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Reviews Comments: Thoughts and Feelings - In Which Team Fortress 2 is Reviewed Team Fortress 2 game review by Madarse Lizard

Well, since there aren't any reviews up yet...

Team Fortress 2 is an online Class based First Person Shooter made by Valve and available on Steam.

I read that Team Fortress 2 was free on Steam and decided to see what all the fuss was about. I don't play Shoot'um'ups often and I'm mainly a console/Minecraft player, but I thought "hey, free game" so I downloaded it. A day later, my download was finished (I don't know whether it was just my computer or Steam) and I've just finished playing it.

Pros:
  • Free on Steam (at least on time of writing)
  • Controls are simply and easy to learn
  • Class system - something I like in games
  • Classes seemed balanced (although apparently some would disagree)
  • Classes were all unique, with different strengths and weaknesses and required different gameplay styles
  • Different gameplay styles actually encouraged teamwork
  • When you play, you actually feel like a productive member of the team
  • Easy to get lost in - I started playing at 18:00 and ten minutes later it's midnight
  • Colourful style which is a nice break from all the dirt brown and muzzle flash yellow
  • Every time you die, you get a message saying "on the bright side" which is encouraging and a nice idea to have
  • It offers you the chance to be "coached" by another playing, which, whilst I didn't choose to use it, is also a nice idea
  • Fast paced
  • There is a setting where any damage you do sets off a "Ding" noise which is satisfying

Cons:
  • Tutorial was way too long and offered no decent/new information on how to play or non-combat things
  • Lots of people playing, so lag becomes an issue
  • Colour scheme is very much based on red and can become boring
  • Maps are mostly the same
  • Achievements can get in the way of some numbers on the HUD
  • I felt that Valve were very pushy with their paid for merchandise *
  • Set up time between matches take about a minute (or a minute and a half) which can get irritating if you're on the defending team

Overall:
  • It can be improved but I like it. I'll play it to take breaks and it'll probably be played a lot, but not as a main game; but most of all, it was fun. I would recommend it and it's free so there's no reason not to try it.

Comments

  • TheToonGeekette
  • 25th Jun 11
Actually there is an offline practice mode. Or is your complaint about there not being one for every map?
  • MadarseLizard
  • 25th Jun 11
Oh, is there? Sorry about that.

Edit: So there is. Failed a spot check there. How embarrassing.
  • TheToonGeekette
  • 25th Jun 11
No problem. Just go out, practice some more, and have fun!
  • AngrokVa
  • 20th Oct 12
"(I don't know whether it was just my computer or Steam)"

Apparently it's the game size.
  • darrenw1
  • 18th Dec 12
Good review, I really liked your "Pros", since a lot of them were creative things I would never include to add in a review (like the "On the Bright Side", and the "Ding's"... I just want to look at your cons: 1.) Tutorial was way too long and offered no decent/new information on how to play or non-combat things - I agree, the tutorial kinda sucks, especially since it only lets you practice stock weapons. Better to learn the fundamentals of the game in a real server. 2.) Lots of people playing, so lag becomes an issue: This is probably just your computer. I don't have any problem with lag so long as I get into a server with a good latency. 3.) Colour scheme is very much based on red and can become boring: You wrote this only a couple months ago, so I'm surprised you have this problem. Yes, the older maps all take place in New Mexico, but a lot of new maps have shaken up the colour scheme a lot (cp_manor, koth_king, cp_coldfront, koth_viaduct, mvm_mannworks). 4.) Maps are mostly the same: I bounce from game mode to game mode to keep things fresh. 5.) Achievements can get in the way of some numbers on the HUD: Achievements on the HUD are optional. 6.) I felt that Valve were very pushy with their paid for merchandise: Good God yes. This is the one point I strongly agree on. Ever since they opened up the store they've been leaning heavily on people to get them to use it. At least there aren't any pay-to-play maps out there yet. 7.) Set up time between matches take about a minute (or a minute and a half) which can get irritating if you're on the defending team: On the defending team this is a godsend. It allows you to actually prepare a defense. On the attacking team, though, unless you're building Uber all you're doing is sitting around.

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