Team Fortress 2 is a team-based first-person shooter multiplayer video game developed by Valve Corporation.
It is the sequel to the 1996 mod Team Fortress for Quake 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 it's 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 money (about $20), but after the release of Meet the Medic, it was made Free-to-Play, significantly increasing the game's userbase.
- 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: He 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 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.