Team Fortress 2 - hands-on

Cartoon violence has never been this classy

The first surprise, playing Team Fortress 2, is how incredibly bloody it is. It%26rsquo;s fantastically good fun, too, but you can pretty much see that just from looking at it. The explosive gore, bony hunks of shredded men and severed heads are more of a shock among these beaming cartoon smiles, but you soon realize they%26rsquo;re entirely necessary.

In TF2, things do what they look like they should do. A direct hit from a smoke-belching rocket looks like it ought to rip someone apart, so it does. But equally, a cartoon-style soldier who jumps over an explosion ought to be sent flying rather than simply receiving third degree burns, collapsing and being rushed to the hospital.

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