Team Fortress 2 review

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

TF2 comes with six maps; three are new, three are remakes. The roster doesn't feel slim once you play them. Hydro, a control-point map split into six zones, restructures itself between rounds to put teams into one of 16 different configurations. The others are mostly a linear series of control points - all except Gravelpit, which gives attackers a choice of two to assault, and 2Fort, which remains stubbornly Capture The Flag. Capture The Intelligence, sorry.

Mind you, a minimap would make the Spy's life harder. He was always Team Fortress's most inventive class, but his new incarnation is even more extraordinary. He can disguise himself impeccably as any class of enemy, and now he can also render himself temporarily invisible to slip into their base. There's no friendly fire in TF2, but shooting all your teammates to uncover Spies wastes too much time and ammo to be practical.

As a Spy in disguise you still take damage from enemies, but you're man enough not to show it - you don't bleed. That gives rise to a hilarious mindgame: a good Spy will take a near-lethal shotgun blast to the face from a supposed friend without flinching, confront his attacker toe-to-toe as if to say "What?," and continue his infiltration beyond suspicion.

The Spy's disguise-o-meter, built into his cigarette case, will give him the name of an enemy who really is the class he's pretending to be. That means that every now and then, you experience the alarming existential crisis of encountering someone with your own name. Realising they must be an enemy Spy, you declare to your team that "The Spy's a Soldier!" Whereupon, of course, everyone empties their magazines into you.

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


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

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  • 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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