Team Fortress 2, frequently abbreviated as TF2, is a team-based first-person shooter multiplayer video game developed by Valve Corporation.
It is the sequel to the 1996 Quake mod, Team Fortress, and its 1999 remake, Team Fortress Classic. It was released as part of the video game compilation, The Orange Box (which also contained Half-Life 2, both of its follow-up episodes, and Portal) on October 10, 2007 for Windows and the Xbox 360. A PlayStation 3 version followed on December 11, 2007. On April 8, 2008, it was released as a standalone title for Windows. The game was updated to support Mac OS X on June 10, 2010, and Linux on February 14, 2013.
It is distributed online through Valve's digital distribution service, Steam; retail distribution was handled by Electronic Arts.
Why It Rocks
- Funny and over-the-top one-liners from each of the 9 playable characters (as well as other characters like Merasmus and the Mann Brothers).
- Decent graphics. The game uses stylized, cartoonish graphics which are often compared to Pixar movies.
- When the game was originally released on Steam, it cost about $20, but after the release of Meet the Medic, it was made Free-to-Play, significantly increasing the game's user base.
- The classes are well-known for each having their own strengths and weaknesses, here are all of the game's nine classes.
- Scout: He runs faster than the other classes, can capture control points and push payloads twice as fast, and he can double-jump. He can also become immune to damage by drinking Bonk! Atomic Punch, though he is unable to use his weapons while Bonk is active.
- Soldier: He can use his Rocket Launcher both to kill enemies, as well as use a technique known as "Rocket Jumping", which allows you jump higher than normal and gives you greater mobility if you're skilled enough.
- Pyro: She uses a flamethrower, which is often used by players to find and defeat cloaked spies, which is known as "Spychecking" and can use an airblast to push enemies back or deflect projectiles.
- Demoman: He uses his Grenade and Stickybomb Launchers to set traps to outsmart his opponents by "blasting them into thin gruel", as he himself said it. He's also an alcoholic and has some of the funniest lines in the game.
- Heavy: He uses his Minigun to kill his enemies in a matter of seconds, can use a Sandvich to restore his health, has 300 base health, and also has some of the best lines in the game.
- Engineer: He can build Sentry Guns to kill enemies without having to do it himself, Dispensers to restore his and his teammate's Health and Ammunition, and Teleporters to help him and his teammates get from Point A to Point B much quicker. Any of these buildings can be upgraded up to 3 times.
- Medic: He uses his Medigun to heal teammates as well as "Übercharge", which gives them a temporary boost in strength and makes them invulnerable to damage. He is the biggest asset to any team and, when paired with the already powerful Heavy, can become a force to be reckoned with.
- Sniper: He uses his trusty Sniper Rifle to snipe at enemies from afar. He can also coat enemies in "Jarate", which causes all damage they receive to be registered as mini-crits. He can be very deadly if used correctly.
- Spy: The Spy is one of the most dangerous characters in the game, and for good reason. He can turn invisible, disguise himself as an enemy teammate, and backstab opponents, which kills them instantly.
- You can customize the classes in various ways using hats, weapons, taunts, and other cosmetic items. You can either pay for these items in the Mann Co. Store (with real money) or receive them through random drops.
- Many different weapons to choose from for each class, each with their own unique stats, advantages, and witty descriptions.
- A very loyal fanbase that supports and promotes the game by creating fan vids/machinima, new cosmetics to potentially add to the game, and custom maps, which can now be installed via Steam Workshop.
- After the release of Garry's Mod, people have made countless videos featuring TF2 characters with said game (among other properties, Valve or otherwise).
- Valve has made various animated shorts, such as the "Meet the Team" series, to promote the game. 2 shorts for community updates (such as "End of the Line" and "Invasion") were made by members of the community and are officially endorsed by Valve.
- After the release of Meet the Pyro, Valve released their animation software, Source Filmmaker, for people to make their own animations with (TF2 or otherwise). Valve even holds an annual event called "The Saxxy Awards", in which fans create videos with SFM (as long as they are made using Valve IPs such as TF2, Portal, Dota, etc.) and submit them for a chance to win a Saxxy.
- Major update launches tend to break the game by making matchmaking and playing on community servers broken. These issues are normally resolved, however.
- Just like any other FPS, there are several players who are (or act like they are) 8-year olds that often swear to look cool and rage. This is made worse due to the fact that some players like to beg for hats and other items. These users are usually F2Ps (The term for players who are new to the game and aren't that experienced.)
- The console versions aren't supported by Valve anymore (surprisingly they're still active, albeit with only a few players). The Xbox 360 version's reason makes sense since Microsoft forced Valve to make paid DLC along with Left 4 Dead (which had maps that came out for free on PC).
- The PS3 version is almost unplayable. Thankfully, a patch was later released to fix the issues.
- The game nowadays doesn't get major updates very often, and there are often huge gaps between major updates. For example, the recent Jungle Inferno update took 400+ days to come out.
- The optimization is worse than any other Source game, and the game doesn't run well on lower-end systems anymore due to SteamPipe making the requirements more demanding, but for a fix, YOU HAVE TO APPEND TO A COMMAND LIKE "-DXLEVEL" TO BE SET TO 8!
- The matchmaking in the game is horrendous. Before Meet Your Match, there was a Quick Play system where you could just jump in and play. However, it was released with an awful matchmaking system. This update also introduced Competitive, which is a game mode that has awful matchmaking queue times, and this also made maps more focused on a competitive experience than maps that players can just jump into and play.
- This game was in development hell for about 9 years.
- Most Valve official servers have more Pyros due to the Jungle Inferno update. However, Pyro was luckily nerfed in March of 2018.
Before the Short-Circuit bug was patched, there was a drama that Raja claims that Delfy and NISLT are the reason why TF2 is dying due to him releasing the griefing videos. Shortly after, Muselk tries to settle this out then Delfy made a statement in his videos that his videos "cleans" TF2 but this was later all debunked by MediExcalibur2012 as he states that Delfy DID NOT tell any of the makers about the various bugs in the map that he stated that helps the makers know the glitches and that sigsegv was the REAL hero of TF2.
Days after the Jungle Inferno update, Delfy discovered new glitches and posted in his channel. Later, a bunch of youtubers made videos that Delfy is the "cancer" of TF2 as some believe that HE'S the one that spreads the glitches around as his video gets a lot of views and he shows you how to do it step by step.