A Look Back at Team Fortress 2

By Maximus Ha

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As a child I’ve been roaming around in the world of video games, from the popular Nintendo products to FPS. Today I’d like to share one of my favorite titles that still holds a place in my life even to this day.

Team Fortress 2 or commonly known as TF2, is a Valve developed first-person shooter that launched in Oct 10, 2007. A game forgotten or not known by many at the recent time. Here is a brief history of how this game came to be.

Valve launched a bundle named Orange Box, containing three different games that were Half Life 2, Portal, and Team Fortress 2. This is what mainly started the birth of the Team Fortress community.

With this Valve slowly progressed on tweaking and fixing bugs and the filling up the holes in the game to make it a full multiplayer team shooter game. Featuring 9 playable classes and two colored teams, this was one of Valve’s best selling games at the time. Once Valve noticed the overall popularity and potential of the game, they made it free to play! and started to add in-game purchases and new unlockables items.

Since the change from P2P (pay to play) to F2P (free to play), Team Fortress has grown to Valve’s most popular multiplayer game at the time. With this community Valve made a development team for the game just to keep it updated and running smoothly. With this new development team they used a new software also made by Valve called Source Film Maker or SFM. To make animated shorts on introducing and advertising their new game with the 9 playable classes. This series was named “Meet the Team“, showing all the personalities and what each class can do. After the launch of all animated shorts the game grew even more popular. Which the game still is somewhat popular today.

This game alone was with me in my childhood, growing up to being who I am today. In my perspective for the first time trying this game out for the first time was possibly the best time I’ve had ever. Learning the game at the time was easy and fun as well. In the future however, because of all the new unlockable weapons and more changes, it is still pretty difficult to learn the full mechanics this game can offer. Though it can be learned quickly with practice. Confusing at first to how I look at it, after a few games you can get the idea on how to get better at this game.

Lets focus on the nine classes for a bit. Each class has his own abilities and gimmicks. And each class has an advantage over another class, same with disadvantages. And overall every class can fit anyone’s preferable play style! If you prefer speed over health and like flanking then the Scout is the class for you! If being the most hard hitting player in the battlefield is more your style then Soldier or Demoman is all yours! There is no limit on how you can play in this game. For me, my play style is staying far back with almost infinite range and being able to delete any player in the battlefield. I chose to main the class Sniper. A “Main” is a class you play in general, its your go-to class and usually you know the class as it knows you. You spend a lot of time playing only that class to get better at it so you can be the best. I’m sure you can find your main when you try out all 9 classes for yourself.

Though I noticed this game is not known by almost everyone in this school. I found that shocking since as a child it was everything. Perhaps it is because not everyone here is a PC gamer or a gamer in general. But for the people who are I do recommend at least giving this game a chance. It’s free from steam and is easy to understand. You even don’t need a supercomputer to run it, with the right settings the game is smooth.

Now, a new topic that comes frequently when asked about this game is if there is a more competitive type for this game, there is. Team Fortress 2 competitive mode and UGC Highlander games are available to experienced players. Competitive play is accessible to players who have bought the pass and play for ranks. While UGC Games require a team of 9 players and a sign up contract. I am in a UGC Highlander team and I am the team’s sniper. Competitive mode for this game is surprisingly great. It brings the same stress and clutch moments as some other more popular titles such as ‘Overwatch’ and ‘CS:GO.’

Though competitive mode isn’t the only other game mode than the regular casual mode. The TF2 community has made new custom game modes that are as much as fun as what game modes they were based off of, even some original concepts appeared from Team Fortress as well. There is a spot for everyone in this game, from people who want to have fun and chat, to the pub stomping try-hards, there will be a spot for you in this game.

My thoughts on this game is overall positive. It has come a very long way to being the game it is today and it still is being updated. The game is constantly patched and balanced from feedback from the community, or the players, which helps the dev. team decide on changes to make the game more fair and fun. Every class is enjoyable and every play style is too. I recommend this game to anyone who wants a low or free costing game that you and a friend can play with. A game that requires team coordination and communication to be a successful team. Team Fortress is one game that stood out to me out of all other titles and it will be far into the future.

 

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4 Responses to “A Look Back at Team Fortress 2”

  1. Yumi on February 9th, 2018 11:10 am

    aw i remember playing tf2 🙁 i miss it, a good game

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  2. Hyun Kim on February 9th, 2018 11:14 am

    I really love your article it is refreshing to know that someone here is also a fan of 1st person shooter games. I read your article and I might try and playing it when I get home .

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  3. Alan Rivera on February 9th, 2018 11:31 am

    I really enjoyed this article, it caught my attention, keep up the good work!

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  4. kenneth on February 12th, 2018 12:51 pm

    I like how this game is still regular updated so even new players can have fun and how there is classes.

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