing a friend playing it and i loved it, the problem being my system wasn't quite fast enough to run it, i bought a new laptop just so i could play it.
The game is all online and must be played through Steam.
You get to pick from 9 classes to help in the different game modes, usually capture the inelegance, control point of pushing a payload to the end of the track while the other team tries to stop you.
There are 9 different classes available
The Heavy: Slow moving with a mini gun and has high health, deadly at close range and can take a beating
The Demo man: Demolition expert, has a grenade launcher that fires grenades that can bounce around and a sticky grenade launcher which you fire and then choose when to detonate
The Pyro: Has a flame thrower that can set people on fire and causes them to burn for 10 seconds, also good for finding spies (a bit too good)
The Spy: Can turn invisible for a short period of time, has a knife he can backstab enemies with which causes them to die instantly, very tricky to play
The Medic: The healer of the team, has a medi-gun that heals damaged enemies and charges up to "Uber" charge friends making them invulnerable for a short period of time, also has a syringe gun
The Scout: The fastest member of the game, has a shotgun and a baseball bat, he can also double jump
The Engineer: Able to build sentry guns, teleporters and dispensers to distribute ammo and health to the team, also armed with a shotgun, pistol and a wrench
The Sniper: Armed with a sniper rifle that can be charged up to give a power shot or simply go for the heads of enemies foolish enough to stand still
The Soldier: Has a rocket launcher that does a large amount of damage but the rockets fired are slow moving, he can also rocket jump to high places
Valve has been very dedicated to this game, releasing many many updates to make sure it is balanced and fun for everyone, i think last time i checked they had released 120 updates since the release and added about 4GBs worth of content on top of the original game.
This is one of the best Multiplayer games around, possibly THE best and i would recommend it to anyone
Ever wanted to be a big Russian with a really big gun? Or an Australian sniper? An English spy? Scottish demolition expert? Texan Mechanic? German medic? Well now you can! No, team fortress 2 isn't a game that's bent on pitting the world against each other. Just simple Red vs. Blue class based FPS!
From Valve, the developers that brought such games as Half life, Half life 2, Counter Strike, Left 4 Dead and Portal, quite possibly the king of FPS games, Team Fortress 2 is a class based FPS multiplayer game that's incredibly fast paced, cartoonish and hilarious. It includes a variety of game modes to choose from and many classes to pick, so there's many different ways to play the game depending on how you want to play.
The clue is in the title. It's a team game. You're best playing as a team to succeed. There's no free for all mode. All classes have a purpose and work well with other classes, like for example the medic and the heavy. The medic keeps the heavy alive while he riddles the enemy team with bullets, swiss cheese style. The engineer defends key points with his sentry gun while putting up teleporters for his team so they can get into the fight quicker. The spy stabs people when they are not looking and disables enemy sentry guns. It's a very well balanced system that flows beautifully.
It's a great buy, especially in the Orange Box bundle, and I strongly suggest it due to the countless hours of fun still to be had.
Team fortress 2 is an extremely fast paced multi player game, which features several game modes such as king of the hill, capture the flag, payload and a few others.
it started as a strongly rock paper scissors based class system, but has now changed with extra unlockable items. even with these, the game is very easy to pick up, and many weapons happen due to random drops.
the classes are:
soldier, who has a rocket launcher and shotgun by default
pyro, flame thrower and unlockable flare gun
scout, fast with shotgun
demoman, sticky and normal grenades, unlockable sword
heavy, slow with mini gun
engineer, who builds turrets and teleporters
sniper, perfectly accurate rifle
medic, heals players
spy, can go invisible and disguise as enemy players
the game has a very light hearted feel due to the character profiles put to each class (poorly done accents and funny taunts). this creates a very friendly game atmosphere, which lends itself well to playing with friends, whether at a LAN or over the internet. the game is extremely well supported, with hundreds of active servers, there will never be a time with no populated server to entertain. i would really strongly advise this game, it costs under £10, whether on steam as a download or bought as a disk, and has been far more enjoyable than any many games which cost around £40.
Team Fortress 2 (PC) is a brutal team based cartoon like epic fps killing shooter. And did i mention fantastic?
You can be one of the following roles:
Pyro: You burn things, you have a flamethrower, a shotgun and an axe!
Engineer: You have a shotgun, pistol, wrench and the ability to build sentuary guns, teleporters and dispensers (Which give you ammo and health)
Spy: You have a pistol, a butterfly knife which instantly kills from the back, an invisibility watch and the ability to descise as an enemy
Heavy: You have a mini gun, a shotgun and you fists!
Sniper: You have a machete type thing, a light sub machine gun and a sniper.
Scout: You have a scattergun (Powerful shotgun) a pistol and a baseball bat.
Soldier: You have a rocket launcher, shotgun and a shovel.
Demoman: You have a grenade launcher, sticky bomb launcher and a bottle
Medic: You have a medi gun and needle gun and a bonesaw.
By spending 30 minuites on each class you will find your favourite class to play.
The main gamemode in TF2 is basicly capture the flag, apart from it consists of capturing intelegence instead.
TF2 is a worthy game of your cash so go and buy it and have yourself a good time!