by David Allen
Few things in life smell quite as fulfilling as thousands of rounds of ammunition being spent, and the piles of shells gathering at your feet.
This and so much more will be waiting for you in the battleground between Reliable Excavation & Demolition (RED) and Builders League United (BLU) in Team Fortress 2.
TF2 is a team-based first-person shooter dipped in a cartoon world, sprayed with crazy characters and fueled by a hat-collecting addiction. You heard me, in some circles it’s referred to as Fashion Fortress 2.
The game was created by Valve Corporation and originally was released as a part of the Orange Box in 2007 for Windows and the Xbox 360.
In 2011 it was made a free-to-play game that is fueled by its massive user base and micro-transactions that in no way make it pay-to-win. You have nine classes, and each has their own special characteristics.
First off is the Heavy, a Russian bear of a man who hauls around a mini-gun which he uses to mow down all comers.
Second is the Medic, a doctor of German descent who uses a medi-gun which heals teammates, and when fully charged, gives a teammate an invincible Uber-charge or makes his weapons always critically hit.
Next is the Soldier, a grizzled war vet who totes a bazooka and more than willingly demonstrates its destructive power.
Then there’s the Pyro, a gas-masked psychopath who makes short work of enemies with his flamethrower which lights all on fire.
The Spy is crafty and will stab enemies in the back or finish them off with his trusty pistol. He can also disable and destroy machines that the Engineer so diligently tries to make.
The Engineer is the team’s master of automated defense turret mounter weaponry, teleporting pads and health and ammo dispensers.
The Demoman is truly a rarity, a black one-eyed Scotsman, with an ability to rain down destruction on his enemies with his grenade and sticky-bomb launchers. High jumping and a smart mouth, the Scout seeks out soft targets like the Sniper and Engineer that he will off with his sawed off shotgun and baseball bat.
Last, but certainly not least, is the Sniper. He’s an Australian hunter turned assassin whose main job is to pick off high-value targets from a distance, even the mighty heavies don’t stand a chance against a headshot.
With so many characters and so many weapons, the variety and gameplay are always refreshing. So please, if you ever wanted to launch yourself through the air with a rocket jump, or hit a giant man in the head with a baseball, Team Fortress 2 is right for you.
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