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Team Fortress 2 review

AT A GLANCE
  • Unbelievably fun gameplay
  • Joyous smack-talking
  • Psychological drama
  • May be too simplified
  • Cartoony visuals may distract from killin'
  • Competes with Halo 3 multiplayer

Oct 9, 2007

Let's not dwell too much on the original mod for Quake and Half-Life - that was ten years ago, not everyone played it, and TF2 is very obviously aimed at new players as much as old. Worth mentioning, quickly, is that it's got the same nine classes but fewer weapons for each, grenades have been removed entirely (thank God) and, well... look at it. Look what they did to it.

The changes might sound like simplification, but like the art style it's more about exaggeration. The Spy used to have a double-barrelled shotgun, for goodness' sake. Taking stuff like that out hasn't made it a simpler game, it's made the choice to be a Spy a more meaningful one. Every class is so tightly focused on doing its thing that TF2 feels like nine different games fighting each other. That's bewildering at first, but it's a joy to watch characters this beautiful smash each other to pieces while you learn.



It sounds like a small thing, to be able to tell what class someone is as surely and as clearly as you can see them at all. To have an immediate sense of the heft and power of a Heavy, rather than an abstract notion of his hitpoints. But stuff like this has an intensifying effect on your moment-to-moment experience: you feel, see and comprehend the game world in Technicolor. It makes all the relationships instantly clear and the importance of your actions explicit. In short, it makes everything you do 300% cooler.

That's Team Fortress 2: multiplayer magnified. Cooperation means more, victory is sweeter, betrayal is more bitter, defeat more humiliating. But it's what lies at the heart of multiplayer gaming that matters most, and that is, in the parlance of our times, the LOLs.

More Info

Release date: Oct 09 2007 - PC (US)
Available Platforms: PC
Genre: Shooter
Published by: EA GAMES
Developed by: Valve
ESRB Rating:
Mature: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence

6 comments

  • Materson92 - April 6, 2014 1:05 p.m.

    With hacks game a lot better .. Play Game Hacker created a working hack for the game. LINK: http://playgamehacker.com/team-fortress-2-hack/ FIlm with the program can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-Y6VAPpCuU
  • Curiousity - November 7, 2013 8:15 p.m.

    One of the greatest things about this game is that it looks so timeless, since it doesn't even pretend to be realistic.
  • nike656 - February 15, 2010 10:58 p.m.

    I love this game
  • _D-Man_ - August 20, 2009 9:05 p.m.

    Terag is right, after I played this game for like 1 month straight and then played CoD4 again I was like, wth is with these graphichs and cheked my graphics cable to see if it was plugged in completely. reCAPTCHA: un- unhurt (nice)
  • TeragRunner - July 26, 2009 4:14 a.m.

    I disagree with the part about the cartoon graphic being a down point. The graphic make it even funnier. Imagine the Mr. Incredible and Buzz Light year ripping each other apart. Funny right. My point exactly.
  • Harmon20 - March 2, 2009 12:40 p.m.

    yeah, I want to try this game out. *cough*first*cough*

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