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One of the reasons I usually play older games is because new
ones tend to be way too expensive. $60? No thank you, I'll just stick to my $20
copy of Grand Theft Auto IV. By picking up older games or sales on Steam, I can
save a little money while still getting some quality gaming time. It works out.
However, there is a price that's even better than a discount-
free. Steam has a section of games labeled "Free to Play," titles that let you
access the majority of their content without any cost. You know, in case that
wasn't stunningly obvious from the title. FtP games might have extra cool bonus
items that cost money, but the main game itself is still free. The real problem
for me was that I didn't really recognize any of the FtP games. Except for Team
Several members of GIO, most notably our own Saint, have
spoken about Team Fortress 2 in very positive terms. However, I didn't really
have any idea what the game was about or whether I should download it. If TF2
had cost money, it probably would not have made its way onto my PC. Thankfully
its attractive price of zero dollars pushed me over the edge toward "purchase."
I'm glad it did. Team Fortress 2 is cool on multiple levels
and totally worth downloading. Quality-wise, TF2 is a Call of
Duty/Battlefield-level multiplayer shooter. It's possibly better, depending on
how you look at things. I definitely prefer Team Fortress to other shooters.
There are a number of reasons behind that, most notably that endlessly
attractive free price.
The gameplay itself is uniquely compelling. For those
uninitiated, Team Fortress 2 is a class-based competitive multiplayer shooter.
At the start of a match, you pick one of nine radically unique classes. These
classes are split up into archetypes like Spy, Pyro, Sniper, Scout, and Medic.
The set classes are sort of like Star Wars Battlefront, if you ever played that
back in the golden days of the PlayStation 2. I really enjoyed Battlefront...
thus my affinity for TF2.
The class system is the genius of Team Fortress 2. Valve
mentioned in an interview with Game Informer in 2008 that they (Valve) noticed
something interesting about multiplayer games. People liked to play competitive
shooters, but not everyone had the twitch reflexes necessary to do well. They
weren't bad players; their skills were just in a different area. Out of that observation
the classes of Team Fortress were born. The idea was to create ways to play
where you could help your team without being "in combat." Non-traditional
classes like the Engineer and Spy are exactly that.
And let's be clear about this- you are nothing in Team
Fortress without your team. For the love of god, "team" is in the title. The
classes are designed to support each other. Each soldier has an advantage and a
weakness. The idea is that a good team emphasizes their strengths while covering
each other's weaknesses- TF2 is unequivocally not a game for lone wolves.
Playing like you're in Call of Duty and focusing on your kill/death ratio is a
great way to lose every match.
Really, though, being able to play as defensive classes is a nice addition. I don't play much competitive multiplayer. My twitch reflexes in Call of
Duty are not that great. However, in TF2, I can play as the Medic and still really
help my team without firing a single shot. A good Medic is essential in any
match. I don't have the reflexes to compete in Call of Duty, but I can finish
near the top of my team's leaderboard as Medic in Team Fortress.
That's mind-blowing. Not every competitive shooter is that
rewarding of support players. Call of Duty sort of incorporated this focus on
defense for Modern Warfare 3, but Team Fortress easily surpasses it. The whole
class system is pretty well balanced. In my admittedly short time playing, I
haven't seen any class that's too overpowered. The balancing in this game is
In the end, the thing that matters most isn't the class
system or the development or whatever. The most important part of Team Fortress
2 is that it's a whole lot of fun. I'm not much for multiplayer, but Team
Fortress stands apart as something unique and enjoyable. Plus, you know, it's
What do you think? Have you played Team Fortress? If so,
what's your preferred class?